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Premiering May 29 2014 Chinese Theater Hollywood
Premiering
May 29 2014
Chinese Theater
Hollywood
CAST
PAUL SORVINO as Skip
Paul Sorvino has appeared in a variety of film, TV and theatrical productions over the last four decades. He received critical praise for his role in the Broadway play "That Championship Season", and played the role again in the 1981 film alongside Robert Mitchum and Martin Sheen. Other noteworthy performances during the 1980s and 1990s included a stressed-out police chief in Cruising (1980), Mike Hammer's cop buddy in I, the Jury (1982), "Lips Manlis" in The Gambler (1974) with James Caan and in a standout performance as mob patriarch "Paul Cicero" in the powerhouse Goodfellas (1990). Always keeping himself busy, Sorvino has performed in nearly 50 movies just in the past decade, including a dynamic and under-appreciated portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Nixon (1995), as "Fulgencio Capulet" in the updated Romeo + Juliet (1996) and in the Las Vegas thriller The Cooler (2003).
THERESA RUSSELL as Rachal Love
Theresa Russell made her film debut in a notable part opposite many Hollywood heavyweights in The Last Tycoon (1976). She later became a familiar face in art-house or independent films, including: Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (1980), Eureka (1983), Insignificance (1985), Aria (1987), Impulse (1990) and Whore (1991) (many directed by her husband-at-the-time Nicolas Roeg.) She played an impressive lead with Debra Winger in the 1987 thriller hit Black Widow (1987), played in a major role in the mini-series "Blind Ambition" (1979), worked in Straight Time (1978) and appeared as Denise Richards's promiscuous mother in Wild Things (1998). Working today as a leading character actress in various independent and well known TV shows and movies, Russell appeared in Spider-Man 3 (2007) and played the part of Liz Taylors mom opposite Lindsey Lohan in the recent TV film “Liz & Dick”.
ROBERT MIANO as Jimmy
Robert has appeared in over 100 feature films in starring or co-starring roles with actors like Al Pacino and Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco (1997) where Robert played "Sonny Red". He co-starred with Jeremy Irons in Dungeons & Dragons (2000), a cameo with Kim Basinger in Jumpshot (2004) (V) directed by Mark Rydell, with Morgan Freeman in Edison (2005), with Christopher Walken and Benicio Del Toro in The Funeral (1996) directed by Abel Ferrara, just to name a few. Robert has also guest-starred on numerous TV shows like "Frasier" (1993), "Caroline in the City" (1995), "The Shield" (2002), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993), as a regular on "General Hospital" (1963), a recurring role on "The Young and the Restless" (1973), and many more.
TARYN MANNING as Patricia Rose
Taryn Manning (born November 6, 1978) is an American actress, fashion designer, and singer-songwriter. She is the vocalist for electronic duo Boomkat and co-owner of the clothing brand Born Uniqorn.[1] Manning gained her first major role as an actress in 2001 when she played the role of Maddy in Crazy/Beautiful. She is well known for her film portrayals in Crossroads, 8 Mile, A Lot Like Love, Hustle & Flow, Weirdsville and Jack and Jill vs. the World.[2] She has appeared in film genres ranging from drama and comedy to science fiction.
BILLY ZANE as Preston Holdsworth
Soon after graduating high school, Billy decided to venture out to California to try his hand at acting. Within three weeks, he won his very first big screen role in Back to the Future (1985), playing the part of Match, one of Biff Tannen's thugs. He would later reprise that role for the sequel Back to the Future Part II (1989). Then after a small role in the film Critters (1986), he landed starring roles in several television films. In 1989, Billy filmed Dead Calm (1989). It was on the set of this movie that he met his future wife, Lisa Collins. They were married from 1988-1995. In 1996, Billy starred in The Phantom (1996) and in 1997 as Caledon Hockley in the billion dollar grossing Titanic (1997). Then in 1999, he starred in the television movie "Cleopatra" (1999).
And introducing KIMBERLY WHALEN as Winter Rose
The profoundly gifted actress singer was discovered after 2,500 submissions were considered. In addition to turning in an inspired performance in her big screen debut, Whalen also sings all of the music she performs in the film and 2 additional songs on the soundtrack. It is expected that her performance in A WINTER ROSE will launch her as a major star of music and film.
DISTINGUISHED SUPPORTING CAST
There are many distinguished members of the cast who have appeared in major motion pictures, often as leads.
Edward Furlong
George Lazenby
Samaire Armstrong
DIRECTOR
Director’s Statement from Riz Story, Director of “A Winter Rose”

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.

About Riz Story

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.

POSTER
MUSIC
Music From The Film
Blossom by Kimberly Whalen
Blue by Kimberly Whalen
The Storm by Kimberly Whalen
Over Before it Begins by INFINIKA
Fly Away by INFINIKA
Nammu's Invocation by Kaliyani
Seven by Early Melodic Animals
Mexico by Gabriella
PREMIERE
WORLD PREMIERE

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