An Honora / Audire Films Production “SEQUOIA” Aly Michalka, Dustin Milligan, Todd Lowe, Demetri Martin with Joey Lauren Adams and Lou Diamond Phillips. Casting By Janelle Scuderi. Edited By Franklin Peterson. Production Designer Bradley Rubin. Director Of Photography Stephen Ringer. Executive Producer Thomas Agosto, William Graves, Roxanne Roberts Produced By Giles Andrew Charles James Denton, Jessica Latham, Ashleigh Phillips Written By Andrew Rothschild Directed By Andy Landen
A lively young woman with a life threatening illness visits Sequoia National Park with the intention of ending her life – but her plans are complicated by her colorful family and her unexpected romance with a failed musician.
Aly Michalka has already obtained an impressive career as both a working actress and a respected musician and songwriter. Aly most recently wrapped production on two independent feature films, the dark comedy KILLING WINSTON JONES, starring Danny Glover and Richard Dreyfuss, and the lead role in the romantic drama SEQUOIA. Ms. Michalka was the star of CW's drama series HELLCATS. You can see her acclaimed performances in the Screen Gems hit comedy EASY A opposite Emma Stone and the thriller THE ROOMMATE, where she stars alongside Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly as well as the hit sequel GROWN UPS. Aly can currently be seen costarring on the CBS hit show, TWO AND HALF MEN.
At the ripe age of 18, uber-Canadian Dustin Milligan packed up his Mum’s station wagon and made the move from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to Vancouver, British Columbia, landing himself a sweet, sweet agent and his first jobs as a professional actor within weeks. Since then, Dustin has performed in numerous films including “In The Land of Women” starring Kristen Stewart, “The Messengers” starring, once again, Kristen Stewart, Mike Judge's "Extract", the unforgettable "Shark Night 3D", and he’s all over Season One of “90210″. You can catch him soon in "Demonic", "Me, Him, Her" and his writing+producing debut: "Bad City" --- All to be seen in 2014!
Actor, musician Todd Lowe was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in the small town of Humble, Texas. He is best known for his work in a number of critically acclaimed television series, including his most recent role as Terry Bellefleur, the short-order cook and Iraq War veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, in HBO’s Emmy-nominated dramaTrue Blood. For five seasons, Lowe played Zack Van Gerbig in the wildly successful television series Gilmore Girls, starring opposite Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham.
Demetri is an American comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer and humorist. Martin is best known for his work as a stand-up comedian, being a contributor on The Daily Show, his Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin and his role in Lake Bell's movie In A World that premiered at Sundance in 2013.
Sophi Bairley was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida and spent her earlier childhood singing, dancing, performing in local theatre, tumbling and riding horses. At the age of 9 she began to pursue a career as an actor. Her first job was a student film called LITTLE MEN. Other memorable work includes the features CANVAS and THE POKER HOUSE and notable guest roles on CRIMINAL MINDS and MAD MEN. She is thrilled that the feature Sequoia is going to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this spring.
Sophi currently lives in the Los Angeles area where she continues to make music by playing guitar, singing and composing.
Adams’ performance in Chasing Amy earned her both the 1997 Chicago Film Critics Award and Las vegas Film Critics Society Award for Most Promising Actress, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Her post-Smith projects included playing a spunky veterinarian’s assistant who falls in love with a single father (vince vaughn) in 1998’s A Cool, Dry Place. The following year, Adams appeared in her first big-budget Hollywood release, playing Adam Sandler’s love interest in the successful comedy Big Daddy. She then went on to appear in many smaller films, including Beautiful and In the Shadows.
During 2006, Adams released her directorial debut, Come Early Morning, starring Ashley Judd and Tim Blake Nelson. The film, shot on location in Little Rock, Arkansas, was selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
Lou Diamond Phillips can be seen in the upcoming film The 33, based on the 2010 rescue operation of the 33 trapped miners in the Copiapó copper mine; in addition to the award-winning film Filly Brown, for which he won the Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Imagen Award for Best Actor; and the hit A&E drama, "Longmire," which has been renewed for a third season.
Phillips is best known for his portrayal of Ritchie Valens in the 1987 blockbuster, La Bamba, and his performance as Angel Guzman in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver, for which he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Other notable film credits include: Courage Under Fire, Young Guns, CHE, Supernova, Hollywood Homicide, The Big Hit, Brokedown Palace and El Cortez. As a director, Phillips is working on his latest film, Tao of Surfing, based on the Pulitzer Prize nominated book by Michael A. Allen. On the stage, Phillips earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance as the King of Siam in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I.”
Born and raised in Canada, Andy grew up making skateboard videos. He’s a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and a past winner of the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker award, which saw his short film “Message in a Bottle” screen in over 30,000 AMC movie theaters. He currently lives in Los Angeles. “Sequoia” is his first feature.
A British writer, producer and director who started his film career on being admitted to the prestigious film program at the University of Southern California where he received an MFA in Film Production and Screenwriting. In 2010, Giles won a College EMMY for Best Comedy. Founding Honora productions to break the work of new filmmakers ,he produced David Cross' directorial debut HITS that premiered at Sundance in 2014 as well as SEQUOIA that will play at SXSW.
Ashleigh makes her producing debut with the indie film Sequoia, directed by Andy Landen and premiering at SXSW. Ashleigh is a graduate of the USC Film School with a BFA in Writing for Screen and Television. She then went on to attend the Peter Stark Producing Program. Previously, Ashleigh worked at Illumination Entertainment on the animated feature Despicable Me. She left Illumination to work in development at Paramount Pictures before deciding to launch into the independent writing and producing world.
Franklin Peterson is a Los Angeles based editor who has been working in post production for the better part of ten years. His credits include SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED the waldo salt screenwriting award winner at Sundance 2012 and IT'S A DISASTER winner of multiple audience awards at film festivals across the country. He has an MFA from the USC school of cinematic arts.
Bradley Rubin is an experienced Art Director (ADG) and Production Designer focusing on film, television and commercial projects. Rubin is currently staffed as the Assistant Art Director on Paramount Pictures’ The Gambler. Rubin’s additional projects include recent Assistant Art Director credits on films including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Love & Mercy, Muppets Most Wanted, The Internship, Real Steel and This is 40 among many others.
Mark Noseworthy is a multi-instrumentalist born in London, Ontario, Canada. He was first drawn to the guitar enough to play it at the age of 10. Guitar has been his primary instrument ever since. Mark is the lead-guitarist for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and spends his time working on other projects in between touring with the band. His musical interests include song writing, production and film scoring. Mark is most interested in music recorded in era of the analog studio's, and gets inspiration from the magic of those times.
HONORA producers Giles Andrew, Jessica Latham and Ashleigh Phillips. Honora is on a mission to be the world’s leading production company to break the work of new writers, directors and producers.
Since it's inception, Honora has completed “HITS”, a feature written and directed by David Cross that premiered at Sundance Premieres Section in 2014 as well as the feature length dark comedy “Sequoia”, that will premiere at South by Southwest. www.honoraproductions.com.