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Albert Maysles - 2011
Albert Maysles is a pioneer of Direct Cinema who, along with his late brother David, was the first to make nonfiction feature films (Gimme Shelter, Salesman, Grey Gardens) where the drama of life unfolds as is without scripts, sets, interviews or narration. Called "the dean of documentary filmmakers" by The New York Times, Albert has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Peabody Awards, three Emmy Awards, five Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Columbia Dupont Award, and an Academy Award nomination (for Lalee's Kin). Eastman Kodak saluted him as one of the world's 100 finest cinematographers.
Strand Releasing - 2009
StrandReleasing was formed in 1989 and its goal has been to fuse quality art films with commercial product. Strand Releasing has produced or executive produced ten feature films, including Gregg Araki's THE LIVING END, Richard Glatzer's GRIEF, Tommy O'Haver's BILLY'S HOLLYWOOD SCREEN KISS, Todd Verow's FRISK, Robert Lee King's adaptation of Charles Busch's PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, Brian Sloan's I THINK I DO, the films of Bruce LaBruce and Paul Cox's INNOCENCE.
Strand has distributed the works of such renowned international artists as Manoel de Oliveira, Lino Brocka, Jon Jost, Terence Davies, Gaspar Noe, Lodge Kerrigan, Cindy Sherman, Nigel Finch, Raoul Ruiz, John Maybury, Ferzan Ozpetek, Jacques Audiard, Benoit Jacqout, Hal Hartley, Nina Menkes, Jon Moritsugu, John Duigan, Francois Ozon, Lou Ye, Marcelo Pineyro and John Curran.
This year, Strand Releasing celebrates its 20th anniversary with a slate including Terence Davies' OF TIME AND THE CITY, Pablo Trapero's LEONERA, Lucrecia Martel's THE HEADLESS WOMAN, Doris Dörrie's CHERRY BLOSSOMS, and Johan Renck's DOWNLOADING NANCY. Strand's recent hits include Fatih Akin's THE EDGE OF HEAVEN and Claude Miller's A SECRET.
Michael Childers - 2008
Kathleen Turner - 2007
Veteran actor Kathleen Turner has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in a wide variety of film and theatre.
Turner was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Body Heat. She won a Golden Globe Award for her performances in Romancing the Stone and Prizzi's Honor. Her work in Peggy Sue Got Married brought her both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination, and she earned yet another Golden Globe nomination for War of the Roses.
Turner's extensive film credits also include the critically acclaimed The Virgin Suicides directed by Sofia Coppola, The Man with Two Brains with Steve Martin; Jewel of the Nile with Michael Douglas; Crimes of Passion; The Accidental Tourist; V.I. Warshawski; John Waters' Serial Mom; Naked in New York; and Moonlight and Valentino. It is impossible to forget Turner's standout performance as the sultry voice of Jessica Rabbit in Who framed Roger Rabbit?
In addition to her thriving film career, Turner frequently returns to live theater. Currently Turner is receiving rave reviews on Broadway playing Martha in the revival of Edward Albee's modern classic "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" In the fall of 2000, Turner broke box-office records starring in the stage version of the classic film "The Graduate" in London's West End,. playing the role of Mrs. Robinson. In 2002 she took "The Graduate" to Broadway. In 1998, she made her British stage debut at the Chichester Festival Theater, which was founded by Sir Laurence Olivier. Recently, Kathleen worked with Michael Lessac who directed Turner as Tallulah Bankhead in Sandra Ryan Heyward's one-woman show Tallulah -- which she toured in across the U.S.
Turner starred on Broadway in Jean Cocteau's Indiscretions. Other stage works include her portrayal of Maggie the Cat, in the 1989 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Broadway's production of Gemini, and Camille at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. Turner also starred in Travesties, The Seagull, Toyer, and A Midsummer's Night Dream at the prestigious Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Kathleen Turner is a Missouri native, but was raised in Canada, Cuba and England where her father was a diplomat.