Hello and welcome to Bear Island Films. Our first feature film project, RED IS THE COLOR OF. Stars internationally renowned actress, Irina Björklund, recipient of the Berlin Film Festivals 2004 Shooting Star Award, award-winning Finnish actor, Peter Franzén, and introducing Eliza Pryor Nagel.
RED IS THE COLOR OF is a dynamic character-driven drama with comic elements about sex, art, and relationships. David and Mary are two artists in New York, filled with the possibility of fame, creativity and fortune. The lovely and mysterious Julie insinuates herself into their world and shakes the foundations of their marriage. Julie befriends Mary and encourages her to share her most intimate secrets, exploring a world of sensuality that challenges Marys carefully constructed existence. Simultaneously, Julie plays a cat and mouse game with David, tempting and teasing him incessantly. David and Mary struggle to keep their stressed marriage from dissolving under the weight of their personal demons, unfulfilled expectations and crumbling communication. Julie becomes the thorn in their relationship as well as the fire that momentarily fans the flame of their passions.
Anne attended Stanford University then studied filmmaking and photography at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and New York. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Finland, where she created a visual interpretation of The Kalevala, the Finnish mythical epic. Anne has exhibited her fine art photography in the U.S., Europe and Bangkok. She has written and directed short films and music videos, and has written, directed and produced theater in Los Angeles. Her production company, Bear Island Films, is named for a farming village in the south of Finland. Anne is both a U.S. and Finnish citizen. She teaches an ongoing creative writing workshop and is publishing a book of poems and photographs called Mystic. Currently, she is working on a series of comedy scripts. One of her great joys in life is making people laugh.
Jodi comes from San Francisco and is a graduate from the USC School of Cinema-Television. Jodi worked at the Creative Artists Agency for high-powered agent, Rand Holston, whose clients include Merchant/Ivory, Stephen King and Wolfgang Petersen. She left CAA to work for Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock’s Montecito Picture Company. During her four years with the company, Jodi worked on the production of Old School (Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Juliette Lewis), Road Trip (Seann William Scott, Tom Green), Evolution (Julianne Moore, David Duchovny), Killing Me Softly (Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes), and Six Days, Seven Nights (Harrison Ford, Anne Heche.)
Martina started in the film industry in 1987 as a Camera Technician at ARRI Berlin. She worked with cinematographers Robby Mueller, Juergen Juerges and Sophy Mantigneux. Martina worked on the documentary, Wrapped Reichstag-Christo, shot by Albert Maysles, the feature films, Far Away So Close and Until The End Of The World both directed by Wim Wenders, and NICO-ICON, the award winning documentary by director, Susanne Ofteringer. Martina worked on the German feature film, Game of Death, which received the Bundes Film Preis,, the German Oscar. After moving to New York, Martina worked as the camera operator with renowned cinematographer, Ellen Kuras, on Personal Velocity, directed by Rebecca Miller and produced by InDiGent. The film won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Award for best Cinematography and The Grand Jury prize for Best Film. Her latest documentary project, Ferry Tales, was nominated for the 2004 Academy Award.
Lee hails from Princeton, New Jersey and is a graduate of New York University. He began his journey in the entertainment world as an intern on The Joan Rivers Show. Lee’s most recent position was as Talent and Script Coordinator, booking and scouting the comics for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Lee produced some of the segments for the correspondence pieces for comics such as Dave Chappelle. He’s also worked in production on numerous Bob Hope specials and on VH1 Honors. Lee served on the advisory committee for the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
Irina Björklund was born in Sweden, grew up in Finland and France, and has been a resident of the United States since 1999. Due to her parents' frequent travel in her childhood, she was given the free gift of languages. These have become a blessing in her acting and singing careers. She has gone on to work in the US, Finland, Sweden, France, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Ireland, Croatia, Hungary and Spain.
Irina studied in Finland at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki (1993-96), but has since worked mainly in film and television. To date, she has acted in some 50 films, earning her awards such as Best Actress at the 2002 Finnish Jussi Awards (equivalent to the Academy Awards) and the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2004. She can also be seen in american films such as The American with George Clooney, The Butcher with Eric Roberts, Lost with Dean Caine, Filip Jan Rymsza's Dustclouds, and as the lead in Anne Norda's Red Is the Color of.
However, her love for the stage keeps bringing her back in front of a live audience. She has last been seen in For the Sheer Love of Me at the Santa Barbara Center Stage Theatre, as Jane in actor Stephen Spinella's directorial debut Speaking in Tongues and as two of the leads in the US premiere of The Cosmonaut's Last Message..., directed by Neel Keller at the La Jolla Playhouse. Irina also performs live music shows with her band - playing the Musical Saw and singing her own texts with multi-instrumentalist and composer Peter Fox. To date, she has released two albums: Oh l'Amour in 2006, and Vintage Espresso in 2007. She is currently working on her third album, an all french one. Irina is also a proud spokes person for the United Nation's Population Fund's campaign for safe motherhood in third world countries, and encourages everybody to visit their web site http://www.unfpa.org/safemotherhood/ to help make this world a better place to live!
Peter Franzén plays David Stellar. Peter has been the lead actor in over a dozen feature films and television projects in his native land of Finland. He has won numerous acting awards, including the Finnish Film Academy Award and is considered one of the top actors in Scandinavia. Peter starred in Badding, a feature film based on the tragic true life story of Finland’s top pop star from the 70’s. Peter’s played a variety of diverse roles including the evil troll in the most popular Finnish children’s film, Rölli Peikko. He stars with his wife, Irina Björklund, in Ambush as the sergeant who leads his troop on an ill-fated
Eliza Pryor Nagel plays Julie Belle. Eliza was last seen on the big screen in the Sundance film, 13 Conversations About One Thing. She’s also appeared in the award winning short, Autumn Leaves, and the festival feature hits, City of Thieves, Weeki Wachee Girls and Mad About Harry. Eliza has appeared in numerous television shows, including Third Watch, The Job, Law & Order, Sex and the (as Alanis Morisette’s wife) and Madigan Men.
Carey DiPietro plays Fran Pinkerton. Carey hails from Pittsburgh. She has extensive theater experience in Chicago and Los Angeles. She was the lead in the gothic comedy, Dinner that played at Slamdance in 2000. Carey’s most recent role was as Kim Field’s best friend in the film, Me and Mrs. Jones, which won “Best Feature Film” and “Best Film Overall” at the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame’s 2001 Filmworks Festival.
Terry Tocantins plays Stephen Stephens. Terry cut his teeth in the NYC comedy scene with The Chicago City Limits Improvisational Theatre and the seminal sketch group Big City Comedy. A founding member of the Troubadours Ensemble, he has toured lead roles in productions of Macbeth and Richard III. His TV credits include recurring appearances on Ally McBeal, Chop Suey TV and Bliss. Terry wrote and produced the comic documentary A Galaxy Far, Far Away, currently in theatres and soon to be released on DVD.
Goreti da Silva plays Paula Krinsky. Since moving to LA from Toronto, Goreti da Silva has been in many plays, TV shows and movies. Her most recent role was as a casting director in The Making of Daniel Boone, starring Clancy Brown and Andrew J. Robinson. She can also be seen as the wife in James Nicholson's upcoming film entitled The Longest Shadow. You may have caught Goreti on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno or on stage starring in the critically acclaimed Los Angeles theatrical production, The Burning House. Goreti performs around Los Angeles in numerous improv shows.
Marcello Robinson plays Karl Marks. Marcello began his acting career in Chicago seven years ago. He has worked on such show's as: "Big River" and "A Raisin In The Sun" and has been asked to reprise his role of Jim in a new production of “Big River” at the Los Angeles Theater Center next fall. His film appearances include principal and/or supporting roles in: Message In A Bottle, Never Been Kissed, Return To Me, Light It Up, and Save The Last Dance. Soon he will play one of the lead roles in Tom Hank’s production of the feature film, West Point.
Lorenzo Caccialanza plays Carlo. Lorenzo has appeared in numerous feature films including Die Hard, Funny About Love (with Gene Wilder), Don Juan Di Marco (with Johnny Depp) and has been a series regular on Knotts Landing and Days of Our Lives. He’s been a guest star on other TV shows including Murder She Wrote. Lorenzo once described the nicest character he ever played as a “charming asshole.” We’re giving him a chance to soften up his image with the lovable Carlo in Red Red Red. Before his career as an actor, Lorenzo was a professional soccer player in Italy.
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