Traveling Light 

Feature Film Traveling Light opens at the Laemmle Theatre, North Hollywood on Friday, June 10.
via Traveling Light film.

Feature Film Traveling Light opens at the Laemmle Theatre, North Hollywood on Friday, June 10.

Indie stalwart Xenon Pictures announced that Traveling Light, the latest film from British director Bernard Rose (Candyman, Immortal Beloved, Ivan’s XTC), will open Friday, June 10, a the Laemmle NoHo 7 right here in the NoHo Arts District

Bernard Rose and some of the cast will attend the evening showing of Traveling Light on Saturday, June 11, and take part in a post-screening Q & A moderated by Xenon CEO and one of the film’s executive producers, S. Leigh Savidge

The Laemmle run follows the film’s soft launch as part of American Cinematheque’s Beyondfest late last fall.

Starring an ensemble cast featuring Danny Huston, Stephen Dorff, Tony Todd, Oliva D’Abo and Matthew Jacobs, the film examines a day in the life of a Black Uber driver (Todd) who, while searching for his homeless son during the onset of Covid-19,  finds himself ferrying a group of truth seekers to a Hollywood Hills home where a mysterious guru (Huston) holds court. In time, the isolation caused by the pandemic—or the perceived freedom of it—turns to madness. All the while news of the horrific murder of George Floyd reverberates around the city as the social fabric collapses and we realize we are witnessing the end of an era… Funny and frightening in equal measure, Traveling Light is a Bunuelian satire of bourgeoisie life in Los Angeles at a moment of extreme crisis. 

Tickets are available here: https://www.laemmle.com/film/traveling-light

Xenon’s Savidge commented that:

“…the film examines the collision course between the thought processes of both haves and have nots during one of the most trying times in Los Angeles’s long history. Bernard Rose captures Los Angeles in a way that many may know but few have seen.”

American Cinematheque programmer Grant Moninger has called the film”

“…Dark and Hilarious. Bernard Rose has created one of the best films of the year.”

The soundtrack features Bulgarian singer/songwriter Ivo Demchev, whose performances have been extolled in The New Yorker  as “sliding effortlessly between masculine and feminine modes; his vocal range is equally protean, moving from a low baritone to a soprano embellished with theremin-like vibratos.”

The score was composed by Rose and cellist Jen Kuhn.

Xenon plans to roll the film out to select theaters across the country over the course of the summer with a digital release projected for October.

Traveling Light Main Cast

Tony Todd

Feature Film Traveling Light opens at the Laemmle Theatre, North Hollywood on Friday, June 10.
Tony Todd via Traveling Light film.

Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as “Candyman,” the charismatic actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk (1986). Todd’s extensive credits exemplify his versatility. They include such film classics as The Rock (1996), The Crow (1994), Lean on Me (1989), Bird (1988), Night of the Living Dead (1990), Final Destination (2000), the multiple Academy Award-winning Oliver Stone film Platoon (1986) and The Secret (2000), which was nominated and screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Danny Huston

Feature Film Traveling Light opens at the Laemmle Theatre, North Hollywood on Friday, June 10.
Danny Huston via Traveling Light film.

Award-winning actor, writer and director, Danny Huston is known for his versatility and dramatic screen presence. Most recognized for his roles in films like Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men and Alejandro Inarritu’s 21 Grams, Huston has worked with some of the finest film directors of his generation. He could recently be seen in the Netflix feature IO opposite Anthony Mackie, as well as the feature Stan and Ollie, which was directed by Jon Baird for BBC films. In addition, Huston starred in and directed the feature The Last Photograph (2017), which was released on September 6, 2019.

Stephen Dorff

Feature Film Traveling Light opens at the Laemmle Theatre, North Hollywood on Friday, June 10.
Stephen Dorff via Traveling Light film.

Stephen Dorff was chosen from over 2000 young men from around the world when he auditioned and won the coveted role of “PK” in John G. Avildsen’s The Power of One (1992) in 1992, starring opposite Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud and Fay Masterson. For his performance, he was awarded the Male Star of Tomorrow Award from the National Association of Theater Owners. Dorff then amassed an impressive list of screen credits, chief among them New Line’s Blade (1998), in which he starred opposite Wesley Snipes and won the “Best Villain” at both the MTV Movie and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. Dorff was most recently cast in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface (2017) and the fantasy family film Albion: Rise of the Dannan (2016).

Olivia d’Abo

Feature Film Traveling Light opens at the Laemmle Theatre, North Hollywood on Friday, June 10.
Olivia d’Abo via Traveling Light film.

Olivia d’Abo is an English actress and singer from London. She debuted as a teenager in 1984, and has remained active over the following decades. Her most famous role was playing the free-spirited Karen Arnold in the historical television series The Wonder Years (1988 -1993). From 2002 to 2008, d’Abo played criminal mastermind Nicole Wallace in the police procedural Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-2011). From 2008 to 2009, d’Abo played Jedi master Luminara Unduli in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2020). In 2019, d’Abo voiced Luminara Unduli again, in a cameo role in the live-action film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. She has continued to work regularly in both films and television. D’Abo has had an enduring appeal.

About Xenon Pictures

Founded in 1986, Xenon Pictures, Inc. is one of the oldest continuously-running film distribution companies in the United States. Long associated with ethnic content and niche marketing, Xenon acquires roughly 25 titles year per to add to an evergreen library, with a select few being positioned for theatrical release. Aside from its decades-long association with Rudy Ray Moore (AKA Dolemite) the company is known for developing Straight Outta Compton which garnered founder S. Leigh Savidge an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.


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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a Theatre and Food Writer and Filmmaker living in Los Angeles.

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