Cast of Characters

Jo Ann Bayberry

… is the self-appointed eyes and ears of her leafy suburb, a woman smarter than she is wise, a force of nature with unlimited opinions and advice for all. The consummate exasperating meddler, Jo Ann truly believes she has (or can root out) all of the answers and is admirably in control of herself and her exemplary life. But of course, she's not: All the energy she puts into “helping” others really serves to deflect her attention from the terrible secret she carries. She is obsessive, watchful, and critical, yet at the same time tremendously vulnerable and downright afraid.

MARY BETH HURT is a three-time Tony-nominated actress, who first won accolades through her on-stage performances in Trelawny of the Wells and Benefactors. Hurt made her film debut in Woody Allen's dramatic film Interiors as Joey, the middle of three sisters dealing with the emotional fallout of a family's disintegration and their mother's descent into mental illness. Other film roles include Laura in Chilly Scenes of Winter; Helen Holm Garp in The World According to Garp; and as Regina Beaufort in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence. Hurt was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance in the 2006 movie The Dead Girl and has also been nominated for BAFTA and Drama Desk Awards, while also being the winner of an Obie Award for her role in Crimes of the Heart.

Moody Burkhart

… is a broken man, an inconsolable widower who has lost interest in the world but diligently keeps moving though borderline undone by the miscommunications and technological absurdities complicating the simplest interactions. A veteran police officer often dealing with situations that – or people who – make things more difficult than necessary, Moody has come to keep everyone at arm’s length. But despite his efforts, one police report swings him back toward his true calling as a mystery solver. Moody comes to discover that people can still surprise, even delight, him.

AIDAN QUINN made his film debut in 1984 in Reckless, followed by his breakthrough role in Desperately Seeking Susan. Quinn next starred in the controversial television film An Early Frost, about a young gay lawyer dying of AIDS, and received his first Emmy nomination for the role. He later made a short impressive contribution as Robert De Niro's brother in The Mission. In 1987, he played an escaped convict in the action comedy Stakeout. During the 1990s, he appeared in films such as Legends of the Fall, Benny & Joon, The Handmaid's Tale, Haunted and Practical Magic. He also starred in Michael Collins’ Song for a Raggy Boy, This Is My Father and Evelyn. In 2007, Quinn received his second Emmy nomination for the television movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Quinn currently co-stars in the CBS Television series Elementary.

Margaret Lemke

… knows her husband well. What they have seen and done and endured over 50 years together need not be told. Theirs is a deep bond without secrets, but between you and me, he is breaking her heart. Margaret understands Walter’s desire to exit life on earth because she understands him and she knows there’s no “fixing” him, either.  Margaret is a proud, private and clear-eyed working class woman with high moral standards, and a doer in the best sense of the word. Margaret takes care of things.

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS is an Academy Award-winning actress whostarted her career in the theatre, where she received an Obie Award in 1963 for her Off- Broadway performance in Bertolt Brecht's Man Equals Man. She later transitioned to film and, for her performance in the 1987 film Moonstruck, was BAFTA nominated, while also being the winner of both Golden Globe and Academy Awards. She received another Golden Globe nomination for Sinatra, and Emmy nominations for Lucky Day, More Tales of the City, and Joan of Arc. Dukakis is also known for her roles in Steel Magnolias (1989), Dad (1989), Look Who's Talking (1989), The Cemetery Club (1993), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) and Mother (1995). In 2011, she starred in Cloudburst, which garnered critical success, winning 30 awards for Best Actress and Best Film at various film festivals around the world.

Walter Lemke

… is a man with nothing left to say.  Deep into his old age, Mr. Lemke has been lost in thought for years and increasingly disengaged from his wife and the things he used to love to do.  He passes his days in silence and opens the film with a shocking act:  He tries, unsuccessfully, to commit suicide. His attempt sets off a chain of events that ultimately brings him the tranquility he’s been seeking. He speaks almost exclusively with his face, and his words are worth watching.

M. EMMET WALSH is an actor who has appeared in over 200 film and television productions. He came to prominence in the 1978 crime film, Straight Time. He also had a memorable role as a crazed sniper in the Steve Martin comedy The Jerk. One of his most well-known roles was Bryant in Ridley Scott's cult classic Blade Runner. His most acclaimed performance was the double-crossing private detective in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s Blood Simple, for which he won the 1986 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead. Walsh showed up again for the Coens as a loud-mouthed sheet-metal worker bugging Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona. In comedy, Walsh played the cynical small town sportswriter Dickie Dunn in Paul Newman's iconic hockey comedy/drama Slap Shot.

Wren Miller

… is a mysterious stranger, a woman who will make you believe we are not alone.

RACHEL BROSNAHAN is a Golden Globe Award winner, a Critics’ Choice Award winner and an Emmy Award nominee, best known for roles including portraying Rachel Posner in the Netflix series House of Cards, portraying Abby Isaac in the historic drama Manhattan, and portraying Midge Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She made her on-screen debut in the horror film The Unborn during 2009, and was later featured in the Southern Gothic fantasy Beautiful Creatures. Brosnahan had a guest appearance on HBO’s award-winning miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014) opposite Frances McDormand, and a recurring role in the TV series The Blacklist. She also stars in Sabyn Mayfield’s Boomtown and Peter Berg’s Patriots Day.

Arnie Bayberry

… is a no-nonsense man who likes specifics, a respected ornithologist and scholar, a card-carrying member of The Audubon Society who spends leisurely-paced days watching green things grow and birds fly. While he is a solid citizen, Arnie is no social butterfly and does not suffer fools. He likes to keep busy and keep his busybody wife even busier. He treasures their life together and is true to his vow to love and protect her, come what may.  Arnie is a judicious man who always tries to do the right thing, but also can be harshly judgmental and just plain wrong. Arnie has much to learn about empathy, forgiveness, and the peace that can come from being neighborly.

PETER GERETY is a veteran of the stage, screen and television. In the late 1990s, he joined the cast of the NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street, and has also guest starred on other television series including Law & Order and The Wire. He has appeared in numerous feature films with the likes of Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine, Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, and Denzel Washington; and with directors Woody Allen (The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Hollywood Ending), Mike Nichols (Wolf and Charlie Wilson's War), James Ivory (Surviving Picasso), Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds), Ido Mizrahy (Things That Hang from Trees), Spike Lee (Inside Man), and with Clint Eastwood he was Dr. Tarr in Changeling. Gerety returned to the stage in 2013 to play the role of John Cotter in Nora Ephron's Broadway play Lucky Guy with Tom Hanks.

Donna Olson

… is a fearless woman who speaks her mind and faces her challenges head on. She is forthright, passionate, and has made a good life for herself against great odds. She leads by example and gives back to the community in a time-honored way: She teaches. Music is her lifeblood and we see this not only in how she guides her students, but how she spends her time – giving life to the music in her head and finding ways to share it with others. Donna is the character least changed by the events in the story. She already believes anything and everything is possible.

MACY GRAY is a Grammy-winning R&B and soul singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actress known for her distinctive raspy voice and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday. Gray has released six studio albums and received five Grammy Award nominations. She has appeared in a number of films, including Training Day, Spider-Man, Scary Movie 3, Lackawanna Blues, Idlewild and For Colored Girls. Gray is best known for her international hit single "I Try", taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is.

Josh Kassouni

… is a first-generation Moroccan-American deeply aware of how lucky he is. He is young enough to dream, but schooled in sacrifice and conscious of the responsibilities of children whose parents risked everything for the promise of a better life. He proudly works for one of our nation’s oldest institutions, delivering mail for the Postal Service. The kind people he befriends in the homes along his route bind him to American life and console him following the death of his mother.

SATYA BHABHA was born in London, England. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he acted in and directed student theater productions, and was a recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts. In 2010, Bhabha appeared in the film version of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim, entitled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Bhabha plays the lead role in the Deepa Mehta film Midnight's Children (2012), based on Salman Rushdie's novel of the same title. In 2012, Bhabha was cast in the FOX sitcom New Girl, where he plays a love interest and fiancé of Hannah Simone's character Cece.

Production Team

Director DIANNE DREYER

… understands that films can change lives. Across three decades in motion picture production, she has devoted her creative and technical talents to films as enduring as The English Patient, The Perfect Storm, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Doubt. Dreyer learned the craft of filmmaking serving as Script Supervisor to such admired directors as Alan Pakula, Anthony Minghella, Michael Apted, Cameron Crowe, Lasse Halstrom, Alan Parker, Sydney Pollack, Nora Ephron, Jodie Foster, Oliver Stone and Woody Allen. In the last ten years she has also been an indispensable Associate Producer on You’ve Got Mail, Pieces of April, Bewitched, and The Beaver; a Co-Producer of Julie & Julia and Dan In Real Life. Change In The Air marks her feature directorial debut.

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Writer AUDRA GORMAN

A location manager by trade, Audra Gorman has worked on feature films and television for over 17 years. It is a career path that has given her an endless and appreciative onslaught of characters, situations and experiences – the very best fodder. Her latest script The Turnkey Cycle is in development. It is a fantastical story about a famous author who travels to upstate New York to write the last in a series of novels about a fictional bicycle manufacturer, Howard Turnkey, when he befriends an elderly man he thinks may be the character he’s been writing about all these years.

She is currently working on the following projects: The Land of Tiny Trees, a modern adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt set in Las Vegas during the housing market crash of 2007; One for the Road, a coming-of-age story about a group of friends who roadtrip to Colorado after their high school graduation; the western romantic comedy, Beefalo, about two people who find love in unlikely circumstances; and Scatter Good, a story that examines the uncommon bond between two fierce females: an abandoned tap-dancing prodigy and the reluctant neighbor who takes her in.

Producer BENJAMIN COX

… is the founder of Red Square Pictures, a New York-based film production company. As creative head, Mr. Cox oversees all aspects of the company’s development, production and content-related activities.

In narrative work, Mr. Cox’s feature film Better Off Single, an NYC dating comedy that he produced, wrote and directed starring Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller Rogen, Kal Penn, Chris Elliott, Lewis Black and Annaleigh Ashford, was released theatrically in the fall of 2016. His latest feature film, The Mimic, a dark comedy about a non-violent sociopath, recently completed principal photography. Produced by Mr. Cox, The Mimic was directed by Thomas Mazziotti and stars Thomas Sadoski, Jake Robinson, Gina Gershon, Tammy Blanchard, Austin Pendleton and Jessica Walter.

In the commercial/fashion space, a fashion film that Mr. Cox produced, wrote and directed, David Gandy’s Goodnight, was created in collaboration with Dark Harbor Stories (David Schwimmer’s production company) and finished in second place at the 2014 Fashion Film Awards held during the Cannes Film Festival. Roman Polanski’s fashion film, A Therapy, finished in first place, while projects finishing behind Mr. Cox’s included fashion films directed by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Baz Luhrmann and Martin Scorsese.

Mr. Cox’s upcoming projects include Patton Generations, an epic miniseries chronicling the American warrior family from colonial Revolutionaries to the WWII battlefield genius of General George S. Patton; and episodic drama Fortune Sun, an opulent modern-day retelling of an ancient Chinese legend. A member of BAFTA New York, Mr. Cox has studied writing at Columbia Journalism School and filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Executive Producer MARGARETHE BAILLOU

… is the founder of independent film production company M.Y.R.A. Entertainment in New York and London. Projects include Call Me by Your Name and Drawing Home. M.Y.R.A.'s mission is to contribute to the well-being of society, and children in particular, with all projects free of visual and verbal violence. Change in the Air was brought to Baillou's attention by co-producer Kim Surowicz and executive producer Allan Neuwirth, and M.Y.R.A. quickly became the film's champion.

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Executive Producer ALLAN NEUWIRTH

Born in New York City, Allan Neuwirth began his career as an animator and art director before shifting in the 1990s to writing, directing and producing television and feature films. He has worked on many TV series, including Space Racers (developer/head writer/producer), Tumble Leaf (staff writer), Octonauts (writer/story editor), Cyberchase (2015 Emmy Award nomination), and Courage the Cowardly Dog (writer/storyboard artist). Allan has authored several books about show biz, Makin’ Toons and They’ll Never Put That On The Air, co-created the internationally syndicated comic strip Chelsea Boys, scripted the holiday TV specials Jingle All The Way (2011) and Jingle and Bell’s Christmas Star (2012) for Hallmark, penned the award-winning animated short Polariffic, and produced and directed the musical documentary feature What’s the Name of the Dame? (2012). Most recently, Allan has been producing live action feature films, including Drawing Home (2016) and The Untitled Ellen Kuras Project (2017). He’s currently developing new films and TV series, both animated and live action.

Cinematographer JACK DONNELLY

… is the son of a Madman. As such, he started out as a production assistant for television commercials in 1969 and was instantly consumed by the art of image-making. A craftsman in every sense of the word, Jack has spent 35 years traveling the globe creating indelible images for companies including American Express, Coca-Cola, Kodak and UPS. Along with an encyclopedic knowledge of cameras and equipment, Jack is inventive, resourceful, collaborative, poetic and quick. Other cinematographers have repeatedly tapped his talents to complement their own on a long list of feature films including pictures directed by Oliver Stone, Jonathan Demme, Noah Baumbach, Barry Levinson, Paul Weitz, Adam McKay and Kevin Smith.

Editor IAN BLUME

… has worked in feature film post-production for 16 years, honing his skills on films at all budget levels by way of collaborations with distinguished filmmakers including the editors Tim Squyres, John Gilroy, Dylan Tichenor, Barbara Tulliver and Andrew Mondshein, writer/directors John Patrick Shanley and M. Night Shyamalan, producers Akiva Goldsman and Scott Rudin, and the films Chocolat, Doubt and The Bourne Legacy. Following his graduation from Boston’s Emerson College with a degree in Film, Ian landed a job at Sound One, the elite audio post facility in New York, and continued to thrive in the collaborative environment. Conversant in a wide range of narrative styles, Ian has developed a strong sense of story, composition, performance, and an abiding respect for cinema’s power to evoke deep responses. He is an active member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and the Post NY Alliance, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Music Producer HAL WILLNER

… was a bar mitzvah in 1969, the year of the moon landing, Woodstock and the Manson murders. Working in recording, film, television and live events, his record productions include albums by Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, Lucinda Williams, Laurie Anderson, and music and spoken word projects with Allen Ginsberg, among many others. Willner learned record production as an assistant to the legendary producer Joel Dorn from 1975 to 1980. In 1981 he was hired to do sketch music adaptations at Saturday Night Live, a position he continues to hold.

Hal’s film credits include Robert Altman’s Short Cuts and Kansas City, Greg Ford’s Night of the Living Duck, Gus Van Sant’s Finding Forrester, Wim Wender’s Million Dollar Hotel, Abel Ferrara’s Chelsea On The Rocks, Robert Frank/Rudy Wurlitzer’s Candy Mountain, Adam McKay’s Talladega Nights and Step Brothers and Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.

Willner established his notoriety by conceiving and producing multi-artist concept albums that, for better or worse, have caused him to be credited as the father of the modern “tribute” album, beginning with Amarcord Nino Rota, followed by That’s The Way I feel Now (Thelonious Monk), Weird Nightmare (Charles Mingus), Lost in the Stars (Kurt Weill) and Stay Awake (vintage Disney songs). Hal is also responsible for the Rogue’s Gallery albums, two collections of sea songs, pirate ballads and chanteys, with Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski the Executive Producers.

In live performance, Hal has produced concerts exploring the works of Leonard Cohen, Edgar Allan Poe, Nino Rota, Neil Young, Doc Pomus, Bill Withers and Harry Smith, among others. The Harry Smith and Leonard Cohen concerts were later incorporated into films. Hal hopes one day to realize his dream of being a kiddie show host.

Visual Effects Supervisor HAL COUZENS

… is currently VFX producing Dumbo for Tim Burton. Hal has supervised and produced work on Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Bourne Legacy, Paul, La Vie En Rose, Batman Begins, Finding Neverland, World Trade Center, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Shaun of the Dead amongst others. His VFX and film career spans twenty years while being based in South Africa, New York, Los Angeles and now in London with Fish Hook Media. He travels widely, collating the elements to create effects required in stories for Universal, Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Working Title, Focus Features, Pathé and others.

While his work requires him to find ingenious ways to solve problems and provide surprises through visual trickery, Hal’s stated goal is to “try not to get noticed on the screen — just enable the story to be told and allow scenes to unfold.” In La Vie En Rose, the glorious theaters and cityscapes of Paris and New York in the 1930s and ‘40s never upstage Marion Cottillard’s Edith Piaf, who is simply alive in a world beautifully rendered through careful research and craft.

Hal has collaborated closely with directors and producers including Tim Burton, Tony Gilroy, Marc Forster, Greg Mottola, Frank Marshall, Pat Crowley, Eric Fellner and Marc Platt, collaborations both creative and organizational and always with an eye to realizing the director’s vision.

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