masked and anonymous

about the filmmakers

LARRY CHARLES (Director) makes his feature directorial debut with MASKED AND ANONYMOUS. Charles has directed multiple episodes of Larry David's HBO series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and served as a writer, producer, supervising producer and executive producer on two of modern television's most successful comedies, "Seinfeld" and "Mad About You." He is the recipient of a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe, two Emmy Awards and three additional Emmy nominations for his work on "Seinfeld", along with two additional Emmy nominations for "Mad About You".

Charles developed and served as executive producer on the Emmy Award-winning animated series, "Dilbert" and on the live-action version of the cult underground comic, "The Tick". Throughout his career he has collaborated with a dazzling range of talent, on a variety of projects, including James Brooks, Richard Belzer, Michael Moore, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jon Favreau and Ed Burns. He has been the subject of the work of other artists as well, having been profiled in David Wild's bestseller, The Showrunners. He also appeared as a character in Peter Farrelly's novel, The Comedy Writer.

Charles is currently developing a number of feature film projects as well as a series for HBO with Salma Hayek.

NIGEL SINCLAIR (Producer) and his partner, Guy East, launched their independent feature film and television company, Spitfire Pictures in the summer of 2002. Prior to starting Spitfire, Sinclair and East co-founded Intermedia Films - one of the world's leading independent producers and distributors of major motion pictures.

In addition to working with Bob Dylan on MASKED & ANONYMOUS, Sinclair is currently producing the definitive documentary on Dylan's life, which will be directed by Martin Scorsese.

In 2001, Sinclair executive produced two of the year's number one films in the US - THE WEDDING PLANNER, starring Jennifer Lopez and K-PAX, starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

Other recent productions on which he served as executive producer include the Academy Award-winning ADAPTATION starring Nicholas Cage and IRIS starring Dame Judi Dench, the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated THE QUIET AMERICAN starring Michael Caine, the Academy Award nominated HILARY AND JACKIE, K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER starring Harrison Ford, ENIGMA starring Kate Winslet and SLIDING DOORS starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

Sinclair is currently executive producing TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sinclair attended Cambridge University in London and earned a Master of Law from Columbia University in New York. He practiced law initially in England and subsequently in Los Angeles until 1996.

Sinclair currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the British Film Office in Los Angeles. In 2000, Queen Elizabeth appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his work in the film industry.

JEFF ROSEN (Producer) is the President of Grey Water Park Productions and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. Beginning his career as a musician, he has been involved in management, music publishing and music consulting. He is the author of numerous album liner notes, has produced several albums and many reissues. Rosen has also been involved in numerous musical productions for television.

GUY EAST (Executive Producer) and his partner, Nigel Sinclair, recently launched their own production banner, Spitfire Pictures in the summer of 2002. Prior to starting Spitfire, East and Sinclair co-founded Intermedia Films - one of the world's leading independent producers and distributors of major motion pictures - which is now called IM Internationalmedia AG.

In 2001, East executive produced two of the years number one films in the US: THE WEDDING PLANNER, starring Jennifer Lopez and K-PAK, starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

Other recent productions on which he served as executive producer include the Academy Award-winning IRIS starring Dame Judi Dench, the Academy Award nominated HILARY AND JACKIE, K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER starring Harrison Ford, ADAPTATION starring Nicolas Cage, ENIGMA starring Kate Winslet, SLIDING DOORS starring Gwyneth Paltrow, THE QUIET AMERICAN starring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser, NATIONAL SECURITY starring Martin Lawrence SUSPECT ZERO starring Ben Kingsley, BASIC starring John Travolta and due out this summer, TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

After studying English and European law, East went on to become a senior sales executive at ITC Films International, and later, director of distribution and marketing at Goldcrest Films International. While at Goldcrest, he was appointed the first British director of the American Film Marketing Association.

In 1987, East joined Carolco Films International as managing director and was responsible for their foreign distribution of RAMBO III, ANGEL HEART and RED HEAT. In 1988, East founded Majestic Films International, where he was responsible for the international distribution of films that earned 34 Academy Awards nominations, winning a total of 15 Oscars, including two Best Picture Awards - for DANCES WITH WOLVES and DRIVING MISS DAISY.

In 1996, East joined with Nigel Sinclair to found Intermedia Films, which merged in 2000 with Moritz Borman's Pacifica Film Development, Inc. to form IM Internationalmedia AG. In May of that year, the combined company floated a successful public offering on Frankfurt's Neuer Market stock exchange.

DAVID THOMPSON (Executive Producer) is the Head of BBC Films. As an executive producer, Thompson's recent feature film credits include BILLY ELLIOT, BBC Films' most successful release to date, which has earned $100m worldwide, was the recipient of three major BAFTA Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards. Additional credits include WONDERLAND and MANSFIELD PARK. Most recent releases include Michael Winterbottom's critically acclaimed, award winner IN THIS WORLD, Ken Loach's SWEET SIXTEEN and Stephen Frear's DIRTY PRETTY THINGS; LAST RESORT, winner of BAFTA's Carl Foreman Award for Most Promising Newcomer to British Film, and IRIS starring Dame Judy Dench and Kate Winslet. Upcoming releases include SYLVIA starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig, I CAPTURE THE CASTLE from the novel by Dodi Smith, THE HEART OF ME starring Helen Bonham-Carter and Roger Michell's THE MOTHER.

Thompson's feature producing credits include CAPTIVES, starring Julia Ormond and Tim Roth and Antonia Bird's BAFTA Award-winning SAFE, which also received the Michael Powell Award for Best Feature by a New Director at the Edinburgh Film Festival. As a television producer and executive producer, Thompson's credits include the original "Shadowlands", which won a BAFTA Award and an International Emmy Award; "THE FIRM", starring Gary Oldman; "Road", "A Rather English Marriage", "Perfect Strangers", and the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning "The Gathering Storm" and CONSPIRACY.

Thompson was appointed Head of BBC Films in May 1997. He began producing dramas while working for the BBC's "Everyman" documentary series. He joined the BBC Drama department in 1986 as Executive Producer of the award winning "Screenplay" strand.

MARIE CANTIN (Executive Producer) produced THE WATERDANCE, which won the Audience Award at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival and Best First Feature Award at the IFP Spirit Awards in 1993.

Cantin has worked on a broad range of films, from small independent productions to large studio films. She produced the award-winning independent film THE BOOK OF STARS for director Michael Miner, starring Mary Stuart Masterson and co-produced SAVE THE LAST DANCE starring Julia Stiles, in addition to co-producing BIG FAT LIAR, A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY and HEART CONDITION with Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins.

Her additional feature credits include THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD, which she executive produced and as associate producer on the screen version of the hit Broadway play, TORCH SONG TRILOGY.

Cantin has taught film production courses internationally and has lectured at UCLA, Cal State LA, Cal Arts, San Diego State University and the International Film and Television Workshop/ Rockport. She has been a frequent guest on industry panels sponsored by The Sundance Institute, Independent Feature Project/West, Women In Film and the American Film Institute.

PIETRO SCALIA (Executive Producer/Supervising Editor) received his second Academy Award in 2002 for his work on Ridley Scott's BLACK HAWK DOWN, his fourth film collaboration with the director for whom he also edited HANNIBAL, GLADIATOR and G.I. JANE. BLACK HAWK DOWN also earned him his third A.C.E. Eddie Award for best-edited dramatic feature film as well as a third BAFTA nomination.

In 1992 Pietro Scalia won the Academy, an A.C.E. and a BAFTA Award for editing Oliver Stone's JFK. In 1998 he received an Academy Award nomination and A.C.E. Award nomination for Gus Van Sant's GOOD WILL HUNTING. For his work on GLADIATOR, Scalia was honored with his second A.C.E and BAFTA Awards as well as a third Academy Award nomination. In October of 2002, he was the recipient of the Hollywood Film Festival's Award for outstanding achievement in film editing. Scalia's editing credits include LITTLE BUDDHA and STEALING BEAUTY for Bernardo Bertolucci; Sam Raimi's THE QUICK AND THE DEAD, Williard Carroll's PLAYING BY HEART and most recently, LEVITY, the directorial debut of Ed Solomon.

Italian-born Scalia moved from Switzerland to the United States to pursue a filmmaking education and received his MFA in Film and Theater Arts from UCLA in 1985. He began his career as an assistant editor for Oliver Stone's WALL STREET and TALK RADIO, working as an associate editor on BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY and an additional editor on THE DOORS.

ROGIER STOFFERS (Cinematographer) has worked in both the feature film and television industries in the United States and Europe. His feature credits include Michael Apted's ENOUGH, Nick Casavettes' JOHN Q and Philip Kaufman's QUILLS. Stoffers' next project will be on Richard Linklaters' THE SCHOOL OF ROCK.

For his work on director Mike van Diem's CHARACTER, which won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Stoffers won the Santa Barbara Film Festival Award for Best Cinematography and two additional Best Cinematography honors from the Camerimage and Madridimagen Festivals, in Poland and Spain respectively. The film also won awards at the 1997 Cannes and AFI Film Festivals.

Stoffer's additional credits include Annette Apon's ONE MAN AND HIS DOG, Monique van de Duren's MAMA'S PROEFKONUN, Robert Steyn's ICI ET MAINTENANT and ALASKA, which won the Golden Calf Award at the Dutch Film Festival and an Academy Award for Best Student Film for director Mike van Diem, with whom he would later collaborate on the multiple award-winning CHARACTER.


Ziembicki won the award for Best Art Direction at the First Native American Film Festival for his work on Jim Jarmusch's DEADMAN.

Trained in Chicago, he won a Regional Student Academy Award for his first film. Ziembicki began his film career with Roger Corman's New World Pictures, working his way up through the art department to become a production designer.

KRISTAN ANDREWS (Art Director) has worked extensively in television, including the ABC series "Miracles", "Mr. Show", "The Lyricist Lounge Show", "The Bachelor", "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and "Hollywood Squares". Her current Production Designer credits include the recently released feature BLUE CAR and NBC series "Last Comic Standing". Other film and television productions she has designed are "Even Stevens", "The Secret World of Alex Mack", "White like the Moon", "Treehouse Hostage", and "Ray and Jake".

BOB KENSINGER (Set Decorator) has an impressive range of credits to his resume, starting out as a production associate for Francis Ford Coppola at Zoetrope and as an assistant to Orson Welles in 1979-80. He has gathered substantial feature credits, including STRANGE HEARTS, SCARY MOVIE 2, SWEET NOVEMBER, SUNSET STRIP, SCREAM 2, AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY, A VERY BRADY SEQUEL, PANTHER, VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN and MARKED FOR DEATH. He worked on the visual effects for THE LAST STARFIGHTER and was the production designer for the television movie TO THE MOON, ALICE. Kensinger made his acting debut in THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND, playing a stage manager.

ABIGAIL MURRAY (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for numerous features including IMPOSTOR, SCREAM 3, DOGMA, FOR RICHER OR POORER, KISS THE GIRLS, THE PROPRIETOR, THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD, AIRBOURNE, SCAM, TRUE IDENTITY, BLOODHOUNDS OF BROADWAY, TREMORS and most recently, RUNAWAY JURY. Having started in theater, she began her feature career as a costume assistant to Tony Walton on Sidney Lumet's DEATH TRAP.

SUSUMU TOKUNOW (Production Sound Mixer) has mixed musicals such as LA BAMBA, MAMBO KINGS and CROSSROADS and has gathered extensive feature production credits including MULHOLLAND DRIVE, THE STRIGHT STORY, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, MAJOR LEAGUE and RUNAWAY TRAIN. His documentary credits include GIMME SHELTER, IRAN, INSIDE THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC and the Academy Award-winning documentary BROKEN RAINBOWS.

LUIS ALVAREZ Y ALVAREZ (Editor) makes his debut as a feature editor with MASKED AND ANONYMOUS after gathering impressive credits as an Assistant Editor on a broad range of projects at Pixar Animation Studios. He collaborated on blockbuster hits TOY STORY 2, MOSTERS, INC. and the Academy Award-winning FOR THE BIRDS, which received the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2001, as well as on Pixar's upcoming feature FINDING NEMO. Additional credits include the documentary SURFING FOR LIFE for producer David Brown and PAULINA!, an Official Selection of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.