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DEBRA WINGER - 2014
A trifecta of huge hits-Urban Cowboy (1980), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), and Terms of Endearment (1983)-instantly transformed a talented newcomer named Debra Winger into a major Hollywood star. By 1986, her choices of projects became less commercial and more challenging, and then in 1995, at the age of 40, she stopped considering parts altogether, moving to Upstate New York with her husband and children. She emerged from retirement six long years later in a low-budget indie, Big Bad Love (2001). Today, she is still thriving as a film artist, charged uncompromisingly with creative inspiration.
Edward Lachman - 2013
Edward Lachman, ASC, is one of the most respected cinematographers of his time, one who has worked on big-budget, independent, and foreign-language films. Lachman was raised in a family that spans the history of cinema: his grandfather operated vaudeville houses that transitioned into movie theatres and his father was a motion picture exhibitor in New Jersey. He studied art in France, where he developed a taste for New Wave films.
Kirby Dick - 2012
Kirby Dick is an Academy and Emmy Award nominated documentary director. His most recent film, THE INVISIBLE WAR, a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape within the US armed forces, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences. The film won the Audience award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman - 2010
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's partnership making non-fiction and feature films began in 1987 when they opened an office in a former convent and Catholic girl's school in San Francisco. Rob had already established himself with his work on the landmark documentary "WORD IT OUT and with his Oscar-winning documentary THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK Jeffrey first worked with Rob as a consultant on THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, and again as editor on a PBS show Rob directed.
Their creative styles clicked, and they formed Telling Pictures. Their first collaboration was another Oscar-winner, COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT. All told, they have produced four non-fiction feature films including the Emmy Award winning THE CELLULOID CLOSET for HBO and PARAGRAPH 175 winner of the 2000 Sundance Jury prize for directing.
Their new film HOWL-their first dramatic narrative-features James Franco leading a stellar cast that includes Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn and Jeff Daniels. HOWL premiered at this year's Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and will be released later this year. Between them they have received two Academy Awards, multiple Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Fellowship.
Jane Lynch - 2008
Jane cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicagoland area.
Film credits include the upcoming Julie & Julia, The Post Grad Survival Guide, Little Big Men, Spring Breakdown, Another Cinderella Story, The Rocker and the animated Space Chimps. Past film work includes Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, as well as Alvin and the Chipmunks, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, The 40 Year old Virgin, Margaret Cho's Celeste and Bam Bam, Alan Cumming's Suffering Man's Charity, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sleepover and Surviving Eden.
Recent television credits include Lovespring, a Lifetime original series, Desperate Housewives and Weeds. Jane will appear in the upcoming season of The L Word opposite Cybill Shepherd. She has recurring roles on Boston Legal, Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Jane's play Oh Sister, My Sister! has had runs at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater garnering the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award.
Mira Nair - 2003