In one of the most harrowing true stories of World War II, three US Navy airmen crash land their torpedo bomber in the South Pacific and find themselves on a tiny life raft, surrounded by open ocean. No food. No water. No hope of rescue. Against incredible odds, these three virtual strangers must survive storms, sharks, starvation – and each other – as they try to sail more than a thousand miles to safety.

In a busy season of WW2 films including FURY, UNBROKEN, and THE IMITATION GAME, AGAINST THE SUN stands out because of the extraordinary efforts of its dedicated cast and crew.

About the Cast

Garret Dillahunt (Harold Dixon)

It is rare to find an actor who is both a leading man and character actor who can morph effortlessly from role to role. Garret Dillahunt possesses a resume that displays an impressive diversity.

Born in California and raised in Washington, Dillahunt studied journalism at the University of Washington and went on to earn his M.F.A. through New York University’s renowned graduate acting program.

Garret has just finished his final season of FOX’s half hour comedy series “Raising Hope.” During the show’s five season run, he stayed busy working continuously during his hiatuses on feature films such as 12 YEARS A SLAVE, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the Courteney Cox-directed JUST BEFORE I GO, and the soon to be released AGAINST THE SUN.

Garret will soon be seen in the upcoming Amazon series “Hand of God,” opposite Ron Pearlman (of “Sons of Anarchy” and HELLBOY fame) and in the F/X series “Justified” with Timothy Olyphant.

Other recent credits include ANY DAY NOW opposite Alan Cumming and directed by Travis Fine which won Best Feature at last year’s Out Film Festival. He also appeared in LOOPER, the intriguing sci fi action adventure with Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Bruce Willis, additionally he starred in and received a Genie nomination as the title character, OLIVER SHERMAN, in Ryan Redford’s directorial debut opposite Molly Parker and Donal Logue. Some of his other credits include the independent feature AMIGO, with Chris Cooper and directed by John Sayles and the critically acclaimed WINTER’S BONE, which earned him and the rest of the cast Best Ensemble at the Gotham Awards.

His additional film credits include THE ROAD, with Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron; Wes Craven’s THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT; THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD; and the Coen Brothers Oscar-winning drama NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, opposite Tommy Lee Jones. Dillahunt earned a SAG award for Best Ensemble for the latter.

The multi-faceted actor is probably best known for his work on the critically acclaimed HBO series “Deadwood,” in which he portrayed two entirely different characters: the assassin “Jack McCall” and the complex and deadly “Francis Wolcott.” After recognizing his protean talent in his first incarnation, executive producer/writer David Milch created a second character for him.

Additional television credits include “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “John From Cincinnati,” “The Book of Daniel,” “ER,” “The 4400,” “Damages,” “Life,” “Lie to Me,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Criminal Minds,” “Burn Notice,” “White Collar”, “Alphas” and “Memphis Beat”.

He boasts an outstanding theatrical resume and has performed extensively on and off Broadway and at such respected theater companies as Steppenwolf, ACT San Francisco, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Dillahunt resides in Los Angeles and New York.

Tom Felton (Tony Pastula)

Tom is best known for playing ‘Draco Malfoy,’ Harry Potter’s blonde nemesis in the HARRY POTTER franchise. He won the MTV Movie Award for “Best Villain” two years in a row and followed it up with another wonderfully evil performance in Fox’s monster hit RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (directed by Rupert Wyatt) alongside James Franco, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow.

Since working on both blockbuster franchises, Tom has worked in a variety of roles that show him in a totally different light. First Tom shot the British miniseries LABYRINTH for Ridley and Tony Scott alongside John Hurt, Sebastian Stan and Jessica Brown-Findlay which was released last year as a mini-series for The CW. He followed that with a lead role in IN SECRET (directed by Charlie Stratton) opposite Jessica Lange, Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac which premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival. BELLE (directed by Amma Asante) also premiered at Toronto last year, which he starred opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Matthew Goode. Fox Searchlight released. On the TV side, Tom filmed a Neil LaBute mini-series called “Full Circle” opposite Kate Walsh, Julian McMahon and Billy Campbell as well as the Steven Bochco/Tommy Schlamme series “Murder in the First" opposite Taye Diggs, Kathleen Robertson, and Steven Weber. He most recently landed one of the lead roles in the independent feature CLAVIUS opposite Joseph Fiennes which is currently in production.

Jake Abel (Gene Aldrich)

Jake Abel most recently wrapped GOOD KILL for director and frequent collaborator Andrew Niccol. The film recently premiere at the Venice Film Festival as well as the Toronto Film Festival. He can next be seen in Bill Pohlad's LOVE AND MERCY, where Abel portrays Beach Boys front man "Mike Love." The film also debuted at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.

Abel is best known for his lead role as Ian O'Shea in Niccol's THE HOST, as well as his lead role in the PERCY JACKSON Franchise (PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF and PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS).

Abel first made his mark in the critically acclaimed 2008 film FLASH OF GENIUS for director Mark Abraham. Additional credits include I AM NUMBER FOUR, Peter Jackson’s THE LOVELY BONES, and the television series, SUPERNATURAL.

An Ohio native, Abel currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog.

About the Filmmakers

Brian Falk, p.g.a. (Director, Writer, Producer)

Brian is making his directorial debut with AGAINST THE SUN, which he also co-wrote and produced. Brian is the president of The American Film Company, based in Santa Monica, California. The company, founded in 2008 by internet entrepreneur Joe Ricketts, is dedicated to producing movies based on true American history. Brian produced TAFC’s first film, THE CONSPIRATOR, directed by Robert Redford and starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright, and executive produced PARKLAND, starring Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, and Paul Giamatti.

Before making the transition to film, Brian spent 16 years providing more than 80 hours of broadcast content to TLC, Court TV, CNN, PBS, NBC, FOX, Lifetime, UNTV, and more, as a producer, director and writer. His work has explored the history of America’s most prolific horse thieves, the war in Rwanda, children’s health in Nepal, earthquakes in Taiwan and El Salvador, gang violence in Denver, and the plight of Sudanese refugees in Chad. He most recently produced and directed four seasons of Food Network’s hit primetime series “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.”

Brian is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College's Park School of Communications and has guest lectured at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and at the Centers for Independent Journalism in Hungary and Romania. He is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America.

Mark David Keegan (Writer)

After his experiences with great films like APOLLO 13, TITANIC, and GLADIATOR, Mark decided to turn off the DVD player and write a script himself.

When he was ten years old, he first learned of the story of Dixon, Tony, and Gene. Then a few years ago, Mark wondered what else there was to the story. Ninety sources and 800 citations later, he had a workable draft – and sent it off to The American Film Company.

Currently, Mark is at work on several more true stories.