Kairos Productions is an independent film company. We write, adapt, and produce film projects, web series, and short films.
Cornelia Duryée - Writer, Director
Cornelia has had a long and prosperous career in the arts, in various incarnations, but it was her relationship with Madeleine L'Engle that led the former playwright and stage director into the world of film. L'Engle (well-known writer of works such as A Wrinkle in Time and the Austin Family series), Cornelia's Godmother and mentor, invited her to adapt several of her novels and plays for the screen.
With Madeleine's encouragement, Cornelia adapted two of Madeleine's novels: Camilla Dickinson and Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun. The latter was a finalist in the First Glance Screenplay Competition, a semi-finalist at Slamdance, and has received numerous other accolades.
In 2018, Cornelia is directing Language Arts, starring Ashley Zukerman, Sarah Shahi, Pamela Reed, Erin Cummings, Mariana Klaveno, Kevin Alejandro, Jane Ryan, Elliott Smith, Lincoln Lambert, and many, many more.
In 2017, Cornelia directed Alt, starring Elise Eberle, Sloane Morgan Siegel, Carol Roscoe, Brian S. Lewis, Matt Shimkus, Denny McAuliffe, and Shaunyce Omar; a light-hearted science-fiction feature film, soon to begin its round of film festivals.
In 2015 Cornelia directed West of Redemption, starring Billy Zane, Kevin Alejandro, and Mariana Klaveno; a tense, award-winning thriller, which won the Best Feature award at the Jefferson State FlixxFest, Best Dramatic Direction at Eugene FF, and Staff Pick Award at Manchester FF, among many others. It continues to make the rounds of ongoing film festivals.
In 2012 Cornelia directed Camilla Dickinson, with a cast including Adelaide Clemens, Cary Elwes, Samantha Mathis, and Gregg Sulkin. The film garnered critical success, winning, among others, the 2012 Best Narrative Feature and 2012 Best Director awards from the Women's Independent Film Festival, as well as the Best Narrative Feature award from the Eugene International Film Festival. It's available on Amazon, Youtube, and iTunes.
In 2006 Cornelia wrote and directed The Dark Horse, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and went on to win Best Feature Drama at the International Family Film Festival, among other awards. It is available on Amazon.
Cornelia co-founded Seattle Shakespeare Company, directed there, and served as its casting director for seven years. A classically-trained actor/director, she directed stage plays for twenty years before moving behind the camera. Her enjoyment of filmmaking extends into the realm of production, where she served as Executive Producer for cult favorite JourneyQuest Season 1, a producer of JourneyQuest Season 2, and as a casting director for The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, as well as many other productions. Cornelia is in the process of writing and developing numerous projects for Kairos.
Larry Estes - Producer
Larry has produced and overseen productions for over 30 years, and brings his considerable expertise and knowledge to the table in every Kairos production. He has produced with Kairos Productions since its beginning, including West of Redemption, Camilla Dickinson, and The Dark Horse.
Larry began his corporate career acquiring videodisc rights for release on RCA’s SelectaVision VideoDisc system. In 1984 he became Senior Vice President of Feature Film Acquisitions at RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video. From 1987-93 he developed and operated an arm of Columbia TriStar Home Video’s acquisition program, specializing in quality independent feature film development and financing.
Some of his films at CTHV include Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape, Carl Franklin’s One False Move (co-starring and co-written by Billy Bob Thornton), Allison Anders’ Gas Food Lodging, and John Sayles City of Hope and Passion Fish, among many others. He produced and supervised production of more than 60 movies during his time there.
In 1992 Estes was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Entertainment Business by both Entertainment Weekly and Premiere Magazines. After producing films for the Showtime Networks he joined ShadowCatcher, producing the landmark Native American film Smoke Signals, as well as Executive Producing The Book of Stars and Getting to Know You.
He returned to producing in 2001 with Sherman Alexie’s debut as writer-director, The Business of Fancydancing. He also served as Executive Producer of The Heart of The Game, a popular Seattle-based documentary feature that premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was the first film acquired for distribution by the new incarnation of Miramax Films.
Larry launched the careers of several industry giants, among them Steven Soderbergh. Recalling his early years as a filmmaker Quentin Tarantino had this to say: "Everyone was trying to get to Larry Estes. He was the one with the keys. He was the cool guy [...] I actually wrote a movie that Larry financed. [...] I met with a bunch of people, but never as big as Larry Estes and RCA/Columbia." Excerpt from I Lost it at the Video Store, by Tom Roston.
Josh Henning - Executive Assistant
Josh Henning assists Cornelia and Larry with all aspects of the art and business of filmmaking. Josh assists Corrie in her role as director, by PAing on set, shooting interviews, and editing projects. He also assists her writing efforts, helping to develop treatments, give feedback, and participates in strategy sessions. Josh is equally handy with Gaffer’s tape and Scotch tape.
Josh graduated with a film degree in 2011 from Montana State University and continued his education, graduating from the University of Montana with a law degree in 2014. He’s a licensed attorney in Montana and Washington.
Scott C. Brown - Web Dude
Scott C. Brown is a Seattle based film and stage actor, as well as Web Design/Developer, film editor, and sound recording engineer. Scott is most widely known for his film work with the cult hit films The Gamers, and the cult hit webseries JourneyQuest. He will also be appearing in Depth, due out later in 2016.
Scott graduated with a BS in Theatre Arts from Western Oregon State, is a founding memeber of The Outfit (an acting and improv group) and is 1/2 of The Two Bards production company, along with Andy Dopieralski .
Scott prefers Scotch neat to Scotch Tape.