CORNELIA DURYÉE (Director)
Cornelia has had a long and prosperous career in the arts, in various incarnations, but 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 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 continues to make the rounds of ongoing film festivals.
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. 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 productions. Cornelia is in the process of writing and developing numerous projects for Kairos.
MEAGAN DAINE (Screenwriter)
Meagan was born and raised in East Texas, whence she escaped at age 17 to become an ESL teacher, a "jolly" in a Roman dance club, a private investigator, and finally a writer. She is now a screenwriter and playwright. Her work has been performed at the Road Theatre Company, North by South Theatre, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Her stageplay Trespass, which she adapted into the feature film West of Redemption, is a finalist in the 2015 Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre. Meagan has also performed onstage as Bess Houdini in the critically acclaimed show Smoke and Mirrors. She currently resides in North Hollywood.
LARRY ESTES (Producer)
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. His films at CTHV includes Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape, Patrick Sheane Duncan’s 84 Charlie Mopic, Allison Anders’ Gas Food Lodging, Carl Franklin’s One False Move (co-starring and co-written by Billy Bob Thornton), John Sayles’ City of Hope and Passion Fish, Neal Jimenez & Michael Steinberg’s The Waterdance, Mike Binder’s Crossing The Bridge, Bob Goldthwait’s Shakes The Clown, John Turturro’s Mac, Stacy Cochran’s My New Gun, Philip Haas’ The Music of Chance, Keva Rosenfeld’s Twenty Bucks (produced by Karen Murphy) and Anthony Drazan’s Zebrahead. He was responsible for supervision of more than 60 movies during his time there.
In 1992 Larry accepted the Independent Feature Project/West "Findie" award and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Entertainment Business by both Entertainment Weekly and Premiere Magazines.
Before joining ShadowCatcher Entertainment in 1998, he produced Coldblooded, Santa Fe, The Mating Habits Of The Earthbound Human, and six science-fiction films for Showtime Networks. At ShadowCatcher he produced the landmark Native American film Smoke Signals and was an Executive Producer of The Book of Stars and Getting to Know You.
In 1999 in an internationally televised ceremony, he accepted The Interfaith Council’s Christopher Award for producing Smoke Signals.
In 2000, he co-founded the independent feature film distribution company Outrider Pictures, where he served as co-chairman until mid-2001. He returned to producing in 2001 with Sherman Alexie’s debut as writer-director, The Business of Fancydancing.
He served as Executive Producer of The Heart of the Game, a popular Seattle-based documentary feature that premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. He recently produced The Dark Horse, written and directed by Cornelia Duryée and Camilla Dickinson, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle and directed by Cornelia Duryée.
Estes also served for five years as Professor of Practice/ Producer-in-Residence on the faculty of the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film and Television in Tucson, Arizona.
TONY BECERRA (Producer)
Tony has worked all over the country on projects like Grey's Anatomy, Deadliest Catch, 21 and Over, Pearl Jam 20, Z Nation and Sharknado 3 as well as hundreds of commercials for clients such as Toyota and Best Buy. He joined the Directors Guild of America in 2014 and currently serves as a 1st Assistant Director in Seattle and Los Angeles. This is his 2nd project with Director Cornelia Duryée and producer Larry Estes.
RICH COWAN (Executive Producer)
Rich is the president and Chief Executive Officer of North by Northwest Productions, a full-service film and video production company located in Spokane, Washington and Boise, Idaho.
Founded in 1990 by Rich and two partners, the company currently employs 40 staffers, delivers in every format and genre—from 35mm and High Definition to streaming video, feature film to commercial—and has established client relationships with top national firms.
Rich was responsible for the creation and development of North by Northwest Entertainment which over the past 14 years has delivered over 40 feature films and now has its own foreign and domestic distribution company.
Rich has functioned as producer of Wayne Wang's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Wrong Turn at Tahoe starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Harvey Keitel, Give 'em Hell, Malone starring Thomas Jane and Ving Rhames, Norman starring Richard Jenkins and Dan Byrd, Family Holiday a Lifetime Original Movie, Whacked with Patrick Muldoon & Judge Reinhold, The Big Empty with Jon Favreau, Rachael Leigh Cook, Darryl Hannah, Sean Bean and Kelsey Grammer, and Hangman’s Curse with David Keith and Mel Harris.
Rich produced and directed The Basket, starring Peter Coyote and Karen Allen. He also directed Shadow of Fear starring James Spader, Aidan Quinn, Robin Tunney and Matt Davis. He also just finished directing The River Murders, starring Ray Liotta, Christian Slater, and Ving Rhames.
As a teenager, Rich directed his first program at KING-TV in Seattle. After graduating from Washington State University, Rich was hired by KHQ-TV in Spokane where he produced PM Magazine segments and directed daily newscasts. After another stint at WSU to receive a Masters in Human Nutrition, Rich returned to KHQ to produce and direct documentaries, news specials and sports programming, acquiring the position of Community Affairs Director at KHQ before starting North by Northwest.
TERRY EDWARD MOORE (Executive Producer)
Terry is Producing Artistic Director of Thalia’s Umbrella, a Seattle professional theater company, and appeared as an actor in their productions of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and A Lesson From Aloes. Terry has appeared as an actor in the films Desert Cathedral (SIFF 2014), Camilla Dickinson (SIFF 2012), The Dark Horse (SIFF 2008) and Expiration Date (SIFF 2006). He has worked as an actor extensively in Seattle theater, including Seattle Repertory Theater (Road to Mecca, Art and Pygmalion); ACT (Mary Stuart, Miss Witherspoon, Arcadia and as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol); the 5th Avenue Theater in 1776; Intiman in Peter Pan; at Book-It Repertory Theater in Waxwings, Howards End, and Cry, the Beloved Country; Pirates of Penzance at the Village Theater; Breaking the Code at Alice B. Theater; An Enemy of the People, Candida, Busman’s Honeymoon, and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol at Taproot Theater; as well as work for Steeplechase Productions, the Bathhouse Theater, Portland Repertory Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Centerstage, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. The Seattle Times labeled his performances in An Enemy of the People, Howards End and as Billy in Billy Bishop Goes to War at the Bathhouse as "stellar performances" in their respective years. He has also performed and/or directed at theaters in New York, Minneapolis, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Indiana. He lives in Seattle with his wife, writer/director Cornelia Duryée Moore, and sons Tallis and Theo.
T.J. WILLIAMS, JR. (Director of Photography)
TJ has been making pictures since his high school years, when he started out shooting on documentaries under his D.P. father. At first, teenage T.J. thought the paid travel was the best part of what he saw as "the coolest after-school job ever," but through doing the day-to-day work he quickly realized that the subjects he was capturing in camera would be the focus of his career. Watching his father carefully craft his shots on those first sets sparked T.J. to learn as much as possible about shooting - a drive that lead him to work under and alongside great cinematographers, and to hone his craft as an operator and a steadicam operator while building his own resume as a cinematographer.
Finding his frame across mediums, projects, countries and cultures has taught T.J. to favor a relaxed camera that moves with the characters and discovers the story through their eyes. This sensibility plays throughout his work as a cinematographer, from his extensive career as a commercial D.P. with several national spots, to the narrative pieces he's photographed. On West of Redemption, T.J. stepped into Corrie's vision as they played with the contrast between stillness and movement as a recurring theme representing death and life – a departure from T.J.’s other work. He is proud of the collaboration.
West of Redemption is TJ's second feature as a D.P. His cinematography has screened at festivals worldwide including SIFF, The Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Camerimage, winning several awards including a 2013 Emerging Cinematographers Award that he received for the short film The Return.
BC SMITH (Composer, Original Musical Score)
Whether working with a large orchestra, rock band, peyote singers, Japanese noize, or djs and electronics, BC Smith is one of those rare composers who is firmly entrenched – and thoroughly fluent – in a world of diverse and eclectic musical styles.
Scoring credits include Smoke Signals (Winner Of The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award And Filmmaker’s Trophy), The Mod Squad, the original feature film Outsourced, The song "Empty Skies" for Jim Sheridan’s film Brothers. the animated film Mermaid Tale 2, the feature documentary Burn, and the film Kiss Me directed by Survivor host, Jeff Probst.
Recently, BC also scored The Break Up Girl produced by Hunger Games and Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray and director Stacy Sherman, Director Tobe Hooper’s latest horror film, Djinn, and the score for Adult World staring John Cusack and Emma Roberts. Most recently, BC completed the score for West Of Redemption.
Album credits include performing keyboards and electronics for the bands Good Charlotte, Hollywood Undead, Dashboard Confessional and the Veronicas.
KERRY BARDEN and PAUL SCHNEE (Casting directors)
Most recently, the team handled casting for the hit Pitch Perfect (and Pitch Perfect 2), Still Alice starring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, the Robert Downey Jr-Robert Duvall drama The Judge, Get On Up, August: Osage County, and the award collection machine, Dallas Buyers Club.
Notable feature film credits include casting for The Help, based on the bestselling novel and starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Allison Janney and Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury-Prize winner, Winter’s Bone, which also received the 2010 Gotham Award for Best Feature and Outstanding Ensemble Cast.
Winter’s Bone also led that year's Independent Spirit Award nominations, receiving both the Best Supporting Male (John Hawkes) and Best Supporting Female (Dale Dickey) awards, and garnered Academy Award nominations for Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress) and John Hawkes (Best Supporting Actor). At the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Barden/Schnee Casting was represented by the films Higher Ground, the directorial debut of actor Vera Farmiga, starring Farmiga, Bill Irwin, Joshua Leonard, Norbert Leo Butz and Donna Murphy; and Win Win, directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and Bobby Cannavale.
Other recent films include the reboot of Conan The Barbarian; Conviction with Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell and Minnie Driver and directed by Tony Goldwyn; Every Day with Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber and Brian Dennehy; The Big Bang starring Antonio Banderas; New York Casting for Paul Haggis's The Next Three Days, starring Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, and Olivia Wilde, and the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's What's Wrong with Virginia, starring Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Toby Jones.