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
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.
Alloy Orchestra members are Terry Donahue (junk percussion,
accordion, musical saw, banjo), Roger Miller (synthesizer, percussion)
and Ken Winokur (director, junk percussion and clarinet).
| AMY ADAMS
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
HADJII (HENRY HAND)
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
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
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
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
directed by Douglas Hickox and starring Burt Lancaster, Peter
O’Toole, John Mills, Simon Sabela, Ken Gampu, and Bob
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
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
With business partner Francesco Rulli, John Malkovich
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,