Medeas is an intimate portrait of a rural family’s inner lives and their relationship to a harsh and shifting landscape. Ennis, a stern, hard-working dairy farmer struggles to maintain control of his family and surrounding environment, while his wife, Christina, retreats into herself, progressively disconnecting from him and their five children. As tensions increase, each character must confront their yearnings and anxieties, culminating in a dangerous conflict between control and freedom, intimacy and alienation. A journey into the unpredictable boundaries of human behavior, Medeas explores the desperate lengths people are driven to by love and self-preservation.
CATALINA SANDINO MORENO
Catalina Sandino Moreno is an Academy Award Nominated actress, whose performances and films have had both critical acclaim and financial success, screening at major film festivals worldwide. Her filmography includes Maria Full of Grace (2004), Paris, Je t’aime (2006), Fast Food Nation (2006), Love In the Time of Cholera (2007), and Che (2009). Among the many awards, Moreno earned a Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actress at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival, an Independent Spirit Award for best Female Lead and a Best Actress award at the 2004 Seattle International Film Festival. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Moreno currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
BRÍAN F. O’BYRNE
Brian O’Byrne first attracted notice for his performances in the Martin McDonagh plays The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996), for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play, and The Lonesome West (1997). He is known for taking on serious and dramatic roles, such as a serial killer in Frozen (1998) for which he won a Tony Award and a priest accused of child molestation in Doubt (2004), for which he received a Tony nomination. His filmography includes Million Dollar Baby (2004), Terrence Malick’s The New World (2005), and Before the Devils Knows You’re Dead (2007). In 2007, O’Byrne was nominated for another Tony Award for his performance in Tom Stoppard’s 2002 trilogy The Coast of Utopia. In 2011, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance in Mildred Pierce.
NEVAEH & KAYA CLAYTON
ANDREA PALLAORO, Writer/Director
Andrea Pallaoro is an award-winning film and theatre director whose recent work investigates the human perception of alienation and its relationship to intimacy. His previous film Wunderkammer won six international awards and was selected in the official competition of over fifty film festivals around the world, including Sundance 2009. Andrea holds an MFA
in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. He was born in Trento, Italy and currently resides in Los Angeles. Andrea was recently awarded a 2013 Yaddo Residency.
ORLANDO TIRADO, Co-Writer
Orlando Tirado Amador is a writer, filmmaker, and a collage-artist working in multimedia sculpture and performance. He holds an MFA in art from the California Institute of the Arts, an MA in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University, and a BA from Hampshire College. Mr. Tirado was recently named a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, for screenwriting, and was chosen as a 2012 Fellow for the California Association of Museums, for his curatorial and theoretical writing. Orlando and Andrea have been collaborators since 2000.
JONATHAN VENGUER, Producer
Jonathan’s academic background consists in an MFA in Screen Studies from The Royal Central School Of Speech and Drama in London, UK, as well as courses at Stagedoor Manor in New York, and most recently at UCLA. His career in the entertainment industry began serving as an assistant to producer’s Mace Neufeld and Lawrence Bender, where he participated in both studio and independent pictures, while continuing his career in the financing, development and production of feature films. He most recently launched Sixteen Frames, an independent film production company focused on the preservation of film as a format by working on projects shot on film. MEDEAS is the first film presented by the company.
GINA RESNICK, Producer
Gina is a prolific independent film producer and former studio executive with extensive and wide-ranging experience in the creative, legal, business, and production arenas. Having produced over 15 features, she has worked with some of the top filmmaking talent and actors around the world. She is the co-founder of Varient Pictures, an innovative film and technology company, where she has produced 5 feature films with partner Kyle Heller over the past 18 months. Some of her previous credits include Reservation Road, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Clockwatchers, and Imaginary Heroes. Her films have received both critical acclaim and financial success, premiering at major film festivals worldwide including Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals, and have been theatrically released by leading independent theatrical distributors. She served as Executive Vice President of Acquisitions, Co-Productions and Business Affairs for Columbia Tristar for 9 years, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the acquisition, production, worldwide sales and distribution for the video division. At Varient, Gina focuses on the creative development, packaging, and hands on production
of feature films and television projects with a slate of over a dozen films in various stages of production and development. With partner Kyle Heller, they are focusing on the convergence of media and technology and the creation of new distribution models. Gina is a graduate of NYU Law School and SUNY Albany and currently lives in Venice, CA.
KYLE HELLER, Producer
Kyle is an entrepreneur and independent film producer, who specializes in the execution and delivery of product to market with a focus in the entertainment and technology spheres. He
is the co-founder of Varient Pictures, an innovative film and technology company, where he has produced 5 feature films with partner Gina Resnick over the past 18 months. In his career, Kyle has overseen, packaged, and managed the budgets of more than 40 commercials, music videos, short and feature-length content, often incorporating new distribution tactics and brand-based integration to drive early revenues and market exposure. As a self-taught web developer, Kyle is a founding member of several next-level consumer technologies such as Convote and Cinematique, which are advancing the way content is distributed, marketed, and monetized. He also consults on numerous social media campaigns, digital marketing initiatives, and Internet product development. Kyle is bi-coastal, where he lives and works in both Los Angeles and New York City.
ELEONORA GRANATA JENKINSON, Producer
With her extraordinarily deep and varied background in managing and marketing cultural and film ventures on both sides of the Atlantic, Eleonora Granata brings a global network of artistic and business alliances in her capacity as an acquisition, film festival programmer, PR and international marketing executive. A Milan native and resident of Los Angeles, Eleonora served for seven years as the U.S. representative and program advisor for La Biennale di Venezia. She was also the senior programmer of world dramatic features for the Miami International Film Festival, as well as the U.S. representative for the Locarno International Film Festival. Eleonora also worked as vice president and head of the acquisitions and co-productions division at Turner Pictures. She began her career with RCS Films and Television in Italy, a division of the RCS Publishing group that she was instrumental in creating, where she held various acquisitions, distribution and marketing positions and eventually oversaw the company’s worldwide acquisitions and production from Los Angeles. As a leading international film industry expert, Eleonora recently served as acquisition consultant for United Artists, and currently oversees a number of film and corporate projects through her Los Angeles-based company, EGJ&A (Eleonora Granata Jenkinson & Associates). Founded in 2007, the firm integrates marketing, management, film co-production and acquisition, PR and film festival consulting for its clients. Among them are Screen Australia, Tribeca Enterprises, the Italian Film Commission of Los Angeles as well as independent producers and talent on both sides of the Atlantic. Eleonora is currently producing the feature film “ISADORA” directed by Floria Sigismondi and the sci-fi adventure feature “REPUBLIC” directed by Yuan Chien-Wei. Eleonora is the head of the Russian Film Commission in the USA.
ALEXIS SEELY, Co-Producer
CHAYSE IRVIN, Director of Photography
MATT HYLAND, Production Designer
ARNDT PEEMOELLER, Editor
ISAAC HAGY, Editor
AUBREY BINZER, Costume Designer
EMILY SCHWEBER, Casting Director
Medeas recently won: UKTI Best Innovative Budget Award (Venice Film Festival), Best Debut-Cinematographer Award (CamerImage), Best Director (Marrakech International Film Festival), the Sergej Parajanov Award for Outstand¬ing Poetic Vision (Tbilisi International Film Festival), and Best Film- New Voices, New Visions (Palm Springs International Film Festival), Best Actress and Best Cinematogrpahy Award (Nashville Film Festival).
Venice International Film Festival 2013 (Mostra Internazionale D’ Arte Cinematografica)
Mumbai Film Festival 2013
Morelia Int’l Film Festival 2013
Viennale Film Festival 2013
CamerImage Film Festival 2013
San Marino Film Festival 2013
Tertio Millenio Film Festival 2013
Marrakech International Film Festival 2013
The 14th Tbilisi Int’l Film Festival 2013
Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival 2014
Goteborg International Film Festival 2014
Uzack Bari 2014
Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias 2014
Sofia International Film Festival 2014
Vilnius International Film Festival 2014
Il Cinema Italiano Visto da Milano 2014
Panama International Film festival 2014
Florida Film Fest 2014
Istambul International Film Festival 2014
Nashville Film Festival 2014
Trento Film Festival 2014
Festival Int de Cinema D’ Autor de Barcelona 2014
Seattle Int’l Film Festival 2014
Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival 2014
Moscow International Film Festival 2014
Salento International Film Festival 2014
Terra di Siena International Film Festival 2014
Festival Internacional De Cine Independiente de La Plata 2014