Jean Doumanian has a long and successful career in film, theater and television. Her most recent production was the box office hit "Small Time Crooks," written, directed by and starring Woody Allen, which was released by Dreamworks in the spring of 2000. Other recent projects include: "Sweet and Lowdown," written and directed by Woody Allen, which premiered at the 1999 Venice Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics in November, 1999; "Women Talking Dirty," starring Helena Bonham Carter, produced in association with Elton John's Rocket Pictures and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1999; and "Sunburn," an exciting first feature by Nelson Hume which also screened at Toronto in 1999.
In 1998, Ms. Doumanian produced Mr. Allen's "Celebrity," which opened the New York Film Festival and also screened at the Venice Film Festival. Another recent project was "The Spanish Prisoner," the hit independent film by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and critically acclaimed filmmaker David Mamet, which premiered at the 1997 Toronto International Film festival. The Venice Film Festival screened another of Ms. Doumanian's productions in 1997, the highly lauded documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple entitled "Wild Man Blues."
Ms. Doumanian was the Executive Producer of several of Mr. Allen's previous films, including "Bullets Over Broadway" (which received seven Academy Award nominations and won for Best Supporting Actress); "Mighty Aphrodite" (which received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress); and "Everyone Says I Love You" (which Roger Ebert hailed as Mr. Allen's best film). In 1997, Ms. Doumanian produced Woody Allen's acclaimed "Deconstructing Harry" (which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay).
Ms. Doumanian has also produced a number of films by new writers/directors: "Into My Heart," written and directed by two young filmmakers, Anthony Stark and Sean Smith and "The Story of a Bad Boy," written and directed by critically acclaimed playwright Tom Donaghy. In addition to these films, Ms. Doumanian is currently producing Mr. Allen's new summer project.
Ms. Doumanian's career in various mediums is impressive. She produced Sven Nykvist's "The Ox," an Academy Award-nominated film which starred Liv Ullman and Max Von Sydow, as well as a number of successful projects outside of the film arena which have garnered a great deal of praise. They include the Off Broadway comedy "Fuddy Meers," which just concluded its successful run at the Minetta Lane Theatre; Peter Ackerman's new play, "Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight"; "Dinah Was," the Off Broadway hit musical about the life of Blues great Dinah Washington; "Death Defying Acts," the Off Broadway play of one acts by Woody Allen, David Mamet and Elaine May which broke box office records; and Woody Allen's first film for television, "Don't Drink the Water," which was executive produced by Ms. Doumanian. As producer of "Saturday Night Live," she discovered Eddie Murphy, among others. Ms. Doumanian also produced the classic TV special "Bob and Ray," "Jane and Gilda," and received an Emmy for "The Dick Cavett Show."
Jean Doumanian Productions is based in New York City.