Chelsea Film Festival Selects West of Redemption for its East Coast Debut
West of Redemption is an official selection of the Chelsea Film Festival! This will be the film's New York debut. The Chelsea Film Festival focuses on global issues, working to empower and strengthen independent filmmakers and foster independent audiences. The four day film festival will be returning this October for it's fourth year.
West of Redemption Wins Best of Fest + 3 Others at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival
We are thrilled to announce that West of Redemption won four awards at the 8th Lady Filmmakers Film Festival. West of Redemption won Best of Fest, which goes to the best all around feature length film. This is in no small part due to the talents of our lead actors, who each were honored with awards: Billy Zane received Best Actor, Mariana Klaveno won Best Actress, and Kevin Alejandro was awarded Best Supporting Actor. Mariana Klaveno and producer Larry Estes were on hand to accept the awards.
West of Redemption is an Official Selection in competition at the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival 2016.
This will be the film's Los Angeles debut.
The Lady Filmmakers Film Festival is returning for it's eighth year of screenings. The festival strives to promote women in leadership roles in Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general, by highlighting the successes of women in film. Each film selected must include a woman who fills the role of writer, director, producer, cinematographer, production designer, or editor to qualify to screen.
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We are happy to announce that West of Redemption won the Staff Pick Award at the fourth annual Manchester Film Festival. MANIFF festival reviewers said that it was similar to "the works of Alfred Hitchcock or Alejandro Amenábar's Open Your Eyes." Cornelia Duryée was also recognized in the festival’s "Wonder Woman" lineup, featuring interviews with, and screenings of, the work of several working women in film. MANIFF was the movie’s fifth film festival this year, and West of Redemption’s International premiere.
West of Redemption, was Officially Selected and will be In Competition at the Manchester Film Festival in Manchester, England.
The first weekend of March 2016 will see Manchester welcome filmmakers, industry professionals and film lovers, to celebrate the very best of independent cinema from every corner of the globe.
West of Redemption, will be one of 16 international narrative films in competition at MANIFF, and one of over 90 in the entire Festival. It is also a part of the 'Inspiring Women in Film' programme which will coincide with Manchester's 2016 'Wonder Women' event, taking place March 3-13, 2016
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Recent Prizes for West of Redemption
West of Redemption was recently screened at the Eugene International Film Festival, as an official selection film, and won the award for Best Dramatic Direction for Cornelia Duryée. This is the second film that has shown at the EIFF. Camilla Dickinson screened there back in 2012, and took home the award for Best Narrative Feature that year. This is the fourth film fest that West of Redemption has been in so far this year, and the third “Excellence in Filmmaking” award that it has received so far this season.
West of Redemption also recently screened at the Jefferson State FLIXXFEST in historic Scott Valley, CA. Screenwriter Meagan Daine and Producer Larry Estes were on hand to scoop up the Best Feature and Spirit of Jefferson Awards.
For more information on the film West of Redemption, visit WestOfRedemption.com. To find out more about the film Camilla Dickinson, please visit CamillaDickinson.com, and to find out more about the producing team of Larry Estes and Cornelia Duryée More, better known as Kairos Productions.
Mariana Klaveno & Kevin Alejandro premiere NW film
Mariana and Kevin were interviewed on New Day NW yesterday. Also, our final screening of West of Redemption at the Seattle International Film Festival is today at 4:30 PM at the Harvard Exit.
(Right to Left) Mariana Klaveno, Cornelia Duryée, and Kevin Alejandro at West of Redemption’s World Premiere at Seattle International Film Festival
By Cat McCarrey
With its gated hedgerow and neat little garden nooks, Cornelia Duryée’s house feels like a fairy kingdom. Duryée, co-founder of Seattle Shakespeare Company and staple in the Seattle filmmaker scene, exuded joy when I met with her this weekend—a cheeriness at odds with her latest film, her third to premiere at SIFF, and the first she didn’t pen.
West of Redemption, which stars Billy Zane, centers around the imprisonment and beating of a man who happens to knock on the wrong farmhouse door. Produced by Duryée’s Kairos Production company, West of Redemption ends tomorrow night at SIFF.
By Katie Sauro
West of Redemption, a Washington Filmworks incentive production that wrapped principal photography in 2013, marks the third feature from Seattle’s Kairos Productions that has premiered as part of SIFF. The other two features were The Dark Horse and Camilla Dickinson.
"Seattle is my hometown, so premiering at SIFF again means the world to me. I love Seattle; I am a fourth-generation Seattleite, and hope to make as many movies as possible here," said Cornelia Duryée, the film’s director and founder/owner of Kairos Productions. Her partner in the company is Larry Estes. "Being given the gift of Washington Film-works’ grants for the last two features is a blessing that Larry and I deeply cherish—and it is our fondest wish and prayer that the film incentive grows and grows each year, so that more and more movies can be made locally."
By Crystal Lin Smithwick
Cornelia Duryée. Writer, director, producer. After having many careers, Cornelia is where she's meant to be and preparing to release her third feature film, West of Redemption, premiering at Seattle International Film Festival May 25, 2015.
Crystal Lin Smithwick: How did you get started as a screenwriter?
Cornelia Duryée: I was a dancer, actor, director, and playwright. In the late 90s, my Godmother, Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time), gave me this stack of play scripts in old crumbly binders and said, “I wrote these in my twenties, and I want you to turn them into plays and movies.” When I asked her why, she told me, “You are the only living playwright that I trust.” So, I instantly dropped out of Seattle U., where I was in seminary, and went to Act One: Writing for Hollywood. Later I attended the first class of The Film School in Seattle. I had a wonderful time working with Stewart Stern, Tom Skerritt, Rick Stevenson, and Warren Etheridge. I wrote some scripts, workshopped them, and entered them in contests, some of which I won.
World Premiere - West of Redemption Screening at SIFF
Our latest film, West of Redemption will be screening twice during the Seattle International Film Festival. Come watch our world premiere on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th!