Film Business – March 12th, 2018
Daniel Stine’s feature film debut, Virginia Minnesota, received its world premiere on March 2nd at the Cinequest Film Festival and stars a primarily female cast led by Aurora Perrineau and Rachel Hendrix.
Two young women, torn apart by a childhood tragedy, unexpectedly reunite and embark on an illuminating 24-hour journey, where they unlock memories of long-forgotten innocence and what it means to truly believe.
Daniel Stine previously wrote, directed and appeared in his 3 acclaimed short films, God and Vodka, Grape, and The Championship Rounds, before completing drama/comedy, Virginia Minnesota. His work went on to appear in more than 50 film festivals and garnered over 30 awards in categories including Best Film, Best Director, Best Short Film and Best Screenplay. Daniel currently has two additional features in development, and his script for his thriller We Became Ghosts is a finalist in the Screenplay Festival 2017.
Both revelations in their starring roles of Addison and Lyle, Aurora Perrineau and Rachel Hendrix are no strangers to the screen. Aurora’s impressive credits include roles in Equals, Jem and the Holograms, Pretty Little Liars, Freaks of Nature, and Passengers, in which she appeared alongside Jennifer Lawrence. She will soon be seen in Truth or Dare, with Lucy Hale.
Rachel Hendrix has shown herself to be a face to watch with leading roles in the award-winning October Baby and The Perfect Wave, as well as appearances in the acclaimed film Christine, and blockbuster, Allegiant.
The rest of the talented cast includes Jessica Miesel (Fox’s The Resident), Susan Walters (Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries), Julia Keefe, Eyas Younis, Carl Palmer, Aaron Hill, and Harold Perrineau (Romeo + Juliet, The Matrix Reloaded) as the voice of ‘Mister’.
Virginia Minnesota was recently awarded the Global Grand Jury Award for Best Hollywood Film at the Hollywood Film Festival (HFF), with Aurora Perrineau and Rachel Hendrix receiving special mention as Exceptional Emerging Artists. The film is produced by Rushaway Pictures, with cinematography by Pedro Ciampolini and a score by Gary Dworetsky.