For Immediate Release
Laurie Steelink

Welcome to California:
A film by Susan Traylor

With an accompanying exhibition of images

Images on view from February 27 through March 3, 2007
One time screening:
March 3, 2007, at 8 P.M., RSVP as seating is limited

Track 16 Gallery is pleased to present a screening of WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA, a film written and directed by Susan Traylor. An exhibition of images from the film will be on view from February 27 through March 3, 2007, with a ONE TIME ONLY premiere screening of WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA on March 3, 2007, at 8 P.M. Admission is free, and reservations are required as seating is limited. Call 310.264.4678 to reserve a seat.

WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA, is a bold examination of the loneliness inside of relationships. The film centers on the strained marriage of Undine Jones, an actress, and John Goodman, a well-regarded composer. The story opens as the two are driving cross-country from New York to California to start over–hoping that the move will renew their relationship. Within weeks, Goodman is back in New York and Undine has begun work on a movie where she is drawn into an instinctively unavoidable relationship with one of the film’s crew, Jim Travis. It is through Undine and Jim’s connection that the film explores lust, love, intimacy, the past, and forgiveness. Traylor’s use of the California desert along with Paul Ryan’s cinematography resonate with the search of the characters; in the most barren of landscapes, finding wildflowers that bloom.

The cast includes Susan Traylor, Christopher Thornton, Mike White, Kelly Lynch
Christian Camargo, , Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rosanna Arquette, Seymour Cassel, Richard Edson, Jennifer Grant, Daniel Lennox, David Haley, Stephanie Feury, Charlie Finelli, Paul Sizemore, Nathalie Love, Noa Hegesh, Christina Bartlett, Matthew Heller, Sarah Blakely-Cartright, Robin Maguire, Louis Gabriel, Dextom Kotora, with some narration by Ed Begley Jr..

WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA is Susan Traylor’s first feature length film as a writer/director. Born in New York City, she was raised primarily in Los Angeles where she studied acting with the late Peggy Feury and William Traylor, her parents, at their school, The Loft Studio. She attended film school at N.Y.U. and directed several short films while she continued to study acting. She has acted in film and television including Robert Redford’s A RIVER RUN’S THROUGH IT, Michael Tolkin’s THE NEW AGE, Rory Kelly’s SLEEP WITH ME, Gus Van Sant’s TO DIE FOR, Michael Mann’s HEAT, Anjelica Huston’s BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA, Nick Cassavettes’s SHE’S SO LOVELY, Rodrigo Garcia’s TEN TINY LOVE STORIES, Scott Ziel’s BROKEN VESSELS (winner L.A.I.F.F.), and John Putch’s VALERIE FLAKE, for which she was nominated for best actress at the Independent Spirit Awards. She work-shopped WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA at her sister Stephanie Feury’s Theatre in Los Angeles. She is married to filmmaker Jesse Dylan and they have two children.