Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is struggling in obscurity and poverty in Wisconsin when he is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to his lavish estate to form a team and to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Schultz seizes the opportunity, eager to step out of the shadow of his revered older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), a prominent wrestling coach and Gold Medal winner himself.
With his vast financial resources and state-of-the-art training facility at Foxcatcher Farm, du Pont appoints himself head coach of the team, eager to win the respect of his peers and the approval of his condemning mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
The dynamic between Schultz and du Pont deepens as Mark embraces his benefactor as a father figure. But du Pont's mercurial personality and psychological gameplay begins to weigh heavily on Mark's shaky self-esteem, undermining his abilities on the mat. When du Pont's favoritism shifts to brother Dave - who possesses the authority and confidence both he and Mark lack - the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.
From Academy Award® nominee Bennett Miller (CAPOTE, MONEYBALL) comes a searing true-life account of three men grappling for their versions of the American Dream.
Pierre du Pont, one of the family's oldest known relatives, became a confidante to King Louis XVI. Meanwhile, Pierre's son, Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, served as an apprentice to Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry.
Eleuthère, Pierre and the rest of the DuPont family fled France for America during the French Revolution.
July 19, 1802
Making use of the training he had received in France, Êleuthère Irénée du Pont founded E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (now known as DuPont) in Brandywine Creek, Wilmington, Delaware, to manufacture better gunpowder than was being made in the U.S. at that time. The company went on to provide gunpowder for: The Gold Rush, The Crimean War, the Union Army in the Civil War, as well as powder and explosives used by the Allied Armies during World War I. DuPont gradually purchased controlling interests in gunpowder factories throughout the U.S. and started manufacturing dynamite. The family also played a very large part in politics during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They assisted in negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase.
In the 20th Century, DuPont shifted from gunpowder into consumer goods. In 1918, they bought General Motors, and focused on synthetic rubbers, textiles and other chemicals, creating: Freon, Neoprene, Lucite, Teflon, Nylon, Mylar, Dacron, Orlon, Lycra, and Kevlar, among many other lucrative innovations. Later on they entered the energy business, and expanded into electronics and pharmaceuticals.
By 1942 there were believed to be 705 du Pont heirs and today there are over 2000 living members of the family. The ever-growing du Pont fortune is inestimable, but is certainly in the trillions of dollars.
1802 - 1818
Under the name E.I. du Pont Nemours & Company, the du Pont family remained the largest black powder manufacturing firm in the world.
After a series of explosions killed 33 workers and injured Eleuthère Irénée's wife, Sophie Madeline Dalmas, their son, Alfred Victor du Pont, returned home to help reestablish the company.
October 31, 1834
Êleuthère Irénée du Pont, at age 63, died from a heart attack. After Êleuthère Irénée's death, his brother in law, James Antoine Bidermann, reorganized the company for the following three years before turning it over to Alfred Victor.
1837 - 1850
Alfred Victor du Pont led the Du Pont Company. During his time he tested and created guncotton for the Navy, developed an automatic barrel stave maker and substituted turbines for the water mills, making the mills more economical. In the 1840's Alfred was cautioned by his brothers and sisters to be more attentive to the company's records. In 1847 the distraction of another explosion and the Mexican War affected Alfred's attention towards the company, resulting in his resignation on January 1st, 1850.
Eleuthère's youngest son, Henry du Pont took reign over the mill following hard times and a lack of leadership. Henry achieved fiscal stability for the company using discipline and leadership skills.
Under Henry's guidance, his nephew, Lammot du Pont took over the family business. The du Pont family capitalized on huge demand for munitions during the Civil War and the railroad expansion in the American West with the help of Lammot's discoveries.
Lammot strengthened black powder by replacing Indian potassium with South American sodium nitrate, resulting in the creation of "B" blasting powder, also known as "soda powder." With the elimination of the British controlled Indian nitrate in the new "B" powder, trade between American powder makers and Britain became unnecessary and the cost of powder for American powder makers decreased. This made "B" powder as popular as it was exceptional. The "B" powder remained superior throughout the Civil War and Reconstruction era until its decline in the 1870's when the Du Pont powder was trumped by a new and more powerful blasting powder. The market for black powder dwindled immensely upon the invention of smokeless powder in the 1890's, and became extinct in the 1970's.
The Du Pont Company expanded after acquiring the Wapwallopen blasting mill, which neighbored the Wilkesbarre, PA coal mines.
Lammot du Pont was elected president of the Gunpowder Trade Association, which controlled tariffs and manufacturing laws.
Lammot, together with the Laflin & Rand Company, launched the Repauno Chemical Company in the belief that dynamite would become more powerful and in demand than blasting powder. Soon after its establishment, Lammot became so invested in Repauno's growth, he resigned from DuPont.
By the 1920's Repauno became the most successful dynamite company and aided in many nationwide construction ventures, such as the development of railroads and highways. Repauno is responsible for the creation of trinitrotoluene (TNT) and terephthalate (DMT).
Lammot du Pont died at 53 in an explosion at Repauno, along with many other Repauno employees.
January 1, 1919
William du Pont, Jr. and Jean Liseter Austin were married in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. William Jr. was the second child and only son of William du Pont and Annie Zinn, and the great-grandson of DuPont founder E.I. du Pont; Jean was the daughter of William Liseter Austin, an executive of the Baldwin Locomotive Works. Because of the wealth of both families, their marriage celebration was called "The Wedding of the Century" in newspaper accounts. As a wedding gift, Jean's father gave the couple 600 acres of land in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
William Jr.'s father built Liseter Hall, a three-story Georgian mansion on the property. It was a replica of President James Madison's Virginia home, Montpelier, where William Jr. had grown up. William Jr. and Jean developed Liseter Hall Farm, shaping it into one of the greatest Thoroughbred horse farms on the east coast, which included the first galloping track in the U.S. Jean was also known as the leading U.S. breeder of Welsh ponies.
Over seven decades, Jean du Pont won more than 32,000 ribbons, cups, trophies and awards at horse, cattle and dog shows and equestrian competitions - enough to cover an entire room in Liseter Hall. She was the first person inducted into the American Horse Shows Association Hall of Fame.
The Du Pont Company invested in Remington Arms, a large producer of firearms and munitions.
Jean Liseter Austin became pregnant at age 41, giving birth to their youngest child, John Eleuthère du Pont on November 22nd, in Philadelphia. Preceding John, William and Jean had: Jean Ellen, Evelyn, and Henry E.I. du Pont. John grew up at Liseter Hall.
Du Pont's parents divorced when he was two years old. His mother kept Liseter Hall Farm.
John graduated from Haverford School, an elite prep school in Haverford, Pennsylvania, where he was voted both "laziest" and "most likely to succeed."
John graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology.
John trained for the Olympic Pentathlon, a sport requiring skills in running, swimming, fencing, shooting and horseback riding. He hosted the 1967 National Modern Pentathlon Championship, which involved inviting and organizing the judges, constructing four fencing strips, a shooting range with moving targets, a fifty meter, six lane indoor swimming pool, a 4000 meter running course and a 1200 meter riding course on his Foxcatcher Farms. He provided horses for the 29 competitors. John placed 14th and failed to make the 1968 Olympic team, but was named manager of the U.S. Team for the 1976 Summer Olympics.
John founded the Delaware Museum of Natural History to house his collection of 66,000 stuffed birds and two million seashells. He installed himself as Director. The museum published numerous books, written and co-written by du Pont, based on his expeditions to the Philippines and South Pacific, where he studied and identified species of birds. He is credited with the discovery of two dozen species of birds.
John completed his Doctorate in Natural Science from Villanova University, a Catholic University outside Philadelphia.
John paid $935,000 for one of the rarest stamps in the world, the British Guiana 1856 1c black on magenta.
At age 45, John married Gale Wenk, a therapist. The marriage was annulled 90 days later. Wenk claimed he accused her of being a spy, pointed guns at her head, choked her, and tried to push her out of a moving car.
John funded the John Eleuthère du Pont Pavilion, a fifteen million dollar basketball arena at Villanova University. After his conviction, his name was removed and the arena is now known as The Pavilion.
That year John endowed a wrestling program at Villanova. He and supervised it as coach with Mark Schultz and Andre Metzger as his assistants.
John published a book of essays: Off the Mat: Building Winners in Life.
John became involved in USA Wrestling, contributing millions of dollars over the next nine years. For his beneficence, his name became part of the title for both the U.S. freestyle national championships and the freestyle world team trials, and was also on the team's warm-up suits.
Andre Metzger filed a lawsuit claiming du Pont made unwanted sexual advances.
Villanova ended its relationship with John du Pont.
Jean du Pont died at home at 91.
After her death, John turned the 440-acre Liseter Hall Farm into a $600,000, 14,000-square foot facility for wrestlers, pentathletes, and swimmers, who all competed under his sponsorship as Team Foxcatcher - named after his father's racing stable. The facility included an Olympic size swimming pool, weight and exercise room, a large wrestling room, video room and kitchen.
John was now the main benefactor of amateur wrestling in the United States, and USA Wrestling was essentially dependent on his wealth.
John competed at age 55 in the Veteran World Wrestling Championships in Cali, Columbia, followed by Toronto (1993), Rome (1994), and Sofia, Bulgaria (1995).
John exhibited increasingly disturbing behavior: at the World Wrestling Championship in Atlanta, he asked to be introduced as Dalai Lama; he complained about mechanical trees moving on his property; carried a handgun and sometimes fired at bushes; drove a tank around his estate; said the tooth marks made by horses in the barn were communiqués from Martians; complained of bugs crawling around his body; ordered the wrestlers to help chase ghosts out of the walls; twice drove a Lincoln into a pond (once with somebody aboard); pointed a loaded AK-47 at a wrestler's chest; chased off all the athletes at Foxcatcher who weren't wrestlers; and evicted all three African American wrestlers.
John felt that something was hiding inside the walls of his house, waiting to come out and kill him. He installed razor wire inside his walls for protection.
The Murder of Dave Schultz
On January 26, 1996, John du Pont, then 56, shot Dave Schultz dead in the driveway of Schultz's home on du Pont's estate. Du Pont fired three shots with a .38 from the window of his Lincoln Town Car--the first in Shultz's elbow, the second in his chest and the last in his back.
After killing Dave Schultz, John (who was known to have an arsenal of weapons) barricaded himself inside his mansion and negotiated with the police for two days, telling them to call him "His Holiness" and asking for his lawyer over a hundred times. He was finally apprehended by a SWAT team after the police turned off his heat and told him he would be free to come out and check the generator. He was taken into custody without any shots being fired.
The Trial Before the Trial
John grew his hair and beard long and unkempt, giving him the look of a homeless person. An expert witness for the defense described John as a paranoid schizophrenic who believed Schultz was part of an international conspiracy to kill him. John pleaded "not guilty by reason of insanity."
On February 25, 1997, a jury found him guilty of third degree murder but mentally ill. John was sentenced to 13 to 30 years.
After John's conviction, Nancy Schultz filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for the Schultzes' son and daughter.
John du Pont died in prison of acute aspiration pneumonia. He was 72 and had spent almost fifteen years behind bars.
The petition of probate for his will, filed in Delaware County, lists the minimum value of du Pont's estate at an estimated $1 million (which didn't include the $28.5 million proceeds from the sale of Foxcatcher, which was put in a trust). His will stipulated that 80% of his holdings beyond the trust be divided among former wrestler Valentin Jordanov Dimitrov and his family, who had visited him during his years in prison, with the other 20% bequeathed to the John E. du Pont Foundation, known as the Eurasian Pacific Wildlife Foundation. His expansive collections were distributed to organizations all over the world, including his wrestling-related materials, which went to FILA, the sport's international governing body, in Switzerland. He left nothing for his former wife, Gail Wenk du Pont.
In accordance with his will, John du Pont was buried in his red Foxcatcher wrestling singlet.
Bennett Miller has outdone himself. An enormous film.
Steve Carell is the revelation and then some: vocally, physically and psychologically he is not just unrecognizable, he simply is a different man. It's seldom we've ever witnessed such a total erasure of self in a role."
Jessica Kiang, INDIEWIRE/THE PLAYLIST
"A mesmerizing story. Bennett Miller's most ambitious and most successful work."
Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Channing Tatum's performance is a marvel of physicality,
and surely one of the best we'll see all year."
Stephanie Zacharek, VILLAGE VOICE
"THERE ARE GREAT AMERICAN MOVIES, AND THEN THERE ARE GREAT MOVIES THAT TAKE AMERICA AS THEIR VERY SUBJECT, FROM 'GREED' AND 'CITIZEN KANE' TO 'THERE WILL BE BLOOD' AND 'THE SOCIAL NETWORK.' 'FOXCATCHER' HAS THAT SAME, SOARING AMBITION, AND IT CAN HOLD ITS OWN IN THAT AUGUST COMPANY."
Scott Foundas, VARIETY
"'FOXCATCHER' JUST FLOORS YOU. IT'S ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST.
RUFFALO AND TATUM HIT AN ACTING PEAK. CARELL IS SIMPLY ASTONISHING!"
Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
John du Pont
Steve Carell first gained recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central's Emmy Award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," before successfully segued from the TV world to above-the-title status in the film world. Proving that his talents extend beyond acting and writing, Carell also spearheads his own production company, Carousel Productions.
Carell opened his first lead feature, THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, which he co-wrote with director Judd Apatow, at #1, a spot it remained in for two straight weekends. The surprise hit of 2005, the film was honored with an AFI Award named one of 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year and took home Best Comedy Movie at the 11th annual Critics' Choice Awards. The film also earned Carell and Apatow a co-nomination for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild Association.
In the summer of 2011, Carell starred in the critically acclaimed box-office hit CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE opposite Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone. The film was produced by Carell's production company, Carousel Productions.
Previously in 2010, Carell lent his vocal talents in the lead role of Gru in the animated feature film, DESPICABLE ME, which opened at #1 in the box office and went on to make more than $500 million worldwide. In June of 2008, Carell starred as "Maxwell Smart" in GET SMART, opposite Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin. He also lent his voice as The Mayor of Whoville in the animated film DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! Directed by Jimmy Hayward (FINDING NEMO, MONSTERS, INC.), Carell played opposite Jim Carrey, and helped launch the film as an international success. In 2006, as part of an ensemble, he starred in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and won the SAG Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
In 2012, Carell starred in SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD OPPOSITE Keira Knightly. Later that year Carell was seen in the hit comedic drama HOPE SPRINGS, opposite Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.
Early 2013, Carell starred in Warner Brother's THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, where he portrays a jaded magician trying to stay relevant opposite Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi. In July, Carell returned as the voice of Gru in the animated film DESPICABLE ME 2 which has grossed over $668 million worldwide and is Universal Pictures most profitable film, ever. Carell was recently seen in THE WAY, WAY BACK which was written and directed by Academy Award recipients Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. In December 2013 he returned as Brick Tamland in ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, along with Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, the sequel to the hit ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY.
Carell's previous film credits include, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, BEWITCHED and DAN IN REAL LIFE. In 2011, Carell also completed his Emmy-nominated turn in the Americanized adaptation of Ricky Gervais' acclaimed British television series "The Office." In 2006, Carell earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy, followed by two more nominations, for his portrayal of "Michael Scott," the pompous and deluded boss of a Pennsylvania paper company. He was also nominated for six Emmy Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. In the past years, the show has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Born in Massachusetts, Carell now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Nancy Carell ("Saturday Night Live"), whom he met while at the Second City Theater Group in Chicago, when they both were members. He is the proud father of a daughter and a son.
Carell will be seen in October of 2014 in Disney' s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, playing the father of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) who wakes up one morning with gum in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. Based on the best-selling children's book by Judith Viorst, the film is directed by Miguel Arteta and costars Jennifer Garner as Alexander's mother.
Channing Tatum has established himself as one of the most sought after leading men and producers.
In 2014, Tatum will star in three films: 22 JUMP STREET, the sequel to the hit 21 JUMP STREET, in which he reteams with Jonah Hill and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; JUPITER ASCENDING, written and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski, and co-starring Mila Kunis; and the animated film BOOK OF LIFE, produced by Guillermo del Toro, and costars Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Christina Applegate, and Ice Cube. He will also begin filming MAGIC MIKE XXL, the sequel to MAGIC MIKE.
Recently, Tatum starred in Roland Emmerich's WHITE HOUSE DOWN, with Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods and Richard Jenkins, and in Steven Soderbergh's SIDE EFFECTS, with Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Tatum starred in four films in 2012: Soderbergh's HAYWIRE, with Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Michael Douglas; Michael Sucsy's THE VOW, opposite Rachel McAdams; 21 JUMP STREET with Jonah Hill (Tatum and Hill were also executive producers); and Soderbergh's blockbuster MAGIC MIKE, with Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello. MAGIC MIKE was independently financed and produced by Tatum and his production partner, Reid Carolin, who also wrote the script. Tatum had first teamed up with Carolin to produce Jamie Linden's 10 YEARS, in which Tatum starred opposite Jenna Dewan, Rosario Dawson, Lynn Collins, Kate Mara, Anna Faris, Brian Geraghty, Justin Long and Chris Pratt. 10 YEARS screened at the was shown at the Toronto Film Festival that year and was released by Anchor Bay.
In 2011, Tatum starred in the crime thriller THE SON OF NO ONE, opposite Al Pacino and Katie Holmes, and in the Roman epic adventure THE EAGLE, opposite Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland. The previous year he starred opposite Amanda Seyfried in Lasse Hallstrom's DEAR JOHN, an adaptation of the Nicolas Sparks (The Notebook) bestseller.
In August 2009, Tatum was seen in the box office hit G.I. JOE, directed by Stephen Sommers. The film was toplined by his FOXCATCHER co-star Sienna Miller, plus Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid. He also appeared in the sequel, G.I JOE 2: RETALIATION, in 2013. Also in 2009, Tatum starred opposite Terrence Howard in FIGHTING, directed by Dito Montiel, who had previously directed him in the acclaimed A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS. In 2008, Tatum starred in the Paramount Pictures drama, STOP/LOSS, Kimberly Peirce's first film after her award-winning BOYS DON'T CRY.
In 2006, Tatum received an Independent Spirit nomination and a Gotham Award nomination for his performance in A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS. The film was written and directed by Dito Montiel, based on his 2003 memoir of the same title, and co-starred Shia LaBeouf, Robert Downey Jr., and Chazz Palminteri. The film won the Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance as well as the Dramatic Directing Award for Montiel at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. That year, Tatum also starred opposite Amanda Bynes in Andy Fickman's SHE'S THE MAN, and in the box office hit, STEP UP, directed by Anne Fletcher.
Tatum was born in Alabama and grew up in Florida. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jenna Dewan, and their daughter.
Academy Award nominee Mar Ruffalo is one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors, easily moving between stage and screen and working with directors including Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Spike Jonze, David Fincher, Fernando Meirelles and Michel Gondry. This summer, Ruffalo appears in the HBO film "The Normal Heart," based on the play of the same name written by Larry Kramer. Directed by Ryan Murphy, the film also stars Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer. "The Normal Heart" tells the story of a gay activist attempting to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the 1980s. The telefilm will air on May on HBO. He will also be seen this year in BEGIN AGAIN, which co-stars Keira Knightley and Hailee Steinfeld. The film is about an aspiring female singer in New York City (Knightley)whose world takes a turn for the better when a down-on-his-luck record producer (Ruffalo) discovers her. This film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was the closing night picture at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
2015 promises Ruffalo in the criticall acclaimed 2014 Sundance Film Festival hit INFINITELY POLAR BEAR opposite Zoe Saldana, directed by Maya Forbes. The film is about a bipolar husband and father, played by Ruffalo, who goes off his medication and then proceeds to lose both his job and sanity, while struggling to hold onto his marriage. Upcoming films include the sequel to THE AVENGERS, titled THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, where he will reprise his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film brings back costars Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.
Ruffalo earned nominations for an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award and Independent Spirit Award for his performance in Lisa Cholodenko's THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. He was also honored with the Best Supporting Actor Award by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and opened to rave reviews later that year.
In 2011, Ruffalo made his directorial debut with SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2010 and went on to win the Special Jury Prize for dramatic film. The film stared Orlando Bloom, Laura Linney, Juliette Lewis and Ruffalo in a story about a Los Angeles DJ who finds that he has the power to heal.
In 2006, Ruffalo made his Tony Award-nominated Broadway debut in the Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing!" The original cast included Ben Gazzara, Zoe Wanamaker and Lauren Ambrose.
Ruffalo earned critical recognition in 2000 for his role in Kenneth Lonergan's YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, opposite Laura Linney and Matthew Broderick. The Martin Scorsese- produced film won the coveted Grand Jury Prize for Best Film in Dramatic Competition and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
His other film credits include THANKS FOR SHARING, NOW YOU SEE ME, SHUTTER ISLAND, WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, ZODIAC, THE BROTHERS BLOOM, COLLATERAL, 13 GOING ON 30, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, IN THE CUT, MARGARET, BLINDNESS, JUST LIKE HEAVEN, RESERVATION ROAD, ALL THE KING'S MEN, WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU, MY LIFE WITHOUT ME, THE LAST CASTLE, WINDTALKERS, XX/XY, COMMITTED, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, STUDIO 54, SAFE MEN, THE LAST BIG THING, FISH IN THE BATHTUB, and LIFE/DRAWING.
Ruffalo's acting roots lie in the theater, where he first gained attention starring in the off- Broadway production of "This is Our Youth," written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, for which he won a Lucillel Ortel Award for Best Actor. Ruffalo has won several awards for other performances, including a Dramalogue Award and the Theater World Award. In 2000, Ruffalo was seen in the Off-Broadway production of "The Moment When," a play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Lapine. He made his theater debut in "Avenue A" at The Cast Theater. A writer, director and producer, Ruffalo co-wrote the screenplay for the independent film THE DESTINY OF MARTY FINE. In 2000, he directed Timothy McNeil's original play "Margaret" at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles.
Ruffalo is also an advocate of addressing climate change and renewable energy. In March 2011, Mark co-founded Water Defense to raise awareness about energy extraction impact on water and public health. A regular contributor to the Guardian and Huffington Post, Mark is a recent recipient of the Global Green Millennium Award for Environmental Leadership, the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Foundation Award, and Riverkeeper's Big Fish Award. He was named one of Time Magazine's "People Who Mattered" in 2012.
Ruffalo resides with his family in New York.
Jean du Pont
Called "the greatest actress of our time" by Tennessee Williams, Vanessa Redgrave comes from a legendary theatrical family. Her father, Sir Michael Redgrave, was one of Britain's most popular and respected actors. Her mother, Rachel Kempson, was a noted stage actress. Her sister, Lynn Redgrave, was also a film and stage actress and her brother, Corin Redgrave, was a successful stage director and actor. She made her professional debut in the play "A Touch of the Sun" (1957), in which she co-starred with her father. Although she appeared in her first film, BEHIND THE MASK, in 1958. she concentrated mostly on stage work throughout the 1950's and early 1960's. During the 1959-1960 season, she was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her film career began in earnest in 1966 and within the space of two years she appeared in four films that established her reputation as an intelligent actress with a commanding presence: Karel Reisz's MORGAN! (1966, Academy Award® nomination); Fred Zinneman's A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, Michelangelo Antonioni's BLOW-UP (1966); and Joshua Logan's CAMELOT (1967). Her performance as Guinevere in CAMELOT further secured her status as one of the most popular and respected actresses of the era. In the late 1960's and early 1970's Redgrave showed her mastery of both classical and commercial fare. In 1968 she appeared as Nina in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's THE SEA GULL and as dancer Isadora Duncan in ISADORA, for which she won a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, a second Prize for the Best Female Performance at the Cannes film festival, as well as a Golden Globe and Oscar® nomination. In 1971 Redgrave took on the role of Andromache in THE TROJAN WOMAN and received her third Oscar® nomination for her work as the title character in MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS. In 1977 she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in JULIA (1977.) During the following two decades, Redgrave eschewed popular, commercial films, for smaller films. In 1980 her controversial performance as a Nazi concentration camp victim in the television adaptation of Arthur Miller's "Playing for Time" won her an Emmy.
Redgrave received a fifth Oscar® nomination in 1985 for James Ivory's THE BOSTONIONS and her sixth in 1992 for her work as Mrs. Wilcox in HOWARDS END. Redgrave continued to garner accolades throughout the 1990's and 2000's. In 2000 her performance as a lesbian grieving the loss of her longtime partner in the HBO series "If These Walls Could Talk 2" earned her Golden Globe® Award and Emmy® Awards for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the Excellence in Media Award by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. In 2005, Redgrave joined the cast of the FX series "Nip/Tuck," in which she portrays Dr. Erica Noughton, the mother of Julia McNamara played by Joely Richardson, her real life daughter. In 2006, Redgrave starred opposite Peter O'Toole in Roger Michell's VENUS and a year later in the acclaimed films EVENING, directed by Lajos Koltai, and ATONEMENT, directed by Joe Wright, for which she garnered a Broadcast Film Critics Association award nomination for her performance despite it being only seven minutes. In 2010, Redgrave starred in Julian Schnabel's MIRAL and Gary Winick's LETTERS TO JULIET.
Her recent films include Ralph Fiennes' CORIOLANUS, Roland Emmerich's ANONYMOUS, UNFINISHED SONG, THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEE (title role), and LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER.
Sienna Miller was born in New York, educated in England and studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. She made her film debut as the love interest of Daniel Craig in Matthew Vaughn's LAYER CAKE. Following that she appeared in such films as FACTORY GIRL, CASANOVA, THE EDGE OF LOVE, INTERVIEW and GI JOE: RISE OF COBRA, which was a huge international box office hit in 2009. Sienna played the role of 'The Baroness,' for which she was awarded 'Best Supporting Actress' at the ShoWest Awards in Las Vegas.
Miller has received a number of accolades for her work in film including a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in THE EDGE OF LOVE. In the same year she was also nominated for the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award and in 2006 was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role as "Katya" in INTERVIEW.
In 2012, Miller appeared as Tippi Hedren in HBO's "The Girl," directed by Julian Jarold. The film explores the relationship between Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) during the making of THE BIRDS. It received outstanding reviews, especially for the performances of Miller and Jones. It was also shown on the BBC in December 2012. For her performance in "The Girl," Miller was nominated Golden Globe in the Best Actress category and for a TV BAFTA in the same category.
Her more recent films include the Nick Cassavetes film YELLOW, which premiered at the SXSW film festival, and JUST LIKE A WOMAN, directed by the internationally celebrated director Rachid Bouchareb (DAYS OF GLORY), A CASE OF YOU, and upcoming, HIPPIE HIPPIE SHAKE, BUSINESS OR PLEASURE, and MISSISSIPI GRIND.
On stage, Sienna made her West End debut in 2005 playing "Celia" in the Young Vic's production of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, appearing with Helen McCrory and Dominic West. Miller has since appeared on Broadway in Patrick Marber's "After Miss Julie," based on Strindberg's "Miss Julie," directed by Mark Brokaw. More recently she starred in Terrence Rattigan's "Flare Path" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, directed by Trevor Nunn. It was a box office hit and received rave reviews across the board. Miller also has a firm commitment and passion for charity work. Among the organizations she has worked with are: the Global Cool Foundation, a not-for-profit that specializes in raising green issues; the Starlight Foundation, which has a mission to improve the life and health of kids and families worldwide; and the world relief organization International Medical Corps.
Anthony Michael Hall is an actor, film producer, and director who came to the world's attention starring in a series of films with director-screenwriter John Hughes, including NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION (1983), SIXTEEN CANDLES (1983) THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985) and WEIRD SCIENCE (1985).
Hall diversified his roles to avoid becoming typecast as his early persona, joining the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in the 1985-1986 season and starring in films such as Richard Tuggle's OUT OF BOUNDS, JOHNNY BE GOOD, Tim Burton's EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and Fred Schepisi' SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION. He starred as Microsoft's Bill Gates in the 1999 television film "Pirates of Silicon Valley" and had the leading role in the USA Network series "Stephen King's Dead Zone" from 2002 to 2007. During its run, the show was one of the highest-rated cable television series. Hall served as co-producer (Seasons One-Three), producer (Season Five) and co-executive producer (Season Six) of the show, and directed an episode from season three, "The Cold Hard Truth," featuring Richard Lewis. He also directed and starred in the 1994 comedy "Hail Caesar" for Showtime, which featured songs written and performed by Hall. The film's cast included Samuel l. Jackson, Robert Downey, Jr. and Judd Nelson.
In 2008, Hall played Gotham City TV reporter/anchor "Mike Engel" in Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT. His other films include HAPPY ACCIDENTS, THE CAVEMAN'S VALENTINE, ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS, FUNNY VALENTINE (also producer), AFTERMATH, and upcoming, SOMETHING ABOUT HER. His TV films include Billy Crystal's "61*" (as Whitey Ford), "Hitched," "Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story," "LA Blues," and "Final Approach." His numerous TV credits include recurring roles in "Community," "Warehouse 13," "Awkward," and "Psych."
Bennett Miller is an Academy Award® nominated film director best known for his two narrative features, MONEYBALL (2011) and CAPOTE (2005).
MONEYBALL chronicles the story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. The film received substantial critical praise, and went on to receive six Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, four Golden Globe® nominations, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations, in addition to nominations from AFI, BAFTA, PGA and WGA.
Miller earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Director for CAPOTE, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in his Oscar®-winning performance as Truman Capote during the research of his groundbreaking true crime novel, In Cold Blood. For CAPOTE, Miller also earned a nomination for BAFTA's David Lean Award for Direction, a Best First Film Award from the New York Film Critics Circle and a Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Feature Directorial Achievement.
Miller made his feature debut in 1998 with the documentary THE CRUISE, a portrait of New York City tour guide Timothy "Speed" Levitch. The film garnered considerable critical praise and notable awards, including the top prize of the International Forum at the Berlin Film Festival.
Miller is also an acclaimed director of television commercials, music videos, and, most recently, he directed short films for The Academy Awards® and for the Democratic National Convention.
E. Max Frye was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his first screenplay, SOMETHING WILD, directed by Jonathan Demme. As a writer on HBO's "Band of Brothers," he received a Christopher Award, a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy.
Dan Futterman was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award®, a BAFTA Film Award, as well as a Writers Guild of America Award for his screenplay for the film Capote. He won Best Sceenplay awards for CAPOTE from the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the Washington DC Area Film Critics. He also won an Independent Spirit Award and shared the USC Scripter Award with Capote biographer Gerald Clarke.
Dan and his wife and frequent writing partner, Anya Epstein, were show runners for the third season of the HBO series "In Treatment" and are currently writing and producing a new series for Fox TV, "Gracepoint." They're also developing a series, "T," with Ira Glass and "This American Life."
As an actor, Dan has appeared on Broadway ("Angels in America") and Off-Broadway, at Lincoln Center and Manhattan Theatre Club ("The Lights," "A Fair Country," "Dealer's Choice"). His film acting credits include A MIGHTY HEART, THE BIRDCAGE, URBANIA, and the upcoming KILL THE MESSENGER.
Megan Ellison is the founder and principal of Annapurna Pictures, a film production and finance company that focuses on creating sophisticated, high-quality films which stand out amongst those produced by traditional Hollywood studios.
As the head of Annapurna Pictures, Ellison successfully upholds the company's vision to produce critically and commercially conscious films. With her passion for creating first-rate pictures, Ellison's projects appeal to a growing and diverse audience, making films of all genres and budgets while preserving their originality. This innate enthusiasm and original style of filmmaking is quickly turning Ellison into one of Hollywood's top producers amongst the new wave of industry auteurs and elite storytellers.
Annapurna's most recent projects include David O. Russell's AMERICAN HUSTLE starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence which was released by Sony in December. The film won three Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture. In addition, Annapurna produced Spike Jonze's HER starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, also released in December through Warner Bros. HER won multiple critical awards including a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Later this year, Bennett Miller's FOXCATCHER starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo based on the true story of convicted millionaire murderer John du Pont will be released by Sony Pictures.
Under Ellison's guidance, Annapurna has provided the industry with a critical boost of mature, adult dramas in recent years. Annapurna's past releases include Kathryn Bigelow's multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated film ZERO DARK THIRTY; Paul Thomas Anderson's multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated masterpiece THE MASTER; Andrew Dominik's KILLING THEM SOFTLY starring Brad Pitt and John Hillcoat's LAWLESS. Annapurna's SPRING BREAKERS, directed by Harmony Korine and starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco, broke records earning the biggest box office opening weekend of 2013 for a film playing in limited release; and Wong Kar Wai's THE GRANDMASTER, the story of martial arts master and Bruce Lee trainer Ip Man, which was released in August 2013 by The Weinstein Company and was nominated for two Academy Awards.
Additionally, the company has partnered with Nina Jacobson's Color Force on the best-selling comedic novel WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE?, written by Maria Semple and has partnered with Denver & Delilah and CJ Entertainment on the SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE remake written by William Monahan and starring Charlize Theron. Annapurna recently announced they will produce a currently untitled Garbo/Dietrich Television Project from writers Angela Robinson and Alex Kondracke focusing on the intersecting lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.
Jon Kilik's films have won numerous prizes, including Best Picture Golden Globes® for Alejandro González Iñárritu's BABEL and Julian Schnabel's THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, and numerous Academy Award® nominations. Kilik produced the blockbuster THE HUNGER GAMES, and its sequel, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. He is currently working on THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, which will be released in two parts.
In 1988, Kilik began a partnership with Spike Lee on the groundbreaking DO THE RIGHT THING, and has gone on to produce thirteen more of Lee's films: MO' BETTER BLUES, JUNGLE FEVER, MALCOLM X, CROOKLYN, CLOCKERS, GIRL 6, HE GOT GAME, SUMMER OF SAM, BAMBOOZLED, 25TH FLOOR, INSIDE MAN, MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, and the telefilm "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth."
He has produced all five of Julian Schnabel's films: BASQUIAT, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (Golden Globe® for Best Feature Film Drama, four Academy Award® nominations), MIRAL, and the documentary LOU REED'S BERLIN. Kilik's other film credits as a producer include Robert de Niro's A BRONX TALE; Tim Robbins' DEAD MAN WALKING (Academy Award® for Best Actress); Gary Ross' PLEASANTVILLE; Ed Harris' POLLOCK (Academy Award® for Best Actress); Chris Eyre's SKINS; Oliver Stone's ALEXANDER and W.; Jim Jarmusch's BROKEN FLOWERS and THE LIMITS OF CONTROL; and Alejandro González Iñárritu's BABEL (Best Director, Cannes; Golden Globe® for Best Feature Film Drama, seven Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture) and BIUTIFUL.
Kilik was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in Millburn. He graduated from the University of Vermont and moved to New York in 1979 to pursue a career in filmmaking. He returned to his Vermont alma mater to receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the commencement address to the class of 2003.
Anthony Bregman's film credits include the Academy Award®-winning ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, FRIENDS WITH MONEY, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, PLEASE GIVE, THE TAO OF STEVE, LOVELY & AMAZING, HUMAN NATURE, THE EXTRA MAN, THUMBSUCKER, THE SAVAGES, THE ICE STORM, THE BROTHERS McMULLEN, TRICK, DARLING COMPANION, LAY THE FAVORITE, THE ORANGES, and ENOUGH SAID.
Upcoming films for Bregman include: John Carney's BEGIN AGAIN (starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo), and Amy Berg's EVERY SECRET THING (starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning, and Danielle Macdonald), Nima Nourizadeh's AMERICAN ULTRA (starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart), and John Carney's SING STREET. In the Fall of 2006, Bregman founded the New York City-based production company Likely Story, which he currently runs with Stefanie Azpiazu. Prior to Likely Story, Bregman was a partner at This is That for four years, and spent ten years as head of production at Good Machine, where he supervised the production and post-production of over thirty feature films, including SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, EAT DRINK, MAN WOMAN, WALKING & TALKING, WHAT HAPPENED WAS..., THE WEDDING BANQUET, and SAFE. Bregman teaches producing at Columbia University's Graduate Film School and is Chairman of the Board of the IFP, the nation's oldest and largest industry association for independent filmmakers, which also sponsors the annual Gotham Awards.
Bregman's movies have won numerous awards at the Oscars®, Golden Globes®, BAFTAs, Gothams, Indie Spirits, and Cannes, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals, among others. In 2010 Roger Ebert named SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK the Best Film of the Decade.
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Greig Fraser was born in Melbourne, Australia and graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1996, majoring in Photography.
Fraser's most recent feature credits including ZERO DARK THIRTY, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, directed by Andrew Dominik, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, directed by Rupert Sanders, LET ME IN, directed by Matt Reeves and BRIGHT STAR, directed by Jane Campion.
For BRIGHT STAR, Fraser was awarded an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Cinematography 2010, British Independent Film Award for Best Technical Achievement 2009, IF Award for Best Cinematography 2009 and the most importantly, was awarded the prestigious Milli Award for Australian Cinematographer of the Year in 2011.
Other feature credits include OUT OF THE BLUE, LAST RIDE, BOYS ARE BACK, and CRACKER BAG, which won a Palme d'Or award at Cannes 2003 and an Australian Film Institute award for Best Cinematography 2003. He also shot the Jane Campion short "The Water Diary," which was part of the 2008 omnibus movie "8," which also included shorts by Wim Wenders, Gasper Noe, Gus Van Sant, and other well-known filmmakers.
Jess Gonchor has previously collaborated with director Bennett Miller on CAPOTE and MONEYBALL. His other credits include the blockbuster THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, the Coen Brothers' Academy Award®-winning NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, for which he was an Art Directors Guild Award winner, and BURN AFTER READING and A SERIOUS MAN, which each earned him a nomination from the Art Directors Guild for Excellence in Production Design. For the Coens' TRUE GRIT he received an Academy Award nomination, Art Directors Guild nomination, Critics' Choice Awards nomination, and a BAFTA award nomination. He recently worked with the Coens on INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. Gonchor was alsoproduction designer on Sam Mendes' AWAY WE GO and on Doug Liman's FAIR GAME.
The native New Yorker first honed his craft in off-off-Broadway theatre productions. Segueing into films, he worked in the art departments of such features as Nicholas Hytner's THE CRUCIBLE, Clint Eastwood's A PERFECT WORLD, and Rob Reiner's THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT. Mr. Gonchor worked as an assistant art director on Edward Zwick's THE SIEGE, and was later an art director on the filmmaker's THE LAST SAMURAI, sharing in the design team's Art Directors Guild Award nomination.
Stuart Levy recently cut Oliver Stone's crime thriller SAVAGES. He previously collaborated with Stone on WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS and ANY GIVEN SUNDAY.
Levy's other notable credits include: Tarsem's ancient Grecian action film IMMORTALS; THE RESIDENT, starring Hilary Swank; the fantasy-adventure film NIM'S ISLAND; Catherine Hardwicke's family drama THE NATIVITY STORY; and Wes Craven's thriller RED EYE.
In addition to features, Levy has edited critically acclaimed documentaries, including CROSSFIRE HURRICANE, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination, and CHICAGO 10, for which he received an A.C.E. Eddie Award nomination in 2008.
Conor O' Neill worked with Bennett Miller on MONEYBALL before re-teaming with him on FOXCATCHER. Like Bennett, Conor got his start in documentary films, editing such acclaimed documentaries as WORD WARS, Michael Moore's CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY, and the Academy Award nominated MURDERBALL, for which he also received a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Editing. He recently received an Emmy nomination for his work on HBO's Rolling Stones documentary CROSSFIRE HURRICANE.
Jay Cassidy, A.C.E began his career as a film editor in the 1970's working on documentaries and political advertisements. Over the course of his professional career, Cassidy has edited more than thirty films. He has collaborated with Sean Penn on all the films Penn has directed, most notably INTO THE WILD (2007), for which Cassidy was nominated for an Academy Award® for Film Editing. He was again nominated for the Oscar®for his work on David O. Russell's SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012) AND AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013). His other credits include AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (2006), which won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary in 2007, BROTHERS (2009), CONVICTION (2010) and WAITING FOR SUPERMAN (2010).
Cassidy is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and American Cinema Editors.
Kasia Maimone Walicka previously collaborated with director Bennett Miller on the multi-award-winning MONEYBALL and CAPOTE. She received a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination for her work on CAPOTE and a second nomination for her acclaimed costumes for Wes Anderson's hit MOONRISE KINGDOM.
Dressing characters throughout a variety of different decades on-screen, her film credits as costume designer also include George Nolfi's hit thriller THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt; Josh Gordon and Will Speck's THE SWITCH, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman; Joachim Back's Academy Award-winning short THE NEW TENANTS; Ang Lee's short CHOSEN, starring Clive Owen; Alison Maclean's JESUS' SON, starring Billy Crudup; Jill and Karen Sprecher's THIRTEEN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING; Patrick Stettner's THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS, starring Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles; Mira Nair's AMELIA, "Hysterical Blindness," and the "India" segment of the omnibus feature 11'09"01; and Maggie Greenwald's SONGCATCHER, starring Janet McTeer and Emmy Rossum.
In designing for the stage, Ms. Walicka Maimone has contributed to elaborate experimental pieces by Robert Woodruff ("Oedipus Rex") and Richard Foreman ("Maria del Bosco" and "King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe"). She has collaborated with choreographers Susan Marshall, Twyla Tharp, Donald Byrd, and David Dorfman. Her opera projects have included Philip Glass' "Les Enfants Terribles" and "The Sound of a Voice." She also worked on the stagings of "Book of Longing," in which Mr. Glass interpreted Leonard Cohen in poetry, music, and image.
Upcoming for Walicka Maimone is Maya Forbes' INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, with Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, and Theodore Melfi's ST. VINCENT DE VAN NUYS, with Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Terrence Howard.
Rob Simonsen is an American film composer, musician and music producer. A long-time collaborator of Mychael Danna, they co-scored numerous films, including the indie hit (500) DAYS OF SUMMER. He also provided additional music for many of Danna's other films, including Bennett Miller's MONEYBALL and Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI, which won the Academy Award® for Best Score in 2013.
Working independently, Simonsen won two 2013 World Soundtrack Award nominations for James Ponsoldt's THE SPECTACULAR NOW and Nat Fax and Jim Rash's THE WAY, WAY BACK. That same year, he scored the global ad launch for Apple's iPhone 5 and provided the piano music for their memorable "Everyday" campaign. In addition to FOXCATCHER, this year Simonsen composed the music for Zach Braff's second feature, WISH I WAS HERE.
Simonsen recently co-founded The Echo Society, a collective that is presenting an ongoing concert series in Los Angeles, bringing together composers, musicians and artists to create and perform new and progressive musical works.
West Dylan Thordson is a composer located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. Originating from the remote Minnesota town of Hanska, he developed his music techniques prominently in isolation. Notably, he resided and worked for some years within his former elementary school. Through his band project, A Whisper in the Noise, Thordson has released multiple recordings and toured extensively internationally. In recent years, he has began creating music for feature films and documentaries such as THE ART OF THE STEAL and THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA.
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Mychael Danna previously teamed with Bennett Miller on CAPOTE and MONEYBALL. Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. He composed the 2013 Oscar® and Golden Globe®-winning score for Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI, as well as many award-winning scores for his longtime collaborator, Atom Egoyan. Danna has composed for all of Egoyan's films since 1987's Family viewing, winning the Genie for their films EXOTICA, FELICIA'S JOURNEY, ARARAT and THE SWEET HEREAFTER. His other notable credits include such Oscar®-winning and Oscar®-nominated films as: THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, MONSOON WEDDING, SHATTERED GLASS, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, SURF'S UP, WATER, ANTWONE FISHER, BEING JULIA and GIRL, INTERRUPTED.
Jeanne Mccarthy has been working in film and television for over 20 years. She began her career as a New York actress under the tutelage of renowned Broadway performer, Sandy Dennis, and went on to work with acclaimed actors such as Horton Foote and Matthew Broderick. Eventually, Ms. McCarthy's career transitioned to Los Angeles and the casting industry. Since the mid-90's she has been responsible for casting many notable series and features such as: THE LEAGUE, "The Mindy Project," ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, ZOOLANDER, ANCHORMAN, FRIENDS WITH MONEY, THE SAVAGES, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL and 21 JUMP STREET.
McCarthy received an Emmy nomination for the TNT movie, "Door to Door"; a Gotham and Independent Spirit (The Robert Altman) Award for Charlie Kaufman's SYNECHDOCHE, NEW YORK; and again won The Robert Altman award in 2011 for PLEASE GIVE. In the coming year, her work can be seen in ENOUGH SAID, BIG EYES, CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE?, and BAD WORDS, Jason Bateman's directorial debut.
Bill Corso began his career working with such legends as Rick Baker (on GREMLINS 2, LIFE, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, and others) and Ve Neill (on BATMAN and ROBIN, GALAXY QUEST and others). He then began an eight-year collaboration with FX Designer Steve Johnson on projects that included SPECIES, and two Stephen King-based TV mini-series, "The Stand" and "The Shining" both of which garnered Emmys for Corso and Johnson for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special.
After that, Corso left Johnson's studio to devote his energies exclusively to on-set makeup work. He has since lent his talents to Steven Spielberg (AMISTAD, A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, MUNICH), Steven Soderbergh (OUT OF SIGHT), Tim Burton (PLANET OF THE APES), and Milos Forman (MAN ON THE MOON). He's since won his third Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for HBO's "Grey Gardens."
After meeting Jim Carrey on MAN ON THE MOON, Corso began a creative partnership with him that spanned eight films, including THE MAJESTIC, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, FUN WITH DICK AND JANE, and LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, for which Corso won the Academy Award® for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup. Corso was also Oscar® nominated for CLICK, starring Adam Sandler. He began a partnership with Harrison Ford after INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, which included "42," the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Corso's other credits include X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, ENCHANTED, and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.
A vast dynasty of industrial enterprise and wealth, the du Pont family has one of the oldest and most prestigious legacies in American history.
The family traces its origins to France in the late eighteenth century. Pierre du Pont, one of the family's oldest known relatives, was a confidante to King Louis XVI; his son, Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, was an apprentice to Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, a man considered to be the father of modern chemistry. At a time when the French were known for making the best gunpowder in the world, Eleuthère Irénée was able to learn the fine points of its manufacturing. Unfortunately, the French Revolution cut short Eleuthère Irénée's apprenticeship, and he fled France for America with Pierre and the rest of the du Pont family in October of 1799.
Soon after Eleuthère Irénée's arrival in the United States, he became aware of the poor quality of the gunpowder being manufactured there. Seeing an opportunity, he opened his own black gunpowder mill in Wilmington, Delaware along Brandywine Creek in 1802. Applying his sophisticated knowledge of the manufacturing process, Eleuthère Irénée du Pont created a product that would impact the course of United States history for nearly two hundred years.
Eleuthère Irénée saw great success with the du Pont Company (while the family name is du Pont, the company is now referred to as du Pont) in his lifetime, but he also experienced tragedy when a series of explosions killed numerous workers at the mill in 1818. When rapidly accumulating debts put du Pont's future at risk, Eleuthère Irénée's son, Alfred Victor, took over the leadership of the company. Unfortunately Alfred lacked the skills to save the company and after a decade of his management, du Pont was more than half a million dollars in debt. At this point, Henry du Pont, Alfred's younger brother and Eleuthère Irénée's youngest son, was asked to step in.
Henry was a West Point graduate and he immediately applied the discipline and leadership skills he learned there to provide fiscal stability for the company. As the du Pont Company stabilized under his guidance, Henry's nephew and Alfred's son Lammot du Pont emerged as a new force. Lammot was a gifted chemist with an impressive knack for business who at the age of twenty- seven fashioned a new form of blasting powder. Working together, Henry and Lammot were responsible for the company's great successes in the late 1800s, when they were able to capitalize on the huge demand for their munitions resulting from the Civil War, as well as the railroad expansion in the American West. du Pont would go on to be the largest supplier of military explosives for the U.S. in the First World War and later become the creator of Nylon, Teflon, Mylar, Kevlar and Lycra.
The du Pont family's steadfast commitment to hard work has resulted in a dynasty and fortune unrivaled in American history. Today the du Pont name stands for a global company that has been on the leading edge of technological innovation for over two centuries. The du Pont Company is currently valued at fifty billon dollars and serves more than seventy countries around the world.
John Eleuthère du Pont was the great-great-grandson of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont.