THE DIVIDE: A film by Perry King, Jana Brown & Russ Rayburn
with Introduction by Sara Arrington
High School Auditorium
THURSDAY October 4th
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Admission by Festival Button Only
Set in drought-plagued Northern California in 1976, The Divide chronicles the story of Sam Kincaid, an aging rancher with a failing memory, his estranged and independent-minded daughter, Sarah, and Luke, a young ranch hand who finds himself in the midst of a family in crisis. Internal struggles, the realities of an unforgiving landscape, and the need to reconcile a long-ago tragedy collide to create the backdrop for this classic American Western.
Written by Jana Brown with actor/director Perry King, The Divide was filmed by cinematographer, Russ Rayburn in El Dorado County, Calif., and features a score from the Emmy nominated, and Grammy winning duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. The film has been being screened the last few months at select film festivals garnering many awards and recognition.
TO SEE ALL AWARDS: https://www.thedividemotionpicture.com/blog
Actor/director Perry King has been a fixture in Hollywood for nearly 45 years. He is perhaps best known for his role in the 1980s television series Riptide, on which he played detective Cody Allen. He has appeared in dozens of films, television movies, TV shows, and plays, including The Day After Tomorrow, The Lords of Flatbush, and Slaughterhouse-Five. Perry was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in the TV movie The Hasty Heart. He’s been featured in recurring television roles on Melrose Place and Spin City.
It was Perry’s role in the 1998 made-for-TV movie The Cowboy and the Movie Star, which co-starred Sean Young, that inspired him to shift gears. Perry says he decided after shooting Cowboy that he wanted to be his character from the film – a rancher seeking solace in his livelihood and his land. Not long after filming the movie, Perry purchased a 500-acre cattle ranch in the Sierra Nevada, splitting his time between the bustle of Los Angeles and the serenity of Northern California. He long dreamt of filming a Western on his own land. The ranch’s location in the heart of Gold Country, known locally as “the divide,” provided the ideal setting for such aspirations.
In 2011, Perry met Jana Brown, a writer based in Concord, New Hampshire, and the two developed an immediate collaborative friendship. From that connection came the idea, the development, and the screenplay for The Divide. The script was in development from 2012, and will had its festival premiere on April 21, 2018, at WorldFest-Houston. Broader distribution is expected in late 2018.
Jana is a writer and editor of multiple genres. She has been writing professionally for more than 20 years. A Boston native and a graduate of Dartmouth College, she has worked in the publishing, newspaper, and magazine industries and currently serves as editor of an award-winning alumni magazine based in Concord, New Hampshire, where she lives with her family. The Divide is Jana’s first full screenplay, and she crafted it in close collaboration with Perry King. Jana is the owner of 930 Creative LLC, a freelance writing and editorial services company. She has a screenplay and two novels in development.
Russ Rayburn, Director of Photography
Rayburn is a four-decade veteran of the production industry. He has worked as a cinematographer/filmmaker on commercials, documentaries, entertainment, sports, and news in both film and video, from locations as varied as Iceland to the Amazon. He’s also covered national and international news assignments for ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. More recently, he has produced travel/adventure programs for Speed, Outdoor Channel, and Wealth TV. His work includes 56 episodes (2005-10) of Ride to Adventure, a series through which he met Perry King. The two have subsequently collaborated on a program for Zero Motorcycles. Based in Chicago, Russ is the owner of Winding Road Films.