A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER REACH A CRITICAL MOMENT WHEN THE MOTHER BEGINS THE FINAL HOURS BEFORE HER DEATH.
"Turning Blue is what happens when our heartbreak, too big for words, becomes a film that tells our story. Gratitude is the word that comes to mind."
-Connie Schultz - Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist
Christopher Knoblock and Dana White
Chris and Dana make movies together. Their last film, In the Orchard, won the Jury Award for Best American Feature at the 2018 Sonoma International Film Festival, Grand Prize: Best Feature at the 2018 Culver City Film Festival, and won Best Feature at the 2019 Beaufort International Film Festival. The film also won Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Actor at BIFF. Their next two projects, "Involuntary", and the feature, "The Red Suitcase", are both currently in development.
Dana, is a writer, director, and producer. Her last film, In the Orchard, won the Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the 2018 Sonoma Int Film Festival, 2018 Culver City Film Festival, and the 2019 Beaufort Int Film Festival where it won Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Actor.
Dana has also worked as a Senior Editor and Feature Producer for various shows for Network television and edited award-winning documentaries including, Finding Kraftland, which premiered at the 2006 Santa Barbara International Film Festival and went on to win awards at the 2007 Santa Fe Film Festival and many others.
Dana's screen credits include, In the Orchard, (Best Actress Award, 2019 Beaufort International Film Festival), The Surface (Best Actress Award 2003 NYU Film Awards), and Moonscapes (Best Actress Award, 2012 Dieciminuti Film Festival).
Chris is a Director and a Cinematographer. His film directing credits includes Old Friends, and the feature, In the Orchard (2018 Sonoma Int FF Jury Award Winner Best American Feature).
His Director of Photography film credits includes The Treasures of Long Gone John (Official Selection, 2006 SXSW, 2006 Santa Barbara Film Festival, 2006 Melbourne Int’l Festival, 2006 Chicago Underground Festival) and numerous narratives.
His extensive television credits as a DP and camera operator include dozens of shows on NBC, CBS, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, Discovery ID, Lifetime, TLC, WeTV, and History Channel.
Kathleen Chalfant - Clara
Kathleen Chalfant has been electrifying audiences on stage and in film and television for many years. BROADWAY: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nom.), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. OFF-BROADWAY: A Woman of the World, Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, Obie Awards), For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, A Walk in the Woods (Drama Desk nom.), Tales from Red Vienna, Miss Ovington & Dr. Dubois, Talking Heads (Obie Award), Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Henry V (Callaway Award). OTHER NY CREDITS: The Vagina Monologues, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, Sister Mary Ignatius..., The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. FILM: Isn’t it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., The Bath, In Bed With Ulysses, Lillian, Duplicity, The People Speak, Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, Dark Water, Kinsey, Laramie Project, Random Hearts, A Price Below Rubies, Murder and Murder (WINNER, Teddy Award, 1997 BERLIN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL). SELECT TELEVISION Recurring on “The Affair,” “The Strain,” “The Americans,” “House of Cards,” “Rescue Me,” “The Book of Daniel,” “The Guardian,” “Law and Order” “One Life to Live”; “Madam Secretary,” “High Maintenance,” “Elementary,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO), “Georgia O’Keeffe” (Lifetime), “Voices from the White House” (PBS). AWARDS: 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Professional Women. 2018 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work and hold an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Cooper Union.
Director of Photography Laura Valladao
Laura Valladao is a Cinematographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her passionate interest in light and deep connection to community inspire storytelling rich with honest and stunning visuals. She shot the short film "My Nephew Emmett", which won the student Academy Award in 2017 and went on to be nominated for an Oscar. Her most recent feature, "Premature" premiered in the NEXT program at Sundance 2019, and premiered in theaters early 2020. Laura has won the 2016 Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography, and regarding her commercial work, she has won awards at the prestigious Porsche Awards and was shortlisted for the AICP.
Lisa Langford - Val
A graduate of Harvard University, Lisa is an actress and playwright. In addition to television and film, Lisa has acted Off-Broadway (Playwrights Horizons), regionally (LaJolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville) and locally (Cleveland Play House, Dobama and Mamai). Her plays have appeared at Cleveland Public Theatre (ICOGNEGRO, THE NEGRO PERKINS, THE BOMB and, most recently THE ART OF LONGING) and convergence-continuum (OUTSIDE/IN: THE FATTENING HOUSE and THE SPLIT SHOW). Lisa has also been a copywriter, a journalist, and a member of the creative team that launched the late Dr. Maya Angelou’s greeting card line. She received her MFA from Cleveland State.
JOHN TURK - GAFFER
The amazing John Turk has over 20 years of experience in the film and commercial industries as a gaffer and electrician. His many credits include gaffer on Matthew Libatique’s new film, Native Son as well as on Marc Meyer’s award-winning film, My Friend Dahmer.