CAST & FILMMAKERS
ANDREW GARFIELD (Rodrigues) is BAFTA-winner, and a Golden Globe nominee for his work in The Social Network. He has been a fixture on the big screen over the last few years with his portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Amazing Spider-Man series. The first two movies in the series grossed $1.5bn worldwide.
In 2011, Garfield starred both in The Social Network and opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go. Other past screen projects include Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus; Spike Jonze’s robot love story I’m Here; Robert Redford’s Lions For Lambs; Revolution Films’ Red Riding Trilogy - 1974, directed by Julian Jarrold; and John Crowley’s Boy A, for which he earned the Best TV Actor BAFTA in 2008.
Garfield’s career began in theatre. In 2006, his stage performances in “Beautiful Thing” (Sound Space/Kit Productions), “The Overwhelming” and “Burn, Chatroom, and Citizenship” (Royal National Theatre) won him the award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards, and the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the Critics Circle Awards. Other notable theatre credits include “Romeo and Juliet” (Manchester Royal Exchange) and “Kes” (Manchester Royal Exchange), for which he received the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the Manchester Evening News Awards 2004.
Garfield made his Broadway debut in 2012 in a Tony-nominated turn as Biff Loman in the revival of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Death of a Salesman,” directed by Mike Nichols, earning a Tony Award nomination as Beat Featured Actor.
Last year Garfield co-starred alongside Michael Shannon and Laura Dern in 99 Homes. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, the drama deals with Florida's housing foreclosure crisis and the state's economic collapse won rave reviews at the Venice, Toronto and Sundance film festivals.
Garfield stars in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge as WWII conscientious objector Desmond Doss who received the Medal of Honor for bravery in combat without ever firing a shot. He recently completed filming Andy Serkis’ Breathe and is currently in production on David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake.
ADAM DRIVER (Father Garupe) appeared as “Kylo Ren” in J.J. Abrams’ highly-anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Driver will reprise his role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, planned for release in 2017.
Most recently, Driver was seen in Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, starring opposite Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Kirsten Dunst. The film was released by Warner Bros. to rave reviews. Driver plays the lead in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson which recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and opened in the US December 28, 2016. Driver was nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Actor for his work in Jarmusch’s film. In September of this year, he wrapped production on Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, starring alongside Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig.
Driver also starred in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young opposite Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, and Amanda Seyfried. He also starred in Saverio Costanzo’s Hungary Hearts alongside Alba Rohrwacher. The film premiered at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival, where Driver won the Volpi Cup Award for Best Actor for his performance.
In 2014, Driver starred in Shawn Levy’s dramatic comedy This is Where I leave You alongside Jason Bateman, Connie Britton, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda and opposite Mia Wasikowska in John Curran’s critically acclaimed Tracks. He was seen in the Coen brothers’ 2013 Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated film Inside Llewyn Davis alongside Oscar Isaac, in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated Lincoln with Daniel Day-Lewis, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha alongside Greta Gerwig and Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed J. Edgar with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Driver recently wrapped production on the sixth and final season of HBO’s critically acclaimed series Girls in which he stars opposite Lena Dunham. Driver’s performance in Girls has garnered him three consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and a 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Additionally, in 2013 the show won a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical and a BAFTA Award. Girls received a Golden Globe nomination in that same category in 2014 and also Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, the show also won a Peabody Award and was honored as one of AFI’s Telelvsion Programs of the Year.
Driver graduated from Juilliard in 2009, and is co-founder of the non-profit organization AITAF (Arts in the Armed Forces, Inc.) His Broadway and Off-Broadway stage credits include John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger”, Terrence Rattigan’s “Man and Boy,” and George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.”
LIAM NEESON (Ferreira) has been internationally recognized for his work in both major studio blockbusters and acclaimed independent features. He was honored for his depictions of three very different real-life figures. He received Academy Award®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his performance as Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar®-winning Best Picture Schindler’s List. Three years later, he played the title role in Neil Jordan’s biopic Michael Collins, earning another Golden Globe nomination and winning an Evening Standard British Film Award and the 1996 Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Cup for his impassioned portrayal of the Irish Republican hero.
In 2004, Neeson starred as controversial sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in Bill Condon’s Kinsey, for which he garnered his third Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award.
Neeson recently appeared in Seth MacFarlane’s comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, Scott Frank’s crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones, Jaume Collet-Serra’s Non-Stop and Run All Night, writer/director Paul Haggis’ romantic drama Third Person, and Taken 3, the thrilling conclusion to the hugely successful series.
Most recent projects are McFarlane’s Ted 2 and 2016’s A Monster Calls (written by Patrick Ness). In 2016, he completed filming Peter Landesmen’s Felt and Jaume Collet-Serra The Commuter.
Liam also lent his voice to the animated film The Nut Job, directed by Peter Lepeniotis – released in January 2014; and the hugely successful The Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord: The Prophet based on the classic Kahlil Gibran book, and Millennium Entertainment’s animated film Khumba directed by Anthony Silverston – released in 2013.
Among Neeson’s other recent films are the blockbuster action films, Taken, Taken 2 and Taken 3, Peter Berg’s Battleship, War of the Titans, Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, Unknown, The Next Three Days, The A-Team, Clash of the Titans, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and Batman Begins, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and its sequel Prince Caspian. Neeson also appeared in the indy films Chloe directed by Atom Egoyan, and After Life.
Other films include The Other Man, Seraphim Falls, Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, Richard Curtis’ Love Actually, K-9, The Widowmaker, Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace, Jon De Bont’s The Haunting, and Les Miserables.
The Irish-born actor had originally sought a career as a teacher after attending Queens University, Belfast, majoring in physics, computer science and math. Neeson set teaching aside and in 1976 joined the prestigious Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast (“The best training any actor could have.”), making his professional acting debut in Joseph Plunkett’s “The Risen People.”
After two years with the Lyric Players, he joined the famed National Theatre of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Neeson appeared in the Abbey Theatre Festival’s production of Brian Friel’s “Translations,” and a production of Sean O’Casey’s “The Plough and the Stars” for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England where he received a Best Actor Award.
In 1980, John Boorman cast him in the epic saga of the Arthurian legend, Excalibur. Following this motion picture debut, Neeson has appeared in more than 40 films demonstrating a wide range of characters, including his early work in The Bounty, Lamb, Duet for One, A Prayer for the Dying and The Mission.
In 1987, Neeson received critical acclaim starring opposite Cher as a deaf and mute Vietnam veteran in Peter Yates’ courtroom drama Suspect, as well The Good Mother and Sam Raimi’s Darkman. Other films from this period include Crossing the Line, Shining Through, Under Suspicion, Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives, Ethan Frome, Michael Apted’s Nell starring opposite Jodie Foster and Natasha Richardson, Before and After with Meryl Streep; and the title role in Michael Canton-Jones’ Rob Roy, co-starring Jessica Lange.
Neeson’s made his Broadway debut in 1993 receiving a Tony® Award nomination in the Roundabout Theater’s revival of Eugene O’Neill’s 1921 drama “Anna Christie,” co-starring Natasha Richardson, and later appeared in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” earning another Tony nomination. He starred in David Hare’s “The Judas Kiss” both in London’s West End and on Broadway, and in the Gate Theater production of Samuel Beckett’s “Eh Joe” at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2008.
TADANOBU ASANO (Interpreter), one of Japan’s most celebrated actors, has won world-wide acclaim for his performances and is best known to US audiences for his roles in the films Battleship, 47 Ronin and Thor, based on the Marvel character and Thor: the Dark World.
Among his other notable films are Ichi the Killer; Zatochi, earning him a Japanese Academy Award Best Actor nomination; the Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaurang’s Life in the Universe for which he was honored at the 60th Venice Film Festival, and Sergei Bodrov’s Oscar-nominated Mongol.
Asano was born in Yokohama, the son of an actor’s agent. It was his father who persuaded him to begin an acting career by accepting a role in the TV series Kinpachi Sensi. He made his film debut in 1990 in Bataashi Kingyo (Swimming Upstream).
Other film appearances include The Taste of Tea shown at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, and Pen-Ek Ratanaurang’s Invisible Waves.
In 2014, Asano received the Silver St. George Best Actor Honors at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival for his role in My Man. The film also won the grand prix, the golden St. George Trophy for Best Film.
On TV in Japan Asano starred in the mini series The Long Goodbye and many other Japanese titles.
Recent films include Lupin III and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Upcoming features soon-to-be-released are Journey to the Shore and Grasshopper.
YOSUKE KUBOZUKA (Kichijiro) was born in Japan in the Kanagawa Prefecture. In made his acting debut in on TV in1995 with Kindaichi Case Files (NTV) and in 2000 he attracted attention for his performance in Ikebukuro West Gate Park.
In 2001, Kubozuka received the award for Best Newcomer, and became the youngest actor in history to receive the Best Actor at the 25th Japanese Academy Awards for his performance in Go, directed by Isao Yukisada. Subsequently, he appeared in a number of Japanese movies including Pingu Pongu directed by Fumihiko Sori, Madness in Bloom directed by Sonoda Kenji, Laundry directed by Mori Junichi, Makai Tensho directed by Hirayama Hideyuki, Under the Same Moon (2005), directed by Fukasaku Kenta and For Those We Love (2007), directed by Shinjo Taku,.
Other Japanese film include ICHI directed by Fumihiko Sori, Where the Legend Lives (2008), directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Pandora’s Box (2009), directed by Masanoru Tominaga, a work commemorating Osamu Dazai’s 100th birthday, Tokyo Island directed by Makoto Shinozaki, Strangers in the City (2010), directed by Junji Sakamoto), Genji Monogatari (2011), directed by Yasuo Tsuruhashi, Himizu’ (2012), directed by Shion Sono), Monsters Club directed by Toshiaki Toyoda, Helter Skelter directed by Mika Ninagawa, The Extreme Sukiyak (2013) directed by Shiro Maeda, Love’s Whirlpool directed by Daisuke Miura, One Third directed by Hiroshi Shinagawa, and Tokyo Tribe (2014) directed by Shion Sono.
Since 2006 Kubozuka has been performing reggae music throughout Japan, playing almost 100 live shows a year. He has released five albums: “Line,” “Vortex,” Time Wave” and “Musical Phoenix and Key Maker.”
Kubozuka made his first stage appearance as a lone terrorist in 2010 in Shuji Terayama’s play “Blood Sleeps Standing.” In 2011 starred in “Blood Wedding,” which was written by Kunio Shimizu. In 2012, Kubouzka appeared overseas for the first time in London in a Japanese production of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.” Recently he played the leading role in the stage performance “iSAMU”.
His most recent film Z Island directed by Hiroshi Shinagawa, was released in May 2015.
YOSHI OIDA (Ichizo), the renowned international theater director, was born and raised in Japan. He worked with several Japanese contemporary theatre groups before joining Peter Brook’s International Centre for Theatre Research in Paris.
Oida has appeared on stage in the UK in The IKS; Mahabarata; The Tempest; The Man Who; Hamlet directed by Peter Brook; ShunKun directed by Simon McBurney; and his own production of Interrogations (words of the Zen master).
His film credits include Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow ManI.
Oida’s other theater works includes “The Tibetan Book of the Dead,” ”The Divine Comedy,” Yukio Mishima’s “Madame de Sade,” Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” Brian Friel’s “Molly Sweeney,” Albert Camus’ “The Misunderstanding” and Jean Genet’s “The Maids.”
Oida has also directed several opera productions including Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River and Death in Venice, Verdi’s Nabucco, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Idomeneo and Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.
He is the author in English of An Actor Adrift, The Invisible Actor, and An Actor’s Tricks. Upcoming projects are Dialogue with Rothko (with dance by Carolyn Carlson), Peter Grimes for Opera de Lyon and a new opera Matsukaze, a Noh Theater adaptation for Opera de Reims.
SHINYA TSUKAMOTO (Mokichi) is a Japanese film director and actor with a cult following both at home and abroad.
Tsukamoto was born in Shibuya, Tokyo on 1 January 1960 and began his film career directing shorts. In 1989, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the International Rome Fantafestival for his film Tetsuo, The Iron Man in which he also appeared. He went on to act in the most of the films he directed as well as appearing in works by other filmmakers.
Some of Tsukamoto’s most notable films include: Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet, Gemini, A Snake of June, Vital, Nightmare Detective and Kotoko.
His acting appearances in the films of other directors include Dead or Alive 2: Birds, Ichi The Killer, Blind Beast Vs. the Dwarf, Marebito and Welcome to the Quiet Room.
Tsukamoto has received numerous awards both in Japan and abroad for his involvement in production, direction, screenplays, cinematography, lighting, art and editing in various works.
In 1997 when he was awarded the Grand Prize for Hana-Bi, directed by Takeshi Kitano, he also served as a judge on the panel at the Venice Film Festival. Tsukamoto’s most recent work is the film version of the war novel, Fires on the Plain which he also starred. In 2002 he was awarded Best Male Supporting Actor at the Mainichi Film Contest. He has also narrated various television commercials.
ISSEY OGATA (Old Samurai/Inoue) is a versatile stage performer, actor, comedian and writer. Born in Fukuoka in 1952, as a student he dreamt of being a sportsman, but after high school was drawn to the stage, and started appearing in various theater productions.
Issey’s big break came when he won the gold medal at Japanese TV Show “Birth of Comedians” and then played a lead role in the TV Drama “Evil Grandmother” in 1981. Since that time he has appeared in numerous TV shows such as NHK’s RinRinto and Taiga Drama, as well as various shows created by the drama series circle Drama Shinginka.
He has played the lead roles in several major movies including Ota in Edward Yang’s Yi Yi: A One and a Two, the title character in Jun Ichikawa’s Tony Takitani, and as the late Japanese Emperor Hirohito in The Sun by Aleksandr Sokurov.
Issey is also a talented comedian with a distinctive style and his own show called the Issey Ogata Show. He pokes gentle fun at certain elements of Japanese culture with sincere portrayals of certain character stereotypes. His thoughtful comedic performances have won him worldwide critical acclaim.
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MARTIN SCORSESE (Director/Producer/Screenwriter) is an Academy Award-winning Director and one of the most prominent and influential filmmakers working today. He has directed critically acclaimed, award-winning films including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed which garnered an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture, Shutter Island, and Hugo for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Director. He was recognized for his latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street by receiving DGA, BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Best Director, as well as a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for Best Film. Scorsese has directed numerous documentaries including No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia, both which have won the reputable Peabody Award; Italianamerican; A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies; Il Mio Viaggio in Italia; Public Speaking; George Harrison: Living in the Material World which received 2 Emmy Awards in 2012 for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Nonfiction Special; and most recently The 50 Year Argument which he co-directed with long time documentary editor David Tedeschi. Scorsese served as Executive Producer on HBO’s hit series Boardwalk Empire and in 2011, won an Emmy and DGA Award for directing the pilot episode of the series. He recently directed and produced the pilot episode for HBO’s Vinyl as well as producing the series. Scorsese is the founder and chair of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history.
EMMA TILLINGER KOSKOFF
EMMA TILLINGER KOSKOFF (Producer) is President of Production for Sikelia Productions, working alongside Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese on all aspects of his film and television projects.
Koskoff began her career in the film industry assisting director/producer Ted Demme. While with Demme, she worked on the critically acclaimed film Blow, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz and also assisted on the Emmy nominated documentary, A Decade Under the Influence.
In 2003, Koskoff became Martin Scorsese’s executive assistant, serving in that capacity for three years. During this period, she assisted on The Blues, The Aviator and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.
Scorsese named Koskoff President of Production in 2006. She then associate produced alongside film producers Graham King and Brad Grey, Scorsese’s The Departed. The film, which received four Academy Awards including the Oscar for Best Director and Best Motion Picture of the Year, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.
Following the excitement of The Departed, Koskoff co-produced the Rolling Stones concert film, Shine a Light, starring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood; directed by Scorsese. She also associate produced the Oscar-nominated documentary The Betrayal – Nerakhoon, directed by Ellen Kuras.
In 2008, Koskoff co-produced what would become Scorsese’s most successful box office film - the psychological thriller Shutter Island. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson and Max von Sydow, and was produced by Mike Medavoy, Brad Fischer and Scorsese.
A Letter to Elia, the 2010 Scorsese-directed, Koskoff-produced documentary about filmmaker Elia Kazan, triumphed when winning the reputable Peabody Award. Additionally, she was executive producer for Scorsese’s other recent documentaries - Public Speaking on the writer Fran Lebowitz, and George Harrison: Living in the Material World, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2011.
Named executive producer on Scorsese’s 2011 Oscar winning film, Hugo, she then went on to produce the highly anticipated, The Wolf of Wall Street. The Scorsese-directed film, which opened to worldwide critical acclaim, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Ms. Koskoff was recognized for her contributions by receiving her first Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Producers Guild Award nominations.
She then served as executive producer on Vinyl, HBO’s 1970’s rock and roll television series, with Scorsese at the helm, as well as writer/director Ben Wheatley’s upcoming Free Fire, which she co-executive produced alongside Scorsese. Koskoff produced the 2017 boxing drama Bleed For This, by writer/director Ben Younger, which was Executive Produced by Scorsese. Currently in post-production is a documentary about the Grateful Dead directed by Amir Bar-Lev, with Scorsese and Koskoff Executive Producing. Next up for Koskoff is Scorsese’s The Irishman which she will produce. Koskoff and Scorsese will also serve as executive producers on the Safdie Brothers upcoming film Uncut Gems. She will also produce the Untitled Bahman Ghobadi project, which Scorsese will executive produce.
IRWIN WINKLER (Producer) Irwin Winkler’s career as a producer, director and writer encompasses popular and influential movies that have impacted contemporary culture, garnering among them 12 Academy Awards and 45 Oscar nominations, among them Rocky, Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull and GoodFellas and The Right Stuff.
Winkler recent produced Creed, the latest installment of his Academy Award winning franchise, Rocky, for MGM Studios. Starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, with Ryan Coogler directing, the film garnered both commercial and critical success.
In 2013, Winkler produced Scorsese’s Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated The Wolf of Wall Street.
Winkler’s motion picture producing career began in the 1960s when he produced the Elvis Presley film Double Trouble. He next entered into partnership with Robert Chartoff producing such films as John Boorman’s Point Blank and Leo the Last, and The Strawberry Statement. Among his other early films are Sydney Pollack’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Scorsese’s New York, New York, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, Up the Sandbox starring Barbra Streisand, The Gambler, Comes A Horseman, True Confessions, Music Box and Bertrand Tavernier’s Round Midnight.
In 1989, Winkler made his directorial debut with Guilty By Suspicion starring Robert DeNiro and Annette Bening. He next directed DeNiro and Jessica Lange in an update of the noir drama, Night and the City. Other directing credits include At First Sight with Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino, Life As A House, starring Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas, and a bio of the life of Cole Porter, DeLovely, starring Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd.
Winkler’s many honors include being named Commandeur des Arts et Lettres from the French government as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Film Festival and the National Board of Review’s highest honor for Career Achievement in Producing.
RANDALL EMMETT (Producer), one of the entertainment industry's most prolific film producers, has produced over 80 feature films since his start as Mark Wahlberg’s assistant in the 1990s. Combining financial acumen with an incisive creative sensibility, Emmett is partner and co-founder alongside George Furla of Emmett / Furla Films, a production company dedicated to the development, financing and production of top tier filmed entertainment for the theatrical marketplace with its own equity fund. He is also founder and partner of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's production company, Cheetah Vision Films. Additionally, he launched a TV division, with the first series Rescue 3 and Power, which premiered in 2013 & 2014 respectively.
In the last decade, Emmett’s ability to package films with well-known actors and filmmakers resulted in major box office success – netting more than a quarter of a billion dollars in the U.S. box office alone. Additionally, he forged strong partnerships with major Hollywood studios to finance and distribute commercial films to domestic and international audiences. Aside from high concept films, Emmett also produced smaller, critically acclaimed indie fare such as Narc and Wonderland. These films and others played at world acclaimed film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Venice, Telluride, and many have been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
Currently, Emmett wrapped production on 3 upcoming titles: The Life and Death of John Gotti starring John Travolta; First Kill with Bruce Willis and Hayden Christensen and Inconceivable starring Nicolas Cage and Gina Gershon. In the last year, Emmett produced Heist starring Robert DeNiro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kate Bosworth; Marauders starring Christopher Meloni, Adrian Grenier and Bruce Willis.
Other films he produced and were released include the hit film Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch directed by Peter Berg, Broken City, starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg and Oscar winner Catherine Zeta Jones; the critically acclaimed End of Watch, written and directed by David Ayer, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña; Lay the Favorite, with two-time Oscar nominated director Stephen Frears. Past films include Freelancers, Bad Lieutenant, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes, King of California, 16 Blocks and The Contract.
Born and raised in Miami, Emmett graduated from the respected performing arts high school, New World School of the Arts. As an undergrad, he attended the prestigious The School of Visual Arts in NYC where he found his calling as a producer. Presently, he speaks at various industry conferences and mentors up and coming filmmakers at UCLA’s School of Continuing Education. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.
GASTÓN PAVLOVICH (Producer) is a Mexican entrepreneur who founded Fábrica de Cine in 2013, an international production company which, in barely two years, has produced 7 movies in 5 different countries.
Pavlovich’s projects prior to Silence include producing Waiting for the Miracle to Come, alongside music talents Willie Nelson and U2 lead singer Bono, directed by Lian Lunson, opening in theatres in 2016. Pavlovich also served as executive producer for Hologram for the King, another independent film for Academy-winner Tom Hanks. The film is a German-US-Mexican endeavor.
He also executive produced Max Rose starring Jerry Lewis, which was shown in Cannes 2013, as well as The Price of Desire, a French–Irish–Belgian–Mexican co-production starring Vincent Pérez, Orla Brandy and Alanis Morissette.
In addition to chairing and operating Fábrica de Cine for the past two years, Pavlovich has also nurtured Mexican talent, Aislinn Derbez and Dolores Heredia with Little Baby Jesus, a Mexican version produced by Fábrica de Cine based on the original Czech film, running for six months in Mexican theatres since its launch in December 2014.
Pavlovich has just finished principal photography on his most recent Mexican film, 108 Costuras, which he wrote and produced, which will have its premiere at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
In 2009, Pavlovich wrote and produced his grandparents love story as the subject of the Mexican classic film El Estudiante. El Estudiante was acclaimed at the Chicago Latino Film Festival and the Michigan Latin American Film Festival, and was awarded a prize in the San Diego and Chicago Film Festivals. It went on to win the Mexican Film Critics Award Diosa de Plata in six different categories including Best Film for 2009.
Pavlovich attended the University of San Diego, California as an International Relations major. He received an Economics Masters graduate degree from Anáhuac University in Mexico City with a post-graduate degree from Institut du Aix-en-Provence, France. He further studied film with the Hollywood Film Institute's Filmmaking Seminar, Robert Mckee's Story Seminar, and John Truby's Story & Screenplay Seminar only to start his own stellar producing endeavor.
VITTORIO CECCHI GORI
VITTORIO CECCHI GORI (Producer)
DALE A. BROWN
DALE A. BROWN (Executive Producer) is the founder of Moriah Media and Sharpsword Films, with the specific focus on financing and producing high quality films engaging important life questions and issues of spirituality, morality and family. In addition to Silence he has been involved in the production of over five feature films, includin the critically acclaimed Tribeca standout The Ticket starring Dan Stevens. He has also backed several entertainment and media related companies, including the growing alternative content distribution platform Tugg.com.
Dale is a Certified Public Accountant and longstanding leader in the oil and gas industry. He has been a director of Legacy Reserves GP LLC since its founding in 2005. He is the co-founder and president of Petroleum Stategies, Inc. In addition, he co-founded the Mariah Group with his son Cary.
Dale is currently serving on the Board of Regents for Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and was previously on the board of Abilene Christian University for 23 years. Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Pepperdine College, and lives with his wife Rita in Midland, Texas. They are parents of four children.
MATTHEW J. MALEK
MATTHEW J. MALEK (Executive Producer) is the co-founder and president of Foxtail Entertainment LLC, a newly formed development, finance, and production company based in Los Angeles and Taipei. Born in Detroit, he graduated Magna cum Laude in philosophy from Villanova University where he was on a full scholarship for Soccer.
After college he entered the seminary to be a Catholic priest. He was sent by Cardinal Adam Maida to the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City until a severe spine injury suffered during college soccer forced him to suspend his studies. Relocating to Los Angeles, Malek began a career in the entertainment industry, producing full financing for the film Bella which won the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2013 Matthew Max Rose, starring Jerry Lewis, Lewis’ first film since 1982, an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival. The film opened in the US in 2016. Working with the legendary Mr. Lewis was a crash course in how to respect and value as many of the facets of the film making process as possible.
Matthew then put together the deal for Tom Hank’s first Independently financed film, A Hologram for the King, released by Lionsgate after premier at Tribeca to great praise. In 2014, Matthew fully financed and produced the independent film The Ticket with Dan Stevens, Malin Akerman, and Oliver Platt which World Premiered at the 2016 Tribeca international Film Festival. Matthew worked from Sep 2014 until January 2015 worked to structured and finance Silence remaining on location in Taiwan throughout production.
MANU GARGI (Executive Producer) After graduating in 1990 from Vassar College with a double-major in Film and Economics, and minors in Art History and Artificial Intelligence, Manu Gargi decided to move to Mumbai, India. Within a year, Manu was heading MTV’s foray into South Asia—from conceptualizing overall brand strategy, to pitching, writing and producing the pilot episode, and going on to write and produce 25 one-hour episodes that made MTV a household brand across South Asia.
This was followed by The Walt Disney Co. / Buena Vista engaging Manu to create original programming that would introduce Disney to South Asian TV viewers. By the age of 27 Gargi was CEO / Creative President of his own production company, specialized in creating hip, original, narrative-driven programming for various Indian channels. Between 1993 to 2002, Gargi executive-produced, wrote and directed over 280 episodes of prime-time television shows for international companies including Buena Vista, Disney, Sony Entertainment, Viacom, BBC, News Corp and many others.
Following his passion in film, Manu decided in 2003 to shut down his TV operations and move to Los Angeles to make movies. Starting from the bottom again, as a set PA in the 1994 indie feature Hard Candy, Gargi quickly worked his way up, setting up his own production company in 2006 to produce commercials and music videos for clients including Coke, Badoit, Lou Reed, The Handsome Furs, etc., including a quirky 110-minute musical titled Friendly Fire, financed and co-produced with Yoko Ono, starring Sean Lennon, Lindsay Lohan and Jordana Brewster.
Since then, Gargi has continued to build on these strengths, producing features around the world from Kenya to New York, Thailand, Turkey, England, Romania, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Los Angeles to name a few. He has put together more then 16 features in the past 10 years, most recently. His latest production was Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, the latter earning a Golden Globe nomination in 2015 for his performance.
Gargi is currently producing The Professor and The Madman starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn, while developing a remake of the classic film Harvey to be mounted for production in early 2017. Future projects include Scorsese’s The Irishman, with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.
KEN KAO (Executive Producer) co-founded Waypoint Entertainment, a film and television production, development, and financing company in 2010. A graduate of The University of Kansas, Kao practiced law in the high-tech, sports, and fashion industries for seven years prior to entering the film industry. In 2014, Kao established Bloom, a film distribution, sales, and financing company with veteran international film executive Alex Walton. In addition to representing films as a foreign sales agent, the pair are building a diverse slate of films – from commercial, talent driven titles to specialty films from proven filmmakers.
Waypoint Entertainment's first feature film was the police drama Rampart, which Kao produced and was directed by Oren Moverman, and starred Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster, and Robin Wright. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Kao has produced two films with acclaimed director Terrence Malick. Knight of Cups, which stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett, premiered at the 37th Annual Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015. The second film is Malick’s yet to be titled project set in the Austin music scene starring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett, scheduled for release in 2017.
Waypoint Entertainment partnered with Silver Pictures in 2015 to produce The Nice Guys, a detective comedy starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling that premiered at the 2016 Cannes Kao is producing the psychological thriller Woodshock, starring Kirsten Dunst. Kao produced, alongside Gil Netter, The Sea of Trees directed by Gus Van Sant, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts. He reteamed with Netter and is currently producing The Glass Castle starring Oscar winner Brie Larson, Academy Award nominees Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
In late 2016, Waypoint will finance Hostiles, a frontier epic co-written and directed by Scott Cooper, with Kao producing alongside John Lesher. The film stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, and Ben Foster. Kao is producing The Outsider alongside John Linson and Art Linson, directed by Martin Zandvliet, starring Oscar-winner Jared Leto in a script by Andrew Baldwin. For Leto, this will be just his second film since his Oscar-winning turn in 2013’s Dallas Buyer’s Club.
NIELS JUUL (Executive Producer) Starting his career in Copenhagen advertising agencies, Niels Juul has worked across the globe in building or turning around /pands and companies mainly within the fashion, media and entertainment sectors. Juul was one of the founding partners and the managing director of Von Dutch, a /pand that set the pop culture narrative in the early 2000s and became a 400 million dollar label in global apparel sales.
Through his company NOFATEGO, Juul has in the last ten years been involved in a number of /pands and company recoveries, including near bankrupt Cecchi Gori Pictures, the legendary US / Italian film multi Oscar winning film company behind such features as Life Is Beautiful and Il Postino as well as a number of major US features. In 2008, Juul accepted the position of CEO of Cecchi Gori Pictures.
After successfully turning around Cecchi Gori Pictures in 2015, Juul set up independent film company NFE Productions, with partners that are accomplished US and Denmark based writers, directors, editors and line producers. NFE productions currently have 6 feature and TV projects in active development. Juul is also a partner in Courageous Content, a Copenhagen and LA based film development company with two theatrical features set for production in 2017.
Juul is currently a Producer on Ferrari with Michael Mann attached to direct and is an Executive Producer on The Irishman, the next feature to be directed by Mr. Scorsese. Niels is also producing and hosting a TV and on-line based docu-series Selfie Sapiens, focusing on the influence of pop-culture in the new “social media world order” which will debut in 201, and he recently did a Ted Talk on the issue.
CHAD A. VERDI
CHAD A. VERDI (Executive Producer) was 18 years old ne acquired his first business, a RI television listing newspaper called TV Facts that is still in publication today.
By the age of 21 Verdi acquired several other businesses in the food service sector throughout RI. By age 30, Verdi owned, co-owned or had investments in over a dozen businesses that ranged from food and toy manufacturing to restaurants and hi-tech developments in the biotechnology field.
Over the last 13 years, Mr. Verdi has been involved in over 1.2 billion dollars in business mergers, reverse mergers, start-ups and acquisitions and currently owns, co-owns or has investments in more than two dozen businesses in diversified industries with more than 1000 local iployees and sales of more than $100 million nationwide.
Entering the film industry in 2007 to persue his passion to tell the story of boxer Vinny Pazienza, he has since produced a dozen feature films. In addition to Silence, Verdi partnered with Martin Scorsese ond the documentary The 50 Year Argument, and producing the Pazienza story as the upcoming film Bleed For This.
GIANNI NUNNARI (Executive Producer) is current president, founder and CEO of Hollywood Gang Productions, LLC, a film production company located on the studio lot of Warner /pos. Pictures.
An Italian, Mr. Nunnari started working in US cinia with Cecchi Gori Pictures (“CGP”) where he served as president and co-founder from 1987-2007. CGP served as the US production and distribution arm of the Italian-based entertainment and media conglomerate of Cecchi Gori Group Fin. Ma. Vi. CGP became the model of locally-based international production with worldwide commercial appeal. During his tenure at Cecchi Gori Pictures he produced a series of Italian films aimed at the US market including Mediterraneo, an Italian movie he sold to Miramax for worldwide distribution that would go on to win an Acadiy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; Il Postino, a Pablo Neruda inspired book adaption that won an Oscar, and was nominated for four more including Best Picture; and Life is Beautiful, a $6M budget movie that has grossed over $229M worldwide and has earned multiple awards including the Acadiy Award for Best Actor, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Music, and Original Dramatic Score.
In addition to spearheading all US activities for Cecchi Gori, Mr. Nunnari was also the President of formed Penta Pictures, a joint venture with Cecchi Gori and Silvio Berlusconi.
Mr. Nunnari’s development slate has many of the most successful feature tent-poles in Hollywood including David Fincher’s Seven, and Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Til Dawn. His highest grossing feature 300 was based on the Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name. Gianni convinced Frank to turn his graphic novel into a movie. He then developed the script and attached Zack Snyder to direct. They then went on to set the project up at Warners. The original ancient Greek epic has global sales of approximately $700 million. The film was the most successful domestic March theatrical opening in history and grossed $300 million in just twenty-two days.
Mr. Nunnari has produced two Martin Scorsese film, Shutter Island and Acadiy Award winner for Best Picture, The Departed.
With Tex Films and Hollywood Gang, the two companies he currently owns he developed or produced many other mainstream Hollywood movies including 300: Rise of An ipire, Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Everybody’s Fine, and Immortals.
Mr. Nunnari is currently in production with his new movie The Domestics for MGM, and Hollywood Gang’s first ever TV series Start Up is currently streaming on Sony’s Crackle, which recently got picked up for a second season. He is also currently developing 300 III and Robotech.
LEN BLAVATNIK (Executive Producer) is founder and Chairman of Access Industries, a privately-held U.S. industrial group with global strategic investments in four key sectors: natural resources and chiicals, media and telecommunications, technology and e-commerce, and real estate. An active philanthropist in the U.S. and a/poad, Mr. Blavatnik provides support to leading educational, cultural, and scientific institutions worldwide. Over the years, he has co-produced numerous /poadway and film productions.
AVIV GILADI (Executive Producer) is a media entrepreneur who founded Israel’s most prominent media conglomerate – RGE Group. His company holds numerous /poadcasting channels, which include Sport5, Channel8, Channel6 and LoggyTV; and represents some of Israel’s top stars.
In 2013 Giladi was appointed CEO of AI Film as part of Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries group, focusing on film finance and production. Under his Chairmanship the company has financed an impressive slate of films including Silence, The Butler, Mr Holmes and Hacksaw Ridge.
JAY COCKS (Screenwriter) co-wrote with Martin Scorsese the script for the director’s film The Age of Innocence earning an Acadiy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. His script for Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, which he co-wrote with the director, was also nominated for the Oscar as well as the BAFTA award for Best Original Screenplay.
Cocks has also written the screenplays for Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days and Irwin Winkler’s De-Lovely. Among his other credits are the documentaries A Shot at the Top: The Making of ‘The King of Comedy’ and By Sidney Lumet.
Before turning to film writing Cocks was a film critic for Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Time and various other magazines.
Director of Photography
RODRIGO PRIETO (Director of Photography) was born and raised in Mexico City where he started making 8 mm films as a child with his /pother. He studied film at Mexico City’s Centro de Capacitacion (CCC) and began his professional career as a stills photography assistant before moving on to film.
In Mexico after graduation, Prieto shot a series of successful Mexican features, the most notable of which is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Amores Peros which was released in 1999.
In 2000, Prieto moved to the US and shot Michael Cristofer’s Original Sin. Among his other credits are Luis Mandoki’s Angel Eyes, Julie Taymor’s Frida, Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile, Spike Lee’s The 25th Hour, Inarritu’s 28 Grams, Oliver Stone’s Alexander and Ang Lee’s /pokeback Mountain, for which Prieto was nominated for an Acadiy Award.
More recent credits include Inarritu’s Babel, Lee’s Lust, Caution, Kevin MacDonald’s State of Play, Inarritu’s Biutiful, Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo and Ben Affleck’s Acadiy Award nominated thriller Argo. He also shot two television films with Oliver Stone, Persona non grata and Looking for Fidel.
Prieto has collaborated with Martin Scorsese on The Wolf of Wall Street; he also photographed the director’s HBO Untitled Rock ‘n’ Roll Project. Other recent credits are Tommy Lee Jones’ film The Homesman and Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Prieto lives with his wife and daughters in LA.
Production and Costume Design
DANTE FERRETTI (Production and Costume Design), a three-time Acadiy Award winner for production design, is making his ninth film for Martin Scorsese with Silence. Ferretti previously designed Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, Casino, Kundun, /pinging Out the Dead, Gangs of New York and The Aviator, for which was honored with his first Oscar, Shutter Island, and Hugo (2011), wining a third Acadiy Award for production design. He received his second Oscar in 2007 for his work on Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: the Dion Barber of Fleet Street.
Ferretti has also collaborated with the directors Julie Taymor (Titus), Martin /pest (Meet Joe Black), Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire), Franco Zeffirelli (Hamlet), Terry Gilliam (Baron Munchausen), Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Name of the Rose), Ettore Scola (La Nuit de Varennes), Liliana Cavalli (La Pelle), and Elio Petri (The Working Class Goes to Heaven).
He also designed five films for Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salo, Arabian Nights, Canterbury Tales, Decameron and Medea), and six for Federico Fellini (La Voce Della Luna, Ginger and Fred, And the Ship Sails On, City of Women, Orchestra Rehearsal and The Voice of the Moon).
Ferretti’s other Oscar nominations were for Gangs of New York, Kundun, Interview with a Vampire, The Age of Innocence, Hamlet and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. He is the recipient of two BAFTA (/pitish Film Institute) awards for Interview with the Vampire and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
Ferretti’s credits also include Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain and /pian DePalma’s The Black Dahlia. More recently he directed Sergei Bodrov’s Seventh Son and Kenneth /panagh’s Cinderella.
In addition to his film work, Mr. Ferretti has designed extensively for such prestigious opera houses as Milan's La Scala, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro Roma Opera and Paris' Bastille Opera House.
THELMA SCHOONMAKER (Editor) is a three-time Acadiy Award winner, having worked for more than forty years alongside the filmmaker Martin Scorsese.
Schoonmaker has been honored most recently in 2007 for her work on Scorsese’s The Departed and in 2004 for his film The Aviator. In 1981, she won both the Acadiy Award and BAFTA (/pitish Film Institute) Award for her editing of Scorsese's film Raging Bull. Subsequently she worked on all of Scorsese's features: The King of Comedy, After Hours, The Color of Money, The Last Tiptation of Christ, the Life Lessons segment from New York Stories, GoodFellas (which earned her another BAFTA Award as well as an Oscar nomination), Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, Casino, Kundun, /pinging Out the Dead, Gangs of New York, for which she was nominated for an Acadiy Award and, most recently, Shutter Island, Hugo, for which she received another Oscar nomination, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
She also edited Scorsese's documentary A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, a BBC/Channel Four co-production, commiorating the centenary of motion pictures, and Scorsese’s documentary about Italian cinia, Il Mio Viaggio in Italia.
Ms. Schoonmaker was born in Algiers, where her father worked for Standard Oil Company. She grew up on the island of Aruba and attended Cornell University, where she studied political science and Russian, intending to become a diplomat. While doing graduate work at Columbia University, she answered a New York Times ad offering on-the-job training as an assistant film editor. The exposure sparked a desire to learn more about editing.
During a six-week summer course at New York University's film school, she met Martin Scorsese and Michael Wadleigh. Within a few years, she was editing Scorsese's first feature Who's That Knocking At My Door? She then edited a series of films and commercials before supervising the editing of Wadleigh's 1971 film Woodstock, for which she was nominated for an Acadiy Award.
In addition to her film editing, she works tirelessly to promote the films and writings of her late husband, the director Michael Powell The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, I Know Where I’m Going, A Matter of Life and Death, Tales of Hoffmann and Peeping Tom.
KIM ALLEN KLUGE and KATHRYN KLUGE
KIM ALLEN KLUGE and KATHRYN KLUGE (Composers) are a husband and wife team who compose for film and live performance. They have written for music icons ranging from jazz legend, /panford Marsalis to classical virtuoso, Midori.
A recording of their new American Concerto for Piano & Orchestra is slated to be released in January 2017.
Kim Allen Kluge is also a distinguished conductor.
The Kluges work from their Los Angeles studio.
Hair and Makeup Design
NORIKO WATANABE (Hair and Makeup Design) is one of the foriost hair and make up artists working in films today. In 2016, she received the Hollywood Film Makeup and Hair Styling Award for her work with Andrew Garfield in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge.
Noriko’s other recent credits include numerous films with Liam Neeson including the recently completed, The Commuter, Taken 3, Run All Night, Non-Stop Taken 2, Clash of the Titans 2, Unknown, The A Team, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and many others.
Other credits include Mental, Mioirs of a Geisha for which she earned a BAFTA nomination, Wimbledon, Spiderman 2, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, In the Cut, Birthday Girl, The Horse Whisperer, Eyes Wide Shut, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Portrait of A Lady, Muriel’s Wedding, The Piano, and Dead Calm.
Her television credits include Top of the Lake and Top of the Lake 2, and Zhivago.
Noriko was born in Japan and began her career in that country.