Dark Highway Films

Dark Highway Films Dark Highway Films is a production company located in Los Angeles, specializing in horror/thriller/adventure genres. James Cotten, writer, director and co-producer of Painted Woman, an already acclaimed, soon-to-be-released feature film, got his start in the entertainment industry as an actor.

(Painted Woman, starring Stef Dawson (Hunger Games), is the story of Julie Richards, a woman who finds strength and wisdom through the romance of the old west.) Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Cotten worked part-time at a local television station during his college days. While doing a story about The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) a feature film shot in the area, he was cast in a small role. Cotten continued to pursue his degree while perfecting his craft in Los Angeles. He had a number of roles in such movies as How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), and on such TV shows as Frasier. James was also cast in an acting role opposite Ashley Judd in Joey Lauren Adams' Come Early Morning, playing Steve, a past one-night stand. Despite his growing success as an actor, Cotten’s passion centered around the challenge of script writing and directing. He began his filmmaking career studying at both The London Film School and The Los Angeles Film School. Roger Corman spoke at his graduation and, recognizing James’ talent and passion, offered him a film to direct. Demon Slayer was released in 2002. James went on to form his own film company, Dark Highway Films in 2006 to direct his second feature Sugar Creek. In 2009, James directed his largest film to date, La Linea – The Line, The story centers around veteran assassin Mark Shields (Ray Liotta) as he tracks down, Pelon (Esai Morales), the elusive head of the Salazar Crime Cartel. Through twists of fate, Shields ends up with a local woman, Olivia (Valerie Cruz) who is fighting her own demons for the sake of her daughter. Set in the rich and atmospheric backdrop of Tijuana, Mexico, La Linea is full of action and finds its soul in the plight of the characters that inhabit the most dangerous city in North America. The film also stars Andy García as Salarza, the dying Godfather of the cartel. La Linea premiered at the American Film Market in 2008, where it was touted by The Hollywood Reporter as “one of six films to watch”. The film had limited theatrical release in July 2009, as part of a Latino Film Series, followed by a Blockbuster exclusive release at the end of that August. Cotten went on to produce/executive produce a number of films including Resurrection County, which he wrote, Madison County, Darren Bousman’s Devil’s Carnival, and Hansel and Gretel Get Baked, starring Molly Quinn, Cary Elwes, and Laura Flynn Boyle (released through Tribeca Films and produced alongside Mark Morgan, the producer of Twilight). Cotten is currently working on his next feature film, Off, a thriller set during a solar flare apocalypse.

(Painted Woman, starring Stef Dawson (Hunger Games), is the story of Julie Richards, a woman who finds strength and wisdom through the romance of the old west.) Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Cotten worked part-time at a local television station during his college days. While doing a story about The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) a feature film shot in the area, he was cast in a small role. Cotten continued to pursue his degree while perfecting his craft in Los Angeles. He had a number of roles in such movies as How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), and on such TV shows as Frasier. James was also cast in an acting role opposite Ashley Judd in Joey Lauren Adams' Come Early Morning, playing Steve, a past one-night stand. Despite his growing success as an actor, Cotten’s passion centered around the challenge of script writing and directing. He began his filmmaking career studying at both The London Film School and The Los Angeles Film School. Roger Corman spoke at his graduation and, recognizing James’ talent and passion, offered him a film to direct. Demon Slayer was released in 2002. James went on to form his own film company, Dark Highway Films in 2006 to direct his second feature Sugar Creek. In 2009, James directed his largest film to date, La Linea – The Line, The story centers around veteran assassin Mark Shields (Ray Liotta) as he tracks down, Pelon (Esai Morales), the elusive head of the Salazar Crime Cartel. Through twists of fate, Shields ends up with a local woman, Olivia (Valerie Cruz) who is fighting her own demons for the sake of her daughter. Set in the rich and atmospheric backdrop of Tijuana, Mexico, La Linea is full of action and finds its soul in the plight of the characters that inhabit the most dangerous city in North America. The film also stars Andy García as Salarza, the dying Godfather of the cartel. La Linea premiered at the American Film Market in 2008, where it was touted by The Hollywood Reporter as “one of six films to watch”. The film had limited theatrical release in July 2009, as part of a Latino Film Series, followed by a Blockbuster exclusive release at the end of that August. Cotten went on to produce/executive produce a number of films including Resurrection County, which he wrote, Madison County, Darren Bousman’s Devil’s Carnival, and Hansel and Gretel Get Baked, starring Molly Quinn, Cary Elwes, and Laura Flynn Boyle (released through Tribeca Films and produced alongside Mark Morgan, the producer of Twilight). Cotten is currently working on his next feature film, Off, a thriller set during a solar flare apocalypse.

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Cool photo of me by @thedangerkatt  and @dancorey
09/03/2020

Cool photo of me by @thedangerkatt and @dancorey

True hero. A fighter in all the best ways. Thank you @chadwickboseman  for you amazing example. Thank you @disneystudios...
08/29/2020

True hero. A fighter in all the best ways. Thank you @chadwickboseman for you amazing example. Thank you @disneystudios @disney and @marvelstudios for letting him be the king. #wakandaforever

Sugar Creek (2006) starring @beccatickell @kevingagedog  @robert.miano @adamthuss  @joshpaynetattoo @dkruse69
08/22/2020

Sugar Creek (2006) starring @beccatickell @kevingagedog @robert.miano @adamthuss @joshpaynetattoo @dkruse69

The screenplay I’m helping develop with @thedangerkatt based on their comic just got announced as a finalist in the @the...
08/04/2020

The screenplay I’m helping develop with @thedangerkatt based on their comic just got announced as a finalist in the @thewildbunchfilmfestival. Congrats Daniel!

A good moment. Last year at the @maniffofficial. Long way from beginnings at @lafsalumni @lafscareerdev @losangelesfilms...
07/30/2020

A good moment. Last year at the @maniffofficial. Long way from beginnings at @lafsalumni @lafscareerdev @losangelesfilmschool

#lafs #losangelesfilmschool #lafsalumni #filmmaking #filmmaker #producer #director #screenwriter

I was an exec producer of this musical gem in 2012. If you haven’t seen the talent on display... too many to mention... ...
07/24/2020

I was an exec producer of this musical gem in 2012. If you haven’t seen the talent on display... too many to mention... you need to check it out! From director @darrenbousman

Produced this in 2015. Had a blast working with my heroes @lauraflynnboyle and @caryelwes
07/23/2020

Produced this in 2015. Had a blast working with my heroes @lauraflynnboyle and @caryelwes

One of my favorite times was when I got to act in this awesome movie opposite @ashley_judd. Directed by one of my favori...
07/21/2020

One of my favorite times was when I got to act in this awesome movie opposite @ashley_judd. Directed by one of my favorite people @joeylaurenadams

The is my favorite poster from La Linea - The Line (2009) a film I directed starring @andygarcia  @rayliotta  @officiald...
07/16/2020

The is my favorite poster from La Linea - The Line (2009) a film I directed starring @andygarcia @rayliotta @officialdannytrejo @esai_morales @jordivilasuso @joethemorton @kevingagedog @thevaleriecruz @gary.daniels.ig @armandassante.official @bruce.davison

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Resurrection County (2008) #horrormovies #horrorfan #horrorcommunity #horrorjunkie #horrorfanatic #horrorfilms #horrorfi...
07/11/2020

Resurrection County (2008)

#horrormovies #horrorfan #horrorcommunity #horrorjunkie #horrorfanatic #horrorfilms #horrorfilm #backwoods #cultclassic

Staring Josh Hartnett and Bruce Dern! I’m a co-producer on this film. Check it out on VOD.
06/22/2020

Staring Josh Hartnett and Bruce Dern! I’m a co-producer on this film. Check it out on VOD.

Concept art
04/23/2019

Concept art

More concept art coming - by Larry Soileau
02/20/2019

More concept art coming - by Larry Soileau

Dark Highway Films's cover photo
02/20/2019

Dark Highway Films's cover photo

Dark Highway Films
02/19/2019

Dark Highway Films

Exciting things happening
02/19/2019

Exciting things happening

Painted Woman
06/18/2018
Painted Woman

Painted Woman

Check out this interview from Carl at the Manchester Film Festival!

Have you purchased the Painted Woman soundtrack yet? Music by @cojackmusic Link in bio!@highway_dark @cotten_james @pain...
03/26/2018

Have you purchased the Painted Woman soundtrack yet? Music by @cojackmusic Link in bio!

@highway_dark @cotten_james @paintedwomanfilm #jamescotten #film #filmsound #filmmusic #music #western

03/04/2018
Manchester Film Festival

Manchester Film Festival

Painted Woman Director James Cotten spoke to MANIFF2018 about the festivals opening night film

Check me out on Geekscape with Jonathon London!
02/27/2018
Geekscape

Check me out on Geekscape with Jonathon London!

My friend James Cotten made an indie Western called 'Painted Woman' that is now out on DVD and VOD, his indie fourth film! On this week's Geekscape podcast we talk about making the movie, growing up in a home video store and Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars! Enjoy!

02/08/2018
Painted Woman

Check out the trailer to my new film... IN STORES EVERYWHERE!

PAINTED WOMAN TRAILER - A James Cotten film

Dark Highway Films's cover photo
01/31/2018

Dark Highway Films's cover photo

Timeline Photos
01/31/2018

Timeline Photos

Painted Woman
01/30/2018

Painted Woman

David Thomas Jenkins as The Mustanger. Catch the performance everyone is talking about in the film by James Cotten, PAINTED WOMAN! Available in retail stores NATIONWIDE and Digital platforms in one week! FEBRUARY 6th!

Painted Woman
01/27/2018
Painted Woman

Painted Woman

A young woman looks to two men for salvation from her abusive marriage; a charming assassin and wayward horse trainer. Which will help her escape... or can she save herself?

Painted Woman
01/27/2018

Painted Woman

Some more fun behind-the-scene pics of our PAINTED WOMAN Extras on "The Barn Dance" set. Share if you see yourself and remember FEB 6th is the DVD and DIGITAL RELEASE DATE!

01/23/2018
Painted Woman on iTunes

Painted Woman on iTunes

Watch trailers, read customer and critic reviews, and buy Painted Woman directed by James Cotten

@paintedwomanfilm available on home video February 6th!@highway_dark @cotten_james #dvd #streaming #jamescotten
01/22/2018

@paintedwomanfilm available on home video February 6th!
@highway_dark @cotten_james #dvd #streaming #jamescotten

Painted Woman
01/22/2018

Painted Woman

About two weeks until the dvd release of Painted Woman! Who else is excited?!

Starring Stef Dawson, David Thomas Jenkins, Kiowa Gordon, with Matt Dallas and Robert Craighead

Painted Woman
12/29/2017

Painted Woman

Painted Woman’s WINNER BEST ROMANCE award arrived from the Alaska International Film Awards.

Painted Woman
12/15/2017

Painted Woman

NOW PLAYING at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24 in Oklahoma City!!!! See it while it’s in theaters. Tonight’s showings are at 6:45pm and 9:45pm!!!! Please share.

Painted Woman
12/12/2017
Painted Woman

Painted Woman

Thank you Poteau Daily News for the nice words!

Painted Woman
12/11/2017

Painted Woman

HOLDOVER in OKC!! Painted Woman stays in the Quail Springs 24 for another week! Thank you to all who came out. If you enjoyed the film... tell your friends!

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Hi James, Films and Comics? I'm intrigued! Btw, if you need a comic book artist, my brother is a pro on the east coast. He makes a good living working for Image comics and more. Just lmk
Keep making them, James! :)