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Dances With Films unveils world premiere of “Inheritance,” Emily Moss Wilson’s directorial debut

By: Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 6/20/24- The world of independent cinema is set to embrace a poignant narrative that delves into the intricate tapestry of familial relationships. ‘INHERITANCE,’ the highly anticipated directorial debut of Emily Moss Wilson, is poised to captivate audiences with its raw emotional depth and nuanced storytelling. This female-driven drama promises to be a cinematic tour de force, exploring the complexities of sisterhood, buried secrets, and the quest for forgiveness.

At the helm of this compelling project is a formidable team of creative forces. Emily Moss Wilson, whose previous works include ‘Drink,’ ‘Christmas in Tune,’ and ‘Rescuing Christmas,’ brings her directorial prowess to the fore. Collaborating with her is the talented Rachel Noll James, the writer behind ‘Ingress,’ ‘Don’t Pass Me By,’ and ‘The Storyteller,’ who has crafted a poignant and emotionally resonant script.

The film boasts an ensemble cast that promises to elevate the narrative to new heights. Austin Highsmith Garces, known for her remarkable performances in ‘Dolphin Tale 1 & 2,’ ‘Scream: The TV Series,’ and ‘Criminal Minds,’ takes on a pivotal role alongside Rachel Noll James herself. Their dynamic on-screen chemistry promises to captivate audiences, as they embody the complex dynamics of estranged sisters forced to confront their past.

Supporting this talented duo are seasoned actresses Michelle Hurd and Cynthia Geary, whose presence adds depth and gravitas to the film. Rounding out the ensemble are Wes Brown, Chris Mulkey, and Brian McNamara, each bringing their unique talents to the screen.

The road to bringing ‘INHERITANCE’ to life was paved with near-insurmountable challenges. Just weeks before production was set to commence on Bainbridge Island, WA, the team faced the largest industry work stoppage in over 60 years. Undeterred, Moss Wilson, Noll James, and Highsmith Garces secured an interim agreement from SAG-AFTRA, allowing the film to proceed.

“The strikes really put the spotlight on indie film and its importance to our industry,” remarked Emily Moss Wilson, reflecting on the obstacles they overcame.

‘INHERITANCE’ stands as a testament to the power of women supporting women, perseverance, and the indomitable spirit of independent filmmaking. Rachel Noll James and Sienna Beckman, co-founders of the female-focused production company Emergence Films, have brought their vision to life, marking the company’s second narrative feature.

“The timing of this production turned out to be a blessing, as it attracted a stellar supporting cast that enhanced the film’s depth and impact,” shared Rachel Noll James, highlighting the serendipitous nature of the project.

At its core, ‘INHERITANCE’ follows the emotionally charged journey of two estranged sisters, Lucy and Paige, who reunite after the death of their father. As they navigate the complexities of their past, buried family secrets are unearthed, and unexpected paths to forgiveness emerge.

The film promises to resonate with audiences on a profound level, exploring themes of resentment, trauma, loss, and the relentless pursuit of healing. Through the lens of these compelling characters, viewers will be invited to confront their own inner demons and reflect on the power of mending broken relationships.

With a runtime of 102 minutes, ‘INHERITANCE’ promises to be an immersive cinematic experience. Moss Wilson’s directorial vision, coupled with Noll James’ poignant storytelling, will undoubtedly create a tapestry of emotion and artistry that will leave a lasting impression on audiences.

‘INHERITANCE’ is set to make its highly anticipated world premiere at the esteemed Dances With Films festival. On Friday, June 21st, at 7:15 PM, the film will grace the screens of the TCL Chinese 6 Theater, kicking off the feature film category. The director, cast, and crew will be present for a captivating Q&A session, offering audiences a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of this remarkable film.

As the world premiere of ‘INHERITANCE’ approaches, the anticipation among film buffs and industry insiders continues to build. This film is a testament to the enduring power of independent cinema, showcasing the ability of visionary storytellers to craft narratives that resonate with audiences on a profound level.