Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen hit the road in BONNEVILLE, a story
about three friends who "come of age" for a second time on a trip across the great
American West. Faced with the decision of a lifetime, Arvilla Holden (Lange) loads up
her 1966 Bonneville convertible and, with her friends (Bates, Allen) in tow, sets out from
Pocatello, Idaho en route to Santa Barbara.
As they detour to spots like Bryce Canyon and Las Vegas, it doesn't take long for
the women to realize Arvilla has something unexpected in store. But what none of them
realize is that what began as a simple trip will end up becoming a chance to rediscover
themselves, their friendship, the importance of promises - and of letting go. Also starring
Tom Skerritt and Christine Baranski, BONNEVILLE unites three of the most acclaimed
actresses of our time in a story that celebrates fun, adventure and living life to the
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen unite in BONNEVILLE, the story of
three friends who set out on an unexpected road trip that will change their lives forever.
After twenty years of marriage, Arvilla Holden (Two Time Academy Award
Winner Lange) has just lost her husband, Joe - and she's about to lose her house as
her stepdaughter Francine (Christine Baranski) forces her to choose between her home
and keeping her promise to Joe.
Convinced she has no choice but to give in to Francine's plan, Arvilla sets off
from Pocatello Idaho with her best friends Margene and Carol along for the ride
(Academy Award Winner Bates and Academy Award Nominee Allen).
Her friends are surprised when Arvilla picks them up in Joe's vintage '66
Bonneville convertible. And they're shocked when Arvilla cruises right past the airport,
abandoning plane tickets to Santa Barbara in favour of a road trip across the great
As they detour to spots like Bryce Canyon and Las Vegas, it doesn't take long for
the women to realize Arvilla has something unexpected in store. But what none of them
realize is that what began as a trip to deliver "Joe" will end up becoming a chance to
rediscover themselves, their friendship, the importance of promises - and of letting go.
Also starring Tom Skerritt, BONNEVILLE unites three of the most acclaimed
actresses of our time in a story that celebrates fun, adventure and living life to the
About the production
Set in some of the most stunning landscapes in the West, BONNEVILLE stars
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen as three best friends on the road trip of a
lifetime. Co-starring Tom Skerritt and Christine Baranski, the film is directed by first time
feature director Christopher N Rowley, from a screenplay by fellow newcomer Daniel D
While Rowley and Davis are both relatively new to the world of film, both have
extensive experience in other arenas. Rowley applied to USC's School of
Cinema-Television after working for many years in architecture. And Davis grew up near
Pocatello, Idaho, where the film begins, before earning degrees at Harvard and
Georgetown, practicing law, and ultimately moving to California to pursue his writing.
Rowley worked closely with Davis on the development of the script, joined by
fellow USC alum John Kilker. Davis explains that the story of BONNEVILLE is actually
intensely personal: "The inspiration for the principal characters came from my own life -
my grandmother, Arvilla, my Aunt Carol and Margene Criddle, a close family friend. My
grandmother was quite a few years younger than my grandfather. When he died, she
seemed to lose her sense of purpose and interest in life, fell ill and died in her
seventies. BONNEVILLE came from my desire for a happier ending, one where grief
gives way to the realization that another life full of adventure and discovery lies ahead."
In 2003, Rowley and Kilker saw THE STATION AGENT, a film produced by
SenArt Films' Robert May. May explains, "Based on the sensibility of THE STATION
AGENT, John thought we might be interested in BONNEVILLE, so he sent us one of the
first drafts and we really responded to the core of the idea, which is this road trip with
these three women. It was about a year and a half before production and we started
working on it together, just getting it as close to this beautiful story we're telling today as
When the time came to cast, the filmmakers were determined to seek out some
of the most legendary film actresses of our time. Rowley explains, "When we started
going out to the actresses, I believed in the script. I knew that Robert, and John and
Dan believed in the script. But to see Jessica Lange, Joan Allen and Kathy Bates
respond to the script was a huge benchmark in the process of making the film."
About Arvilla, Lange says, "She was lucky at a point in her life to meet a man
who gave her this gift of a very exciting life and opened up worlds to her. I imagine them
to be one of those great couples that are absolutely inseparable and have a certain kind
of symbiosis, where they become each other in a way. So the movie begins when she
loses him and has to come back and start this process of grieving, and what interested
me in the script was how do you take the character through this in a symbolic, kind of
metaphoric period of time. You know, to see the evolution of a person that is going
through the grieving process. It really becomes a journey of self-discovery."
Lange signed on to play Arvilla, and the filmmakers next went to Bates with the
role of Margene. However, Bates admits, "To be honest, the first time I read the script, I
loved the story. But I felt that my character Margene was a little 'one note.' And so I
thought about it a lot and gave notes back and then a few months went by, and they
were getting ready to make the movie, and they sent me a new script, and I really liked
the differences and the complexities in Margene. It was important to me that Margene
be a whole, real person, not just somebody who's given one liners all the time."
Allen was the last of the three women to sign on, basing her decision on an
appreciation that "there were three women characters that you don't often find in scripts,
with a real journey to go on. And I loved the idea of working with Jessica and Kathy,
neither of whom I'd ever worked with. I talked to Jessica before I had decided
completely that I would do the film, and she talked about how much she was interested
in the genre of doing a road film, because she had never done one before. And when
she brought that up, it really sort of started my mind thinking - it had a sense of freedom,
of riding around in this car and getting to go."
In terms of preparation, each actress took her own tack. Lange opted for a
simplistic approach: "Sometimes when you're working on a character, you have an
accent, a look, you have something that you bring externally to it and with this character
I wanted to keep it absolutely as simple and natural as possible, because of what she is
going through. I wanted her to have a certain kind of transparency and nakedness so
that the vulnerability of a woman at this moment in her life would become very palatable
to the audience."
Meanwhile, Allen immersed herself in Mormon culture, explaining that "since my
character was so deeply attached to that religion, I came a week early and spent my
time with people from the church. They brought me into their homes, took me to their
church, helped me immensely understand the religion in a way that you can't always get
when you're reading a book."
In terms of working with such a daunting cast, Rowley also made sure he was
prepared. "Having worked on the script as long as we did, that was deep inside my soul.
And my director's work, I started six months in advance, digging into these characters
and preparing for these actresses." Bates agrees, "When we were starting to work on
the screenplay, we were really hard on Dan and Chris about what we felt was right for
the characters and what we felt they would really say to each other. And Chris has met
us every step of the way with his insights in terms of the script and the characters. He
knows these characters really well, he's great with emotional depth, he's got insight
about human beings that comes from a very wise soul. I think he's going to make a
really good film director. He seems to be doing exactly what he should be doing. And
that's directing movies."
Lange continues, "First time directors, it's twofold. They know what they want.
What they have to learn is how to translate that to actors. There's a very specific way
that an actor needs to be addressed and I think it was a discovery process as we went
along." However, Rowley rose to the challenge, and Allen praises him, saying "one of
the greatest assets I think he has is patience and gentleness. The director really needs
to provide an environment and an atmosphere where you feel like you can expose
yourself, and Chris really does that."
With the three women in place, the filmmakers began searching for the right
supporting cast. The role of the friendly truck driver who becomes an unlikely suitor was
filled by Tom Skerritt and Christine Baranski signed on as Arvilla's stepdaughter,
Francine. Screenwriter Davis raves, "Christine embodies the complexity of Francine's
emotions towards Arvilla, so that we understand that her actions come from her pain,
and not plain meanness. And Tom's Emmett is both gentle and a man, and Tom spent
time with me to create a back-story that provided the foundation for his relationship with
the women. A writer is lucky to collaborate with individuals who have a compatible
vision, and blessed to collaborate with artists whose work create a result that surpasses
his own vision. The cast did exactly that with BONNEVILLE."
The final casting challenge was the part of "Bo," the young hitchhiker the women
meet along the way. Rowley explains, "How would we find an 18-20something who had
an innocence and a magic and this sweet soul?" When Victor Rasuk, who had received
much praise and critical attention for the indie RAISING VICTOR VARGAS, was
brought to the filmmakers' attention, they knew they'd found Bo.
Rowley continues, "Victor's wonderful, kind, and amazingly soulful for someone
who's 21 years old. He has a tremendous future."
With the cast in place, the producers began planning the final details of the
shoot. Based out of Salt Lake City, production on BONNEVILLE took place over six
weeks in the fall of 2005. The shoot took the cast and crew to Bryce Canyon, Las Vegas
and California as well. Bates describes the journey: "We've been in the desert, we've
been in the Salt Flats, we've been in water, we've been all these different places and
one would think that can be difficult for the actors, but in reality, the actors are really
protected all the time by the crew. It's the crew that ends up having to stand out in all
the elements, in the rain, in the snow, and the cold. This was a particularly difficult
shoot, I imagine, for them, because I enjoyed every minute of it."
As shooting began, everyone was impressed by the camaraderie that grew,
between both cast and crew. Producer Robert May explains, "We assembled an
amazing crew. Everyone has a chemistry, not just the cast, which has really been
amazing, it's amazing on screen, and it's amazing in the friendship that they developed
on set, but also the chemistry among the crew and the belief in the story, it's been
remarkable." Rowley continues, "The process was much more than I could have
expected and everything I could have dreamed of. It was an amazing collaboration. You
know, a lot of our department heads came from the $100 million world down to our film.
Jeffrey Kimball, the DP. (TOP GUN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2), came to our film
because he wanted to do something soulful. Everyone responded very strongly to our
script. They all had a reason to be here."
Allen raves, "We had so much fun and so many laughs. It was fun to do the
scene in the casino in Las Vegas where my character wins $176,000 and gets to
scream and to grab a glass of vodka by accident and drink it - that was very fun. But
we've also gotten to go to some amazing places. I loved being on Lake Powell and
working on the houseboat. I mean, the bonus in doing the work is getting to go to these
incredibly beautiful places that I had never been to."
An undeniable chemistry grew between the three actresses, or as Rowley
explains, "it was incredible to watch these women interact and actually become friends
through the process. It was like a slumber party by the end of the film." Lange describes
her experience with Bates and Allen: "There was something perfect in the balance, in
the dynamics of the three of us and what we brought to the characters, and how the
relationship kind of grew. It's one of those rare cases where you can't explain it, but it
has a certain kind of grace and a certain dynamic that has worked very well for the
characters and also to tell the story."
Bates seconds Lange's sentiments, continuing "It's been an unexpected
pleasure. You never know what you're going to go through when you come together
with a group of people to make a film. I felt myself comfortable, and relaxed, able to be
authentic, and be myself. Everyone gets to be themselves and be appreciated for who
they are, and that's been what my experience has been working on this particular film, I
feel that I've gotten to be me, and be loved for that, and what more wonderful thing in
the world is that?"
About the cast
JESSICA LANGE (Arvilla Holden)
Acclaimed as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, two-time Academy
Award winner Jessica Lange has dazzled the screen with over thirty credits to her
Jessica made her Hollywood debut in John Guillermin's King Kong opposite Jeff
Bridges and Charles Grodin, winning a Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut in a Motion
Picture. She then permanently put her name on the map by receiving dual Academy
Award and Golden Globe nominations in the same year for her challenging
performances in Frances and in Sydney Pollack's memorable comedy Tootsie starring
opposite Dustin Hoffman, for which she took home the Oscar for Supporting Actress. In
1994, Lange won her first Oscar for her Best Actress in Blue Sky, which she starred
opposite Tommy Lee Jones.
Following her previous dynamic performances, Lange amazed audiences with
projects such as Country, which paired her with Frances co-star Sam Shepard, to tell
the story of a struggling farmer and his wife. Lange's performance again earned her
Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Jessica's
success continued with Sweet Dreams and Music Box, both which garnered her
Academy Award nominations and an additional Golden Globe nom for Music Box. In
1996 Lange picked up her first Emmy nomination for the made for TV adaptation of A
Streetcar Named Desire in which Lange played Blanche DuBois.
Lange continued to take diverse roles in acclaimed movies which include Martin
Scorsese's Cape Fear alongside Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, and Juliette Lewis; Losing
Isaiah opposite Halle Barry; Rob Roy with Liam Neeson; and Tim Burton's Big Fish
alongside an outstanding ensemble cast including Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy
Crudup, and Helena Bonham Carter. Lange also appeared in Jim Jarmusch's Broken
Flowers starring Bill Murray, in which Lange played a former flame of Murray's
In 2005, Jessica starred in the independent film Don't Come Knocking. The film,
written and co-starring Sam Shepard, marked their first collaboration after over 15
years. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, Don't Come Knocking told the story of a
former movie star who has let his life fall apart and drowns himself in self pity, drugs,
and alcohol. One day he finds out he might have a child somewhere in the world and
sets out on a journey to find the family he might have had. The film was directed by Wim
Up next for Lange is Bonneville. Starring as a recent widow, Lange takes a life
changing road trip with fellow award winning actresses Joan Allen and Kathy Bates. The
film was written by Daniel Davis and Christopher Rowley and directed by Rowley, and
will be released in February 29, 2008.
KATHY BATES (Margene Cunningham)
Kathy Bates has been honoured numerous times for her work on stage, screen
and television. She won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her
portrayal of the obsessed fan, Annie Wilkes, in the 1990 thriller "Misery," directed by
Rob Reiner and based on the book by Stephen King. In 1999, she received Oscar,
Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations and won Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and
Critics' Choice Awards for her performance in Mike Nichols' "Primary Colours." Bates
more recently earned her third Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominations for her role
in Alexander Payne's "About Schmidt," for which she also garnered a SAG Award
nomination and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In addition, she received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for her work in
Jon Avnet's "Fried Green Tomatoes," and shared in a SAG Award nomination as a
member of the ensemble cast of James Cameron's all-time top-grossing blockbuster,
Later this year, Bates will be seen in Richard LaGravenese's romantic comedy
drama "PS I Love You" and also lends her voice to the Jerry Seinfeld animated comedy
"Bee Movie." She most recently completed work on Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary
Road," in which she stars with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Bates' long list of film credits also includes "Charlotte's Web," "Failure to Launch,"
"Little Black Book," "Dragonfly," "American Outlaws," "The Waterboy," "The War at
Home," "Dolores Claiborne," "A Home of Our Own," "Prelude to a Kiss," "Shadows and
Fog," "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," "Dick Tracy," "Men Don't Leave," "Come Back
to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," "Straight Time" and "Taking Off."
On the small screen, Bates won Golden Globe and SAG Awards and earned an
Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Helen Kushnick in the 1996 HBO film "The
Late Shift." Her television honours also include Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award
nominations for her performance as Miss Hannigan in the musical "Annie"; another SAG
Award nomination for her role in the telefilm "My Sister's Keeper"; and four additional
Emmy Award nominations for her work on the projects "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Six
Feet Under," "Warm Springs," and "Ambulance Girl," which she also directed. She
recently had a recurring role on the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under."
Bates has also been honoured for her work behind the camera as a director. Her
directing work on the A&E telefilm "Dash and Lilly," starring Sam Shepard and Judy
Davis, earned 9 Emmy nominations. Having directed five episodes of the acclaimed
HBO series "Six Feet Under," she earned a Directors Guild of America Award for the
episode entitled "Twilight." Her credits as a director also include the telefilm "Fargo" and
episodes of such series as "Oz," "NYPD Blue" and "Homicide: Life on the Street."
Bates first gained the attention of critics and audiences on the New York stage.
She was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of the suicidal daughter in the
original Broadway production of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "`night,
Mother." She also won an Obie Award for her performance as Frankie in the original
off-Broadway production of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune."
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Bates received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in
1970, from Southern Methodist University, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in
JOAN ALLEN (Carol Brimm)
Three-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen is one of the film world's busiest
actresses. She was most recently seen in the box office smash the "The Bourne
Ultimatum" opposite Matt Damon. Before that, she appeared in "Yes", a modern day
cross-cultural love story for writer/director Sally Potter. In 2005, Joan starred opposite
Kevin Costner in "The Upside of Anger" for director/writer Mike Binder, and in "Off the
Map," directed by Campbell Scott. In 2004, she was seen in the blockbuster "The
Bourne Supremacy" starring opposite Matt Damon. Joan also was seen in "The
Notebook". She will next be seen in "Bonneville," alongside Jessica Lange and Kathy
Bates, opening in February 2008. Allen most recently finished shooting "Death Race
3000" for Universal Pictures, where she plays a prison warden who forces inmates to
brutally compete in an enclosed arena.
She starred in "The Contender" for which she was nominated for a Golden
Globe, a SAG Award, an Independent Spirit Award and an Academy Award for Best
Allen starred in "Pleasantville" opposite William H Macy and Jeff Daniels, which
earned her several critics' awards. Her role opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in
the smash hit film "Face/Off," earned her critical kudos as well as Blockbuster and MTV
Movie Awards. Her emotionally devastating role in "The Ice Storm" opposite Kevin Kline
and Sigourney Weaver, also earned her several critics awards.
In 1996, Allen starred in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" for which she received an
Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also won 7 critics
association awards, including the LA Film Critics Association and the National Society
of Film Critics Awards.
Allen received her second consecutive Best Supporting Actress Oscar
nomination in 1997 for her role in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible."
Allen has appeared in numerous feature films including "Compromising
Positions," "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Manhunter," "Tucker: The Man And His Dream,"
"Ethan Frome," "Josh and SAM," "In Country," "Searching for Bobby Fisher," "Mad
Love," "It's the Rage," and When the Sky Falls."
Allen is also one of the New York theatre world's most honoured actresses and
winner of every major prize for her work on and off-Broadway. She received the Best
Actress Tony Award for her performance opposite John Malkovich in Lanford Wilson's
"Burn this," and was nominated in the same category for the title role in "The Heidi
Chronicles." Off-Broadway she starred in "The Marriage of Bette & Boo" (for which she
won the Obie Award), and reprised her Steppenwolf Theatre/Joseph Jefferson
Award-winning role in "And A Nightingale Sang," for which she received the Clarence
Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. Off-Broadway
she also starred in "Delores" and "The Heidi Chronicles." An original member of
Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Allen starred in their production of
"Burn this," "Earthly Possessions," "Reckless," "A Lesson from Aloes" (Joseph Jefferson
Award), "Balm in Gilead" and "Of Mice and Men."
Allen received an Emmy nomination for the "Mists of Avalon" opposite Anjelica
Huston and Julianna Margulies, for TNT.
She lives in New York City with her daughter Sadie.
TOM SKERRITT (Emmett L Johnson)
Tom Skerritt, winner of the Emmy for Best Actor for his starring role in CBS's
PICKET FENCES, is one of the most versatile and acclaimed American actors of both
the big and small screens. From his early role in Robert Altman's classic comedy,
M*A*S*H, to a roster of films which includes THE TURNING POINT, ALIEN, A RIVER
RUNS THROUGH IT, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, TOP GUN, CONTACT and the Disney film
THE OTHER SISTER, which co-starred Diane Keaton and Juliette Lewis, his work in an
array of television and film productions continues to be a study in strength and subtlety.
His most recent project is the upcoming Antoine Fuqua helmed, TEARS OF THE
SUN, starring opposite Bruce Willis. Earlier this year, Tom starred in the award-winning
HBO drama, PATH TO WAR, playing General Westmoreland, at the most divisive time
in our country's history, the Vietnam War. He also recently starred in a new version of
HIGH NOON for TBS, reprising the Gary Cooper role of the Sheriff who is forced to
choose between his duty and his new bride. In the CBS miniseries, JACQUELINE
KENNEDY ONASSIS: A LIFE, he played Joseph Kennedy. Other projects have
included Lifetime's AMERICAN DAUGHTER and the CBS miniseries, AFTERSHOCK.
Skerritt's TV project, the Emmy-nominated CBS/Hallmark Hall of Fame movie
WHAT THE DEAF MAN HEARD, co-starring Matthew Modine, Judith Ivey and James
Earl Jones, broke all viewing records for Hallmark projects since 1991. With DIVIDED
BY HATE, for the USA Network, he managed to juggle acting and directing
simultaneously when he starred as the leader of a controversial religious cult. Skerritt
had previously directed several episodes of PICKET FENCES, while also starring as
Sheriff Jimmy Bock, including one that featured his son Matt. His first project as director
was the ABC-TV Afterschool Special, A QUESTION OF SEX, which dealt with the issue
of disseminating birth control information on high school campuses. Currently he is
developing several original film scripts that he has written or adapted.
Born in Detroit, Skerritt studied at Wayne State University and UCLA. Originally
interested in directing, a performance in a UCLA theatre production lead to his being
cast in his first film, WAR HUNT (1961), where he met another young hopeful named
In addition to the highly successful M*A*S*H, Skerritt can count several classics
among the more than 35 films he has made. In THE TURNING POINT, he played the
understanding husband of Shirley MacLaine and in ALIEN he played the heroic captain
of the infiltrated ship. He was Tom Cruise's commander in TOP GUN, Sally Field's
husband and Julia Roberts's father AND Shirley MacLaine's nemesis in STEEL
MAGNOLIAS, and the fanatic, fly-fishing minister father of Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer in
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. Co-starring with Jodie Foster in CONTACT, Skerritt
played a less noble character as her ruthlessly ambitious superior.
His roles have run the gamut through comedy, science fiction, westerns and
thrillers to psychological dramas, romances and mysteries. On television, Skerritt has
starred in literally dozens of productions. His work includes guest appearances in
several major series, including a highly acclaimed six-episode stint on CHEERS as
Kirsty Alley's boss. He also starred in several thrillers, including THE CHINA LAKE
MURDERS, THE HEIST, and RED KING, WHITE KNIGHT; touching dramas such as
the NBC miniseries HUNT FOR THE UNICORN KILLER, based on the true story of the
Ira Einhorn case, MILES TO GO with Jill Clayburgh, POKER ALICE with Elizabeth
Taylor, CHILD IN THE NIGHT with JoBeth Williams and GETTING UP AND GOING
HOME with Blythe Danner, Julianne Phillips and Roma Downey; and historical dramas
such as the recent TWO FOR TEXAS with Kris Kristofferson for TNT.
Over the years, Skerritt declined numerous TV series offers, but finally agreed to
start in PICKET FANCES. The opportunity to work with creator David E Keller and
co-star Kathy Barker proved to be too much of a temptation for him, even though it
meant living and working away from his home in Seattle.
Seeing Skerritt in TOP GUN convinced the Marciano brothers, owners of Guess?
Jeans, to fashion several spectacularly successful advertising campaigns around
Skerritt's Hemmingway-esque good looks, highlighting him as their first celebrity model.
Since then Skerritt has made only a few rare forays into the TV commercial area.
In an equally rare theatre appearance, Skerritt co-starred with Lee Remick in the
Los Angeles theatrical production of LOVE LETTERS, marking Remick's last
appearance before her death from cancer. He has also re-teamed with PICKET
FENCES co-star Kathy Baker for several charity performances of LOVE LETTERS,
including one to benefit the Laguna Art Museum.
Another important involvement for Skerritt is his restaurant and microbrewery,
The Spur, located in Crested Butte, Colorado, which is managed by his daughter and
son-in-law. Portions of the proceeds from the operation's profits, as well as those from
the annual Red Lady Golf Tournament, help to benefit Crested Butte's Adaptive Sports
Centre, aiding spinal trauma rehabilitation and research. Although heavy work demands
do not leave much time to spare, Skerritt tries to indulge in his favourite creative hobby,
painting, in Seattle where he resides.
CHRISTINE BARANSKI (Francine Holden Packard)
One of the entertainment industry's most honoured actresses, Christine Baranski,
has achieved acclaim in every medium in which she has performed. Christine is a
two-time Tony, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and American Comedy Award winner.
A native of Buffalo, Baranski attended the Juilliard School. After graduation, she
began earning roles in regional productions and Off-Broadway. She received her big
break being cast in Tom Stoppard's hit Broadway comedy THE REAL THING, directed
by Mike Nichols for which she won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.
Baranski went on to earn a second Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her
performance in Neil Simon's RUMORS and a Drama Desk Award for LIPS TOGETHER
TEETH APART in a role that was written for her by Terrance McNally. She also
appeared in HURLYBURLY, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, PROMISES,
PROMISES and THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC. Christine also received rave reviews for
her portrayal of Mrs Lovett in the Kennedy Centre's production of SWEENEY TODD and
recently appeared there in MAME. Audiences just saw her in the MTC production of
REGRETS ONLY and in the Encores! production of FOLLIES.
In addition to the Emmy for the hit CBS comedy CYBILL, Baranski received an
American Comedy Award as "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy," as well a
Screen Actors Guild Award as "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy." She also
received three additional Emmy and three Golden Globe nominations. She was also
seen as a guest on FRASIER, for which she received a fifth EMMY nomination. She has
also starred in the series HAPPY FAMILY and WELCOME TO NEW YORK as well as
three telefilms, "Eloise at the Plaza" and "Eloise at Christmastime" and the Lifetime
movie, RECIPE FOR A PERFECT CHRISTMAS.
Her film credits include CHICAGO, the 2002 Academy Award winner for Best
Picture, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, BOWFINGER, BULWORTH,
CRUEL INTENTIONS, THE BIRDCAGE, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, LEGAL EAGLES,
THE REF, ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES, WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT, THE GURU, 9
½ WEEKS, and JEFFREY the film based on Paul Rudnick's acclaimed Off-Broadway
play, BONNEVILLE and RELATIVE STRANGERS.
She is recently completed filming Mamma Mia! with Meryl Streep, Julie Walters
and Pierce Brosnan.
VICTOR RASUK (Bo)
For his feature film debut as the title character in the Sundance Film Festival hit
RAISING VICTOR VARGAS (2003), Victor Rasuk garnered an Independent Spirit
Award nomination for Best Debut Performance.
Rasuk also starred as skateboard legend Tony Alva in Tri-Star Pictures' LORDS
OF DOGTOWN, directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Based on Stacey Peralta's 2001
documentary DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS, the film co-starred Heath Ledger, Emile
Hirsch, John Robinson and Johnny Knoxville. He recently wrapped Kimberly Peirce's
STOP LOSS with Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish, which is set for release by
Paramount Pictures next year. Rasuk begins work with director Stephen Soderbergh on
THE ARGENTINE, part one of two films about Che Guevara, starring Benicio Del Toro
and Catalina Sandino Moreno later this fall.
Rasuk's credits also include the independent features KEEP COMING BACK
starring William H Macy and Mos Def, LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN with Kerry
Washington and Brandon Routh, BONNEVILLE, starring Joan Allen, Kathy Bates and
Jessica Lange, an adaptation of Rebecca Gilman's play SPINNING INTO BUTTER with
Sarah Jessica Parker, ADRIFT IN MANHATTAN (2007 Sundance Film Festival,
Dramatic Competition) with Heather Graham and Zackary Adler's I'M REED FISH with
Alexis Bledel, Jay Baruchel and DJ Qualls.
A native New Yorker, Rasuk began acting at age 14. In 1998, he starred in "Five
Feet High and Rising," Peter Sollett's short that garnered awards at both the Sundance
and Cannes film festivals. Rasuk went on to study acting at the Professional Performing
Arts School and HB Studios in Manhattan before collaborating with Sollett again on
RAISING VICTOR VARGAS.
About the filmmakers
CHRISTOPHER N ROWLEY (Director/Story By)
A native of Los Angeles, Christopher N Rowley entered the University of
Southern California School of Cinema-Television having earned degrees in Architecture
(BARCH) and Business (MBA). His education and international business experience
afforded Christopher the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream of filmmaking. By the
time he graduated from USC with his Master of Fine Arts in 2002, Chris had written,
produced and directed several films of significant merit: the short film LEGACY (1999)
and documentary short FIERCE (2000).
Christopher then founded Drop of Water Productions in January 2001. With the
stated mission of producing superior entertainment born out of a passion to educate,
inspire and delight audiences, Mr Rowley wrote and directed Drop of Water's first short
film: THE REMEMBERING MOVIES (2002). Screening in festivals worldwide, the short
won the CINE Golden Eagle Award and various awards for Best Short Film, Best
Director, Best Editing and Best Ensemble Cast at Breckenridge, Columbus, Valencia,
the Hollywood Student Film Festival and the ARPA International Film Festival.
Since then, Christopher has been developing several projects for Drop of Water,
most notably BONNEVILLE.
DANIEL D DAVIS (Writer/Story By)
BONNEVILLE is Daniel D Davis's first produced screenplay. The road trip covers
territory very familiar to him, since he grew up near Pocatello, Idaho, though he now
resides in Los Angeles. In between, he received his AB. in Latin American History and
Literature from Harvard, his JD from Georgetown, and practiced international corporate
and commercial law in Chicago. Other scripts by Davis have been quarter- and
semi-finalists for the Nicholls Fellowship, and BONNEVILLE was a finalist for "Best
Screenplay" at the 2004 Independent Feature Project Market in New York.
ROBERT MAY (Producer)
Robert May most recently produced THE WAR TAPES, a feature-length
documentary which won Best Documentary at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and Best
International Documentary at BritDoc 2006. The film opened in more than 100 cities
across the United States throughout the summer and autumn of 2006, and was
shortlisted for the Oscar at the 79th Annual Academy Awards.
May executive produced Errol Morris' Oscar winning film THE FOG OF WAR:
Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S McNamara (acquired by Sony Picture
Classics), which premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. THE FOG OF WAR has
also won numerous awards for Best Documentary including The National Board of
Review, the Chicago Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Washington DC Area
Film Critics and the Independent Sprit Award.
May produced THE STATION AGENT with director Tom McCarthy. The film won
the Audience Award, The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and an Acting Award for
Patricia Clarkson at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by
Miramax. Appearing on over 60 Critics Top Ten Lists, THE STATION AGENT tied
MYSTIC RIVER for the most SAG award nominations and was nominated for a WGA,
won a BAFTA for best original screenplay and has won other numerous awards
including two Independent Spirit Awards for best first screenplay and the John
Cassavetes award, as well as recognition from the National Board of Review as one of
the top 10 films of 2003.
May also executive produced STEVIE (acquired by Lions Gate Films), a
critically-acclaimed documentary by Oscar nominated HOOP DREAMS director Steve
James. STEVIE won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 International Documentary Film
Festival Amsterdam and the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2003
Sundance Film Festival.
May formed SenArt Films in August of 2000. Prior to the formation of SenArt
Films, May was President of a nationally recognized security firm.
JOHN KILKER (Producer)
John Kilker is a producer from Drop of Water Productions, a feature film and new
media entertainment company. Mr Kilker graduated from the University of Southern
California, School of Cinema-Television in 2002. He is the founder of Water Gap
Pictures, a producer, writer and director of numerous short narratives and
documentaries. Bonneville marks Mr Kilker's debut as a feature film producer. Prior to
enrolling at the University of Southern California, Mr Kilker received an MA in Applied
Psychology from Fairfield University and a BS in Criminal Justice from the University of
Scranton. Raised in Pennsylvania, he now resides in Santa Monica, California.
BOB BROWN (Executive Producer)
Bob is co-founder (along with actor Jeff Daniels) and Managing Partner of Purple
Rose Films. Bob executive produced Purple Rose Films' first two feature films,
ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, which Purple Rose Films distributed independently
and became one of the top 200 highest grossing films in 2001, and SUPER SUCKER,
an audience award winner at HBO's US Comedy Arts Festival in 2002. Bob executive
produced and produced THE TROUBLE WITH DEE DEE (2004) and under his own
banner, Charity Island Pictures, produced SILENT SCREAM (2005) acquired by Lions
In 2005 Bob founded PRF Entertainment, an independent production and
distribution consulting company that provides advisory services to independent
filmmakers throughout the country.
Prior to entering the film business, Bob spent 23 years as an entrepreneur
developing nationally recognized franchise opportunities and creating, operating and
selling many successful start up enterprises.
JEFFREY L KIMBALL ASC (Director of Photography)
Jeffrey Kimball got his start on films in the 70s, working as a second unit
cinematographer on RKO's "It's Alive" and Warner Brother's "Cat People." In 1986, he
broke out as Tony Scott's cinematographer on the box office smash and Academy
Award nominated "Top Gun." Kimball continued to collaborate with Scott on such films
as "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Revenge" and "True Romance." Kimball shot "Jacob's
Ladder" with director Adrian Lyne and "Curly Sue" with John Hughes. In 2000, Kimball
joined director John Woo as the director of photography for "Mission Impossible II," and
reunited with Woo for 2002's "Windtalkers" and 2003's "Paycheck." In 2005, Kimball
shot "Be Cool" and "Glory Road," producer Jerry Bruckheimer's film about the 1966
Texas Western basketball team. In addition to his feature work, Kimball has shot many
high-profile and groundbreaking commercials, including John Woo's short film
"Hostage" for BMW.
Cast and crew
Arvilla Holden Jessica Lange
Margene Cunningham Kathy Bates
Carol Brimm Joan Allen
Francine Holden Packard Christine Baranski
Bo Victor Rasuk
Bill Packard Tom Amandes
Arlo Brimm Tom Wopat
Emmett L Johnson Tom Skerritt
Directed By Christopher N Rowley
Screenplay by Daniel D Davis
Story by Daniel D Davis Christopher N Rowley
Produced By Robert May John Kilker
Executive Producers Bob Brown
R Michael Bergeron
Associate Producer Lauren Timmons
Director of Photography Jeffrey L Kimball ASC
Editor Lisa Fruchtman
Editor Anita Brandt Burgoyne ACE
Casting by Avy Kaufman
Original Music by Jeff Cardoni
Music Supervisor Season Kent
Music Supervisor Matt Kierscht
Production Designer Christopher R DeMuri
Costume Designer Sue Gandy