The Inland Alternative for Independent Film in Washington

The crew sets up for a shot. (Photo by Cornelia Duryee Moore)

West of Redemption, a Washington Filmworks incentive film produced by Seattle’s Kairos Productions, wrapped principal photography this September. In contrast to many feature films produced in Washington, the movie was filmed east of the mountains, out of Spokane. It stars Billy Zane (Titanic), Kevin Alejandro (Southland), and Mariana Klaveno (True Blood).

While many productions choose Washington State for its views and rich natural landscapes, inland Washington offers many similar resources. By working with Spokane-based North By Northwest, West of Redemption was able to leverage high quality production value within a short pre-production schedule in order to meet the needs of its script and budget.

(l to r) Mary Russell, Cornelia Duryee Moore and Marc Dahlstrom. (Photo by Sarah MacAaron)

“Eastern Washington was my first choice for a movie that was mostly set on a dry farm,” said director Cornelia Moore. “It provided the wide-open landscapes that we needed for the story, and I couldn’t have asked for a more hard-working crew.”

This isn’t the first time Moore has worked in the area. Her second feature film, Camilla Dickinson, was also shot in Spokane, in association with North By Northwest.

“There’s a lot of versatility and diversity of scenery on the Eastside,” she added. “It’s amazing that we were able to find locations ranging from 1940s New York to war-torn Lebanon.”

The film's backdrop, outside Spokane.

Set in the early 1990s, West of Redemption is a story about the battle between two men who love the same woman. The film was directed by Cornelia Duryée Moore, written by Meagan Daine, and produced by Larry Estes and Tony Becerra for Kairos Productions. Rich Cowan served as executive producer.

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