Deborah Young, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Catherine Shoard, THE GUARDIAN
Writers-Directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland made Sundance history in 2006 when Quinceañera won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. It went on to win numerous other prizes, including the Humanitas screenwriting Award, and the John Cassavettes Spirit Award in 2007.
Their film The Last of Robin Hood, starring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and came out theatrically in the US in September 2014.
In between, the duo exec-produced Pedro (2008), a biopic of AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, for MTV. The movie premiered at Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, and was introduced on television by President Bill Clinton.
Other feature films include The Fluffer (2001) and Grief (1994) which won top prizes at both the San Francisco Frameline Festival and Outfest.
Richard Glatzer trained as an academic, getting a PhD in English from the University of Virginia. Wash Westmoreland is originally from Leeds, England and studied Politics at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
One of today's most versatile and charismatic actresses, Julianne Moore (Alice) is known for her breadth of work with many memorable performances in everything from comedy to drama, blockbusters to art house fare, and from the big to the small screen.
Moore will next be seen as President Alma Coin in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY with Jennifer Lawrence and Philip Seymour Hoffman which will release on November 24th. Next year she will star opposite Jeff Bridges in THE SEVENTH SON due out on February 6, 2015 and in David Cronenberg's MAPS TO THE STARS alongside Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and John Cusack. She is currently in production on the indie drama FREEHELD with Ellen Page and Zach Galifianakis.
Moore is the ninth person in Academy history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for her performances in FAR FROM HEAVEN (Best Actress nomination) and THE HOURS (Best Supporting Actress nomination), after receiving many critics' awards as well as SAG and Golden Globe nominations for both. Moore is a four-time Academy Award nominee, eight-time Golden Globe nominee, six-time SAG Award nominee, four-time BAFTA nominee, and a three-time Independent Spirit Award nominee winning in 2003 for FAR FROM HEAVEN. In 2012, she won the Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role as Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in the HBO original movie GAME CHANGE. This role also garnered wins at the 2013 SAG Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Her additional honors include the Excellence in Media Award at the 2004 GLAAD Media Awards, the Silver Bear Award at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival, the 2002 Copa Volti as Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, the Actor Award at the 2002 Gotham Awards and the "Tribute to Independent Vision" at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
Moore's notable films include the remake of CARRIE, NON-STOP, CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE; THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT; A SINGLE MAN; THE FORGOTTEN; WHAT MAISIE KNEW; THE ENGLISH TEACHER; LAWS OF ATTRACTION; CHLOE; 6 SOULS; BLINDNESS; SAVAGE GRACE; I'M NOT THERE; CHILDREN OF MEN; HANNIBAL; JURASSIC PARK: THE LOST WORLD; THE FUGITIVE; NINE MONTHS; BENNY & JOON; THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE; THE END OF THE AFFAIR; BOOGIE NIGHTS; MAGNOLIA; COOKIE'S FORTUNE; SHORT CUTS; DON JON Gus Van Sant's re- make of PSYCHO; SAFE; VANYA ON 42ND STREET; SURVIVING PICASSO; and THE BIG LEBOWSKI.
An accomplished author, Moore recently released her fourth book My Mother is a Foreigner, But Not to Me, based on her experiences growing up with a mother from Scotland. Her previous work includes the children's book series - Freckleface Strawberry, Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, and Freckleface Strawberry Best Friends Forever. Inspired by the book's main character, Freckleface Strawberry, in 2013 Moore released her Monster Maker app via iTunes which allows users to make their own monster to send to family and friends. Julianne most recently unveiled her second app Dreamtime Playtime, an app that encourages math skills at a very early age. The original book was also adapted into a successful off-Broadway musical.
After earning her B.F.A. from Boston University for the Performing Arts, Moore starred in a number of off-Broadway productions, including Caryl Churchill's Serious Money and Ice Cream/Hot Fudge at the Public Theater. She appeared in Minneapolis in the Guthrie Theater's Hamlet, and participated in workshop productions of Strindberg's The Father with Al Pacino and Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter with Meryl Streep. Moore made her Broadway debut in 2006 in the Sam Mendes production of The Vertical Hour, an original play written by David Hare.
Moore and her family reside in New York City.
Kristen Stewart (Lydia) is currently in production on Equals, in which she will star opposite Nicholas Hoult for director Drake Doremus. Most recently, she completed filming American Ultra opposite Jesse Eisenberg. Camp X-Ray, in which she stars opposite Payman Maadi (A Separation), premiered at Sundance 2014 and will be released in the fall. She also recently completed Clouds of Sils Maria alongside Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz as well as Tim Blake Nelson's Anesthesia.
Stewart starred as Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. On top of that she starred in Universal's box office winner Snow White and The Huntsman, opposite Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, and in Walter Salles' screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On The Road.
Introduced to worldwide audiences in 2002 with her performance alongside Jodie Foster in Panic Room, Stewart's star continued to rise, hitting a milestone when she garnered the number one spot on the Forbes List of highest paid actresses in 2012. Kristen's career has displayed a challenging assortment of characters in films including: Adventureland, Into the Wild, for director Sean Penn, starring as Joan Jett in The Runaways, Welcome to the Rileys, The Cake Eaters for director Mary Stuart Masterson, The Yellow Handkerchief alongside William Hurt, What Just Happened, In The Land of Women, The Messengers, Zathura, Speak, Fierce People, Catch That Kid, Undertow, Cold Creek Manor, and The Safety of Objects.
Stewart resides in Los Angeles.
Kate Bosworth (Anna) has made the seamless transition from a young Hollywood starlet to one of today's leading ladies. She played Lois Lane in Superman Returns for director Bryan Singer and graced the screen in Kevin Spacey's Beyond the Sea, where she portrayed screen icon 'Sandra Dee' opposite Spacey as Bobby Darin. Bosworth was most recently seen on the big screen starring in Michael Polish's Big Sur with Josh Lucas, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Sylvester Stallone-penned Homefront with Jason Statham and James Franco. She also recently shot Michael Polish's Unconscious with Wes Bentley.
Her additional recent credits include Katie Aselton's thriller Black Rock starring opposite Lake Bell, the comedy Life Happens starring opposite Krysten Ritter and Rachel Bilson, Sam Levinson's indie drama Another Happy Day starring opposite Demi Moore and Ellen Barkin, the remake of Straw Dogs with James Marsden and Alexander Skarsgard, the action film The Warriors Way with Danny Huston and Geoffrey Rush, David Auburn's drama The Girl in the Park opposite Sigourney Weaver, Robert Luketic's 21 and the independent film Little Birds with Juno Temple.
Most recognized for her performance in John Stockwell's hugely successful Blue Crush, Bosworth landed her first lead role after dedicating herself to a crash course in surfing. Next, she starred in the dark indie biopic Wonderland,portraying the real-life girlfriend of the late porn star John Holmes, played by Val Kilmer.
Her next film was Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Robert Luketic's romantic comedy in which she starred opposite Topher Grace and Josh Duhamel. Bosworth also made a cameo appearance in Bee Season as a Hari Krishna convert opposite Max Minghella, Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche.
While she made her feature film debut in Robert Redford's film The Horse Whisperer at the age of 14, Bosworth made the decision early on to make education her priority-choosing parts that would accommodate her school schedule. While in high school, she starred in the WB's hit summer series Young Americans and took a role in Jerry Bruckheimer's Remember the Titans. Subsequent to her graduation, Bosworth starred in Roger Avary's Rules of Attraction.
Alec Baldwin (John) is a graduate of New York University (BFA-Tisch, 94) and was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from NYU in 2010. He last appeared on stage in the 2010 Guild Hall (East Hampton) production of Peter Shaffer's EQUUS, directed by Tony Walton. Other stage includes the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2006 production of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane, directed by Scott Ellis. Loot (Broadway-1986; Theatre World Award), Caryl Churchill's Serious Money (Broadway-1988), Prelude to a Kiss (Circle Rep.-1990; Obie Award), A Street Car Named Desire (Broadway-1992; Tony nomination), Macbeth (NYSF-1998), The Twentieth Century (Roundabout-2004). (Also The Hartman in Stamford, Williamstown, Bay Street)
Baldwin has appeared in over fifty films, including Beetlejuice, Working Girl, Miami Blues, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Juror, The Edge, Ghosts of Mississippi, State and Main, The Cat in the Hat, The Cooler (National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor, Oscar nomination), The Aviator, The Departed, and It's Complicated, among many others. On television Baldwin starred with Tina Fey on NBC's "30 Rock", winner of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Baldwin has received seven SAG Awards, three Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award and two Emmy awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance on the show. In 2011, Alec received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His company, El Dorado Pictures, has produced several projects including Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial for TNT television (Emmy nomination), The Confession for Showtime (WGA award for best adapted screenplay) and David Mamet's film, State and Main. Alec Baldwin is also a dedicated supporter of numerous causes related to public policy and the arts. He serves on the boards of People For The American Way, The Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall of East Hampton. He is an active supporter of The Radiation and Public Health Project, East Hampton Day Care Center, The Actors Fund, The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, The Roundabout Theatre, People for the Ethical treatment of Animals and The Water Keeper Alliance, among many others.
Baldwin's book, A PROMISE TO OURSELVES (St. Martin's Press) was published in paperback in the fall of 2009.
Hunter Parrish (Tom) is best known for his portrayal of angst-ridden Silas Botwin on Showtime's critically acclaimed series, Weeds. For eight seasons, he starred opposite Mary Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, and Kevin Nealon. This past season, Parrish recurred in a pivotal role as Jeffrey Grant, the unhinged college student who murdered Will Gardner (Josh Charles) on CBS' acclaimed drama, The Good Wife.
Also a star on Broadway, Parrish starred as Jesus Christ in the revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell, directed by Daniel Goldstein. Parrish made his Broadway debut to critical acclaim as Melchior, the young, smart and sexy hero in the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 19th-century play, with music by Duncan Sheik; book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Parrish released his first solo EP, Guessing Games, in June, 2012.
Parrish will return to the stage this summer as Claude in the Hollywood Bowl's upcoming production of Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock musical, which won the Tony and Drama Desk Award for best revival of a musical in 2009. He will star opposite Kristen Bell as Sheila, Amber Riley as Dionne, Jenna Ushkowitz as Jeanie and Beverly D'Angelo as Mom. Adam Shankman will direct and choreograph.
Parrish starred in director Nancy Meyers' 2009 hit, It's Complicated opposite Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin. Parrish's other film credits include Burr Steers' 17 Again; Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney's Paper Man; Richard La Gravenese's Freedom Writers and Barry Sonnenfeld's RV.
Parrish was born in Richmond, Virginia, grew up in Plano, Texas and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Lex Lutzus (Producer) has more than fifteen years experience in the media industry. She started her career as a media planner in advertising, before going on to create a number of her own successful companies, ranging from fashion brands to art galleries. She also successfully help raise more than £30m in equity investments for various media based companies as well as successfully overseeing more than 15 M&A deals. After leaving DreamWorks having worked on hit films such as Shrek and Madagascar she moved to the British independent film distributor Tartan Films as Chief Operating Officer. In December 2009 Lutzus successfully raised £25m in film finance which was used to finance her own as well as other independent feature films through a London based fund. Lutzus has just written her first screenplay "The Silence" which is due to shoot in the summer 2015. The film will be a co-production between herself and new financing and production shingle AMG Film International.
James Brown (Producer) started his career in independent production and film criticism in his native Australia. He worked as a critic for the national Austereo Radio Network and as a journalist for a variety of print publications. He directed documentary projects for Australian TV and was awarded the Panorama Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004 for his drama short 'Fugue'.
After relocating to London, Brown worked in acquisitions at various independent UK distribution companies, holding Head of Acquisitions roles at companies including Tartan Films and Metrodome. In late 2013 Brown launched his own UK distribution company House.
His first film as a producer was 'Age of Heroes' (2011) starring Sean Bean, with production partner Lex Lutzus.
'Still Alice' is his second feature as a producer.
Pam Koffler (Producer) is an Emmy Award winner who in 1995 co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Christine Vachon. Based out of New York, Koffler has produced more than 60 acclaimed independent films including Todd Haynes' Venice Film Festival Award- winning I'M NOT THERE as well as Haynes' controversial first feature, POISON. Since then, she has gone on to produce some of the most celebrated American indie films including, Academy Award® winning films FAR FROM HEAVEN, BOYS DON'T CRY, ONE HOUR PHOTO, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, HAPPINESS, SAFE, and I SHOT ANDY WARHOL in addition to DIRTY GIRL, THEN SHE FOUND ME and SAVAGE GRACE. In television, Koffler executive produced the Emmy® nominated TV movie Mrs. Harris in 2005 and the Golden Globe winning miniseries, Mildred Pierce for HBO.
Recent works include: STILL ALICE directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth; AT ANY PRICE starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, directed by Ramin Bahrani; KILL YOUR DARLINGS starring Daniel Radcliffe, directed by John Krokidas; and THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD starring Dakota Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Kevin Kline, directed by Westmoreland and Glatzer.
Christine Vachon (Executive Producer) is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past decade and a half, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including FAR FROM HEAVEN (nominated for four Academy Awards), BOYS DON'T CRY (Academy Award winner), ONE HOUR PHOTO, KIDS, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, HAPPINESS, VELVET GOLDMINE, SAFE, I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, CAMP, SWOON and I'M NOT THERE (Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon recently executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries MILDRED PIERCE for HBO.
Recent work includes: KILL YOUR DARLINGS starring Daniel Radcliffe, directed by John Krokidas, MAGIC MAGIC starring Michael Cera, directed by Sebastian Silva; STILL ALICE directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kirsten Stewart and the upcoming CAROL directed by Todd Haynes starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, and Sarah Paulson.
Maria Shriver (Executive Producer) is a mother of four, founder of "The Shriver Report," a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best- selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking and award-winning series of "Shriver Reports," that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. The most recent of which, "A Women's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink," revealed that 42 million working women in America, and the 28 million children they support, are living on the brink of poverty. One such woman was the subject of the HBO documentary Shriver executive produced, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Documentary Special.
Shriver was California's First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference, and created the The Minerva Awards to recognize remarkable women. Shriver, who works on behalf of the non- profit she started, A Woman's Nation, as well as Best Buddies - Team Maria; Special Olympics; the Alzheimer's Association and Save the Children, is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change - people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution.
Shriver is an entrepreneur and investor in Blaze Pizza and Lovin' Scoopful, which donates a significant portion of its profits to Special Olympics. Shriver is also executive producer of the feature film, "Still Alice," starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart, an adaptation of Lisa Genova's 2007 novel of the same name. The film, which tells the tale of a woman affected by early onset Alzheimer's disease, is expecting a 2015 release. Shriver is a graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in American Studies.
ILAN ESHKERI (Composer) is a dynamic and gifted British composer known for his film scores to Stardust, TheYoung Victoria and Kick-Ass as well as for his collaborations with recording artists and his concertwork.
His career is notable for its diversity; recently Eshkeri scored Kevin Macdonald's Black Sea featuring Jude Law, 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Working Title's I Give it a Year and the Oscar nominated Invisible Woman, Ralph Fiennes' second outing as a director. Christmas 2013 saw Eshkeri's score to The Snowman and The Snowdog, the sequel to the British animated classic The Snowman, performed live to picture at a series of concerts at the Union Chapel in London.
Eshkeri has also had his works performed at The Louvre in Paris, The Rudolfinum in Prague and The Royal Albert Hall in London. Eshkeri has collaborated with recording artists including Tim Wheeler from Ash, Smith & Burrows, Emmy The Great, Tom Odell, Coldplay, David Gilmour and Annie Lennox. He has worked with Amon Tobin on a live orchestral performance of his work, wrote the The Young Victoria song Only You for Sinead O'Connor, worked with Take That on the film Stardust and has been commissioned to write for the world renown pianist Lang Lang.
Eshkeri's score to The Snowman and The Snowdog was nominated for a BAFTA and his score to The Young Victoria was nominated for an Ivor Novello and topped the classical music charts for several weeks. Stardust won the International Film Music Critics Association award for 'Best Original Score'. Eshkeri was nominated for 'Discovery of the Year' at the World Soundtrack Awards for Layer Cake and he has been nominated for three other World Soundtrack Awards.
Declan Baldwin began his motion picture career on a feature film in New York City in the summer of 1986. Having completed more than forty film and television productions since then, he has worked in almost every capacity and genre. His most recent feature film credits include: Captain Fantastic (Co-Producer). Writer/director Matt Ross and Electric City Ent. present Viggo Mortensen as a man living "off the grid" with six children in tow. Still Alice (Co-Producer), based on the best selling novel by Lisa Genova and produced by Killer Films. The film stars Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart. Danny Collins (Executive Producer); the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love, Guilt Trip). Danny Collins features Al Pacino as an aging rock star trying to connect with his grown son (Bobby Cannavale) for the first time.
In addition, Declan has recently been a Producer on Last of Robin Hood and a Co-Producer on both At Any Price and Innocence. Each of these productions were writer/director driven and the majority of them were made in association with Big Indie Pictures.
Declan's television credits as a producer include two prime-time specials for NBC and the HBO Original Films production of The Laramie Project. The NBC specials both center on the history of Saturday Night Live and were directed by the awarding winning documentary filmmaker Ken Bowser. The first of those two programs was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Nonfiction Special. The Laramie Project was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards and received a National Board of Review Award for Best Film Made for Cable Television. For his efforts on The Laramie Project, Declan was one of the 2002 Emmy nominees for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, and a David L. Wolper Producer of the Year nominee at the 2003 Producers Guild Awards.
Also during this time Declan was the Co-Producer of Far From Heaven, with writer/director Todd Haynes and Killer Films producer Christine Vachon. Far From Heaven received four Oscar nominations in 2003 and swept the IFP Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Female Lead (Julianne Moore), Best Male Lead (Dennis Quaid) and Best Cinematography.
Other producing credits include Adventureland, The Dark Half, Rough Magic and another dozen feature films. Declan Baldwin is the founding partner of the New York based production company Big Indie. He is a native New Yorker and a member of both the DGA (Directors Guild of America) and the PGA (Producers Guild of America).
As Chair of The Judy Fund, Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns works to ignite public awareness and involvement in the battle against Alzheimer's disease. To date, The Judy Fund, created in memory of Elizabeth's mother Judy Gelfand, has raised and granted over $5 million dollars to support Alzheimer's research and public policy initiatives in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association. The Judy Fund is the fastest growing private fund in the history of the Alzheimer's Association. Elizabeth sits on the national board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association, the leading non-profit organization in the battle against Alzheimer's disease.
Elizabeth partners with Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist & Executive Producer, Maria Shriver, an Alzheimer's advocate and activist who has raised awareness for millions worldwide. As the Senior Director of 'A Woman's Nation Alzheimer's Project', Elizabeth works with Maria to change the face of Alzheimer's disease by engaging the public.
A former Sr. Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Universal Pictures, Elizabeth Gelfand left her post in April, 2004 to manage The Judy Fund. In her 16 years at Universal, she ran the marketing department of Universal's Consumer Products Group; managed Universal's Promotions Department; and spent eight years running the Strategic Marketing Group at Universal Pictures. Throughout her tenure she worked alongside of Universal's senior management team with the goal of developing long-term brands for the Studio.
In 1994, Elizabeth was named by Newsweek and Advertising Age as a member of 'The Marketing 100' - the Top Marketers of the Year - for her work developing the Jurassic Park franchise for Universal Studios. That same year, Elizabeth was awarded several promotional marketing distinctions, including the PMAA's Promotional Marketer of the Year.