Adapted from a story by James Lee Burke, WINTER LIGHT is a modern-day revisionist Western set in the frozen wilderness of Montana. The half-hour short tells the story of Roger Guidry, a cantankerous college professor who finds himself alienated and marginalized as he nears retirement. When Roger confronts two hunters he discovers trespassing on his property, he begins an escalating battle of wills that will test his faith in everything he holds dear.
The film’s all-star cast is led by stage and screen veteran Raymond J. Barry, best known for roles in DEAD MAN WALKING, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY and the television drama series JUSTIFIED. Vincent Kartheiser (MAD MEN’s Pete Campbell) and Josh Pence (Tyler Winklevoss in THE SOCIAL NETWORK) play the hunters, and Q’orianka Kilcher – who made her big-screen debut as Pocahontas in Terrence Malick’s THE NEW WORLD – rounds out the cast, playing one of the professor’s students.
Mr. Burke – whose bestselling novels have sold millions of copies and earned two Edgar Awards, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and worldwide acclaim – gave the project his blessing. WINTER LIGHT is the first film adaptation of one of his short stories.