The White Orchid – with director Q&A
Directed by Steve Anderson
Shy and reserved, Claire Decker, 30ish, is a part-time investigator for Social Services. Typically, she solves cases where senior citizens have died alone, leaving no indication of who must handle their estate. This time however, Claire is reluctantly drawn into a puzzling murder case. The local police have been unable to solve the horrific crime, or even decipher the victim’s true identity. A beautiful and enigmatic young blond, known only as “The White Orchid,” has been brutally murdered. As Claire is drawn deeper and more intimately into the dead woman’s life, she finds herself taking dangerous chances and pushing personal and professional boundaries. As she gets closer to the truth, Claire must effectively become the charismatic “White Orchid” in order to solve the mysterious crime.
An homage to film noir, White Orchid was made with the support of the Humphrey Bogart estate. Stars Olivia Thirlby, Jennifer Beals, John Carroll Lynch and Nichelle Nichols.
Q & A following the screening with the director, Rochester native Steve Anderson.
This film is generously sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank.
Writer/Producer/Director Steve Anderson is a partner and the creative force behind Santana Films. He is the producer/writer/director of our new thriller This Last Lonely Place, a Kickstarter success story, which stars Rhys Coiro, Xander Berkeley and Carly Pope. He also wrote and produced the Sony-released feature The River Murders, starring Ray Liotta, Christian Slater and Ving Rhames. Steve was the producer/director of the free speech documentary F*ck, which was released theatrically by THINKFilm and made audiences laugh and swear at over 100 film festivals around the world. His first film The Big Empty starred Jon Favreau, Kelsey Grammer, Daryl Hannah, Rachael Leigh Cook and Sean Bean. It was released theatrically by Artisan. He is also quite proud of his “Special Thank You” credit on Napoleon Dynamite.
Steve is a native Rochesterian and is pleased to bring THE WHITE ORCHID to his hometown.