Steve Talley as Matt Harper and Eric Roberts as Ronnie Bullock in DEADLINE, a film by Curt Hahn. Picture courtesy Freestyle Releasing. All rights reserved.

Deadline (2012)

Opened: 02/17/2012 Limited

Premiere02/15/2012 - 02/15/20121 day
Nashville02/17/2012 - 02/23/20127 days
Quad Cinema/NYC04/13/2012 - 04/19/20127 days

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Genre: Drama/Thriller

Rated: PG-13 for some mature thematic material.


Steve Talley and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts star in Deadline, the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished for almost twenty years. But that changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper meets an idealistic young blueblood bent on discovering the truth. Harper undertakes the investigation despite the opposition of his publisher, violent threats from mysterious forces, a break-up with his fiancee and his father's cancer diagnosis. Deadline is a story of murder, family, race, and of redemption -- for a small Southern town and for Matt Harper.

Inspired by a true story, Deadline is adapted from Mark Ethridge's novel Grievances. Ethridge is a former managing editor of The Charlotte Observer. Deadline will be released in theaters nationwide in 2012.

Cast Biographies

Steve Talley (Matt Harper)

Steve Talley played the lead in several of the American Pie movies, as well as appearing in National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year and Hole in One. He's appeared a number of television series such as NCIS, As the World Turns, Summerland, Peaceful Warrior, Twins, Criminal Minds and Love Bites. Steve has also starred in the TV movies Beyond the Blackboard and Southern Discomfort. He was president of his class in high school and wrote a column for his high school newspaper. His father is a preacher.

Eric Roberts (Ronnie Bullock)

Eric Roberts is one of Hollywood's edgier, more intriguing characters, Eric exploded onto the scene in King of the Gypsies, for which the 20-year-old was nominated for a Golden Globe. His burning intensity and brooding charm were sure signs of star potential. His stark and frightening portrayal of the cast-off boyfriend who slays Playmate-turned-movie starlet Dorothy Stratten (played by Mariel Hemingway) in Star 80 earned him a second Golden Globe nomination. He played another dangerous streetwise hustler in The Pope of Greenwich Village opposite fellow rebel Mickey Rourke and topped this prolific period with an Academy Award nomination and third Golden Globe nomination as a young prison escapee hiding out with Jon Voight aboard an out-of-control train in the character driven action adventure Runaway Train.

A risky, no-holds-barred actor, Eric began appearing as a flashy villain in such movies as Final Analysis, The Dark Knight and The Expendables. His undeniable, unconventional talent would occasionally mesh with the perfect role. At the Sundance Film Festival he received critical applause for his starring role as a man dying of AIDS in the uplifting and emotional It's My Party and earned more honors as a writer marked for murder in the mob-themed story La Cucaracha. He was also perfectly cast as one of the cold-blooded killers in the Emmy-nominated TV adaptation of Truman Capote's chiller In Cold Blood. Eric has appeared over 200 movies and TV shows.

In addition to his superstar sister Julia Roberts, his daughter Emma Roberts is a fast-rising actress in her own right.

Anna Felix (Delana Calhoun)

Anna Felix's film credits include Crazy Heart where she acted opposite Jeff Bridges as well as roles in films such as Running Back to Forward, Homeland, Journey of Death and The Donor Conspiracy. She also appeared in episodes of In Plain Sight and Breaking Bad on television and in numerous theatre productions.

Lauren Jenkins (Trey Hall)

Lauren Jenkins is an actress and singer/songwriter. She had a supporting role in the TV movie, Tough Trade and acted alongside Sam Shepard, Cary Elwes, Trace Adkins and Joey Lauren Adams. She plays the leading role in the award winning music video, Heart Like Memphis, and has appeared in numerous commercials. As a singer/songwriter she performs regularly and is currently recording her EP in Nashville.

Jackie Welch (Mary Pell Sampson)

Jackie Welch is an actress, director and improvisational comedienne. Her film credits include Country Strong and Pure Country 2: The Gift. She has worked opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Patty Duke, and Veronica Hamel. Jackie appeared in several of Disney's popular Ernest comedies (Ernest Scared Stupid, Ernest Goes to Jail, Ernest Saves Christmas) was a regular on the Hey, Vern, It's Ernest! CBS TV series.

Maisha Dyson (Vanessa Brown)

Maisha Dyson's film credits include The Scorpion King, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Call Me Chris and Breakfast at Ben's. She has made television appearances on Savannah, Another World, As the World Turns, Boston Public, Eve, Las Vegas, Coupling and Not Now Kitty.

J.D. Souther (Lucas Harper)

J.D. Souther is probably best known for his songwriting abilities. He co-wrote some of the biggest hits for the Eagles, including "Best of My Love", "Victim of Love", "Heartache Tonight", and "New Kid in Town". "How Long", which appears on the Eagles Long Road Out of Eden was written by Souther and originally recorded on his first solo album. He also produced then-girlfriend Linda Ronstadt's "Don't Cry Now" album, and wrote songs for several of Ronstadt's multi-platinum albums, including "Faithless Love" from Heart Like a Wheel and "White Rhythm and Blues" on her Living in the USA album. He also recorded several notable duets with Ronstadt, including "Hasten Down the Wind," "Prisoner in Disguise," and "Sometimes You Can't Win." His biggest hit as a solo artist was his Orbison-influenced song "You're Only Lonely".

As an actor, he has played several roles, including the character of John Dunaway in the (1989--1990) third season of the television drama thirtysomething and Ted in the film Postcards from the Edge.

Tommy Cresswell (Judge Buchanan)

Tommy Cresswell is an acting conservatory graduate and a SAG member since 1988 with supporting roles in feature and television films and programs including The Firm, The Client, Cast Away, We Are Marshall and Miss Evers' Boys. Tommy is also a narrator, providing the voice for books by Thomas Nelson and numerous commercials and industrial videos.

David Dwyer (Everett Hall)

David Dwyer has a long history as an actor, musician, writer and director. He has appeared in over 75 movies including Remember the Titans, October Sky, Dear John, The Blind Side, The Firm, We Are Marshall and Runaway Jury. He has been a SAG member for 23 years and has recently gotten back into performing on stage.

Jeremy Childs (Walker Burns)

Jeremy Childs is an actor, writer, teacher, producer and director. Film credit highlights include Country Strong, The Last Castle, Super Zeroes, The Nothing, Pure Country 2: The Gift and Netherbeast Incorporated. An accomplished playwright, his produced plays include Palisades, Casa Blue, Zombies Can't Climb, and Vampire Monologues on which his produced screenplay Blood Rogues is based.

Tucker Perry (Young Vanessa Brown)

Tucker Perry was Miss Tennessee 2010. She was a student at Belmont University in Nashville majoring in commercial music and voice performance. In addition to her work as a singer and model, Perry has acted in numerous music videos including Taylor Swift's "Teardrops on My Guitar", Martina McBride's "Anyway", and Matt Wertz's "Feels So Right".

Darryl Van Leer (Reverend Young)

Darryl Van Leer is an actor, musician, singer, writer and producer. He has shared the screen with such actors as James Earl Jones, Samuel Jackson, Gregory Harrison, Rue McClanahan, and Beau Bridges. His credits include roles in TV movies First Time: The Story of Jackie Robinson, The Second Civil War, Against the Wall, Steel Chariots and Witness to the Execution. He also co-starred in the TV series Safe Harbor, One Tree Hill and Sheena. He currently tours both his one-man shows, Rubycat Lawson's Roadhouse Lounge and Powerhouse on Earth around the country.

D'Army Bailey (Judge Williams)

D'Army Bailey is an attorney, retired circuit court judge, civil rights activist, author and film actor. He's a founder of the National Civil Rights Museum at Memphis' Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain in 1968. His book, The Education of a Black Radical, recalls Bailey's own history in the civil rights movement. His interest in civil liberties issues also led Bailey to film, where he's appeared in The People vs. Larry Flynt, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Nothing But the Truth and several other movies. He received his law degree from Yale University.

Larry Woods (Max McCallum)

Larry Woods has received many honors and awards for his work as a defense lawyer. He's a senior partner at Woods & Woods Law firm and advises the National Urban Debate Association, which provides grants to encourage the participation of young women and minorities in high school debate. He is the author of seven books and is a frequent speaker at conventions concerning civil rights cases. He first met D'Army Bailey when they both participated in voter registration drives in Mississippi in the civil rights era.

Select Filmmaker Biographies

Curt Hahn (Director/Producer)

Curt Hahn was born and raised in New England. He discovered architecture at Phillips Exeter Academy and enrolled in architecture school at Washington University. Filmmaking was his other passion and after attending UCLA's summer session in film production, he transferred to film school at the Disney-endowed California Institute of the Arts. After getting his BFA in Film from Cal Arts he moved to Nashville and founded Film House.

Film House has grown to become the largest film production company in Tennessee, moving into its 40,000 square foot studio, editing and office facility in 1996. As CEO, Curt leads a team that produces hundreds of films and TV spots annually. He's directed such performers as Eric Roberts, Steve Talley, Candice Bergen, Teri Garr, Janine Turner, Garth Brooks, Kate Jackson, Amy Grant, Isaac Hayes, Reba McEntire, Shaquille O'Neill and Shania Twain. Curt's a member of the select International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers (IQ) and served as IQ President for two terms. IQ is an invitation-only organization of some of the world's top filmmakers.

Transcendent, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Film House, produces independent features. Our current projects are "Jubilee", based on the remarkable true story of Ella Sheppard and the original Fisk Jubilee Singers, and "Deadline", which will be released in theaters nationwide in 2012. "Deadline" stars Steve Talley and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts as reporters investigating the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished for almost twenty years.

Curt wrote and directed Transcendent's first film, "No Regrets" starring Janine Turner and Kate Jackson. "No Regrets" has been a worldwide success, with repeated airings on HBO in Europe, Lifetime Television domestically, Hallmark in the U.K. and in dozens of other countries around the world. Next Transcendent co-produced "Two Weeks" starring two time Academy Award winner Sally Field, Ben Chaplin and Tom Cavanagh, with L.A.-based writer-director Steve Stockman. "Two Weeks" was released theatrically by MGM in major markets across the country in 2007. Transcendent produces the kind of inspiring, uplifting films that are often overlooked by Hollywood; meaningful stories that speak to the heart.

Mark Foster Ethridge III (Writer/Author)

Since 1990, Mark Ethridge III has been the president of Carolina Parenting, Inc. which publishes Charlotte Parent magazine and the parenting magazines in Greensboro/ Winston-Salem/High Point and Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill.

A native of Winston-Salem, NC, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1971 with a degree in history. In 1985-86 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Ethridge began as a reporter for the Associated Press, worked as a reporter and editor at The Charlotte Observer and was managing editor from 1979-1988. He played a key role in the newsroom's two Pulitzer Prizes for public service -- for an investigation of brown lung disease and for the PTL scandal.

From 1989-1998, Ethridge was president and publisher of The Business Journal of Charlotte. He supervised a number of other business journals across the country and several publications devoted to NASCAR racing for Newhouse/Advance.

In 1998, Ethridge became president and part-owner of The Cotter Group, a NASCARbased sports public relations and marketing agency based in Harrisburg, NC which became a part of Clear Channel Communications in 2000.

His first novel, Grievances, was published in May 2006 by NewSouth Books. Deadline, a movie version for which he wrote the screenplay, will premiere in 2012.

Ethridge, 62, has been married to the potter Kay Ethridge for 38 years. They have two children, Emily, 27, and Mark, 23.