Upstate NY Women in Film & TV (UPWIFT)
The Reel Women In Film series
with filmmaker Nicole Quinn
“The best movies are always about character development and
storytelling; Racing Daylight excels at both. This visually
attractive, carefully crafted film keeps viewers guessing, lifts their
spirits and transports them through time. David Strathairn and Melissa
Leo deliver memorable performances. This audience-pleasing film
stands-out and deserves wide distribution.”
Thomas Baker, Ph.D., Coordinator, The Accolade, www.theaccolade.net
Told as three short movies RACING DAYLIGHT is the story of Sadie Stokes (MELISSA LEO) who’s returned to the family farm to care for her catatonic Grandma (LECLANCHE DURAND ). There have always been Stokes in Cedarsville. Sadie and Grandma are the last. Sadie’s life has been pretty colorless until the man appears in the mirror calls her “Anna!” and then fades away. As Sadie takes on the characteristics of her ancestor, Anna Stokes, she realizes that they both want the same thing, they both want Henry (DAVID STRATHAIRN) the farm’s idiosyncratic handyman/civil war junkie. Only Anna thinks Henry is her long lost Harry (DAVID STRATHAIRN).
This magical love story of hope and forgiveness is set against the backdrop of the Hudson River Valley, with light that glows from the inside out, and specifically the Shawangunk Ridge; home to Revolutionary war battles, the Underground Railroad, Native Americans and Dutch settlers.
Nicole Quinn, Director/Writer/Executive Producer
Nicole Quinn’s The Gold Stone Girl trilogy is available for Kindle, Paperback and on Audible/Itunes. Her plays are published by Playscripts, Inc. She’s produced several audiobooks, and narrated as many. Quinn’s feature film, Racing Daylight (writer/dir), stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and Emmy winner David Strathairn, and is streaming everywhere. She’s a member of Actors and Writers, a Hudson Valley not-for-profit ensemble that provides free theater to a rural audience. Nicole is on the Board of the Rosendale Theatre Collective, where she also books the weekly films, and she’s recently joined the Film Fatales a collective of women movie directors.
Upstate Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media, energizing the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equity. UPWIFT is a volunteer based organization, reaching from the base of the Hudson Valley to the crown of the Capital District Region, and joining over 40 other Women in Film & Television chapters with 10,000 global members.