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Cast & Crew


Carole Roscoe

Dana McSpadden

Carol Roscoe is a Seattle resident, where she works full-time as an actor and director. In addition to commercials, corporate video and voice-overs, her work has been seen at the Intiman, Book-It Repertory, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Repertory, ACT, 14/48 and the Seattle Children’s Theater, and as a director at Seattle Public Theater, Arts West, Seatttle Children’s Theater and Theater Schmeater among others. She has appeared on stages in Chicago, DC, NYC, Phoenix and Tucson. The Dark Horse is her second feature film. Carol debuted in Gamers:Dorkness Rising which will be released this fall. Training: M.F.A. from the Academy for Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre at George Washington University.


Kathryn Mesney

Gwen McSpadden

Kathryn Mesney has worked in film, television and theatre for thirty five years. Originally from New York, she and has lived on the west coast since 1976. In addition to her work as an actor, Kathryn is also a core faculty member in the Professional Actor Training Program at Cornish College of the Arts, where she has taught since 1978. She recently completed her training in Somatic Experiencing, through The Foundation for Human Enrichment.


Séan G. Griffin

Fiach McSpadden

In a career spanning 40 years and over 140 theatrical productions, Sean has been seen on Broadway 6 times and in most major regional theaters across the country as well as national and international tours. Locally he has been seen at The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Seattle Rep, Initman, ACT, The Empty Space and Seattle Children’s Theater. Films: The Book of Stars, A Different Kind of Winning, The Secret Files of J. Edgar Hoover, Sleep Tight, and November. He has appeared on television in such shows as: Ally McBeal, ER, Malcom in the Middle, Girlfriends, Northern Exposure and Murder She Wrote. Sean now makes his home in Seattle with his wife Bernie who is the Director of Theater Advancement for The 5th Avenue Theatre and they both enjoy spending time with Ava and Jack – Sean’s grandchildren. When Sean isn’t acting, he spends his free time painting and reading good books.


Eleanor Moseley

Cathy McSpadden

Eleanor Moseley is a Seattle native and long-time member of SAG, AFTRA, and Equity. Re-entering the pursuit of acting work after years off to raise children, recent theater roles include leads in Steeplechase Productions’ French-language Nous Etions Assis and L’Atélier. Prior film work includes a short film, Eye for an Eye, directed by Cornelia Duryée, Someone to Watch Over Me, Ryan’s Hope, The Secret of My Success, and commercials and industrial film. At StageArts Theater, she produced and starred in The Only Game in Town, its first New York revival since the original Broadway production. Other favorite roles include Susy Hendrix in Wait Until Dark, Allison the beauty queen wanna-be in Just Like Sisters, Celimene in The Misanthrope, and Rosalind in As You Like It. She trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and HB Studios in New York, ACT in San Francisco, and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Princeton University. Acting studies have continued in Seattle with John Jacobson and Arne Zaslove. Dance training includes Spectrum and Velocity Dance; Alvin Ailey, Steps, and Luigi in New York; and the Centre de Danse du Marais inParis. Married with three children, Eleanor is a fund-raiser for a variety of non- profit organizations related to arts and education.


Corina Boettger

Catrina McSpadden

Corina has been acting and singing for 10 years, performing in over 20 stage performances. Held leading roles such as Annie and Oliver. She sang in a talent contest and was over all winner of all catagories. Corina has also done voice over work and 2 industrial videos. She is receiving ongoing excellent training in Seattle and Los Angeles. Her most recent work includes The Pillow Man at The ACT Theatre, a role in the feature film Akeelah and the Bee, a principal role in the feature film The Dark Horse, and the lead role in a Chapman University film. Has just been accepted into the improv school Groundlings in LA!


Jeremy Weizenbaum

Dylan McSpadden

Jeremy began working in film in 2006 with two professional shorts, and The Dark Horse is his first feature-length film. In 2007 he flew with the King’s Players as John Darling in Peter Pan. For ACT’s 2007 season he returned for his third production of A Christmas Carol, most recently playing Young Scrooge and Peter Cratchit. His first professional stage role was in February 2005 as Young Morten Stockman in An Enemy of the People at Taproot Theatre. He fills his summers with musical theatre at Taproot Acting Studio and Seattle Children’s Theatre, performing in many plays, including Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, Jane Eyre, and Les Miserables. Jeremy is an eighth grader at TOPS School in Seattle.


Terry Edward Moore

Bran McSpadden

Terry Edward Moore has appeared in films as diverse as Expiration Date and Punchline. In Seattle area theaters: he has played Scrooge three times (and Marley once) in A Christmas Carol at ACT, where also appeared in Miss Witherspoon (as all the men), and in Arcadia. He has appeared in Art and Pygmalion at Seattle Repertory Theater, at the 5th Avenue Theater in 1776, at Intiman in Peter Pan, at Book- It Repertory Theater in Waxwings, Howards End, and Cry, the Beloved Country, as the Major General in Pirates of Penzance at the Village Theater, Alan Turing in Breaking the Code at Alice B. Theater, as Dr. Stockman in An Enemy of the People, Rev. Morrell in Candida, Lord Peter Wimsey in Busman’s Honeymoon, and the title role in JB at Taproot Theater, as well as work for Steeplechase Productions, the Bathhouse Theater, Portland Repertory Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, Center Stage, and Seattle Shakespeare Festival. The Seattle Times labeled his performances in An Enemy of the People, Howards End and as Billy in Billy Bishop Goes to War at the Bathhouse as stellar performances in their respective years. He has also performed and/or directed at theaters in New York, Minneapolis, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Indiana.


Haynes Brooke

Finn McSpadden

As an actor, in addition to extensive regional theater work, Haynes Brooke’s screen credits range from feature films such as Contact and Fried Green Tomatoes to roles in MOWs, sit-coms, episodic, daytime drama, industrial films, and commercials. He has worked in Iceland, Prague, Germany, and all over the U.S., with such people as Jodie Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Allen, Mathew McConaughy and Robert Zemeckis. Recent film and television appearances include Nip/Tuck, Medium, American Zion, The Lutefisk Wars, and E-Ring. He is one of the leads in the new web series High Speed Dating, written and directed by Terry Rossio, writer of Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean. At the moment Haynes is best known to many as The Sun in the ongoing national commercial campaign for Jimmy Dean. Haynes graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, where he studied writing under playwrights Frank Manley and OyamO and performed in Emory’s professional Equity Theatre. He spent a semester abroad in Japan, and was an inaugural recipient of Emory’s full Woodruff Scholarship and a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. Haynes completed a two-year Professional Actor Training Program at the Alliance Theater and since has worked continually as an actor, director, playwright, and songwriter. In Atlanta, Haynes spent two seasons as an Equity company member of the Academy Theater, where favorite roles included Rev. Hale in The Crucible and Mike in Sam Shephard’s A Lie of the Mind. He was also Resident Director of the Academy’s new play program. His play White Man Blues was produced as part of the Atlanta New Play Project, and he co-wrote, with Clark Taylor, Texcalibur. In Seattle, Haynes’s first solo show, Maxley on the Bluff, was produced as part of the New City Playwright’s Festival, where it won Best of the Fest. In the Los Angeles theatre scene Haynes continues to appear in leading roles in world premiere plays where, in a remarkable coincidence, he is also the playwright. His most recent play, The Compound Dog, premiered at L.A.’s Eclectic Company Theatre – the follow-up to his musical Chicken City which played to sold- out houses at Tim Robbins’ Actors’ Gang Theatre during the Edge of the World Theatre Festival. The Gang also produced his play Progressive Chain Bowling, which extended amid critical raves. Other recently produced plays include Godfather Death, nominated for both an LA Weekly award and a Garland Award as Best Adaptation, and his acclaimed solo show Art Explained. His recent short film, LUI 400, screened at Sundance in 2007.


Mark Dias


Mark Dias moved to Seattle from Hawaii, where he worked for Hawaii theater for youth, Manoa Valley theater, and was Artistic Director for the Offstage Actors group, where he directed Burn This, Bodies, Rest, and Motion and Jeffrey. He also had a recurring role in the Very short lived TV show, One West Wakkiki. Appearing as Rookie Cop, Vincent Allegro! After working in L.A. and New York, Mark moved here to play Tony in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, and now has been in Seattle off and on for the last ten years, working locally in both film and Theater, for The Seattle Shakespeare Fest., The Empty Space, The Group, and the Village Theater. Along with ‘The Dark Horse’ he appears in the Rufus Sam Williams thriller ‘Butterfly Dreaming’ with Andrew Bowen and Missy Crider.


Tallis Moore

Rees McSpadden

Tallis Moore’s film credits include the featured role of Drazuul in the upcoming The Gamers: Dorkness Rising for Dead Gentlemen Productions, Expiration Date, and an industrial for Microsoft. Seattle theater credits include four years in ACT’s A Christmas Carol, as Young Scrooge and various Cratchits. He has also appeared in An Enemy of the People at Taproot Theater, Peter Pan and Cry, the Beloved Country at Book-it, and Love’s Labor’s Lost at Wooden O. He has also performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. At the Bush School he recently played Macbeth.

Pam Nolte (Elisabeth)
Claire Vardiel (Island Doctor)
Peter Anthony Jacobs (Land Trust President)
David White (Large Man)
Jane Jones (Prosperous Woman)
Myra Platt (The Show Official)
Scott C. Brown (The Sheriff)
Christian Doyle (Paramedic)
Nathan Rice (Paramedic)
Don Early (Stewart)
Vincent Cuny (Dancer)
Julie Tobiason (Choreographer/Dancer)

Cornelia Duryée


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 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


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. His films at CTHV includes Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape, Patrick Sheane Duncan’s 84 Charlie Mopic, Allison Anders’ Gas Food Lodging, Carl Franklin’s One False Move (co-starring and co-written by Billy Bob Thornton), John Sayles’ City of Hope and Passion Fish, Neal Jimenez & Michael Steinberg’s The Waterdance, Mike Binder’s Crossing The Bridge, Bob Goldthwait’s Shakes The Clown, John Turturro’s Mac, Stacy Cochran’s My New Gun, Philip Haas’ The Music of Chance, Keva Rosenfeld’s Twenty Bucks (produced by Karen Murphy) and Anthony Drazan’s Zebrahead. He was responsible for supervision of more than 60 movies during his time there. In 1992 Larry accepted the Independent Feature Project/West "Findie" award and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Entertainment Business by both Entertainment Weekly and Premiere Magazines. Before joining ShadowCatcher Entertainment in 1998, he produced Coldblooded, Santa Fe, The Mating Habits Of The Earthbound Human, and six science-fiction films for Showtime Networks. At ShadowCatcher he produced the landmark Native American film Smoke Signals and was an Executive Producer of The Book of Stars and Getting to Know You. In 1999 in an internationally televised ceremony, he accepted The Interfaith Council’s Christopher Award for producing Smoke Signals. In 2000, he co-founded the independent feature film distribution company Outrider Pictures, where he served as co-chairman until mid-2001. He returned to producing in 2001 with Sherman Alexie’s debut as writer-director, The Business of Fancydancing. He served as Executive Producer of The Heart of the Game, a popular Seattle-based documentary feature that premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. He recently produced The Dark Horse, written and directed by Cornelia Duryée and Camilla Dickinson, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle and directed by Cornelia Duryée. Estes also served for five years as Professor of Practice/ Producer-in-Residence on the faculty of the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film and Television in Tucson, Arizona.


Ben Dobyns


Ben Dobyns is a Seattle-based filmmaker. He began his career with Dead Gentlemen Productions, where he served as Director of Development for seven years. He directed two features and produced several more for the company, including the worldwide cult hit The Gamers. A film instructor at the Tacoma School of the Arts from 2002-2004, he now works full time on motion picture production, aside from the occasional guest lecture at the Seattle Art Institute. Recent credits include editing and co-producing The Dark Horse, directing the short film November, and working as an assistant director on several critically acclaimed features, including Battle in Seattle, Zoo, and Perfect Sport. Ben also provides consultation and workshopping services for screenwriters and has written three feature screenplays. In addition to his film work, Ben recently collaborated on the development of the Demon Hunters roleplaying game and directed its companion movie, which was published in May of 2008 by Margaret Weis Productions.


Heather Murphy

Line Producer

Heather Murphy brings 23 years of Hollywood Film making experience to this project. She has worked as a Producer, Production Manager and Production Coordinator. Projects have included everything from Steven Spielberg’s Always, and Kennedy & Marshall’s Snow Falling on Cedars, to a myriad of Television and Commercial work. She has done several seasons of the Emmy winning reality T.V. series The Amazing Race, as well as work on a couple of other Emmy winners Six Feet Under and Grey’s Anatomy. Heather has worked with the likes of Danny Devito, Alan Rudolph, David Lynch, Barry Levinson, Alan Parker and Cameron Crowe to name a few. Heather began her film career in the early ’80's in a fertile Seattle film making climate and has also worked in L.A. at Castle Rock and Lantana Studios.


Neil Holcomb

Director of Photography

Neil Holcomb has been in the entertainment business practically his whole life. Since he was 11 years old he has been hanging lights, crawling across truss, running cable and nurturing an on-going obsession with cameras. The long list of features Neil has done includes: Year of the Dragon, Blue Velvet, Dirty Dancing, Stargate, Independence Day, Singles, Sleepless in Seattle, Robocop II, National Treasure (1 and 2), Skeleton Key, The Island, Failure to Launch and What Happens in Vegas to name just a few. Over the past ten years, Neil has established himself as a versatile cinematographer. He began shooting industrials and infomercials for clients such as: Microsoft, Weyerhauser, Nintendo, and Envision Response and then collaborated with Seattle Writer/Director Thom Harp on three short films: Driver’s ED, 8 Minutes to Love, and Fortune Hunters. All three of these films were well received in the Film Festival circuit, with Fortune Hunters winning a Golden Space Needle Award. Most recently, Neil shot two full-length features; Corrie Duryée’s lyrical and stirring Dark Horse on Orcas Island, WA and David Russo’s bizarre dark comedy The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, shooting nights in Seattle. Also, Neil designed and lit 9 of his kids’ school plays , well 8 (including one killer slideshow) and that should really count for something. Neil lives with his wife and three sons in Bellevue WA where he does all of the light bulb changing, house painting and the barbecuing.


Charles Armstrong

Production Design

Born in Texas, raised in rock-n-roll bands, and educated on the sets of dozens of films (some terrific; some terrible), Charlie began his film career carrying pool tables in the snow. After twenty-five years of making movies, he’s still willing to carry pool tables, "But only if it furthers the story". He’s worked at every position in the Art Department; set dresser, props, construction, special effects, scenic art-even food styling! Charlie is passionate about storytelling, and looks upon film making as a complex puzzle just waiting to be solved. "Make a list, then check off each item as you complete it … then make another list …" Charlie’s resume is long (and varied): David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, Isabel Coixet, Sherman Alexie, these are but a few of the stellar directors Charlie has worked with.


Tamia Diaz

Associate Producer

Tamia knew that she would spend her life dedicated to the visual arts when she was 13, when her father handed her his 35mm still camera. Once she had a camera in her hands, she never looked back. She spent most of her high school time in the photo lab, developing black and white film and printing it. She studied photography at the University of Colorado, where she scored a job working in the film department. She was soon in her first production course, which led to the next production course, which led to a film major. After college she took an intensive foundation film course at Vancouver Film School, where she shot a documentary and directed a short in 16mm. She has been working in the industry now for 7 years, mostly in the camera department, but loves lighting as well. Tamia has extensive experience with editing; this coupled with camera work makes her a happy filmmaker. She has served as Director of Photography on three of Corrie’s projects so far.


Lynne Salewski

Dressage Trainer

Lynne Salewski began her riding career at the tender age of 9, and by the time she was 12 announced to her parents that this is what she was going to do for the rest of her life. At this point her father has given up hope that she would ‘outgrow’ it. She rejoiced when she found the sport of eventing, because it is one of the few where a 12-year-old can ride a stallion. She was long-listed at the age of 14 for the North American Junior Championships. After spending 5 years competing young horses through Preliminary level, she participated in a clinic that put her on her life’s path. Tad Coffin was the first person to make Dressage something more than that phase one had to endure to get to go cross country. Lynne attended The Westmoreland Davis International Equestrian Institute in Leesburg, VA in 1988, where she graduated with honors. She was invited back as an Associate Instructor for the 1989-90 school year. While there, she studied under Tad Coffin, Raul deLeon, Bertalan deNemethy, Jack Le Goff, and Gunner Ostergaard. The program offered students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Classical Horsemanship under the direction of true masters. Since that time Lynne has devoted herself to the principals of harmonious work with horses through understanding the physical language of riding. Her students enjoy her positive, can-do attitude, as do the horses she trains. She has had many competitive successes throughout her riding career. In 2005 she captured the Morgan Grand National Championship for First Level, aboard Christine Laine’s SGP Raizin Kane. She is currently training Cobus, the talented young Friesian who will play the leading man in The Dark Horse. (Although somehow he didn’t get top billing, somebody get him an agent!)


Robert Byrne Odekirk


A newcomer to the Seattle film scene, Robert has worked on 2 local films, The Inquisition, a short, and The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (Dead Gentlemen Productions), a feature. He is an avid horseman, employing multiple riding styles. Robert has studied and practices Parrelli Natural Horsemanship, and does natural horse hoof trimming with United Horsemanship. With a background and education in engineering, he has worked for several manufacturing companies in the U. S. and Europe. Robert currently works as a contract engineer and as a natural hoof groomer. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife Crystal and his son Stuart, where he rides, jousts, trims horses, and occasionally helps friends out with movies.


Sandy Parker

Script Supervisor

Sandy’s interest in language and the narrative led her to a B.A. in German with a minor in Theatre from Indiana University. She went on to complete the extremely competitive advertising photography program at Portfolio Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked for several years as an assistant to many accomplished still photographers in Atlanta, Georgia and in Portland, Oregon. She made the transition into the film industry when she began doing craft service on commercials in 1996, and in 1997 she signed on to do continuity on an unpaid feature film project. A script supervisor was born! Sandy recently moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she continues to hone her craft, and enjoys lazy days off in the warm weather. Sandy sees herself as a storyteller, whether through words or images, and she is proud to be a part of the collaborative effort that brings a story to life on film.


Heather Doran

Locations Manager

Heather Doran has made her living in the Washington State film industry for 10 years, successfully collaborating with the likes of New Line Cinema, Sony Pictures, and Disney, as well as independent filmmakers, commercial producers and still photographers. She is a founding member and officer of Northwest Location Professionals (, and co-produced a short film, Mosca Amor, which premiered at SIFF in 2003. She continues to freelance as a producer and location scout for film, video and still photography projects. In her spare time she enjoys teaching English as a Second Language, painting and traveling with her husband, Randall.


Dawn Tunnell

Key Makeup Artist, Key Hair Stylist

Dawn has 11 years of professional experience working in fashion, film, print, and television industries. She began her career with a focus on fashion, beauty, and commercial print work, but her need to always grow and expand as an artist evntually brought her to film. Since then, she has keyed 8 feature films, gotten very little sleep, and learned to use a walkie. Some of the people she has worked with include Val Kilmer, Oscar Award winner Chloris Leachman, Oscar and Emmy nominated Minnie Driver, Tori Spelling, Natasha Lyonne, Will Wheaton, a bunch of Hall of Famers from the NFL, a governor or two, and some other people on T.V. you might recognize from the likes of Lost, and Prison Break.


Doris Black

Costume Designer

Doris Black has been working as a freelance costume designer in the Seattle area ever since she moved here to go to graduate school at the University of Washington in 1994. She fell in love with the area and decided to stay. Originally her focus was on working in theater but over the years she has branched out into film. She discovered that she greatly enjoys the medium and the collaborations it produces. She has designed the costumes for feature movies Dark Horse, Police Beat, Cthulhu, and It’s Not You, It’s Me and shorts Combustible Chef and Anybuddy Home. She did the costumes for Shut Eye which is part of this year’s Fly filmmaking challenge. She was the costume consultant for Zoo.

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