ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Gregory Hoblit (Director)
For Gregory Hoblit, filmmaking is a passionate endeavor. His willingness to examine the human condition and wade through his characters’ complex web of emotions and behavior is apparent in every movie he has helmed. Having spent more than 20 years behind the camera on many of television’s most popular and ground-breaking shows, Hoblit’s utilizes his technical acumen, coupled with a keen intuitive perspective, to direct with a textured artistry that is both precise yet visceral.
This narrative style is evident in the 2002 film, Hart’s War, based on the book by John Katzenbach. Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell star in the unconventional, character-driven courtroom drama about a well-heeled Army lieutenant ordered to defend a black prisoner falsely accused of murder. Set against the grim backdrop of a POW camp in World War II Germany, the film explores issues of race, betrayal and honor.
Hoblit’s ability to transcend the conventions of genre with visual and emotional depth is also evident in New Line Cinema's Frequency. With characteristic style and sensitivity, Hoblit found the core of dramatic realism within a sci-fi fantasy about a New York City police detective, played by Jim Caviezel, who rewrites history by reaching back in time to talk with his late father, portrayed by Dennis Quaid.
In 1996 Hoblit made an auspicious feature debut with Paramount's Primal Fear, a moody courtroom drama that crackled with crisp pacing and twisting suspense, and garnered the director kudos from critics and audiences alike. Hoblit made full use of a gifted ensemble cast that included Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Frances McDormand, John Mahoney and, in his film debut, Edward Norton, whose performance brought the novice actor an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Fallen, starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Elias Koteas and James Gandolfini, followed two years later. Combining elements of crime drama and supernatural thriller in the story of a homicide detective being terrorized by a disembodied presence, the film offered a haunting exposition on the nature of evil.
The seeds of Hoblit's feature success were sown in television, where he helped to develop and craft some of the most innovative shows of modern television. His vast and influential body of work as an executive producer/director includes Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and N.Y.P.D. Blue, as well as the acclaimed NBC movie Roe V. Wade and the 1990 AIDS documentary The Los Altos Story. Along the way, Hoblit received virtually every honor available, including nine Emmy and three Peabody Awards, as well as the DGA, CableACE, Humanitas, Golden Globe and People’s Choice Awards.
Born in Abilene, Texas and raised in Berkeley, California, Hoblit completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley and UCLA before studying film and television on the graduate level at UCLA. He began his professional career in Chicago, where he associate produced and produced several talk shows for the local ABC affiliate. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Hoblit cut his teeth as an associate producer on a half-hour sitcom and two low budget films, and as the producer/director of a feature documentary.
After working as an associate producer on the six-hour miniseries Loose Change and on Universal Television's two-hour pilot Dr. Strange, Hoblit joined Steven Bochco at MTM Enterprises, where they produced the movie-of-the-week Vampire, as well as the series Paris, Hill Street Blues and Bay City Blues. He then joined Bochco at Twentieth Century Fox, beginning their collaboration on L.A. Law, Hooperman, Cop Rock, Civil Wars and NYPD Blue. In 1992 Hoblit directed Class of ‘61 for Amblin Entertainment and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
Hoblit’s next film will be Untraceable, starring Diane Lane, which began filming in Portland, Oregon in February 2007.
Daniel Pyne (Screenwriter; Story By)
John Schlesinger's Pacific Heights was filmmaker Daniel Pyne’s first produced screenplay, and engendered a series of successful film scripts including Doc Hollywood, Any Given Sunday and The Sum of All Fears. His feature directorial debut, Where’s Marlowe? was distributed by Paramount Classics in 1999, and was awarded Best Comedy at the Santa Monica Film Festival. His re-telling of Richard Condon’s The Manchurian Candidate directed by Jonathan Demme, was released in July of 2004, garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Meryl Streep, and made several critics top ten lists.
One of the original writers of the seminal American television series “Miami Vice,” Pyne also co-created the critically-acclaimed, indie-cult, mock-reality cop show, “The Street.” He is currently adapting Alfred Bester's seminal sci-fi classic The Stars My Destination for Universal Studios and producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura, and preparing to direct his next film, a project with Philip Seymour Hoffman, from an original screenplay, Fifty Mice.
Daniel Pyne graduated from Stanford University, where he studied economics, and later received an MFA from UCLA’s Graduate School of Film, where he held the 2003-2004 Hunter-Zakin chair in screenwriting. He is also on the faculty of advisers for the Sundance Institute screenwriting labs.
Pyne splits time between Los Angeles and New Mexico with his wife, children, calico cats, a pair of bearded lizards, and a box turtle.
Glenn Gers (Screenwriter)
Glenn Gers was born and raised in New York City. He graduated with honors in English from Yale University in 1982.
His original screenplay Nightbirds won Gers a 1991 Fellowship Grant in Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for The Arts.
He has written episodes of the television comedy series Cybill, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Becker. He also co-wrote (with Steven Baigelman) the 2002 USA Network television movie Brother’s Keeper, a thriller starring Jeanne Tripplehorn, directed by John Badham.
In 1998 Gers wrote, directed and edited a low-budget feature-length independent film, The Accountant, which was an official selection of the Atlanta Film Festival, and won the 2000 Discovery Award/Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
His original screenplay Off Season was first broadcast on Showtime in 2001. Directed by Bruce Davison and starring Hume Cronyn, Sherilynn Fenn and Adam Arkin, the telefilm was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing of a Children’s Special.
Gers is currently editing his second independent film, which he also wrote and directed, about women and weight entitled Disfigured, starring Deidra Edwards, Staci Lawrence, and Ryan Benson.
Charles Weinstock (Producer)
Charles Weinstock came to the movie business late in life. For many years, he was a public-interest lawyer in New York, working for the city under Mayor Koch and Mayor Dinkins, and for a very small, very pious environmental law firm called Berle Kass & Case. It's difficult for him to explain or excuse his decision to forsake this work for the movie business, but he’d always loved movies more than anything else in the world, and hoped he could help make a few good ones.
Among his producing credits are Joe Gould's Secret, directed by Stanley Tucci and starring Ian Holm, Mr. Tucci, Susan Sarandon and Steve Martin; Where the Money Is, directed by Marek Kanievska and starring Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino; and Sleepover, directed by Joe Nussbaum and starring Alexa Vega and Steve Carell.
Weinstock was born and raised in Palm Beach, Florida, and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is married to Martine Singer, Executive Director of Hollygrove, a nonprofit children's mental health and family services agency in Los Angeles. They have two children, Alexander (12) and Caroline (9).
Liz Glotzer (Executive Producer)
Liz Glotzer joined Castle Rock Entertainment at its inception, and was promoted to President of Castle Rock Entertainment in 1999. During her tenure, Castle Rock has produced over 80 films including: When Harry Met Sally, Misery, Honeymoon in Vegas, In the Line of Fire, The Green Mile, A Few Good Men, City Slickers, Best in Show, Miss Congeniality and Polar Express.
Upcoming Castle Rock movies include No Reservations starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart; Sleuth starring Michael Caine and Jude Law; Chaos Theory starring Ryan Reynolds and Emily Mortimer; In the Land of Women starring Meg Ryan and Adam Brody and Michael Clayton starring George Clooney.
In addition to supervising all aspects of production and development for the company, Glotzer also produced the Warner Bros. film Music and Lyrics which stars Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, Carl Reiner’s Sibling Rivalry with Kirstie Alley and Scott Bakula and executive produced The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. She is currently producing Frank Darabont’s upcoming film, The Mist, based on the Stephen King novel, set for release in late 2007.
Prior to joining Castle Rock, she was an executive at Samuel Goldwyn Company and was involved in a number of projects, including the sleeper hit, Mystic Pizza.
Ms. Glotzer received her B.A. from Bennington College and her M.F. A. at USC’s Peter Stark Program.
Hawk Koch (Executive Producer)
With over four decades of professional experience and over 60 screen credits, Hawk Koch has built a solid foundation of experience in virtually every aspect of filmmaking art and business.
Koch has produced over 20 films. Among them are Keeping the Faith starring Edward Norton and Ben Stiller, Frequency starring Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel, Losing Isaiah starring Halle Berry, as well as The Long Walk Home, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Gorky Park and The Idol Maker. As an executive producer, his credits include the phenomenally successful Wayne’s World, Primal Fear, Heaven Can Wait, for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Picture as well as Hostage. Koch most recently produced Blood & Chocolate, and is currently at work on Untraceable for director Gregory Hoblit.
At the start of his career he was a jack-of-all-trades serving in such capacities as dialogue coach, second unit directing, first assistant director, supervising films in post-production and story development. In doing this he enabled himself to work alongside Sydney Pollack, Warren Beatty, Alan Pakula, Hal Wallis, William Castle, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger and Paul Mazursky on such legendary films as Rosemary’s Baby, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Marathon Man, The Way We Were, The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, Parallax View and Chinatown.
Aside from producing, Koch also served as the president of Rastar Productions, Inc., where he oversaw the productions of Peggy Sue Got Married, Nothing in Common and The Secret of My Success, among others. Koch also served as president of production of De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. Koch is Vice President of the Producer’s Guild of America, where in 2003, he was honored with the Charles B. FitzSimons Award for outstanding service and dedication to its mission and its members. He sits on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences and on the Board of Trustees of the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Koch is also on the American Film Institute’s Entertainment Council.
Louise Rosner (Co-Producer)
Louise Rosner has served as executive producer or producer on films for MGM, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax Films, Dimension, and The Walt Disney Company. In 2004 and 2005, she co-produced the highly successful Beauty Shop starring Queen Latifah, Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell and Kevin Bacon, and Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, and directed by Mark Waters. She also executive produced for Mel Gibson Paparazzi with Cole Hauser and Dennis Farina.
Prior to this Louise co-produced as series of films for Miramax films including She’s All That, Get Over It, Boys and Girls and On the Line.
She has also executive produced the action film Firestorm for 20th Century Fox, and produced the independent films Denial written and directed by Adam Rifkin and The Last Time I Committed Suicide starring Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, Claire Forlani, Gretchen Mol and Marg Helgenberger, written and directed by Stephen Kay, which appeared at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996.
After producing a myriad of award winning international commercials in Europe, Louise moved to Los Angeles in 1992 where she worked on films such as The Chain, Imaginary Crimes, Chasers, The Crush, Trail By Jury, Major League II, Stay Tuned, White Sands and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective before line-producing her first project in the US, The Walt Disney film A Kid In King Arthur’s Court.
Most recently Louise co-produced the comedy Hot Rod for Lorne Michaels and Paramount pictures due to be released this summer, and is currently executive producing Baby Mama starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for Universal
Kramer Morgenthau (Director of Photography)
Kramer Morgenthau rose to prominence as a cinematographer in the David Wall-directed independent film Joe and Joe. He went on to an eclectic series of films including Welcome to Hollywood directed by Adam Rifkin, The Man from Elysian Fields, with Mick Jagger, Empire, starring John Leguizamo and Robert Benton’s The Feast of Love. Morgenthau recently shot New Line Cinema’s Full of It, directed by Christian Charles
In addition to his film work, Morgenthau also served as cinematographer for the pilot of FX’s Iraq war drama Over There, and he was nominated for an ASC Award and an Emmy Award for the adaptation of Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven.
Morgenthau has also shot numerous documentaries around the world.
Paul Eads (Production Designer)
Paul Eads has worked with director Gregory Hoblit on a number of other productions, most notably the New Line film, Frequency (also with executive producer Hawk Koch), and two television projects for producer Steven Bochco: “Civil Wars,” and the highly acclaimed “NYPD Blue.” He is currently at work on Hoblit’s new film, Untraceable.
Eads has recieved three Emmy awards for his work in television as production designer for “NYPD Blue,” and for “Murder One,” both for producer Steven Bochco, and for Boston Public for producer David E. Kelley. He also received the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production design for “Brooklyn South.”
Eads was also the production designer of director Thomas Carter’s well-received film Save the Last Dance, starring Julia Stiles.
A graduate of Kalamazoo College with a degree in Theater Arts, Eads began working in the New York Theater beginning in 1973 as a scenic artist and an assistant set designer for designers Kert Lundell, David Mitchell, and Santo Loquasto, among others, and did so for several years before attending the Yale School of Drama Design Program.
Eads subsequently returned to New York City and, in collaboration with director/designer Wilford Leach, he co-designed productions of “Coriolanus” (with Morgan Freeman), and “Othello” (with Raul Julia and Richard Dreyfus) for the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and was the supervising set designer for Leach’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” on Broadway.
It was at that time that Paul began to work on feature films as well, and first worked as a set designer on a wide variety of movies including One Trick Pony, Arthur, Stardust Memories and The Purple Rose of Cairo. He left his job on One Trick Pony to design the sets for the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play Modigliani (starring Jeffrey DeMunn) at the Astor Place Theater, which was his last major foray into the theater. He soon returned to the world of feature films where he continued to work for the next several years as Art Director on The Fan (starring Lauren Bacall), So Fine, Paul Mazursky’s Tempest, Jaws 3, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Turk 182, Brian De Palma’s Wise Guys, and Brighton Beach Memoirs, working for production designers Santo Loquasto, Pato Guzman, Stephen Hendrickson, Harry Pottle, Edward Pisoni and Stuart Wurtzel, among others.
In 1984, with his then-girlfriend, now-wife Mindy Roffman, Paul relocated to Los Angeles and the two worked together as Production Designer and Art Director on several film projects over the next few years including Wanted Dead or Alive (with Rutger Hauer,) Poltergeist 3 and The End Of Innocence, written and directed by Dyan Cannon. They also worked together on a television pilot, Nick Knight, which was where they first met and collaborated with set decorator Nancy Nye sixteen years ago.
With the birth of their son James in 1989, and again with the birth of their other son Sean in 1993, Mindy took an extended leave of absence from the business, and Paul, electing to stay in town as much as possible to be with the family, moved away from the world of movies, pursuing instead feature-quality television projects such as Equal Justice, (where he first met Gregory Hoblit,) Civil Wars, NYPD Blue, Murder One, and Brooklyn South, among others. Paul and Mindy teamed up again for the television pilots and series Murder One, Boston Public, Philly and Blind Justice, and have partnered once again for this current production of Fracture.
David Rosenbloom, A.C.E. (Editor)
David Rosenbloom, A.C.E., has worked for director Gregory Hoblit on several previous projects including Hart’s War, Frequency, Class of '61 and Primal Fear.
In a career spanning almost three decades he has collaborated with such filmmakers as Peter Berg on Friday Night Lights, Mimi Leder on Deep Impact, The Peacemaker and Pay It Forward, David Anspaugh on Moonlight and Valentino, Rudy, Fresh Horses and the telefilm In the Company of Darkness; William Friedkin on Blue Chips; Roger Donaldson on The Recruit; and with Michael Mann on The Insider sharing Oscar® and A.C.E. nominations with William Goldenberg and Paul Rubell.
Most recently Rosenbloom served as editor on The Break Up starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn
In addition to Class of 6l, Rosenbloom's work for television includes editing the series pilots for “I’ll Fly Away” (which earned Emmy and A.C.E. nominations), “Equal Justice” and Michael Mann's groundbreaking series “Miami Vice,” as well as the telefilms “Do You Remember Love?” and “Under The Influence,” both of which earned him A.C.E. nominations for Best Edited Television Special. He has also directed episodes of “NYPD Blue,” “Melrose Place,” “Civil Wars,” “Reasonable Doubts” and “Hill Street Blues.”
Raised in Los Angeles, Rosenbloom studied dramatic arts at U.C.L.A. During his student days, he first dabbled in animation editing before pursuing a career in the field. He secured an apprenticeship at Universal Pictures and worked his way up the ranks, becoming an assistant editor in 1976. He earned his first credit in 1981 on NBC's long-running hit series, “Hill Street Blues,” and received his first A.C.E. Eddie nomination for his episodic work in 1983.
Elisabetta Beraldo (Costume Designer)
Elisabetta Beraldo, a native of Genova, Italy, began her career working in the theatre and opera, having designed for Ken Russell’s version of La Boheme.
She has designed the wardrobe for a number of prestigious productions. For director Gregory Hoblit, she also designed the costumes for Frequency and Hart’s War.
Beraldo began working in motion pictures as an assistant to Academy Award®-winning costume designer Milena Canonero. Under Canonero, she worked in such films as Dick Tracy, The Godfather III and Single White Female. She soon began designing on her own only to win a Davide di Donatello Award, Italy’s Academy Award, for Giona Nel Ventre della Balena (Jonah Who Lived in the Whale) and a Davide di Donatello nomination for Sostiene Pereira (According to Pereira.)
Moving to the United States, Beraldo started working for Gregory Nava, and designed his movies Selena, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and Bordertown. In 1999 she started working for Andrew Niccol, designing Simone and Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage.
Other credits include Torque with Ice Cube; Fluke with Matthew Modine; Camilla, starring the late Jessica Tandy and Bridget Fonda; and the television drama, War Stories, starring Jeff Goldblum.
Mychael Danna (Composer)
Mychael Danna's film scoring career began with Atom Egoyan's Family Viewing, a score which earned Danna the first of his thirteen Canadian film award nominations. Mychael is recognized as one of the pioneers of combining non-Western sound sources with orchestral and electronic minimalism in the world of film music. This reputation has led him to work with such acclaimed directors as Atom Egoyan, Catherine Hardwicke, Scott Hicks, Ang Lee, Gillies MacKinnon, James Mangold, Bennett Miller, Mira Nair, Billy Ray, Joel Schumacher, and Denzel Washington.
He studied music composition at the University of Toronto, winning there the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship in 1985. Mychael also served for five years as composer-in-residence at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto (1987-1992). Works for dance include music for Dead Souls (Carbone Quatorze Dance Company, directed by Gilles Maheu 1996), and a score for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Gita Govinda (2001) based on the 1000-year-old classical Indian erotic poem, with choreographer Nina Menon.
Recent projects include Catherine Hardwicke's The Nativity Story. He is currently working on Surf's Up for Sony Pictures Animation. Mychael and Devotchka also recently received a 2006 Grammy nomination for the Little Miss Sunshine album.
Jeff Danna (Composer)
Film composer Jeff Danna, who recently won a SOCAN International Film Music
Award for the score to Sony Picture's Resident Evil: Apocalypse, has a long and varied list of film credits. Recent work includes Chicago 10, which opened the 2007 Sundance Film Festival for director Brett Morgen ,with whom Jeff also scored The Kid Stays In The Picture, and the upcoming Closing the Ring for famed director Lord Richard Attenborough.
Other scoring projects include Terry Gilliam's Tideland, Silent Hill, and a pair of collaborations with director Tim Blake Nelson: O and The Grey Zone Project. His collaborative Orchestral Celtic albums with brother Mychael have enjoyed worldwide success and placed in the Top 10 on the Billboard charts.
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