Deadly Sanctuary is a feature film produced by Starfire Productions LLC, based on the novel of the same name by author Sylvia Nobel, and co-writer of screenplay with Bower Yousse. It will be released in North America in the spring of 2015 with wide DVD sales and streaming.
Eric Roberts, Daniel Baldwin, Dean Cain, and Rebekah Kochan star in this murder mystery based on actual articles from the local newspaper.
Filmed in the Arizona desert north of Phoenix, the scenery is rich with the beautiful Bradshaw Mountains, at just the right elevation where the saguaro cactus reigns, with atmospheric conditions produce the most magnificent sunsets in the world.
Kendall O’Dell, recently transplanted from Philadelphia, is a feisty redheaded investigative reporter who tackles the disappearance of her predecessor as he investigated a string of teenage girls turning up dead in the desert. Any number of curious characters in the small desert town could be suspect. O’Dell’s nose for trouble put her in harms way as she roots out the story. Two handsome men vie for her attention; a ruggedly handsome cowboy and the sophisticated city attorney, both extremely wealthy and charming.
The beautifully mysterious Arizona desert plays a vital role both in the gorgeous sunsets and majestic mountains that give the town the name of Castle Valley, and in the flora and fauna and desert creatures that both fascinate and terrify our heroine.

Meet the Cast

Rebekah Kochan plays the feisty redhead Kendall O’Dell, Castle Valley News, newest investigative reporter.
Kochan’s career as a standup comic and actress serve her well portraying the fearless investigative reporter who flirts her way into getting a story as well as the eye of two wealthy gentlemen.
Her character is endearing and the audience is rooting for her success, both as a journalist and with her love interest.
Kochan had worked with director Nancy Criss on previous projects and had a shorthand for delivering just what the director wanted. Her can-do attitude and onset lighthearted comedic demeanor made her a joy to work with as all of the cast and crew can attest.
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Handsome Marco Dapper stars as wealthy cattle rancher Bradley “Tally” Talverson. Dapper has been a soap opera star on the Young and the Restless as Carmine Basco for over 90 episodes in 2012 and 2013. His ruggedly handsome good looks have earned him modeling jobs for Levi’s jeans. Previously working with Rebecca Kochan helped make the chemistry between the two of them pop on the screen with comedic flirtations.
A Facebook fan page for Tally gained rapid acceptance among the ladies and continues to grow.

Dean Cain, is everywhere these days, but is best known for the TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He seems to be a regular on Lifetime movies about Christmas and animals. His fan base is incredible following him to every project. Currently he lends his name to a charity benefiting the homeless from the sale of bacon!
In his role as Roy Hollingsworth, Cain was the Yavapai County Sheriff in the town of Castle Valley investigating the deaths of several teenagers.

Eric Roberts, major Hollywood icon, plays Tugg, the Castle Valley News Publisher. The consummate professional, Roberts delivered his lines flawlessly. Everyone on set found him to be charming and easy-going. His warmth translated to the screen.
Roberts history in Hollywood is legendary with credits dating back to 1974. He’s best known for his role in the 2008 Batman movie starring Christian Bale. Many of his roles are the edgier bad guy characters.
But in this production he portrays a newspaperman in a small town trying to keep the doors open and having his health suffer under all the stress.

Paul Green stars as Phoenix attorney Eric Heisler.
Best known for his role of Philip McAdams in the TV series Bitten, which has won him a huge fan base among young women, Green brings eight years of acting experience and dashing good looks to the complicated role in Deadly Sanctuary.

Daniel Baldwin brings his substantial acting ability to the complex role of Dr. Price.
Known as one of the famous acting Baldwin brothers, Daniel is typically relegated to the roles of the evil protagonist. Vampires in 1998 and born on the Fourth of July in 1989 are two of the highlights of his career. Although he has worked pretty continuously with multiple film and television projects every year.

Teri Lee portrays the bubble gum smacking likable secretary, Ginger King at the Castle Valley News newspaper office. She quickly becomes Kendall O’Dell’s best friend and confidante.
Teri Lee’s acting experience has been often linked to director Nancy Criss, as the director finds her extremely talented and easy to work with at her fast pace.
Lee’s character comes off very down to earth, if a little quirky with a southern twang. Always matchmaking, she knows everybody and does all she can to bring people together.

Bobbi Jeen Olson is best known for her roles in Stolen Women, Captured Hearts in 1997, Tales of the Frontier in 2012. She has numerous TV credits, both as an actress and a stunt woman. She is especially proficient on a horse, living on a cattle ranch in southern Arizona previously owned by John Wayne. Her stunt work includes episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger in 1988. She played Etta Place in the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid TV series called Gunfighters of the West. She recently was host of the Internet television show Arizona Country TV. She's also an extremely successful runway and print model for high-fashion and Western wear.

Terri Minton (on left) is Lucinda the cafe owner who is hot for Tally. Her look of hate towards Kendall makes you believe a cat fight will start any minute. Is she the one trying to scare Kendall away?
You might remember Terri in a role opposite Tim McGraw in the film Country Strong. She was also in A Horse for Summer opposite Dean Cain and directed by Nancy Criss.

Meet the Crew

Sylvia Nobel, author of Deadly Sanctuary, and five more mystery books in the Kendall O’Dell mystery series, was hands-on in the making of Deadly Sanctuary the movie. Sylvia and her husband Jerry Williams were producers under the name StarFire Productions, LLC. Who better to scout locations and cast the movie than the author. Sylvia was on hand to guide director Nancy Criss every step of the way. She was in the editing room and made the difficult decisions on what scenes to keep and what to cut to get it to the right length. She selected music, titles and more. This has truly been a labor of love bringing her vision to the big screen.

Director Nancy Criss has a long line of credits to her name and is known for her speed and efficiency in getting just the right takes as quickly as possible. Working hand-in-hand with Sylvia Nobel, Nancy could see the author’s vision and bring it to life. Nancy’s production company, Nandar Productions, based out of offices on the Raleigh Studios lot, have several current productions in the works, including additional movies and television series. When Nancy read Deadly Sanctuary, she immediately saw the story on the big screen. She too became a producer and brought together a team of producers, cast and crew she had worked with previously, and understood her pace and direction. The potential for the Kendall O’Dell mystery series is tremendous! With four more books in the series, the story could easily jump to a television series or mini-series as well as additional feature films.


"Picked up Sylvia Nobel's Movie Deadly Sanctuary today . Has been a long process for her and her dream to make her book a movie . Many lunches and talks and stories and struggles of how this was to happen and it did , Congrats Sylvia , your dream came true . I read the first script , and I knew and knowing Sylvia , she was not going to give up! " 
- Monica B.

"action kept moving along and had me wondering what was coming next. you sure had Bobbi Jeen playing a mean person. Good thing I know her and know she isn't like that. Enjoyed it very much." 
- C. Cole

"John and I watched your movie Sylvia. Loved the scenery and the actors. Great job! We also loved seeing you and Jerry and Donna. So cool!!" 
- Sandy

"I am not sure what else I can say about the movie. I was so impressed with the acting. Having read the book so very long ago, I was pleased that the story line stayed true. I enjoyed watching so much, I will do it again in another couple of days." 
- Marlene Bernstein

"We got a group together and watched the video... It was GREAT.    Everyone LIKED it.   We enjoyed  the plot, the actors and the acting.   We really enjoyed the red wig the lead actress wore! We then loaned the DVD to another group and will watch it this weekend.   Can’t wait till you do your next movie.   Great!"  
- Paul & Gloria

"For fans of the Kendall O'Dell series you'll be excited to see the movie 'Deadly Sanctuary' based on the first adventure in the Kendall O'Dell series by Sylvia Nobel.  Even if you have not read 'Deadly Sanctuary' it is still a great movie providing tons of mystery and excitement that takes place in a small Arizona town.  What I especially liked is that Sylvia Nobel made some appearances throughout the movie.  Check it out you won't be disappointed." 
- Adrienne