Kairos Productions is an independent film company. We write, adapt, and produce film projects, web series, and short films.
Cornelia Duryée - Founder
Cornelia has had a long and prosperous career in the arts. It was her relationship with Madeleine L'Engle that led the former playwright and stage director into the world of film. L'Engle (well-known writer of works such as A Wrinkle in Time and the Austin Family series), Cornelia's Godmother and mentor, invited her to adapt several of her novels and plays for the screen.
With Madeleine's encouragement, Cornelia adapted two of Madeleine's novels: Camilla Dickinson and Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun. The latter was a finalist in the First Glance Screenplay Competition, a semi-finalist at Slamdance, and has received numerous other accolades.
In 2018, Cornelia directed Language Arts, starring Ashley Zukerman, Sarah Shahi, Pamela Reed, Erin Cummings, Mariana Klaveno, Kevin Alejandro, Jane Ryan, Elliott Smith, Lincoln Lambert, and many, many more. This moving drama about a lonely man finding peace and connection is available on most streaming services.
In 2017, Cornelia directed Portal Runner, starring Elise Eberle, Sloane Morgan Siegel, Carol Roscoe, Brian S. Lewis, Matt Shimkus, Denny McAuliffe, and Shaunyce Omar; a light-hearted science-fiction feature film.
In 2015 Cornelia directed West of Redemption, starring Billy Zane, Kevin Alejandro, and Mariana Klaveno; a tense, award-winning thriller, which won the Best Feature award at the Jefferson State FlixxFest, Best Dramatic Direction at Eugene FF, and Staff Pick Award at Manchester FF, among many others. It is available on many streaming platforms.
In 2012 Cornelia directed Camilla Dickinson, with a cast including Adelaide Clemens, Cary Elwes, Samantha Mathis, and Gregg Sulkin. The film garnered critical success, winning, among others, the 2012 Best Narrative Feature and 2012 Best Director awards from the Women's Independent Film Festival, as well as the Best Narrative Feature award from the Eugene International Film Festival. It's available on Amazon, Youtube, and iTunes.
In 2006 Cornelia wrote and directed The Dark Horse, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and went on to win Best Feature Drama at the International Family Film Festival, among other awards. It is available on Amazon.
Cornelia co-founded Seattle Shakespeare Company, directed there, and served as its casting director for seven years. A classically-trained actor/director, she directed stage plays for twenty years before moving behind the camera. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA. Her enjoyment of filmmaking extends into the realm of production, where she served as Executive Producer for cult favorite JourneyQuest Season 1, a producer of JourneyQuest Season 2, and as a casting director for The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, as well as many other Seattle productions. Cornelia, a proud member of Women in Film Seattle for several decades, is in the process of writing and developing numerous projects for Kairos.
Larry Estes - Producer
Larry has produced and overseen productions for over 30 years, and brings his considerable expertise and knowledge to the table in every Kairos production. He has produced with Kairos Productions since its beginning, including Language Arts, Portal Runner, West of Redemption, Camilla Dickinson, and The Dark Horse.
Larry began his corporate career acquiring videodisc rights for release on RCA’s SelectaVision VideoDisc system. In 1984 he became Senior Vice President of Feature Film Acquisitions at RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video. From 1987-93 he developed and operated an arm of Columbia TriStar Home Video’s acquisition program, specializing in quality independent feature film development and financing.
Some of his films at CTHV include Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape, Carl Franklin’s One False Move (co-starring and co-written by Billy Bob Thornton), Allison Anders’ Gas Food Lodging, and John Sayles' City of Hope and Passion Fish, among many others. He supervised production of more than 60 movies during his time there.
In 1992 Estes was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Entertainment Business by both Entertainment Weekly and Premiere Magazines. After producing films for Showtime Networks he joined ShadowCatcher, producing the landmark Native American film Smoke Signals, as well as Executive Producing The Book of Stars and Getting to Know You.
He returned to producing in 2001 with Sherman Alexie’s debut as writer-director, The Business of Fancydancing. He also served as Executive Producer of The Heart of The Game, a popular Seattle-based documentary feature that premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was the first film acquired for distribution by the new incarnation of Miramax Films.
Larry launched the careers of several industry giants, among them Steven Soderbergh. Recalling his early years as a filmmaker Quentin Tarantino had this to say: "Everyone was trying to get to Larry Estes. He was the one with the keys. He was the cool guy [...] I actually wrote a movie that Larry financed. [...] I met with a bunch of people, but never as big as Larry Estes and RCA/Columbia." Excerpt from I Lost it at the Video Store, by Tom Roston.
J.D. Henning - Editor, Screenwriter, Cat Wrangler
J.D. Henning, is a screenwriter, film editor, producer, and attorney. J.D. 's kaleidoscope of talents run from preproduction all the way through post, including writing the feature film Portal Runner, which Kairos released in 2019, up to post production credit on Language Arts, a Kairos film. J.D. writes independently and for Kairos in a multitude of genres, from spies to spaceships to grounded dramas. In his spare time, J.D. and his wife play a ruthless game of Pandemic.
J.D. holds a BA in Film from Montana State University, and a law degree from the University of Montana. He's a licensed attorney in Montana and Washington, but he's not a jerk.
Carol Roscoe - Director of Marketing & Communications
Carol’s passion for connecting the community through story continually puts her in public-facing positions in education and the arts. In 2017 she opened Yogstory, LLC, a company which yokes together her commitment to ethical communication, content, and creation. After a long relationship with Kairos as an actor, (beginning in 2008 with The Dark Horse), she was delighted to begin consulting with Kairos Productions in 2019. Carol teaches courses in artistic entrepreneurship and provides personal coaching for artists. She’s proud to teach for Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington Theater Department. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and George Washington University. She is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and a board member of Women In Film Seattle. Her acting and directing credits are numerous and more information about that part of her life can be found at www.carolroscoe.com
An irrepressible philomath, when she’s not making up stories, Carol is likely learning something about quilting, dogs, piano, golf swings, color theory, vampirism, data science, or why vodka is best for pie crusts. She’s at work on a screenplay and a horror novel.
Scott C. Brown - Web Dude
Scott C. Brown is a Seattle based film and stage actor, as well as Web Design/Developer, film editor, and sound recording engineer. Scott is most widely known for his film work with the cult hit films The Gamers, and the cult hit webseries JourneyQuest. He will also be appearing in Depth, due out later in 2016.
Scott graduated with a BS in Theatre Arts from Western Oregon State, is a founding memeber of The Outfit (an acting and improv group) and is 1/2 of The Two Bards production company, along with Andy Dopieralski .
Scott prefers Scotch neat to Scotch Tape.
Hilary Keyes - Social Media Maven
After getting her BFA in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts, Hilary became an arts and early education teacher. She then went on to lead teams of teachers at Ascend International School in Mumbai in an immersive student-led curriculum and started the Drama program at the school. Upon returning to her hometown of Seattle, Hilary became a vocal activist for affordable housing, homeless services, and accessible public transit. This led to working in the nonprofit world of homelessness services at youth shelters as well as managing job-readiness training programs for homeless youth. She joined the Kairos team in April 2020, and is thrilled to help bring these stories to audiences around the world.
Lisa Coronado - Administrative
Lisa Coronado is an actress, writer and producer. She's been professionally acting for 15 years. Her most recent credits include playing Mrs. Hatcher in the film Different Drummers, Pepper Jones in the new series Strowlers and you can see her on Sy-Fy's original series Z Nation in the recurring role of Dr. Merch, as well as Twin Peaks: The Return Part 6. imdb.com/LisaCoronado
Lisa is an avid gamer and loves playing all kinds of games with her kids. She has written two children's books and is working on a screenplay. In her off time she enjoys hanging with friends and family and tacos.