In it’s essence, A WINTER ROSE is the triumphant story of a young girl who must overcome all odds to realize her ultimate dream in life. It is a story of love, friendship and following your dream. I believe that at the foundation of every film there is a timeless story. It is my hope that A WINTER ROSE is one such tale.
Winter Rose (Kimberly Whalen) was abandoned by her birth parents and placed in an orphanage as an infant. Despite her profound gift as a vocalist and lyric writer she is reluctant to pursue a career in music due to her deep fear of rejection. When she is miraculously chosen by her vocal idol, Rachal Love (Theresa Russell), to take the torch as the world’s next super diva, Winter must find the courage to face her fears, overcome her tumultuous life and realize her dream.
As a filmmaking storyteller, this project excites me with its well-balanced narrative and extraordinary characters. It was conceived as a showcase for acting prowess and will demand that every player is a world-class talent. It is with this in mind that we have cast the film with such actors as Paul Sorvino, Theresa Russell, Billy Zane, Robert Miano, Eddie Furlong, George Lazenby, Samaire Armstrong and introducing Kimberly Whalen.
Another aspect of this project that holds much appeal for me is the musical element. The film features an entirely original song score that is performed by our cast. I tried to instill the songs with a sense of timelessness, meant for a singer with extraordinary talents like Kimberly Whalen. It is my hope that the film and soundtrack album will be companion items that receive equal attention.
A WINTER ROSE represents a passion project for me as a director. The combination of timeless story, stirring music and highly engaging characters makes this the ideal project to express my love for both music and cinema.
Riz Story held numerous positions in his debut as a filmmaker on A Winter Rose. Story wrote, produced (with Robert Miano), directed, oversaw the cinematography, and worked on the post-production. In addition, he oversaw the editing, the score (Story composed and performed all of the instrumentation for both the song score and the theatrical score, as well as handled the mixing and mastering), the sound edit, sound design, and completed the Dolby digital mix for the film. Story along with noted colorist/restorationist John Sellars (Sound of Music, Westside Story etc.) and computer animation veteran Christian Cunningham (Lord of the Rings, Shrek, The Matrix Reloaded etc.) completed the post-production.
Story’s strong background and experiences in music production and performance helped guide him during the making of his very first independent film. Forming the band ANYONE in the 90’s with drummer Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters, Alanis Morrisette) and Jon Davison (Yes). Story has written and produced with such luminaries as Paula Abdul, Jane’s Addiction and many more. Story is currently leading a new band called INFINIKA, which features KORN drummer David Silveria and contributed 6 songs to the film sound track.
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