A FILM BY BRITTA SJOGREN
LILY RABE (Anna) Equally versatile on stage and screen, Lily Rabe starred as Rosalind in the Public Theater’s 2012 Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It. Lily also recently appeared onstage opposite Alan Rickman in the Broadway production of Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, under the direction of Sam Gold. She earned the Joe A. Callaway Award, as well as nominations for a Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Award for her performance opposite Al Pacino in the Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice, reprising her critically-acclaimed role as Portia from the Public Theater’s 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production. She starred as Nora in Sam Gold’s production of A Doll’s House at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as numerous other productions on and off Broadway.
On screen, Rabe appeared opposite Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst in Andrew Jarecki’s crime drama, All Good Things, and starred in Letters from the Big Man, written and directed by Christopher Munch, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Her other film credits include Weakness, What Just Happened, Aftermath, The Toe Tactic, No Reservations, A Crime, Mona Lisa Smile, and Never Again.
Following her lauded recurring role in the first season of the multiple-Emmy nominated series, “American Horror Story,” Rabe joined the cast as a series regular on “American Horror Story”: Asylum. Rabe’s additional television credits include “The Good Wife,” “Last of the Ninth,” “Saving Grace,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Medium,” and all three programs in the “Law & Order” series.
Rabe, daughter of Jill Clayburgh and celebrated playwright David Rabe, was born in New York City and raised on the East Coast. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre.
LISAGAY HAMILTON (Tess) A graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts and the Juilliard School of Drama, Hamilton’s extensive theatre credits include Isabella in Measure for Measure and Lady Hotspur in Henry IV Parts I & II at the New York Shakespeare Theatre Festival. She was an original cast member in the Broadway Company of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Gem of the Ocean.
Hamilton earned the Ovation nomination for best actress for her work in Athol Fugard’s play Valley Song, at the Mark Taper Theatre in Los Angeles. She earned an Obie Award, the Clarence Derwent Award and a Drama Desk nomination for this performance at The Manhattan Theater Club. She starred in Adrienne Kennedy’s play The Ohio State Murders Off-Broadway, for which she earned her second Obie.
Hamilton’s film credits include: True Crime (Clint Eastwood), Palookaville, Drunk, Ophelia in director Campbell Scott’s Hamlet, Jonathan Demme’s Beloved and The Truth About Charlie, Nine Lives, Ten Tiny Love Stories and Mother and Child (all directed by Rodrigo Garcia), Honeydripper (John Sayles), Deception (Marcel Langenegger),The Soloist (Joe Wright), Beastly” (Daniels Barnz) Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols), Lovelace (Rob Epstein & Jefffrey Friedman), Life of a King (Jake Goldenberger), and to be released in November 2013 Go For Sisters (John Sayles).
She co-starred for seven years on the Emmy Award winning, David E. Kelley television series, “The Practice.” For two years Hamilton co-starred on the critically acclaimed series “Men of A Certain Age.” She will begin shooting in September on the new AMC pilot “Line of Sight” (Jonathan Demme)
Ms Hamilton made her prime-time directorial debut on “The Practice.” “BEAH: A Black Woman Speaks” marked her documentary directorial debut and earned many awards and prizes, including a 2005 Peabody.
HAMISH LINKLATER (David) made his Broadway debut in 2011 in Seminar, Theresa Rebeck’s critically acclaimed play co-starring with Alan Rickman and Lily Rabe. In 2013, he debuted his first play as a writer, Vandal, at the Flea Theater in New York. His other theatre performances include Off-Broadway: The School for Lies (Classic Stage Company, Obie award, Lucile Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nominations); The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night (Drama Desk nomination), Hamlet, The Square (NYSF/Public); The Busy World Is Hushed (Drama League nomination), Recent Tragic Events (Playwrights Horizons); Good Thing (New Group); Cyclone (Studio Dante); Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Fire (Acting Company) as well as extension regional theater.
On television Linklater is currently starring in Aaron Sorkin’s “Newsroom,” opposite Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer. He has also appeared in “The Big C,” “Gideon’s Crossing,” “Pushing Daisies,” "Ugly Betty,” “Live From Baghdad,” and co-starred with Julia Louise Dreyfus in “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Linklater costarred opposite writer/director Miranda July in the hit independent film The Future (Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals), and has starred in numerous other feature films, including Groove (Sundance Film Festival), Fantastic Four, Lola Versus, (Daryl Wein) and Battleship (Peter Berg).
Linklater’s mother is the Scottish-born Kristin Linklater, Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Acting Division at Columbia University and a renowned teacher of vocal technique. Linklater attended the Commonwealth School in Boston and Amherst College.
JAKE WEBER has worked in film, theatre and television for over 20 years. His film credits include starring and co-starring roles in Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, Zach Snyder's remake of Dawn of the Dead, Martin Brest's remake of Meet Joe Black, Jonathan Mostow's U-571, Mike Newell's Pushing Tin, Tarsem Singh's The Cell, Marshall Herskovitz's Dangerous Beauty, Alan J. Pakula's The Pelican Brief, Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us, and Larry Fessendon's Wendigo. His first role was in Oliver Stone's Born on the 4th of July. He is currently filming in Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson.
Weber was a series regular on “Mind of the Married Man” (HBO), “American Gothic” (CBS), “Something Wilder” (CBS), starring Gene Wilder, and, for seven years, “Medium” (NBC), in which Weber co-starred opposite Patricia Arquette.
A theatre veteran, he has appeared extensively on and off Broadway and regionally at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Arena Stage.
He attended A.S. Neil's Summerhill School in England, and later, the Juilliard School of Drama, cotemporaneous with Redemption Trail co-star Lisa Gay Hamilton. He has a degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he studied English and Political Science, and studied formally as well at The Moscow Art Theatre in the formerly Soviet Union.
MARK BENNETT (Casting Director) is a casting director who divides his time between New York and Los Angeles. Bennett recently cast Zero Dark Thirty, by director Kathryn Bigelow; Phil Morrison’s Lucky Dog, starring Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti; Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves and Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde. Previous films Bennett has cast include Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture; Junebug (Phil Morrison); A History Of Violence (David Cronenberg) (U.S. casting); Monsters’ Ball (Marc Forster); Unfaithful (Adrian Lyne); The Hills Have Eyes (Alexandre Aja); and The Woodsman (Nicole Kassell). Other directors Bennett has cast films for include Jane Campion, Allison Anders, Martha Coolidge, Matt Aselton, and Christopher Munch. Previous associate casting credits include films by Gus Van Sant, Lasse Hallstrom, Oliver Stone, John Waters, Mary Harron, Whit Stillman, and Harmony Korine. Bennett also cast Mac’s popular “I’m a Mac”/”I’m a PC” campaign starring Justin Long and John Hodgman, and has cast theater in New York, both Broadway and off-Broadway. His work has been featured in Variety, Backstage, and Fast Company. He is also the recipient of the Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement In Casting. He is an adjunct faculty member in the theater department at UCLA.
AMY POTOZKIN (San Francisco Casting Director) is in her 22nd season at Berkeley Repertory Theatre where she serves as Casting Director and Artistic Associate. She has also had the pleasure of casting projects for ACT (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre, B Street Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, the Marsh, San Jose Rep, Social Impact Productions Inc., and Traveling Jewish Theatre. Amy cast roles for the film Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton; Haiku Tunnel and the soon-to-be-released Love and Taxes by Josh Kornbluth. Amy received her MFA from Brandeis University, where she was also an artist-in-residence. She has been a coach to hundreds of actors, teaches acting at Mills College, and leads workshops at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre and numerous other venues in the Bay Area.
CHRISTOPHER MUNCH (Editor and Special FX Design) is an internationally acclaimed producer-writer-director who sometimes collaborates as Editor on select independent feature films, (White Camellias, The Blue-Toothed Virgin – both by Russell Brown). Munch’s own films include the Sasquatch love-story Letters from the Big Man (2011) starring Lily Rabe and Jason Butler Harner, Harry and Max (2004), about two brothers who are both pop idols; The Sleepy Time Gal (2001), about a dying mother’s search for a daughter put up for adoption at birth, starring Jacqueline Bisset, Martha Plimpton, Nick Stahl and Seymour Cassel; Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996), starring Michael Stipe and Henry Gibson; and The Hours and Times (1992, Good Machine), based on the friendship of Brian Epstein and John Lennon, a lauded work that received jury prizes at Sundance and Berlin. All of Munch’s films have played in competition at Sundance as well as at other major international festivals. Munch is a Guggenheim Fellow, recipient of the IFP’s Someone to Watch Award, and featured in two Whitney Biennial exhibitions, among other honors.
MARK ORTON, (Composer) founding member of the genre-bending acoustic chamber ensemble Tin Hat, has written original scores or contributed music to numerous films including The Good Girl, The Real Dirt on Famer John, Sweet Land, Everything is Illuminated, Buck, The Revisionaries, Mine, Nebraska, Fernando Meirelles' 360, and NBC's “E.R.” Current projects include the Italian feature La Regina Della Neve, and Ken Burns' upcoming series “The Roosevelts” An alumnus of The Peabody Conservatory and The Hartt School of Music, and a recipient of a Sundance Institute Composer Fellowship, he was nominated “Best New Composer” by the International Film Music Critics. Orton is both a multi-instrumentalist and collector of unusual and antique instruments, which can be heard in many of his scores. As an arranger he has worked with artists including Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Madeline Peyroux and Mike Patton. In addition to film, he composes for dance, radio drama, the circus and the concert hall. He lives in The Great Pacific Northwest with his wife and son.
BRITTA SJOGREN’s (Writer/Director/Producer) Sjogren’s films have received awards in such diverse venues as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Rio FEMINA, Atlanta, Aspen, and been included in special showcases at Creteil’s Festival of Films by Women and the Locarno International Film Festival. Her past features include In This Short Life (2005), a neorealist docu-fiction about choices -- big and small – and their consequences, and Jo-Jo at the Gate of Lions, (1992) a modern Joan-of-Arc tale about a young woman’s perverse attempt to save the world through self-denial. Her short, A Small Domain – a fable about a solitary woman in her 90s who kidnaps a baby -- won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 1996 Sundance Festival, and a dozen other top festival awards. Sjogren is a Guggenheim Fellow, and recipient of the AFI Independent Filmmaker grant and the CineReach award for Best Screenplay Minority Protagonist, among other honors. She has programmed film series for the Creteil Festival and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, is Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University and is author of a book on female voice and sound in film, Into the Vortex. She co-founded the production company Dire Wolf in 2007.
BRADLEY SELLERS (Director of Photography) has over 20 years experience lensing dramatic and documentary film, as well as television and music videos. Sellers has a longstanding work relationship with HBO, as primary DP on the shows “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Def Comedy Jam,” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Other cable credits include Bravo’s “Top Chef” as well as Sundance Channel’s “Pleasure For Sale.” Sellers has lensed multiple music videos in Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland, and won Best Music Video award at the Chicago International Film Festival. He has shot dozens of short films, as well as the Original National Lampoon’s Production, “Meet the Parents” (directed by Greg Gileena.) Sellers has also worked in both narrative and documentary projects for the Discovery Channel, Showtime, NBC, and FOX among other major networks. His feature cinematography credits include Britta Sjogren’s award-winning In This Short Life. He is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild, and holds a BFA in Cinema from Ohio State University.
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