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Maggie's Plan - A Rebecca Miller Film

Synopsis

In Rebecca Miller's witty, modern romantic comedy MAGGIE'S PLAN, Greta Gerwig portrays Maggie Hardin, a vibrant and practical thirty-something New Yorker working at the New School who, without success in finding love, decides now is the time to have a child on her own. But when she meets John Harding (Ethan Hawke), a "ficto-critical anthropologist" and struggling novelist, Maggie falls in love for the first time, and adjusts her plans for motherhood. Complicating matters, John is in a strained marriage with Georgette Nørgaard (Julianne Moore), a brilliant Danish academic. With a Greek chorus of Maggie's eccentric and hilarious best friends Tony and Felicia (played by Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph) observing wryly from the sidelines, Maggie sets into motion a new plan that catapults her into a nervy love triangle with John and Georgette, intertwining their lives and connecting them in surprising and humorous new ways. Maggie learns that sometimes destiny should be left to its own devices. MAGGIE'S PLAN is a sweet, sophisticated and funny exploration of the unexpected complexities of modern romance, mixing heart and humor in a story of the delightful variability of relationships over the course of time.

A Round Films / Rachael Horovitz Production, presented by Freedom Media, in association with Locomotive, in association with Hyperion Media, in association with Franklin Street Capital, MAGGIE'S PLAN stars Golden Globe® nominee Greta Gerwig (FRANCES HA, MISTRESS AMERICA), Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Ethan Hawke (BOYHOOD), Emmy® winner Bill Hader (TRAINWRECK, THE SKELETON TWINS), Emmy® nominee and Independent Spirit Award winner Maya Rudolph (BRIDESMAIDS, AWAY WE GO), Travis Fimmel ("Vikings," the forthcoming WARCRAFT), Ida Rohatyn, Wallace Shawn ("The Good Wife," the TOY STORY films), Mina Sundwell (FREEHELD), and Oscar®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Julianne Moore (STILL ALICE, the forthcoming MOCKINGJAY: PART 2).

The film is written for the screen, produced and directed by Rebecca Miller (THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, PERSONAL VELOCITY: THREE PORTRAITS), based on a story by Karen Rinaldi. The film producers are Rachael Horovitz (MONEYBALL), Damon Cardasis with Miller's Round Films, along with executive producers Phil Stephenson and Temple Williams, Lucy Barzun Donnelly and Alexandra Kerry, and Michael J. Mailis and Susan Wrubel. The creative team includes casting by Cindy Tolan, CSA (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON), director of photographer Sam Levy (WHILE WE'RE YOUNG), production designer Alexandra Schaller (CUSTODY, THE SILENT TREATMENT), film editor Sabine Hoffmann (THE LAST FIVE YEARS), music by Michael Rohatyn (THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE), costume designer Malgosia Turzanska (AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS), and music supervisor Adam Horovitz (founding member of BEASTIE BOYS).

 "A serious screwball comedy." 
 – Stephen Holden, The New York Times 

Cast

Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig has rapidly emerged as one of Hollywood's most engaging actresses. An accomplished writer and actress, Gerwig will make her directorial debut with her film LADY BIRD. She can currently be seen starring alongside Lola Kirke in MISTRESS AMERICA, a comedy she co-wrote with director Noah Baumbach. In 2012, Gerwig co-wrote FRANCES HA with director Noah Baumbach. The performance earned her a Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations in the category of "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy." She first received critical acclaim for her breakout role as "Florence" in GREENBERG which marked her first collaboration with writer/director, Noah Baumbach. In the film, she starred opposite Ben Stiller and her performance earned her several nominations including a Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough Performance and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. Gerwig's other credits include: THE HUMBLING opposite Al Pacino and Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen's TO ROME WITH LOVE opposite Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page, Whit Stillman's comedy DAMSELS IN DISTRESS and the title character of "Lola" in Fox Searchlight's LOLA VERSUS. Gerwig graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, and currently resides in New York City.

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke is an accomplished actor, screenwriter, film director, theatre director, and novelist. He has appeared in over 40 films, including DEAD POETS SOCIETY, BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE SUNSET, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, REALITY BITES, GATTACA, TRAINING DAY, and BOYHOOD. His numerous stage credits include, as an actor: The Coast Of Utopia, Henry IV, The Winter's Tale, The Cherry Orchard, Hurlyburly, Macbeth, and Blood From A Stone (2011 Obie Award winner); and as a director: Things We Want, A Lie Of The Mind, and Clive. He has written two novels: The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday, the former of which he adapted and directed for film. He has also been nominated for a Tony award, Academy Awards for both acting and writing, and a Drama Desk Award for both acting and directing.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

Among her numerous accolades throughout her career in film, television, on stage and as a NY-Times Bestselling author, Academy Award and Emmy winning actress Julianne Moore is the ninth person in Academy history to receive two Oscar nominations in the same year and the only American actress to be awarded top acting prizes at the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. Having appeared in more than 60 feature films, she will next be seen this October in FREEHELD opposite Ellen Page and Michael Shannon, and in November as President Coin in Francis Lawrence's upcoming Hunger Games sequel MOCKINGJAY: PART 2. Julianne is an Artist Ambassador for SAVE THE CHILDREN US Programs, is on the Advisory Council of The Children's Health Fund, and is a supporter of Planned Parenthood and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. She lives with her family in New York City.

Bill Hader

Bill Hader

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bill Hader joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in the 2005--2006 season and spent eight years on the show. His film credits include TRAINWRECK, Pixar's INSIDE OUT, THE SKELETON TWINS, SUPERBAD, KNOCKED UP, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, TROPIC THUNDER and MEN IN BLACK III. He plays a giant in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic THE BFG, set for release in summer 2016. On television Hader stars in IFC's comedy series "Documentary Now!", which he co-created with Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers. In addition Hader works as a producer and creative consultant on "South Park", and was awarded an Emmy when the show won Best Animated Series in 2009.

Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph

Emmy Award nominated actress Maya Rudolph is most widely known for her turn on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", where she debuted in 2000 and was one of the show's regular players for over seven years. She also appeared in the well-received NBC comic-variety show special "The Maya Rudolph Show". Rudolph most recently lent her voice to Disney's Academy Award-winning animated feature film, BIG HERO 6, and transitioned to the crime-drama genre in INHERENT VICE as "Petunia Leeway." In December 2015, she appeared alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the film, SISTERS. Rudolph previously starred in the 2013 critically acclaimed film, THE WAY, WAY BACK. She also reunited with SNL cast-mates in the family comedy GROWN UPS 2. Additionally, Rudolph was previously heard as the voice of Precious in the animated comedy THE NUT JOB and in a vocal performance as Burn in the DreamWorks' film, TURBO. On the small screen, Rudolph also appeared as Ava on the NBC comedy-sitcom "Up All Night". Rudolph starred in the hit comedy BRIDESMAIDS alongside Kristen Wiig. She has recently teamed up with musician Gretchen Liberum to form the female-fronted Prince cover band, "Princess". Rudolph has lent her voice to films such as ZOOKEEPER and SHREK THE THIRD, and has also appeared in FRIENDS WITH KIDS as well as GROWN UPS, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, IDIOCRACY, and CHUCK & BUCK. In 2009, she earned rave reviews for her performance in the film AWAY WE GO.

Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel currently stars as 'Ragnar' on History Channel's hit original series "Vikings". The show premiered in March 2013 to both critical acclaim and record audience numbers. His performance in Season 2 landed him on Variety's Emmy Contenders short-list. Season 4 is currently in production in Ireland. On the big screen, Fimmel will next be seen in the lead role in the highly anticipated WARCRAFT for Legendary Pictures/Universal out June 2016. The film also stars Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper and Paula Patton and is being directed by Duncan Jones. Past credits include: IVORY, NEEDLE, and RESTRAINT opposite Teresa Palmer and Stephen Moyer, THE EXPERIMENT with Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker, THE BAYTOWN OUTLAWS with Billy Bob Thornton and Harodim, opposite Peter Fonda. In 2008, he starred opposite the late Patrick Swayze on A&E's drama series "The Beast".

Fimmel, a native of Echuca Victoria, Australia, resides in Los Angeles when not filming.

Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn has appeared in various films, including four directed by Louis Malle: MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, VANYA ON 42ND STREET, CRACKERS and ATLANTIC CITY, and five directed by Woody Allen: MANHATTAN, RADIO DAYS, SHADOWS AND FOG, CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION and MELINDA AND MELINDA. He also appeared in Amy Heckerling's CLUELESS and VAMPS, Paul Bartel's SCENES FROM THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN BEVERLY HILLS, Alan Rudolph's THE MODERNS, Tom Noonan's THE WIFE, Rob Reiner's THE PRINCESS BRIDE, Patricia Rozema's KIT KITTREDGE, Richard Ayoade's THE DOUBLE and Paul Weitz's ADMISSION. His most recent film is A MASTER BUILDER, directed by Jonathan Demme. He is the voice of "Rex" in TOY STORY, TOY STORY TWO and TOY STORY THREE, and he has had recurring roles in the television shows "The Cosby Show", "Murphy Brown", "The L Word", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Gossip Girl". He is currently playing Charles Lester on "The Good Wife". On stage he has appeared in his own plays The Hotel Play, The Fever, Aunt Dan And Lemon, The Designated Mourner, and Grasses Of A Thousand Colors. Shawn's plays are published by TCG Books and Grove Press, and his book of essays, called Essays, is published by Haymarket Books.

Mina Sundwall

Mina Sundwall was born and raised in New York City. Being half Swedish and half Italian, Mina has also spent some of her childhood in Europe. Mina landed her first 'role' at age 8 months as a kidnapped baby. Mina's recent credits include a guest star role on LAW & ORDER: SVU, teen horror movie #HORROR, FREEHELD with Ellen Page and Steve Carell, and as Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke's daughter in the feature film MAGGIE'S PLAN.

When not working, Mina is an avid singer. She also would love to become a pediatric reconstructive surgeon to save children's lives.

Jackson Frazer

Jackson Frazer was born in Pittsburgh in 2006. From a very young age Jackson displayed a desire to perform, and his goals were realized with his casting in FOXCATCHER (2014), THE LAST WITCH HUNTER (2015) and MAGGIE'S PLAN (2015). When not acting, Jackson keeps busy with baseball, swim team, piano, and filming elaborate segments featuring his Lego creations.

Monte Greene

Monte Greene, also known as Montgomery, attends The Calhoun School in New York City and lives with his family in Washington Heights. He began modeling in Hanna Andersson's autumn clothing catalog in 2013 and was also featured in the 2014 autumn and winter catalogs. He did a photoshoot for Ellen Tracy's WOMEN-hyphenated campaign, which launched in spring 2015. He had a guest appearance on the VH1 television show "La La's Full Court Life" (Season 4, Episode 3) in 2013 and made his acting debut in the 2015 romantic comedy MAGGIE'S PLAN playing the character Max, alongside Maya Rudolph and Bill Hader. He also performed voice over work in the film DAUGHTER OF GOD starring Keanu Reeves scheduled for release in the fall of 2015.

Monte is an outgoing, confident and inquisitive 8 year old, who enjoys riding his scooter, spending countless hours in the park, swimming, and dancing to any music with an upbeat tempo. He's an avid reader, skilled chess player, has a yellow-belt in Taekwondo, and is a member of the Steady Buckets basketball league. Monte is popular among his friends and has a very active social life. He loves acting and looks forward to pursuing more professional roles.

Ida Rohatyn

Ida Rohatyn was born in 2011 in New York City. She likes pink and she likes her brother. A lot.

 "A delight. Greta Gerwig and Ethan Hawke make for a winning couple in Rebecca Miller's unpredictable New York-Set lark. Julianne Moore is a pro at comedy: she's utterly fearless." 
 – Nigel Smith, The Guardian 

FILMMAKERS

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Miller

Director and Screenwriter

Rebecca Miller has written and directed five feature films: ANGELA (1995) winner of the Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers Trophy and Cinematography Award; PERSONAL VELOCITY (2002) starring Parker Posey, Kyra Sedgwick and Fairuza Balk, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award, as well as the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award; THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE (2005) starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Camilla Belle; THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (2009) starring Robin Wright; and MAGGIE'S PLAN (2015) starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore.

Miller is also the screenwriter of the feature film PROOF (2005) adapted from the stage play.

Miller is the author of the short story collection Personal Velocity (2001) and the novels The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee (2009) and Jacob's Folly (2013). She adapted Personal Velocity and The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee for the screen.

Karen Rinaldi

Author

Karen Rinaldi is founding editor and publisher of Harper Wave, her own imprint at HarperCollins. The story for MAGGIE'S PLAN is based on her unpublished novel. She lives in New York, New Jersey, and (whenever possible) Costa Rica with her husband and two sons.

Rachael Horovitz

Producer

Rachael Horovitz began her career in the movie business working for the legendary Dino De Laurentiis on David Lynch's indie classic BLUE VELVET. She went on to serve for more than a dozen years as a senior production executive at several studios and production companies. During her time as an executive, Horovitz worked with such filmmakers as Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michel Gondry and Alexander Payne.

As a producer, Horovitz' films have won prizes including Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG and PGA awards for HBO's GREY GARDENS. Horovitz was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award for MONEYBALL, directed by Bennett Miller. The film received several Oscar, Globe and guild nominations and was recognized as a Best Film of the Year by the AFI. Among her many producing credits are the award-winning ABOUT SCHMIDT, written and directed by Alexander Payne, and David Mamet's STATE AND MAIN.

Horovitz has served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Ghetto Film School, through which she helped found in 2009 The Cinema School, the country's first public high school specializing in film.

Damon Cardasis

Producer

Damon Cardasis is a two time Writers Guild Award nominated writer and filmmaker based in NYC. He is the producing partner of writer/director Rebecca Miller and runs their company, Round Films. Together they produced MAGGIE'S PLAN (directed and written by Miller and starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph). They are also producing a documentary on Rebecca's father Arthur Miller and a variety of other projects.

Cardasis co-wrote, produced and acted in the comedic web series "Vicky & Lysander", which he produced and acted in, which was sold to the network LOGO. It was nominated for two Writers Guild Awards in 2015.

Damon is the co-founder of the Lower East Side Film Festival (www.lesfilmfestival.com/), which completed its 5th year this past June and showcases great low budget filmmaking from around the world. The festival was placed on New York Magazine's Approval Matrix as "Highbrow & Brilliant" and, since its founding, has more than quadrupled in size. Past festival judges include: Susan Sarandon, Rebecca Miller, Parker Posey, Laverne Cox, Rachael Horovitz, Denis O'Hare, Justin Bond, Dana Brunetti and more.

Cindy Tolan

Casting Director

Cindy Tolan is a casting director who has worked extensively in film, television, and theatre. She has collaborated with Rebecca Miller on all five of her films – MAGGIE'S PLAN, THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE, PERSONAL VELOCITY, and ANGELA. Additional film credits include STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, WINTER'S TALE, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, BLUE VALENTINE, GO FOR SISTERS, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST, IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, LETTERS TO JULIET, SUGAR, THE DARJEELING LIMITED, THE NAMESAKE, SHERRYBABY, KINSEY, STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, and CASA DE LOS BABYS. Her television projects include Steve McQueen's upcoming HBO series "Codes Of Conduct", "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "Happyish", "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver", "Deadbeat", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", and "Flight Of The Conchords". Her numerous theater projects include the 2015 Tony Award winner for best play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime, Betrayal, A View From The Bridge, All My Sons, Cinderella, and Avenue Q.

Sam Levy

Director of Photography

Rising star director of photography Sam Levy has shot some of the most innovative films to premiere in recent years.

He shot MAGGIE'S PLAN for director Rebecca Miller, starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph.

Levy's film, MISTRESS AMERICA, marks his third collaboration with director Noah Baumbach. The film, which stars Greta Gerwig, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Fox Searchlight on August 14.

The duo's other films include: WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver; and FRANCES HA in stylish black-and-white, co-written and starring Gerwig, which premiered at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival and opened in theaters the following year.

Galt Niederhoffer's THE ROMANTICS, which premiered at 2010's Sundance Film Festival, marked Levy's third trip to Utah. In 2008, he launched the first series of GREEN PORNO which also screened at the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals. Between parts 1 and 2 of the GREEN PORNO series, Levy lensed WENDY AND LUCY. The film earned rave reviews for its cinematography after opening at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2007 Levy provided cinematography fellow service to the Sundance Institute Director's Lab.

He also photographed the AICP Award-winning documentary OASIS: DIG OUT YOUR SOUL IN THE STREETS, a film for the powerhouse band Oasis. He shot the concert documentary SONIC YOUTH: DO YOU BELIEVE IN RAPTURE for director Braden King and two episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series "This American Life" with director Chris Wilcha.

Levy's additional feature credits include THE BLUE HOUR for director Eric Nazarian and HEAD TRAUMA for Lance Weiler. He has also shot commercials for clients including American Express, ESPN, Nike, Adidas, Sony, Ray Ban, MTV as well as music videos for The White Stripes, Beck, Cat Power, Will Oldham and Garbage.

He is represented by Dattner Dispoto and Associates.

Alexandra Schaller

Production Designer

Production designer Alexandra Schaller studied performance design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, UK. Specializing in interactive and immersive performance, she moved to NYC for Punchdrunk's blockbuster show Sleep No More and stayed to pursue a career in film.

Drawing from her background in installation art and light-based sculpture, Alexandra's work emphasizes the atmosphere of the worlds she creates to tell stories.

2014 was a successful year on the film festival circuit with two very different design projects, Simon Helberg's WE'LL NEVER HAVE PARIS and Zachary Wigon's THE HEART MACHINE premiering in competition at SXSW, both with subsequent theatrical releases.

A detail-oriented and versatile designer, Alexandra's layered work easily lends itself to different film genres and creative platforms. She also designs commercials and interactive experiences for brands, ranging from the Beatles' 50th Anniversary, to Canon, Nike and Roberto Cavalli.

Alexandra speaks both French and Spanish and loves to travel.

2015 film credits include: MAGGIE'S PLAN by Rebecca Miller, James Lapine's CUSTODY and THE SILENT TREATMENT by Ira Sachs.

Sabine Hoffman

Editor

Sabine Hoffman, ACE, has edited independent feature films for 20 years. She came to New York from Berlin, where she studied philosophy, art and theater. She edited Rebecca Miller's films PERSONAL VELOCITY, THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE (starring Daniel Day-Lewis) and THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Blake Lively and Keanu Reeves). She also edited Morgan J. Freeman's DESERT BLUE and HURRICANE STREETS, THE DAY THE PONIES COME BACK (directed by Jerry Schatzberg) and HARLEM ARIA (Audience Awards at Chicago, New York and LA film festivals). Other credits include OFF THE BLACK (starring Nick Nolte, directed by James Ponsoldt), DIGGERS (starring Paul Rudd, directed by Katherine Dieckman), THE DRY LAND (starring America Ferrara and Melissa Leo, directed by Ryan Piers Williams), Cherien Dabis' MAY IN THE SUMMER and recently Richard LaGravenese's THE LAST FIVE YEARS (based on Jason Robert Brown's musical, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan).

Also working as a consultant and story adviser, she has edited numerous documentary films, including THE TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA and the Academy Award–nominated FERRY TALES.

Hoffman is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and serves on the advisory boards of Reel Works and the Woodstock Film Festival.

Michael Rohatyn

Composer

Michael Rohatyn has composed music for many features and documentaries including THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE and THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE for director Rebecca Miller. With director Ira Sachs he co-wrote the screenplay for 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner FORTY SHADES OF BLUE, starring Rip Torn. He is currently at work on a musical theater adaptation of BLACK NARCISSUS, by Rummer Godden as well as a film adaptation of the novel The Rider by Tim Krabbé. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY.

Malgosia Turzanska

Costume Designer

Malgosia Turzanska was born and raised in Krakow, Poland. She has a BFA in Costume Design from DAMU in Prague, Czech Republic and an MFA in Costume Design from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

She started in film as a personal assistant to the Polish director Agnieszka Holland and quickly realized that, in addition to not being able to make a decent cup of coffee, she was rather good at working with costumes. Since then, Malgosia has designed for film, dance and theater. She has collaborated with James Franco on several projects including CHILD OF GOD and THE BROKEN TOWER, worked with David Lowery on the Sundance favorite AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, as well as designed Ti West's upcoming western IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE with Ethan Hawke and John Travolta.

Malgosia also designed costumes for The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Sacrilege" music video and MGMT's groundbreaking "Time To Pretend". Her work has been shown at numerous festivals including Sundance, Cannes and Toronto and in museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Grand Palais in Paris.

She currently lives in Brooklyn and avidly collects unusual pins and brooches. She still can't make a cup of jo.

Adam Horovitz

Music Supervisor

Adam Horovitz was born in New York City on Halloween day, 1966. He joined the illustrious and luminous musical group, Beastie Boys in 1983. Having sold like, I don't know, like millions of records internationally; he has also received numerous accolades. Such as Grammy™ awards, MTV™ awards, the highly coveted Brass Monkey award, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Adam is currently working on this project now.

Freedom Media

Established in 2013, Freedom Media has a mission to finance and produce independent films and documentaries with a focus on contemporary comedies and dramas. Its two partners, Phil Stephenson and Temple Williams, are committed to collaborating with filmmakers of vision to tell thoughtful, evocative and compelling stories to broad audiences. Phil Stephenson is Chairman of the Freedom Group, a set of companies focused on investments, real estate, hotel development and media. Temple Williams has been a senior executive in media production for over 15 years. Freedom Media's current projects include: THE FORGER with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan, EQUALS with Nick Hoult, Kristen Stewart and Guy Pearce, SHANGI LA SUITE with Emily Browning and Luke Grimes and MAGGIE'S PLAN with Ethan Hawke, Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller.

Hyperion Media

Hyperion Media is an independent media company that finances, produces and develops film & television content for a global audience. Hyperion's strategic media investments of note are Legendary Pictures (300, THE DARK NIGHT, INCEPTION, THE HANGOVER) and Bandito Brothers (ACT OF VALOR).

Hyperion's filmography includes ACT OF VALOR (2008), THE WAY (2011), GOD'S POCKET (2014) – as well as the documentaries IT MIGHT GET LOUD (2008) and WAITING FOR LIGHTNING (2012). Upcoming films and festival favorites include MAGGIE'S PLAN directed by Rebecca Miller (World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival 2015), THE HALLOW directed by Corin Hardy (Sundance 2015), MEDITERRANEA directed by Jonas Carpignano (Cannes Film Festival 2015), THE LAST VERSE (Jerusalem Film Festival 2015), the 2016 Steve Aoki documentary I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD and THE HEROES PROJECT documentary, 2016.

Locomotive

Locomotive develops, produces and finances entertainment with the express goal of cultivating new voices by nurturing talent both in front of and behind the camera.

Founded in 2007 to produce high-caliber, intelligent films, the company raised capital in 2014, launched a television division and became an equity financier.

In the UK, Locomotive has brought together multi award-winning Executive Producers Sam Whittaker and Lucy Hillman to form the company's UK television production arm, specializing in popular factual documentary and non-scripted factual formats for theatrical, cable, broadcast TV and digital distribution.

Locomotive is led by Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Alexandra Kerry, Jonathon Kemp and Alexis Alexanian who are all passionately focused on creating smart films and television across multiple platforms.

 "A smart, goofy delight! Moore, Gerwig, and Hawke bounce and bicker together in near-perfect harmony." 
 – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair 

Reviews

The New York Times Critics' Pick


  • STEPHEN HOLDEN

    THE NEW YORK TIMES

    "A serious screwball comedy."


  • A.O. SCOTT

    THE NEW YORK TIMES

    "Cleareyed, generous and funny."


  • NIGEL SMITH

    THE GUARDIAN

    "A delight. Greta Gerwig and Ethan Hawke make for a winning couple in Rebecca Miller's unpredictable New York-Set lark. Julianne Moore is a pro at comedy: she's utterly fearless."


  • RICHARD LAWSON

    VANITY FAIR

    "A smart, goofy delight! Moore, Gerwig, and Hawke bounce and bicker together in near-perfect harmony."


  • PETER TRAVERS

    ROLLING STONE

    "Exhilarating! Hilarious! Romantic shenanigans and unexpected twists. Rebecca Miller's comedy is a delight."


  • OWEN GLEIBERMAN

    BBC

    "★★★★! Julianne Moore gives a triumphant comic performance."


  • MATT GOLDBERG

    COLLIDER

    "It's a joy to watch Rebecca Miller work with a light, confident touch. This is Greta Gerwig at her finest."


  • JOHANNA SCHNELLER

    THE GLOBE AND MAIL

    "A glittering cast...deadpan and sophisticated."


  • JOE MORGENSTERN

    WALL STREET JOURNAL

    "A witt tale of modern life – a flawlessly funny cast."


  • STEPHEN WHITTY

    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    "★★★★! Greta Gerwig is a delight. Ethan Hawke makes his own excesses work."


 "★★★★! Julianne Moore gives a triumphant comic performance." 
 – Owen Gleiberman, BBC