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When Shelly goes missing her roommate Francis must delve into the Twin Cities seedy underbelly and confront Shelly’s nightmarish past.
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When Shelly (a vulnerable trans-woman) goes missing, Francis (a recovering alcoholic) sets out to find her, unwittingly forming allegiances with a local criminal network, throwing him headlong into Shelly’s private world of sex, drugs, violence, and family. As secrets are exposed and tensions mount, a search for Shelly devolves into a quest for meaning in the face of oblivion. This independent drama explores themes of capitalist greed and toxic masculinity within the context of a procedural drama in the tradition of classic film-noir.  

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Actor Bios

Janan Terpstra as Angela

This is Janan Terpstra's second movie and she is very grateful for the opportunity. She had a supporting role as a bartender in No Blood of Mine, so playing an alcoholic (Angela) in Road to Damascus seems like a natural progression. When she's not acting Janan is active in her church in Hudson, WI, being Nana to 10 kids and traveling to Nashville since her husband recently released a song on the radio.

Janan Terpstra
Janan Terpstra

Denzel Moore as Barry

Denzel Moore resides in South St. Paul and Road to Damascus will be his first film. He grew up doing theater in Toledo, Ohio for S.E.T.T and was recently accepted to the New York Film Academy. Denzel will be playing the role of Barry.

Denzel Moore
Denzel Moore

Chasen Chris as Thomas

Chasen Chris is a Twin Cities based actor who specializes in TV/Film and commercials. He trained under Rich Remedios, Erin Roberts, and Harry Waters Jr with the Meisner technique and also does a great deal of improv and sketch comedy. His most recent work has been in films such as A Winter Love, Memento Vivere, and The Blank Room. He has also been in the TV series Nashville and In An Instant. Outside of acting Chris loves to stay busy with exercise, traveling, attending events and being in good company. He looks forward to moving to LA in January when filming is done as his role playing Thomas in Road to Damascus!

Chasen Chris
Chasen Chris

 Ali Daniels as Rebeca

A graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens point, Ali Daniels is a Minneapolis based theatre and film actress who also sings and writes songs from time to time. Favorite roles include Anne in "The Diary of Anne Frank" at Yellow Tree Theatre, Mackenzie in the upcoming feature, "Edge of Insanity", starring Scout Taylor Compton, and Jordan in the internationally screened short film, "Recalibrate", which received the Gold award at the World on Fire Film Festival, the award for Best Action Short at the Snake Alley Film Festival, and she was also nominated for her role in it as Best Hero at the 2016 Z-Fest Film Festival. You can also hear her as the voice of Marion in the upcoming radio drama thriller, "Vessel". Ali will be playing the role of Rebeca in Road to Damascus. For examples of her work and booking information, visit her website at www.alidaniels.actor.

Ali Daniels
Ali Daniels

Keilani Lee as Tara

Born and raised in Northern California, Keilani Lee came from a dance and modeling background. She has been involved in numerous stage performances and plays. Road to Damascus will be her first feature film where she will be playing the role of Tara.

Keilani Lee
Keilani Lee

Brian Gibson as Fat Dan

Brian may pay his rent by serving as a public bureaucrat, but his passion is acting and directing. He started out on stage in community theater productions, but more recently has been concentrating on acting for the camera, appearing in numerous student and low-budget productions. He has also played the lead character in a series of institutional training films, he has appeared in a statewide bank commercial, and landed a co-starring role on Hawaii 5-0 for CBS. A builder at heart, he loves creating a character and breathing life into them and is always a little sad when the project is done. Brian will be playing the role of Fat Dan in Road to Damascus.

Brian Gibson
Brian Gibson

Carl Swanson as Saul

Carl Swanson is a Twin Cities based actor originally from Hawley, MN. After attending college at the University of WI - Stevens Point he moved to Minneapolis where he has mostly done stage work but loves to do film and always jumps at the chance to do a film! Some recent work has been in Films such as King Park, Are You Sarah?, Weight, and Asch Effect. Carl also does a ton of stage work in the area. He's currently working on a production of Chess with The Chameleon Theatre Circle. You can also see Carl every weekend in Shit Faced Shakespeare at Camp Bar! Carl is playing the role of Saul and he is extremely excited to tackle such a complex role in Road to Damascus.

Carl Swanson
Carl Swanson

Susan Chambers as Detective Lowe

Susan Chambers was introduced to acting through her mother who performed in plays in Chicago & Minneapolis. Susan discovered that she also had that passion for acting when she enrolled in an acting class in college. Her first film role was in a film called Lucky Day (1991), starring Amy Madigan, Olympia Dukakis, and Chloe Webb as the game show host, Amanda. She moved to Los Angeles in '91 to follow her dream, taking acting classes at Roy London's Studio. (Drew Carey was in her class). She put her career on hold and came back to raise daughter.

When Estee grew up, Susan began training and films again. She was cast in a film called "In The Name of God" working with Eric Roberts & Patrick Davis which can be seen on Netflix. Since then, she has been in three award winning films. "Until Forever", "Miles Between Us", "American Beast", "How To Be A Latin Lover" and has had many opportunities working in film and TV in Los Angeles.

She recently worked with Jesse Metcalfe, Danny Trejo, TC Stallings and more in the feature film, "In Stranger Company" which will be premiering soon. She will be traveling to Europe for her next feature film soon. Susan will be playing the role of Detective Lowe in Road to Damascus.

Susan Chambers
Susan Chambers

Jordan Curtis as Vic

Jordan Curtis is an actor from Duluth, MN. His film credits includes I Voted, No Blood Of Mine, Solatium, and They Fell Hard (post-production). He will begin production on the feature film, Blind Truth this winter. Jordan will be playing the role of Vic in Road to Damascus.

Jordan Curtis
Jordan Curtis

Becky Kilkenny as Shelly

Becky Kilkenny is making her feature length debut in Road to Damascus. She has an artistic background as a published writer and the musician behind Sissy Poser Tears. Becky is playing the role of Shelly in Road to Damascus.  

Becky Kilkenny
Becky Kilkenny

Rex Isom Jr as Grover

Rex Isom Jr is a professional actor going on 30+ years in the industry. He has performed on many Twin City stages, and you can occasionally catch him in a regional commercial here or there. Plus Rex performs improvisation comedy, being an alumni of the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and IO West in Hollywood. With a few Independent films already under his belt, Rex is excited to be part of this production playing the part of Grover, another great film project!

Rex Isom Jr
Rex Isom Jr

Tiffany Cornwell as Sam

Tiffany Cornwell is an actor based in the Twin Cities and hailing from South Florida. She was trained by Burt Reynolds and earned her degree in Theatre before moving to the frozen tundra of the north. Since then, Tiffany has performed numerous feature films, pilots, and commercials. In 2017 she made her national television debut in "In An Instant," was the female lead in the feature film "Georgia Rock," fought the living dead in the pilot "Don't Come Here," and is thrilled to be closing out a great year by getting to know Sam in "Road to Damascus."

Tiffany Cornwell
Tiffany Cornwell

Rudy Pavich as Martin

Rudy Pavich is a Minnesota born radio personality, filmmaker and voice over artist. He lives with his nine year old daughter and her gerbil. Rudy will be playing the role of Martin in Road to Damascus.

Rudy Pavich
Rudy Pavich

Greg Craft as King

"I'm a cryin' on the inside kind of clown. The grass may be greener on the other side, but so are my eggs and ham. And I keep on truckin' to the motto 'Esse quam videri'" Greg Craft will be playing the role of King in Road to Damascus.

Greg Craft (right)
Greg Craft (right)

 Frank Red as Francis

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Frank has spent most of his life fixing and setting up guitars for his grandparent's music store or playing music with his friends. He graduated from main street school of the performing arts. Frank will be playing the role of Francis in Road to Damascus.

Frank Red
Frank Red

Risks and challenges

Any investment in film production involves a high degree of risk.

The success of any medium, whether film or television, depends on the public’s tastes and opinions at any given time. The likes and dislikes of the public vary greatly from day to day and can never be confirmed. As a result, it is impossible to determine the success of this, or any, film.

The prior or simultaneous release of a similar film may affect the popularity of this film. As a result of the above factors and others not listed here, only one of every five films made recoup their cost.

While every film production has their respective challenges, with so many of the locations already belonging to friends and family members and with each and every one of our tightly knit crew members coming from a place of such deep personal investment our main concern isn’t in scheduling or execution but in being able to maintain exterior continuity due to the unpredictable nature of weather and of having to funds to support our crew and to reward their hard work.

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