SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2
Photo left: (Foreground L-R) AMERICA FERRERA, AMBER TAMBLYN, BLAKE LIVELY, director SANAA HAMRI and ALEXIS BLEDEL on the set of Alcon Entertainment’s drama “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo: Phil Caruso.
SANAA HAMRI (Director) made her feature directorial debut with the romantic comedy "Something New" in 2006, which earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination. She has directed episodes of the hit series "Desperate Housewives" and "Men in Trees," as well as commercials.
In 1992, at age 17, Hamri emigrated from her native Morocco to study theater at Sarah Lawrence College. Shortly after receiving her degree, she trained under legendary music video cinematographer Malik Sayeed. Under Sayeed's tutelage, Hamri was given the video-editing job for the reggae/hip-hop fusion group Born Jamericans that ignited her subsequent career as an up-and-coming editor.
She made the transition into directing two years later, building a portfolio of artists including Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Brandy, D'Angelo, Missy Elliot, Christina Aguilera, DMX and Ja Rule. Her big break was a low-budget, hardcore Bronx rap video for LaFace recording artists 1 Life 2 Live for their song "Blind Love," which caught the attention of Mariah Carey. She subsequently directed Carey's "Thank God I Found You" remix as well as her video for "Don't Stop," featuring Mystikal, her video for "Cry Baby," featuring Snoop Dogg, and "Oh Holy Night," a Christmas video to benefit children in need. These projects were soon followed by videos for such artists as Destiny's Child, Common, Kelly Rowland, India.Arie and Jay Z.
Her most recent work includes Prince's "Black Sweat" and "Musicology," both of which earned her MTV VMA nominations, and "Call My Name" and "Million Dayz"; the Notorious B.I.G. duet video "Nasty Girls," featuring Diddy, Nelly, Usher, Pharrell and Jagged Edge; Mariah Carey's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," featuring Dave Navarro and Randy Jackson; Sting's "Send Your Love"; and Mary J. Blige's "It's a Wrap."
Among her accolades, Hamri was honored with an NAACP Image Award in 2003 for India.Arie's "Little Things," which was also nominated for an MVPA Award for Best Direction of a Female Artist. She was again nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2004 for "The Truth." Hamri earned an MTV VMA nomination for Mary J. Blige's "Come Close to Me," for which she also received an MVPA Award nomination for Hip-Hop Video of the Year. She received additional MVPA Award nominations for Hip-Hop Video of the Year for Heather Headley's "He Is."
ELIZABETH CHANDLER (Screenwriter) rejoins the "Sisterhood" team on this second film, having been a screenwriter on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" in 2005.
Chandler's screenwriting credits include "What a Girl Wants," starring Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth; the romantic comedy "Someone Like You," starring Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman; and Alfonso Cuaron's acclaimed fantasy drama "A Little Princess."
For the small screen, she wrote and co-produced "Eloise at Christmastime" and the HBO film "Afterburn."
DEBRA MARTIN CHASE (Producer) is a two-time Emmy Award-nominated motion picture and television producer. Her company, Martin Chase Productions, has been an affiliate of the Walt Disney Company for over seven years, making Chase the first African-American female producer to have a solo producing deal at a major studio.
Chase was a producer on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." She also produced "The Princess Diaries" and its sequel, "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," and was an executive producer on the Lifetime series "Missing," which at the time had the most watched debut in the network's history. She served as an executive producer on "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," starring Brandy, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg, which attracted over 60 million viewers, received seven Emmy nominations and won the Emmy Award for Art Production.
Chase is the executive producer of The Disney Channel's hit movie and music franchise "The Cheetah Girls," starring Raven-Symone, Sabrina Bryan, Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams and Lynn Whitfield. The premiere of "The Cheetah Girls 2" was the network's highest rated debut and launched a platinum-plus soundtrack, following the double platinum soundtrack for the first movie. "The Cheetah Girls: One World," the third of the franchise, debuts in August 2008. Additionally, she is the co-creator and producer of the double platinum-plus-selling "Byou," a dance/fitness workout DVD for teens and 'tweens, starring Sabrina Bryan and distributed by SONY BMG, that combines pop and hip hop movements with strength and cardio training to make fitness fun.
Chase was Whitney Houston's BrownHouse Productions producing partner from 1995 to 2000. She ran Denzel Washington's Mundy Lane Entertainment from 1992 to 1995, overseeing the release of "Devil in a Blue Dress" and executive producing, with Washington, the documentary "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream," which earned Oscar and Emmy nominations, won a Peabody Award and the Crystal Heart from the Heartland Film Festival and was voted Best Documentary by the National Association of Minorities in Cable.
Previously, she executive produced "Courage Under Fire," starring Washington and Meg Ryan for director Ed Zwick. She co-produced "The Preacher's Wife," starring Washington and Whitney Houston for director Penny Marshall, a project Chase originated and developed at Mundy Lane.
Prior to Mundy Lane, Chase held several positions at Columbia Pictures, joining the studio in 1989 as an attorney and rising to Director of Creative Affairs.
Chase began her career as an attorney and worked at several major law firms and Fortune 500 corporations in Houston and Manhattan. She received her J.D. from the Harvard Law School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Columbia College of Chicago, the Board of Directors of the Center Dance Association of the Los Angeles Music Center, the Board of Directors of the San Francisco-based Museum of the African Diaspora, the Board of Directors of the United Friends of Children, the Producing Mentor Board of USC's Peter Stark Program and the Advisory Board of the Heartland Film Festival.
In 2002, she was honored by Girls Inc. for inspiring young women. She has also been honored by Women in Film, the Corporate Counsel Women of Color, the Heartland Film Festival, the New York Times/Blackfilm.com, the I Have a Dream Foundation, the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers, and the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment.
In 2003, Savoy Magazine named Chase one of the 100 most influential Blacks in America and Essence Magazine named her one of the 50 African-American women shaping the world. In 2007, Black Enterprise Magazine named her one of the Top 50 Powerbrokers in Hollywood; and in 2007 and 2008, Ebony named her one of the 150 Most Influential Blacks in America. In May 2007, Chase received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College.
DENISE DI NOVI (Producer) made her producing debut on the cult hit comedy "Heathers," for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. She then began a long association with groundbreaking filmmaker Tim Burton, during which time she produced such diverse hits as "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman Returns," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Ed Wood" and "James and the Giant Peach." Her early credits also include the 1994 remake of "Little Women," as well as "Practical Magic" and "Message in a Bottle," both of which took first place at the box office in their opening weekends.
Her more recent film producing credits include "Original Sin," "A Walk to Remember," "What a Girl Wants," "New York Minute," "Catwoman," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and Curtis Hanson's "Lucky You," as well as the upcoming release "Nights in Rodanthe," a romantic drama based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane reunited under the direction of George C. Wolfe.
In addition to her film credits, Di Novi has also ventured into television production. She served as an executive producer on the longform projects "Eloise at Christmastime," "Eloise at the Plaza," and "The '70s," as well as the critically acclaimed series "The District."
Di Novi started out in journalism, rising from copy editor at the National Observer (a Dow Jones weekly) to staff writer for "Canada AM" in Toronto. Segueing to the film industry, she began her career as a unit publicist. In 1980, she became a principal in the Montreal-based production company Film Plan, acting in various production capacities on nine major studio releases, including "Scanners" and "Videodrome." In 1983, Film Plan relocated to Los Angeles and merged with Arnold Kopelson's Film Packages.
She then joined New World Pictures as Executive Vice President of Production, later shifting into an overall deal as an independent producer. From 1989 to 1992, she headed Tim Burton Productions, where she produced several of the director's most successful films. In 1993, she set up her own production company, Di Novi Pictures, at Columbia Pictures.
Di Novi currently has a production deal at Warner Bros. Pictures. She has a number of projects in various stages of development, including "The Illustrated Man," with director Zack Snyder, based on a collection of Ray Bradbury stories; the love story "Last Summer of You and Me," based on the book by Ann Brashares; "The Jetsons," written and directed by Robert Rodriguez; and "Larklight," based on a Philip Reeve novel.
KIRA DAVIS (Producer) began her film career in 1994 on a small film called "Love Is All There Is," starring Angelina Jolie. It was on this production that she met the two co-presidents of Alcon Entertainment and began working with them as an assistant in 1997. After a decade with Alcon Entertainment, Davis left her post as Senior Vice President of Production and Marketing in 2006. During her tenure at Alcon, she oversaw the production and marketing of "Lost & Found," "My Dog Skip," "The Affair of the Necklace," "Insomnia," "Love Don't Cost a Thing," "Chasing Liberty," "Racing Stripes," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "16 Blocks."
In 2007 Davis entered into a long-term first-look producing deal with Alcon Entertainment and formed 8:38 Productions. Her first produced film under this deal is "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2."
Davis is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She studied theatre with an emphasis in directing and graduated magna cum laude from New Mexico State University. After graduating, she worked in a series of professional theatres, including La Jolla Playhouse and the Mark Taper Forum, before becoming Alcon's first official employee. In 2006, Davis was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University.
ANDREW KOSOVE (Executive Producer) and BRODERICK JOHNSON (Producer) are co-founders, co-presidents and co-CEOs of Alcon Entertainment.
Alcon has financed, and/or co-financed/produced 14 films, including "My Dog Skip," which led to an ongoing Warner Bros. Pictures distribution deal.
Among Alcon's titles are "Dude, Where's My Car?," starring Ashton Kutcher; "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Christopher Nolan; "Chasing Liberty," starring Mandy Moore; "Love Don't Cost a Thing," starring Nick Cannon and Steve Harvey; the live action/animated "Racing Stripes"; "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," the ensemble hit romantic comedy starring Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrara, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel; the action-thriller "16 Blocks," starring Bruce Willis; "Wicker Man," starring Nicholas Cage and directed by Neil LaBute; the romantic comedy "P.S. I Love You," starring Hilary Swank and directed by Richard LaGravenese; and the thriller "One Missed Call," starring Edward Burns.
Alcon has enjoyed a long-standing distribution relationship with Warner Bros. Pictures, which has just been renewed for another five years and 15-film slate. Timed to the renewed arrangement, Alcon has also privately raised a new $550 million production and P&A facility via limited investor/partners, including CIT Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Lehman Bros., among others.
CHRISTINE SACANI (Executive Producer) is a veteran producer of more than 40 film and television productions.
She most recently served as co-producer on the romantic comedy "License to Wed," starring Robin Williams, John Krasinski and Mandy Moore. Sacani held the same position as co-producer on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "New York Minute."
With television production as the foundation of her producing career, Sacani counts among her accomplishments the Emmy Award-winning family dramas "Eloise at Christmastime" and "Eloise at the Plaza," starring Julie Andrews and Sofia Vassilieva; the musical drama "South Pacific," starring Glenn Close and Harry Connick Jr.; the crime drama "Thin Air," with Joe Montegna and Marcia Gay Harden; and the critically acclaimed productions "Trapped in a Purple Haze," starring Jonathan Jackson and JoBeth Williams, and "The Rosa Parks Story," starring Angela Bassett.
Born in New York, Sacani graduated from New York University with a BFA in film and television and moved to L.A. soon after to pursue her career as a producer.
ALISON GREENSPAN (Executive Producer), as President of Di Novi Pictures, helped to develop the script for the 2005 film "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and served as one of the film's executive producers.
Previously, Greenspan executive produced the features "New York Minute," "Catwoman" and "What a Girl Wants," as well as the telefilms "Eloise at the Plaza" and "Eloise at Christmastime" for ABC. She also helped develop the romantic drama "A Walk to Remember."
Greenspan began her career with a two-year stint at Creative Artists Agency and then spent three years as a creative executive at ImageMovers, Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke's production company. She joined Di Novi Pictures in 1999 as Vice President of Development.
Greenspan graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. At U Penn, she enjoyed a four-year stint as performer, writer and director in the nation's only all-female collegiate comedy troupe, Bloomers.
Greenspan serves as executive producer on the romantic drama "Nights in Rodanthe," based on Nicholas Sparks' novel, which reunites Richard Gere and Diane Lane and is slated for a September 2008 release. Her additional upcoming projects include "The Jetsons," to be directed by Robert Rodriguez, and "Ramona," based on the best-selling series of books by Beverly Cleary, both of which are currently in pre-production.
LESLIE MORGENSTEIN (Executive Producer) has served as President of Alloy Entertainment and its predecessor, 17th Street Productions, Inc., since 1999, overseeing the company's operations, strategy, and creative mission. He produces or executive produces Alloy Entertainment's television and feature film projects, including the current hit series "Gossip Girl" and the fall premieres of "Surviving the Filthy Rich" and "Samurai Girl," as well as the feature films "The Clique" and "Sex Drive." In 2005, he served as an executive producer on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."
In addition to film and television, Alloy is the most successful independent packager of fiction in the world. Approximately 50 of the company's titles have achieved New York Times best-seller status, including The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Gossip Girl, The Clique, The Luxe and Pretty Little Liars.
Morgenstein has an undergraduate degree in writing and photography from Sarah Lawrence College, a MBA in finance from New York University's Stern School of Business, and completed his master's work in English and creative writing at The City College of New York.
BOB LEVY (Executive Producer) is Executive Vice President of Film and Television Development and Production at Alloy Entertainment. He has worked in the entertainment industry for more than two decades, spanning network, cable and public television. Levy joined Alloy Entertainment in 2001 following ten years at NBC, where he was the vice president of prime-time series and closely involved with such shows as "Mad About You," "Caroline in the City" and the critically acclaimed "Working."
As head of Alloy Entertainment's West Coast office, Levy oversees the company's extensive involvement in film and television development. He is an executive producer of all of Alloy Entertainment's television projects, including the CW series "Gossip Girl" and "Surviving the Filthy Rich," and producer of the company's feature films "Sex Drive" and "The Clique."
Levy holds a BA cum laude from Brown University. He is married to filmmaker Elizabeth Allen.
JIM DENAULT (Director of Photography) most recently worked with director Jay Roach on the HBO drama "Recount," about the 2000 presidential election, which debuted in May. He also served as director of photography on the recent feature releases "Freedom Writers," for director Richard LaGravenese, and "The Passage."
His work will next be seen in the romantic comedy "She's Out of My League," currently in post-production.
Denault's credits encompass a diverse range of films, including the Merchant-Ivory production "Heights"; the HBO film "Maria Full of Grace," which won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2006; "City of Ghosts," for writer/director Matt Dillon; HBO's "Real Women Have Curves" and "The Believer," both honored with Sundance awards; "Our Song"; the groundbreaking drama "Boys Don't Cry"; "Clockwatchers," a 1997 nominee for Sundance's Grand Jury Prize; and "Illtown." His work on the thriller "Nadja" earned a 1996 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Cinematography.
Denault went on to receive a 2005 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Cinematography on a Single-Camera Series for his photography on the acclaimed HBO series "Carnivale." His additional television credits include HBO's "Six Feet Under" and a number of network pilots, including "Push, Nevada" for ABC.
GAE BUCKLEY (Production Designer) most recently served as production designer on "He's Just Not That Into You," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and the romantic comedy "License to Wed," for director Ken Kwapis; Kevin Costner's Western drama "Open Range," starring Robert Duvall, Costner and Annette Bening; and the action-filled "Death and Life of Bobby Z."
As an art director, Buckley's film credits include "What Women Want," "Coyote Ugly," "Tin Cup," "The Craft," "The Little Rascals," "Indecent Proposal" and "Three Wishes." Her set designer credits include "Wayne's World," "Coneheads" and "Good Night, and Good Luck."
Buckley began her career as an architect and segued into filmed entertainment with work on music videos and commercials in New York City. She received a degree in architecture from Cornell University, and has also studied drawing at The Brooklyn Academy of Art, and scenic painting at The Lester Polikoff School of Scenic Painting in New York City. She grew up painting with her mother, New Jersey artist Jean Buckley.
MELISSA KENT (Editor) was nominated for an American Cinema Editors Award for her work on the 2003 Showtime movie "The Reagans."
Most recently, she served as editor on the television drama "A Raisin in the Sun," the Showtime original drama "An American Crime" and the independent feature "Something New," for director Sanaa Hamri.
Among her film editing credits are "Crazy/Beautiful," for director John Stockwell, "The Virgin Suicides," for director Sofia Coppola, "Supernova," for director Walter Hill and "Reaching Normal," for director Anne Heche, a short film that screened at the Sundance Film Festival. She provided additional editing for "The Outsiders: The Complete Novel," the 2005 re-release and director's cut of Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 classic, and was a co-editor on Coppola's "The Rainmaker." She also served as additional editor on the features "The Fantasticks" and "My Family, Mi Familia."
Kent's work on network and cable television includes Showtime's "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone," the TNT drama "Baby," "HBO's First Look: The Rainmaker" and various episodes of the hit series "Medium," as well as the pilot for "October Road."
RACHEL PORTMAN (Composer) holds the distinction of being the first female composer in history to win an Academy Award, for her score to the 1996 period romantic comedy "Emma," directed by Douglas McGrath. She also earned Academy Award nominations for her scores to Lasse Hallstrom's "The Ciderhouse Rules" and "Chocolat."
Portman has worked with numerous renowned filmmakers, among them Roman Polanski, Jonathan Demme, Robert Redford, Robert Benton, Garry Marshall, Alan Parker, Mike Leigh, Beeban Kidron and Wayne Wang.
She has received acclaim for her diverse scores to such films as "Infamous," "The Lake House," "Oliver Twist," "The Manchurian Candidate," "Because of Winn Dixie," "Benny & Joon," "The Joy Luck Club," "The Legend of Bagger Vance," "Hart's War," "Beloved," "Nicholas Nickleby," "The Human Stain" and "Mona Lisa Smile."
Portman's first opera, "The Little Prince," based on the classic children's book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, premiered at the Houston Grand Opera and is now available on DVD.
JULIA MICHELS (Music Supervisor) is an independent movie music supervisor who has enjoyed a successful 17-year career in the film music industry. She recently finished working on "Sex and the City," and her other recent theatrical credits include the acclaimed 2007 music-driven drama "August Rush" and the 2006 summer blockbuster "The Devil Wears Prada."
Michels is currently supervising the upcoming "Marley & Me," starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, based on the New York Times best-selling book.
Prior to her independent status, she was Senior Vice President of Music for MGM Pictures, overseeing all the music for such films as "Be Cool," "Beauty Shop" and the remake of "The Pink Panther," among others.
Additionally, Michels held the post Vice President of Soundtracks at EMI Records, overseeing soundtracks for all the labels in the EMI family, including Capitol, Virgin, Priority and Blue Note Records. Previously, she spent four years as Vice President of Music for Twentieth Century Fox. In this role, which also encompassed the Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight and Fox Animation film divisions, she was the music executive on a diverse slate of projects, including "Daredevil," "Unfaithful," "Down with Love," "Like Mike" and "The Banger Sisters."
Before joining Fox, Michels was the Director of Soundtracks for Capitol Records and was instrumental in the creation of such soundtracks as "Hope Floats," "Good Will Hunting," "There's Something About Mary" and "Never Been Kissed." During her extensive career in the film/soundtrack business, she has also been a music editor, co-owner of an independent record label and an agent for film composers.
DONA GRANATA's (Costume Designer) career as a costume designer encompasses film, television, theater and opera. She earned an Emmy Award and a Costume Designers Guild Award for the 2001 ABC biographical drama "Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows," for director Robert Allan Ackerman, and additional Emmy nominations for Showtime's "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone," also for Ackerman, and Robert Altman's musical documentary "Jazz '34."
Granata's designs for film include this year's "Ramen Girl," reuniting her with Ackerman; "Dr. T and the Women," "Cookie's Fortune," "The Gingerbread Man" and "Kansas City" for director Robert Altman; "Earthly Possessions" for James Lapine; "Gloria," "Critical Care," "Deathtrap" and "The Wiz" (as associate designer) for Sidney Lumet; as well as "Shadrach," "Love Is All There Is," "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" and "Lust in the Dust." Television credits include "The Reagans," Showtime's "Fat Actress," David Steinberg's "It Had to be You," the American Playhouse production of "Mrs. Cage" and the CBS series "Sons and Daughters."
Granata's association with director James Lapine includes the theatrical productions of "Modern/Orthodox" and "Amour." Among her stage credits are Broadway's "Canciones de Mi Padre" for Linda Ronstadt and productions at the Mark Taper Forum, the Kennedy Center, the Goodman Theatre and the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. She has also designed costumes for opera, including Robert Altman's "A Wedding" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as productions for the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera and Australian Opera.
Granata is currently at work on Tommy Tune's Broadway musical "The Turn of the Century." Among her upcoming projects is a new theatrical production of "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" in Tokyo, for director Robert Allan Ackerman.
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Who would expect a gimmick like a pair of magical pants to be the hook for such a smart, charming, and emotionally rich teen movie? Four close friends discover a pair of pants that fit them all perfectly, even though they're physically very different. Since all four are going in different directions for the summer, they pledge to each wear the pants for a week and then mail them to the next girl. In Greece, Lena (Alexis Bledel, Gilmore Girls) lands in the middle of a Romeo & Juliet family-feud romance; Carmen (America Ferrera, Real Women Have Curves) discovers that her estranged father is about to marry a blonde Southern belle; Bridget (newcomer Blake Lively) flirts with love at a Mexican soccer camp; and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn, Joan of Arcadia) stays home and gets a boring retail job to pay for her documentary film--but finds herself with an unwanted young assistant (Jenna Boyd, The Missing). These four stories manage to cover an amazing amount of ground (touching on race, body issues, divorce, mortality, and more) without resorting to stereotypes or easy resolutions. The engaging characters are brought to vivid life by these four talented actresses, who grab this excellent script and run with it. One of the best movies about teenage life in a long, long time. --Bret Fetzer
Coming of Age Adventure based on Ann Brashares' best-selling novel about a special 16th summer in the lives of four lifelong friends who are separated for the first time. On a shopping trip the girls find a pair of thrift-shop jeans that fits each of them perfectly and they decide to use these "magic" pants as a way of keeping in touch over the months ahead each girl wearing the jeans for a week to see what luck they bring her before sending them on to the next. Though miles apart the four friends still experience life love and loss together in a summer they'll never forget.Running Time: 119 min.System Requirements: Running Time 119 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG. Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC. Language: English, Greek, Spanish