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EbertFest 2006
Alloy Orchestra     Amy Adams      Ramin Bahrani     Michael Barker     Mark Dornford-May     Hadjii     Robert Harris  
   Robert Hoffman       Jim Katz      Lodge Kerrigan      Nate Kohn      Pamela Kohn      Pauline Malefane   
  John Malkovich     Phil Morrison     Matt Mulhern      Marni Nixon    Ahmad Razvi      Russ Smith  
    Kaira Whitehead      Scott Wilson     
Terry Zwigoff
FESTIVAL GUESTS - FILM SCREENINGS                        Panelists & Special Guests

The Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. 

Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad (the Telluride Film Festival, the Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the National Gallery of Art, and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.

An unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable. Utilizing their famous "rack of junk" and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles. They can conjure up a French symphony or a simple German bar band of the 1920's. The group can make the audience think it is being attacked by tigers, contacted by radio signals from Mars or swept up in the Russian Revolution.

The Alloy Orchestra members are Terry Donahue (junk percussion, accordion, musical saw, banjo), Roger Miller (synthesizer, percussion) and Ken Winokur (director, junk percussion and clarinet).

An Academy Award® nominated actress with a fresh, accessible beauty and disarming presence, Amy Adams has built an impressive list of credits in a remarkably short period of time, challenging herself with each new role.  
Adams most recently starred in Phil Morrison's Junebug. This role earned her nominations for an Academy Award® and a SAG Award.  She has won an Independent Spirit Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, a San Francisco Film Critics Society Award, as well as the Breakthrough Gotham Award. Adams also won the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for her role as the pregnant, childlike 'Ashley,' who is awe-struck by the arrival of her glamorous sister-in-law.
Adams will soon star with Will Ferrell on Sony's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. This comedy about the NASCAR world is directed by Adam McKay and is co-written by Ferrell and McKay. This film is set to be released on August 4, 2006.
Adams is currently in production on Kevin Lima's Enchanted opposite James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon. Enchanted is a romantic fable that will mix live action with CG animation, for Disney. 
Adams was also recently seen in Clare Kilner's The Wedding Date with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney. The romantic comedy featured Messing's character's hiring of Mulroney's escort character to masquerade as her date at her sister's (Adams) wedding.
Additional recent films include Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, portraying the clueless wife of Frank Abagnale Jr. (played by Leonado DiCaprio), Reginald Hudlin's Serving Sara with Matthew Perry and Liz Hurley, and Pumpkin with Christina Ricci.   Other titles include The Last Run with Fred Savage and Steven Pasquale, The Slaughter Rule with Ryan Gosling and David Morse, Drop Dead Gorgeous with Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards, Psycho Beach Party, and Cruel Intentions 2.
On television, Adams recently starred on the drama series, Dr. Vegas with Rob Lowe, as well as guest starring on several series including The Office; The West Wing; Smallville; Providence; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Charmed, That 70s Show; Zoe; Duncan, Jack & Jane; and Manchester Prep. 
In addition, Adams has a number of regional theatre credits to her name, including several productions at Minnesota's Chanhassen Theatre (Brigadoon, Good News, State Fair, and Crazy For You among them), and Alone Together at the Arvada Center in Colorado.

Writer/director/producer Ramin Bahrani was born in North Carolina to Iranian parents. After receiving his BA from Columbia University in New York City, Bahrani moved to Iran for three years and made his student thesis film, Strangers(2000). He then spent some time in Paris before returning to the states to begin work on his first feature film, Man Push Cart. Bahrani has made several short films, and has received various awards, grants and fellowships for his films and screenplays

Michael Barker is the Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics, a company that distributes, finances and produces independent films from America and around the world. Recent successes include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Pollock; Sweet and Lowdown; All About My Mother; and The Tao of Steve.

Mr. Barker co-founded Orion Classics in 1983. He and his partners have been associated with films that have been nominated for a total of 67 Academy Awards®, including 17 wins. He has worked with some of the world's greatest filmmakers including Ang Lee, Woody Allen, Francois Truffaut, Akira Kurosawa, Louis Malle, Pedro Almodovar, Wim Wenders, R.W. Fassbinder, Lily Tomlin, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Linklater, Yimou Zhang, Merchant/Ivory, John Sayles, John Boorman, David Mamet, Neil LaBute, Errol Morris, Sally Potter, Don Roos, Gary Oldman, Allison Anders, Hal Hartley, and Mike Figgis.

Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Mr. Barker holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas.

Mark Dornford-May, British born and now a South African permanent resident, worked in theatre in England for 25 years and formed Broomhill Opera before, mesmerized by the talent he had witnessed in South Africa in 1995, returned in 2000 together with Charles Hazlewood in order to create a new ensemble theatre company in Cape Town. In an unprecedented recruiting process, Mark and Charles traveled to townships nationwide scouting young aspiring performers many of whom had never previously been inside a theatre. No CV’s were required to audition, as a majority of South Africans had not been given opportunities until 1994. Over two thousand auditions took place across rural and urban South Africa and forty company members were selected to become the core group now known as Dimpho Di Kopane, meaning “combined talents” in Sotho.

Mark Dornford-May’s first film, U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Festival in 2005.  Son of Man which premiered at Sundance in official selection in January 2006, is his second film.

Writer/director/actor/humorist Hadjii was born and raised in Brunswick, Georgia.  He graduated from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a BA degree in Telecommunications Arts.  In 2004, he was a finalist in the Image Film Festival Perfect Pitch Competition with his pitch for his original screenplay My Father’s Business.  His 2002 short film The Making of Brick City won 2nd place at the 2002 Peach City Short Film Festival and was featured in the 2003 Hollywood Black Film Festival.  He was also a semi-finalist in the 2002 Hollywood Black Film Festival Storytelling Competition, and he was an invited panelist discussing the state of African-American film at Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival in 2004. Earnest Hardy of the L.A. Weekly praised Hadjii’s work for its “potent mix of irreverence and social consciousness.”  Somebodies is his first feature.  He is currently completing his first novel, Staged Persona: A Manual Biography and his second feature length screenplay.  He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Georgia where he teaches writing for film and television.

Borrowing a bit of dialogue from the film, Robert Harris thought it would be "fun" to resurrect the complete version of the favorite film he had never seen.  The "fun" project turned into a two-year odyssey, encompassing months of research, detective work, a touch of modern archaeology, a worldwide search and inventory of surviving elements and the painstaking examination of over four tons (sixty miles) of picture and sound elements.  With neither surviving prints nor a written continuity of the premiere version of Lawrence Of Arabia as a guide, he took on the task of reconstructing, restoring and joint-producing the restoration.
After Lawrence was restored on paper, the project moved from Harris' New York base to Los Angeles, where the final work was performed on the selected picture and track materials.  It was "an extraordinary honor," said Harris, "to be joined in the final restoration process by Anne Coates" (who received the Academy Award® for her editing of Lawrence) "and then by Sir David Lean, who, after directing the dubbing of some needed dialogue, flew to Los Angeles to not only oversee and approve the final form of the restoration, but after 27 years to create the Director's Cut of his masterpiece."
Harris, who studied film at New York University, was also involved in the restoration of Abel Gance's Napoleon, and was instrumental in its presentation in a joint effort with Francis Coppola's Zoetrope Studios. 
Most recently he restored Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot from surviving VistaVision elements for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, as well as Francis Thompson's three-screen Academy Award®-winning short documentary To Be Alive for the S.C. Johnson Co.
His past projects have been Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 Rear Window, the restoration of Hitchcock’s 1958 Vertigo, the reconstruction and restoration of Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, all for Universal Studios, and George Cukor’s 1964 My Fair Lady for CBS.  He also produced (with Martin Scorsese) the critically acclaimed motion picture The Grifters.  He currently is splitting his time between restorations of favored classics and the preparation of new productions.  His restoration work stands as the most extensive, complex and expensive ever attempted.

Robert Hoffman began his editing career while enrolled in the Graduate Program of the USC School of Cinema-Television.  During his second semester, USC produced an independent film, and Hoffman was hired as one of the apprentice editors.  After graduating with an MFA in Production, he was employed on a few movies as an assistant film editor, including New Line Cinema’s Poison Ivy.  From there, Hoffman began to divide his time between post production supervising and cutting independent features. 

Hoffman’s editing style was curiously labeled “spunky” by Variety in its review of the mockumentary Rhinoskin: The Making of a Movie Star.  He met Terry Zwigoff while supervising the post production of Ghost World.  While making an uncredited contribution to the editing of that film, Zwigoff and Hoffman discovered that they could tolerate one another, and continued their fabled partnership on Bad Santa and Art School Confidential.  Hoffman also edited the romantic-comedy Easy (which was chosen to compete in the 2004 Sundance Film Festival), and the 2005 Showtime film Fathers and Sons.  Sadly though, after editing three films with Mr. Zwigoff, no one any longer calls Hoffman’s editorial style “spunky.”

James C. Katz has built a career in cinema equally focused on preserving the old and creating the new.  Along with Bob Harris, he was responsible for the restorations of Rear Window, Vertigo, Spartacus and My Fair Lady.  On the new side, he has produced such features as Paul Bartel’s Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (written by Bruce Wagner , executive produced Lust in the Dust, starring Divine and Tab Hunter) and was producer of Nobody’s Fool, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Beth Henley.   He is currently involved in several film and television projects for The Wyle/Katz Company, a Los Angeles production company.

As president and founder of the Universal Pictures Classics Division in the early 1980s, Katz was responsible for the reissue of five Alfred Hitchcock films -- Rear Window, Vertigo, Rope, The Trouble With Harry, and The Man Who Knew Too Much -- as well as the reissue of The Beatles’ A HardDay’s Night, the reissue of the Preston Sturges package, and the theatrical distribution of Abel Gance’s Napoleon, during which he cemented his partnership with Bob Harris.

Director Lodge Kerrigan lives and works in New York City. His critically acclaimed films include Clean, Shaven (1994), Claire Dolan (1998) and Keane (2004).

Dr. Nathaniel Kohn is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in writing for the screen, producing for film and television, cultural studies, and critical theory.  Also at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kohn is Associate Director of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards, considered by many to be the highest award in the electronic media.

Dr. Kohn is festival director of Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival, hosted by Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert.  He also is co-founder and festival director of Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival.

Dr. Kohn’s credits as a motion picture producer include the Academy Award® nominated Zulu Dawn, directed by Douglas Hickox and starring Burt Lancaster, Peter O’Toole, John Mills, Simon Sabela, Ken Gampu, and Bob Hoskins.  In television, he produced the American version of the award winning British Channel 4 children’s science series Abracadabra.  He has written commissioned screenplays for companies in Los Angeles, London, Munich, Toronto, Montreal, Zagreb, and Johannesburg, and has been a consultant to production companies in Norway, Britain, and Germany.  He continues to work as a writer, producer, and consultant to production companies and film festivals.

Pamela Kohn has been involved in developing, marketing and selling feature films in Africa, Europe, and the United States for over a decade.  She has sold feature films at various film festivals, including Cannes and the American Film Market.  Somebodies is her first feature film as a producer.  She is currently organizing and raising money for Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival, a University of Georgia outreach event; she is also developing two feature film projects that will go into production in 2006.


Co-writer and cast member Pauline Malefane was born in 1976 and grew up in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. She sang in local choirs from an early age and was first exposed to the world of opera during a high school outing to Don Giovanni. Pauline enrolled at the University of Cape Town College of Music to study a Performers Diploma in Music, performing in the chorus of several opera productions.

Pauline joined Dimpho Di Kopane in 2000, from which she was selected to perform the lead role in Bizet’s opera Carmen. Replacing the current lead with only three weeks to prepare this new role, Pauline rose to the occasion and went on to achieve tremendous international acclaim.  Pauline plays the Virgin Mary in Yiimimangaliso The Mysteries, Lucy in Ibali looTsotsi The Beggar’s Opera, and a thief in IKumkanikazi yeKhephu The Snow Queen.

Pauline co-wrote and translated the screenplay for U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, and plays Carmen in the film.

Actor, director and producer John Malkovich is a leading figure of both stage and screen. He has had a profound impact on American theatre as a guiding member of Chicago's groundbreaking Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and he has intrigued filmgoers with his finely etched screen performances for nearly twenty years. In 1998 John Malkovich joined producing partners Lianne Halfon and Russ Smith in forming the production company Mr. Mudd, whose first production was the celebrated film Ghost World. His feature directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs starring Academy Award® nominee Javier Bardem, followed in 2003. As an actor and producer, John Malkovich most recently wrapped principal on two Mudd productions. Both The Libertine, co-starring Johnny Depp and Samantha Morton, and Art School Confidential directed by Terry Zwigoff, completed production in 2004.

Malkovich is one of cinema's most in-demand actors, and works frequently in both American and international productions. He has worked with many of cinema's leading directors, making indelible impressions in such films as: Liliana Cavani's Ripley's Game, Spike Jone's Being John Malkovich, Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons; Wolfgang Petersen's In the Line of Fire; Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady; Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky; Gary Sinise's Of Mice and Men; Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun; Paul Newman's The Glass Menagerie; Roland Joffe's The Killing Fields; and Robert Benton's Places in the Heart.

He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor, in 1985 for Places in the Heart and in 1994 for In the Line of Fire. His performance in Places in the Heart also earned him the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review. In 1999, he won New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for Being John Malkovich.

Malkovich is a longstanding member of the groundbreaking Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He joined the company immediately upon completing college, and between 1976 and 1982 he acted in, directed or designed sets for more than fifty Steppenwolf productions. Malkovich's debut on the New York stage in the Steppenwolf production of Sam Shepard's True West earned him an Obie Award. Other notable plays include Death of a Salesman; Slip of the Tongue; Sam Shepard's State of Shock; and Lanford Wilson's Burn This in New York, London and Los Angeles. He has directed numerous plays at Steppenwolf, including the celebrated Balm in Gilead in Chicago and off-Broadway; The Caretaker in Chicago and on Broadway; Hysteria; and Libra, which Malkovich adapted from Don DeLillo's novel.

Malkovich has also acted in several acclaimed television productions and won an Emmy Award for his performance in the telefilm Death of a Salesman, directed by Volker Schloendorff and co-starring Dustin Hoffman. Other television credits including the recent miniseries Napoleon and the acclaimed HBO telefilm RKO 281, both garnering him Emmy Award nominations.

In addition to directing The Dancer Upstairs, John has directed three fashion shorts (Strap Hangings, Lady Behave, Hideous Man) for London based designer Bella Freud. His French stage production of Hysteria was honored with five Moliere Award nominations (2003), including best director.

With business partner Francesco Rulli, John Malkovich estabished Mrs. Mudd in 2002, a market consultation company assisting the world of fashion design.

Phil Morrison was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1968.
Morrison’s NYU student film, Tater Tomater, was featured at the Sundance Film Festival and on American Playhouse. It has been selected for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  He was Consulting Producer and Director of several episodes of the highly regarded series Upright Citizens Brigade for Comedy Central.
He has directed many TV commercials. His music videos include clips for Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Superchunk, The Feelies, Lemonheads, Rocket from the Crypt and Juliana Hatfield.
He recently collaborated with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and the artist Tony Oursler on Perfect Partner, a live music and film project which debuted at the Barbican in London in October, 2005 with a European tour following.

Matt was trained as an actor by William Esper at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he received a BFA in 1982.

In 1984, Matt was cast in Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning play Biloxi Blues, directed by Gene Saks, beginning his career as an actor in film, television, and theater. Other theater credits include The Night Hank Williams Died, Off-Broadway, and at the Orpheum, directed by Christopher Ashley; Wasted at the old WPA Theater; Surviving Grace, at the Union Square, directed by Jack Hofsis; and most recently, The One-Armed Man, at Ensemble Studio Theater, directed by Harris Yulin. Regionally, The Glass Menagerie, at  La Jolla Playhouse, directed by Douglas Hughes; The Habitation of Dragons, at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, written and directed by Horton Foote; and Death of a Salesman as Biff, opposite Hal Holbrook and Elizabeth Franz, in the national tour.

Film credits include Sunchaser, directed by Michael Cimino; Infinity, directed by Matthew Broderick; Extreme Prejudice, directed by Walter Hill; Biloxi Blues, directed by Mike Nichols; and One Crazy Summer, directed by Steve Holland. On television, Matt played the Lieutenant on the CBS hit television series Major Dad, and has appeared in numerous other TV movies, pilots, recurring and guest roles.

As a writer, Matt has produced a number of screenplays, including Walking to the Waterline (IFC Films), which he also directed and starred in, with Alan Ruck, (his best friend, and a U of I theater alumni), Hallie Foote, Matthew Broderick, and Hal Holbrook. His second effort, Duane Hopwood (IFC Films), which he wrote and directed, starring David Schwimmer, was first screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005, and is opening in New York and Los Angeles in April 2006. He has also written a play, Gundam Wing, and a novel, Crossing Open Spaces.

Matt lives north of New York City, along the western coast of Long Island Sound, with his wife, Karen, and two sons, Connor and Jack.

Marni Nixon has been the singing voice behind several Hollywood actresses, but she is also an accomplished singer and actress in her own right. Nixon has earned several Grammy nominations for both classical and popular music, and her multi-faceted career includes opera, musical theater, Broadway, recordings and her one-woman show, Marni Nixon: the Voice of Hollywood. She teaches nationally and has appeared in the United Kingdom, Israel and Europe in various theatrical and musical venues. She has been a soloist with major symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony and Toronto Symphony.

She is a frequent guest on the television shows including Law and Order and As the World Turns, and played Sister Sophia in the movie, The Sound of Music.   She earned four Emmy Awards as start of the Seattle television show, Boomerang, aimed at two- to six-year-olds.  She also holds two gold records for her singing roles in the movies, Mary Poppins and The Legend of Mulan.

Nixon created the role of Aunt Kate in Broadway's most recent production of James Joyce's The Dead.  She also has been involved in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies; Maury Yeston's Nine; Kander and Ebb's Cabaret; the play, Steel Magnolias (as Oiser); the Off-Broadway show, Taking My Turn, and many regional theater productions of The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady.

However, she is perhaps best known as the singing voice for Deborah Kerr in The King and I and An Affair to Remember, for Natalie Wood in West Side Story and for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.

Her autobiography, I Could Have Sung All Night: My Story, by Marni Nixon with Stephen Cole, is being released in September by Watson-Guptill Publications (Billboard Books).

Over the last decade, Ahmad Razvi has been involved with a number of businesses in Brooklyn including a construction company, a Pakistani restaurant, and a pastry shop. After the events of September 11, 2001, Ahmad co-founded COPO— Council of Pakistan Organization.  Based in his Midwood Brooklyn community, COPO has already taught tens of thousands of South East Asian immigrants ESL and basic computer courses as well as provided them with pro bono legal services and counseling.  In 2002, Razvi initiated a youth basketball program for young adults of all races, religions, and ethnicities.

But before all this, Ahmad worked as a push cart vendor on the streets of New York. Man Push Cart is his acting debut.

Producer Russell Smith began his career producing plays for Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. In a five year period, he produced fifty plays, notable among them: True West ... and Balm in Gilead. During that time Steppenwolf became known as one of America's finest theatres. The notable alumni of Steppenwolf include Academy Award® nominees John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and Joan Allen.

For three summers, Smith worked as an arts consultant producing the First National Bank of Chicago's famed summer concert series. He produced the hit play,Orphans off- Broadway. In 1987, Gary Sinise and Russell Smith made their first film together, Miles From Home.

In 1988, he produced the film Queen's Logic.In 1989, Smith became the head of production for New Visions Pictures and oversaw the production of five films, among them: The Long Walk Home and Mortal Thoughts. His other film credits include the award winning short film The Witness and the acclaimed Of Mice and Men. In 1994, Mr. Smith formed a company with longtime friend John Malkovich. In 1997 he produced the blockbuster United Artists film The Man in the Iron Mask which starred Leonardo Di Caprio, John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne and Jeremy Irons.

In April of 1998, Russ joined partners Lianne Halfon and John Malkovich in forming the company Mr. Mudd. In 2001, Mr. Mudd produced
Ghost World, a live action feature based on Dan Clowes' comic, directed by Terry Zwigoff (Crumb) and starring Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi. Ghost World was released to critical acclaim and earned an Academy Award® nomination for best adapted screenplay.The Dancer Upstairs, directed by John Malkovich and starring Academy Award® nominee Javier Bardem was released in May 2003 by Fox Searchlight.

Along with his partners, Russ Smith served as Executive Producer on the documentary
How to Draw a Bunny; a portrait of artist Ray Johnson. How to Draw a Bunny won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and the Prix de Public at the famed Recontre Film Festival in Paris. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best documentary in 2003.In April 2004 , Mr. Mudd finished filming The Libertine starring Johnny Depp, John Malkovich and Samantha Morton and has just wrapped production on the eagerly anticipated Art School Confidential, reuniting the Ghost World team of Zwigoff and Clowes. Dan Clowes has adapted his comic serial for Terry Zwigoff to direct. The film stars ingenues Max Minghella and Sophia Myles along with veteran actors John Malkovich, Angelica Huston, and Jim Broadbent.

Kaira discovered her love for acting at age 12, when she became the youngest student to study at the International School and Theatre Association Conference in Paris, France. During her studies at the University of Georgia, Kaira showcased her theatrical skills in productions such as A Raisin in the Sun, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, El Hadjj Malik, Before It Hits Home, and Blues for An Alabama Sky.  

Kaira now stars in the longest running theatrical production in Atlanta history, Peachtree Battle.  She was recently hand picked by casting director/producer Reuben Cannon (What’s Love Got to Do With It, The Color Purple, Diary of a Mad Black Woman) to play a small role in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion.  Kaira has also appeared in a handful of independent films including the DVD release Trust and the award-winning short The Making of Brick City.

From his spectacular motion picture debut in 1967 in two of the motion picture industry's classic films, In the Heat of the Night for director Norman Jewison and In Cold Blood for Richard Brooks, Scott Wilson has consistently achieved the highest industry and critical response. The key to Wilson’s success has been the careful selection of material and his association with many of the film industry’s most illustrious directors. Such perceptive directors as Ridley Scott, Tim Robbins, Walter Hill, Steve Kloves, Philip Kaufman, Jack Clayton, William Peter Blatty, Sydney Pollack, Robert Aldrich and Krzysztof Zanussi have cast Wilson in important roles.

Wilson appeared in The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise, directed by Edward Zwick; Monster, with Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci, directed by Patty Jenkins; and also can be seen as Sam Braun in occasional episodes of CSI. In addition to Junebug, which will be in the festival, Wilson has also recently completed roles in Saving Shiloh, the third in the Shiloh trilogy, and in indie films Open Window, Come Early Morning, Behind the Mask and Sensation of Sight. 

Wilson lives in Los Angeles and has been married for 29 years to his wife, Heavenly, attorney, artist and writer.

Writer-director Terry Zwigoff traces his career in film back to 1978, when he found a rare 1934 recording by an unknown Chicago blues musician.  A musician himself, Zwigoff was so impressed by this old 78 that he began what was to become two years of detective work to discover who the artist was and what his life had been like. Louie Bluie, a documentary film released in 1985, was the result.  The film garnered enthusiastic critical acclaim and, although only 60 minutes long, played theatrically in over 25 cities, including a two-month run at the Bleecker in New York.  Roger Ebert said the film is “a delight from beginning to end – it is a wonderful film,” and Janet Maslin of The New York Times said it is “as colorful, lively and garrulous as the man it describes."

Zwigoff’s next film, Crumb, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and became a runaway success with audiences and critics alike, appearing on over 100 “Ten Best” lists and was chosen Best Film of 1995 by a dozen major film critics. It won every single film critic’s award for Best Documentary of 1995, including the New York, Los Angeles, and National Society of Film Critics Award.  (The latter also voted it runner-up to Babe as Best Picture of the Year.) Zwigoff also won the DGA award, the IDA award, and the National Board of Review  award for Best Director. Roger Ebert called Crumb “a great and astonishing film.” Newsweek called it “an instant American Classic!” and Terrence Rafferty of The New Yorker said “[it] is a brilliant, scary movie – by a wide margin the best American film of the year…”. Andrew Sarris called it  “one of the most amazing films ever.” 

Zwigoff’s next film was Ghost World (2001), for which he received an Academy Award® Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film received Golden Globe Nominations for performances by Steve Buscemi and Thora Birch and went on to appear on over 150 Ten Best Lists.

Bad Santa
followed in 2003, starring Billy Bob Thornton, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. The film garnered critical acclaim and box office success, grossing over $60 million domestically. Zwigoff’s latest film, Art School Confidential, stars John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Angelica Huston, and Steve Buscemi, along with relative newcomers Max Minghella and Sophia Myles. It re-teams him with Ghost World creator Dan Clowes and Ghost World producers Lianne Halfon, Russ Smith, and John Malkovich. It opens on April 28th, 2006.


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