For information on the Writer, Director and Editor, see the page about John Sayles.
Maggie Renzi (producer) began her professional association with John Sayles as one of the stars of his first feature, "Return of the Secaucus Seven," for which she also served as unit manager and assistant editor. Renzi produced, along with Jeffrey Nelson, Sayles' next movie, "Lianna." In partnership with Peggy Rajski, she produced "Brother from Another Planet" and "Matewan," as well as three Sayles-directed music videos for Bruce Springsteen, including "Glory Days" for which they won an American Video Award. Forming a partnership with producer Sarah Green, Renzi produced "City of Hope," "Passion Fish" and "The Secret of Roan Inish." She next produced "Lone Star" with R. Paul Miller.
Since "Return of the Secaucus Seven," Renzi has appeared in many of Sayles' movies, including "Lianna," "The Brother From Another Planet," "Matewan," "Eight Men Out," "City of Hope," "Passion Fish" and "Men With Guns" (as the tourist who reads the inspirational copy from the travel guide). She has also appeared in the films "Swing Shift" and "Key Exchange."
R. Paul Miller (producer) first teamed with producer Maggie Renzi and filmmaker John Sayles on "The Secret of Roan Inish." Raised in both California and England, Miller attended the University of London where he received a degree in zoology.
After making several natural history films for the BBC and National Geographic, Miller attended the National Film School. He met Sayles and Renzi when they were researching "The Secret of Roan Inish." Miller served as associate producer on that film, his first major motion picture credit. He went on to produce "Lone Star" with Renzi. Miller also produced and co-wrote "Holier Than Thou," an animated documentary for Channel 4 in London.
Slawomir Idziak (director of photography) has served as a cinematographer on over forty films in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, the U.S. and his native Poland. He has worked with some of his country's greatest filmmakers, including Krzysztof Kieslowski ("Blue," "The Double Life of Veronique," "A Short Film About Killing"), Andrzej Wajda ("The Orchestra Conductor") and Krzysztof Zanussi ("A Year of the Quiet Sun," "Imperative," "The Constant Factor"). Since making his American debut on John Duigan's "The Journey of August King," Idziak has lensed Daniel Taplitz's "The Commandments" and Andrew Niccol's "Gattaca."
Idziak has received numerous awards, including the Best Cinematography Award at the Venice Film Festival for "Blue." For the same film, he received a French Cesar nomination for Best Cinematographer. He has also directed six films: "Paper Bird," "From Four Sides," "The Spectacles," "Goodnight Fairy Tales," "School of Flying" and "Enak."
Mason Daring (composer) has created the scores for ten of John Sayles' eleven movies:
"The Return of the Secaucus Seven," "Lianna," "The Brother From Another Planet," "Matewan," "Eight Men Out," "City of Hope," "Passion Fish," "The Secret of Roan Inish," "Lone Star" and "Men With Guns." He won the Chicago Critics' Award for his Celtic-themed score for "The Secret of Roan Inish."
Among his other feature film credits are "Prefontaine," "Cold Around the Heart," "Fathers and Sons," "Wild Hearts Can't be Broken," "Dogfight," "Little Vegas" and "Key Exchange." He has composed many works for network, cable and public television, including "Young at Heart," "Getting Out," "Murder in Mississippi," "Day One," "Hidden in America," "Letter to my Killer," "The Old Curiosity Shop," and the themes to "Frontline," "Nova" and "Yankee Magazine," for which he received an Emmy Award.
A graduate of Amherst College, Daring began his career as a singer-songwriter. He does most of his work in his Marblehead, Massachusetts studio and also produces several albums a year for his record label, Daring Records.
Felipe Fernandez Del Paso (production designer) served as art director/set decorator on Robert Rodriguez's "Desperado"and Alex Cox's "The Winner," and as art director on Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn." In his native Mexico, he was production designer on "Un Lilito de Sangre" and art director on "Julio y su Angel." He has worked on numerous short films, including "El Ultimo Fin de Ago," which won an Academy Award for Best Student Short Film, and produced the documentary, "La Pasion de Iztapalapa." Fernandez has also been art director on many commercials and music videos, and was the casting director on Alfonso Arau's hit film "Like Water For Chocolate."
Mayes C. Rubeo (costume designer) first teamed with John Sayles as costume supervisor on "Lone Star." She previously served as costume designer on David Twohy's feature film "The Arrival" and two episodes of the TV series "On the Air." Before then, she had built up an extensive set of film credits, including: assistant costume designer on "Talk Radio" and "Total Recall;" extras costume supervisor on "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Dreamer of Oz;" key costumer on "Free Willy II;" and costume supervisor on "Last Light" and "The Client." Born in Mexico, Rubeo received her Associate Arts Degree in Costume Design from Los Angeles Trade Tech School of Fashion Design.
Guatemalan photographer Luis González Palma, whose haunting images of Mayan Indians are seen in the end credits of "Men With Guns," is one of Latin America's foremost visual artists. His large portraits use indigenous people from his native country as models, usually in costumes that refer to European and Christian iconography, including winged angels and dancers. Originally trained as an architect, González Palma first exhibited his work in 1987. He has since had solo exhibitions all over the world and his photographs are in the permanent collections of such major museums as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Berlin Museum and Mexico City's Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo. He will have a show of his most recent work in New York in December, 1997 at the James Danziger Gallery at 130 Prince Street in Soho.
For the full production credits, see the Credits page.
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