The Directors

Brian De PalmaCharles BurnettZhang YimouDavid Gordon GreenJason ReitmanWerner HerzogAbel FerraraMary HarronAlex ProyasKathryn BigelowSam RaimiOliver Stone

Pressman’s specialty is discovering new talent and bringing new experiences to motion picture audiences. He is known for fostering the careers of young and inspired filmmakers. Director Brian De Palma showed off his early mastery of suspense in the Pressman productions Sisters and Phantom of the Paradise, and Terrence Malick’s visual genius was first brought to the screen in Pressman’s Badlands. Pressman gave Jason Reitman his directorial debut with Thank You for Smoking, and Oliver Stone his major directorial debut with The Hand then produced Stone’s Academy Award-winning Wall Street and Talk Radio. With Stone, Pressman produced Kathryn Bigelow’s early film, the thriller, Blue Steel starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Pressman is responsible for giving Alex Proyas his directorial debut with The Crow, Sylvester Stallone his with Paradise Alley, and David Byrne’s his with True Stories. In John Milius’ Conan the Barbarian, Pressman gave Arnold Schwarzenegger his first starring role. Pressman showcased David Gordon Green’s talents in one of his early films, Undertow, as he did with Sam Raimi in his early film Crimewave written by the Coen brothers. He produced documentarian James Marsh’s first narrative feature The King starring Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt.

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Pressman’s international productions include: Michael Apted’s Amazing Grace; Wolfgang Petersen’s Das Boot; the Taviani brothers’ Good Morning, Babylon; Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Despair; David Hare’s Paris by Night; Fred Schepisi’s Plenty starring Meryl Streep; Alex Cox’s Walker starring Ed Harris; Bo Widerberg’s Victoria; Zhang Yimou’s Happy Times; and Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans with Nicholas Cage.

Over the years, Pressman has produced director-driven, high profile projects, including: Mary Harron’s American Psycho with Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Chloë Sevigny; Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant with Harvey Keitel; James Toback’s Black and White and Two Girls and a Guy both starring Robert Downey Jr; Harold Becker’s City Hall starring Al Pacino; Danny DeVito’s Hoffa starring Jack Nicholson; Charles Burnett’s To Sleep With Anger starring Danny Glover; Wayne Kramer’s acclaimed Vegas romance The Cooler starring Alec Baldwin in his Oscar nominated role; David Mamet’s Homicide; and Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons in his Academy Award-winning performance.

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    michael apted
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    Apted is an English director, producer, writer and actor known for Coal Miner’s Daughter, which received seven Academy Award nominations and a Best Actress win for Sissy Spacek, Gorillas in The Mist, which won Sigourney Weaver a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, Nell and The Chronicles of Narnia: Dawn of the Voyage Treader. Apted was a researcher on the 1964 British documentary, 7 Up!, and cast the fourteen 7-year-old children whose lives would be followed in a total of eight episodes filmed every seven years. Apted directed seven of the eight episodes that were combined into Up Series, which topped the Channel 4’s 2005 list of “The 50 Greatest Documentaries.”

    fenton baily and randy barbato
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    The directing team of Bailey & Barbato are best known for their daring and somewhat controversial documentaries which include the Dennis Hopper-narrated Inside Deep Throat about the 1972 pornographic film starring Linda Lovelace, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which takes a look at the rise and fall of televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker Messner and Jim Bakker, and Being Chaz and Becoming Chaz, which follow Chaz (formerly Chastity) Bono’s gender transition. They have also produced many TV reality shows including Tori & Dean: Inn Love, RuPaul’s Drag U, and Million Dollar Listing. Their 1998 documentary, Party Monster: The Shockumentary, for which part of their Pressman-produced feature of the same name is based, won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature at L.A. Outfest.

    harold becker
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    Becker began his career as a still photographer and made his feature directorial debut with the 1972 film The Ragman's Daughter. He also directed the 1981 film Taps, starring George C. Scott, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton in his Golden Globe nominated role, and the 1989 thriller Sea of Love, starring Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin and John Goodman. In 2007, Becker directed the final episode of the television mini-series Masters of Science Fiction hosted by Stephen Hawking.
  • Kathryn Bigelow

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    Bigelow is best known for Zero Dark ThirtyThe Hurt LockerPoint Break, and Strange Days. She became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for The Hurt Locker, which received more than 90 awards and 50 nominations. In April 2010, Bigelow was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

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    Brock made his feature directorial debut with Driving Lessons and has written and directed episodes for television shows such as Playhouse Presents, Casualty, and Holby Blue. His writing credits include The Last King of Scotland, which earned Brock a BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay and Forest Whitaker an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Eagle, and Mrs. Brown.

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    Brown is a writer and director, whose first feature, Ropewalk, starred Peter Facinelli, Lena Headey and Lesley Ann Warren, and was shot by renowned cinematographer Bill Butler. Brown wrote and will direct the Pressman produced adaptation of the acclaimed biography The Man Who Knew Infinity, the fascinating story of the self-taught Indian math genius Ramanujan. He penned Ian Fleming, the film about the man behind James Bond, which focuses on the years that gave him inspiration for the Bond character, and is to be directed by Duncan Jones. Brown has also written and will direct the original screenplay, The King's Taster, a love story set in the court of Louis XVI at Versailles about a man who infiltrates the court as the royal food taster in order to win the heart of the girl he loves. He is also developing a TV project for AMC. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Brown graduated from Trinity College.

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    Buck began his career writing and directing short films then moved into features with the drama Prologue. He has also edited such films as Offspring, Territories and The Theatre Bizarre.

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    Burnett made his feature directorial debut in 1977 with Killer of Sheep, which won the Critics' Award at the Berlin Film Festival, was chosen by the National Society of Film Critics as one of the 100 Essential Films and was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." He also directed The Glass Shield and My Brother's Wedding.

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    Butler is a photographer and documentary filmmaker whose 1977 doc,Pumping Iron, showcasing Arnold Schwarzenegger and other bodybuilders, introduced Schwarzenegger to the screen. His other films include Going Upriver about John Kerry's Vietnam experiences, and Roving Mars about the twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which were launched by NASA in 2004.

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    Byrne is a musician, composer, artist, producer and filmmaker mostly known as the founding member and principle songwriter for the band Talking Heads. He has received Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 along with his Talking Heads band mates. Byrne provided the soundtrack for the Pressman produced film Wall Street and its sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and also directed the documentary Île Aiye.

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    While attending NYU Film School, Byrum interned for Jim Henson, who later hired the filmmaker as one of the original writers on Sesame Street. After moving to LA to pursue screenwriting, Byrum was tapped for several projects including Harry and Walter Go to New York, a script that sold to Columbia Pictures for a record-breaking amount, and the Diana Ross vehicle Mahogany. His first feature-length screenplay, Inserts, was also his directorial debut. Byrum's other directing credits include Duets and The Razor's Edge.

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    At 19, Cannon was awarded the BBC Young Filmmaker of the Year Award for his short Sometimes then went on to direct his first feature The Young Americans starring Harvey Keitel and Viggo Mortensen (the film was also the first for composer and close friend of Cannon's, David Arnold who is best known for composing the scores of five James Bond films). Cannon is also known for directing the horror sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summerand the acclaimed television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

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    Clayton is mostly known as an editor for his work on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Buffalo 66, My Own Private Idaho andTo Die For. After directing the 1998 short The Man Who Counted, Clayton made his feature directorial debut with Rick. The film earned Clayton the New Blood Award from the Cognac Festival du Film Policier in 2004.

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    Cohen is best known for directing such action hits as The Fast and the Furious, xXx, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, DragonHeart and Alex Cross. He has also directed episodes for such television series as Miami Viceand thirtysomething, and music videos for Gavin Rossdale's "Adrenaline" and Rammstein's "Feuer Frei!" In addition to his work as a director, Cohen has produced a number of major motion pictures like The Witches of Eastwick and Bird on a Wire.

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    After the success of his debut film Repo Man in 1983, Cox went on to write and direct the biographical feature Sid and Nancy with Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb. The film earned Oldman the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his depiction of the Sex Pistol's bassist Sid Vicious, and Webb the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Nancy Spungen. Cox wrote the screenplay for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, has acted in a number of independent films and also directed Three Businessmen, Revengers Tragedy, and Repo Chick.

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    Save for directing Cherry 2000 and Miracle Mile, and writing The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew, De Jarnatt has made a career in television. He is known for directing episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, ER,Lizzie McGuire, and Flight 29 Down.

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    De Palma gained critical acclaim for directing the film adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie, which starred Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie in their Academy Award nominated roles. He is also known for helming Mission: Impossible, Dressed to Kill, Redacted, Blow Out, Femme Fatale, and The Untouchables, which earned Sean Connery an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and the Al Pacino headliners Scarface andCarlito's Way.

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    De Souza is mostly known for writing such action hits as 48 Hrs, Die Hardand Die Hard 2, Beverly Hills Cop II, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life as well as many episodes of the television series' The Six Million Dollar Men, The Bionic Woman, and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. Additionally, De Souza directed the Showtime movie, Possessed with Timothy Dalton and Christopher Plummer, and an episode of the popular HBO series Tales From the Crypt.

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    DeVito is best known for directing and performing in such films as The War of the Roses, Matilda, Death to Smoochy, Throw Momma from the Train, and Duplex, as well as acting in television comedies It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Taxi, which earned him a Golden Globe and Emmy for his portrayal as disgruntled dispatcher Louie De Palma. He also directs and produces graphic short horror films for his Internet venture The Blood Factory. With his company Jersey Films, DeVito has produced such acclaimed motion pictures as Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Erin Brokovich (for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture),Gattaca and Garden State.

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    Dickerson is a director and cinematographer known for his frequent collaborations with Spike Lee, who he met when they were classmates at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. After gaining popularity for directing action/adventures such as Bulletproof, and dramas such as Juice, he smoothly transitioned to television. He has directed episodes for hit shows including Heroes, The Wire, Dexter, and The Walking Dead.

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    Fassbinder was an award-wining German filmmaker and actor who was seen as both the "enfant terrible" of the New German Cinema and its leading member along with Werner Herzog, Volker Schlöndorff, Wim Wenders and Margarethe von Trotta. Starting at the age of 21, Fassbinder made more than forty films in just 15 years. The Marriage of Maria Braun,The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Effi Briest, and Veronika Voss are among Fassbinder's most notable works. He also wrote and directed numerous stage and radio plays, performed in more than thirty roles both in his own and others' films, and directed films for television including Berlin Alexanderplatz, which was based on the novel by Alfred Döblin. Fassbinder's work is said to have influenced such acclaimed filmmakers as Pedro Almodovar, Gus Van Sant, John Walters and Harmony Korine.

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    Ferrara established himself as an "enfant terrible" in America with such films as King of New York starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes, The Funeral starring Christopher Walken, Isabella Rossellini and Benicio del Toro, The Driller Killer, and The Addiction starring Christopher Walken, Lili Taylor and Edie Falco. He has been continually placed in the pantheon of world-class directors by the French Le Monde and many of Ferrara's films have premiered at such esteemed festivals as Cannes, Venice and Berlin, including Body Snatchers, Go Go Tales, Mary (Venice Grand Special Jury Prize), 4:44 Last Day on Earth, and have been well-received in Europe. Ferrara also wrote the music/lyrics to seven of his films' soundtracks

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    Fessenden is a producer, writer, director, actor, editor and musician known for such films as Habit, which earned him the Someone to Watch Independent Spirit Award in 1998, The Last Winter with Ron Perlman and Connie Britton that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006, and Wendy and Lucy, which starred Michelle Williams and received the 2009 AFI Award for Movie of the Year and the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Performance, Female and Best Picture. He was also honored with the Sitges Maria Award in 2007 for his work as a producer, actor and director in genre film, the Golden Hammer Award in 2009 for "being such an inspiring force in the industry" and was inducted into the Fangoria Horror Hall of Fame and honored by the UK's Total Film as an Icon of Horror during the Frightfest Film Festival in 2011. Fessenden's Brooklyn-based company, Glass Eye Pix, has produced more than thirty films.

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    Fleischer began his filmmaking career directing animated shorts for theBetty Boop, Popeye and Superman series, all of which were produced by his father animator/producer Max Fleischer. In 1942, Fleischer transitioned into live-action working at the RKO studio where he directed shorts, documentaries, and compilations of forgotten silent features called Flicker Flashbacks. He won an Academy Award for producing the 1947 documentary Design for Death, which was co-written by Theodor Geisel (later known as Dr. Seuss). His later works include Tora! Tora! Tora!,Soylent Green, The Boston Strangler, Doctor Dolittle, The Jazz Singer and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

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    Frankenheimer, along with Sidney Lumet (who Frankenheimer worked with as an assistant director) was one of the major directors to emerge from and be influenced by the aesthetics of live television. Throughout the 1950s, he directed more than 140 episodes of shows like Playhouse 90,Climax! and Danger then transitioned into film in 1957 with The Young Stranger starring James MacArthur. Known for social dramas and action/suspense films, Frankenheimer directed such classics as Birdman of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days in May, Seconds and The Train, and Grand Prix and The Horsemen, which were landmark films of their time.

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    Frost is a writer and director who began his career writing episodes of the TV series The Six Million Dollar Man and Hill Street Blues, the latter earning him an Emmy nomination and Writers Guild Award. In 1989, Frost created the acclaimed TV series Twin Peaks along with David Lynch (the duo received a Golden Globe and Peabody Award) and then the 1992 sitcomOn the Air. Frost made his feature directorial debut with the Pressman-produced Storyville starring James Spader and went on to pen the film adaptation of his 2002 national best seller, The Greatest Game Ever Played. He also co-wrote the two Fantastic Four films for Fox and Marvel, which together have grossed over 800 million dollars internationally.

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    Goddard has an eye for the picturesque and exciting. Though he has gained popularity from writing and directing Hershey's Really Big 3D Showand Poseidon's Fury: Escape From The Lost City, a body of his work exists outside the realm of film and in the world of theme parks. He has designed attractions for Jurassic Park, Jaws, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman and more.

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    Green's first feature, 2000's George Washington, which he wrote, directed and produced was a festival favorite and earned Green the New York Film Critics Circle's Best First Film Award along with eight other awards and thirteen nominations. In 2008, Green's box office hit and Golden Globe nominated comedy, Pineapple Express, starring James Franco, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride, brought Green out of the indie world for which he was known and into the mainstream. He directed the Hollywood Studio comedies Your Highness and The Sitter. Green also directed a number of episodes of HBO's Eastbound & Down series with Danny McBride, then returned to his artful low-budget roots with this year's Prince Avalanchestarring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch (the film won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival) and the upcomingJoe with Nicolas Cage. Green also directs commercials for high-profile companies like Nike and Kellogg's.

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    Woodhead is known for the television documentary Children of Beslan, A Cry from the Grave, and My Friend Sasha: A Very Russian Murder, and Greenspan is considered the most famous sports documentarian of his time, having been the official filmmaker of the Olympics from the early 1960s until 2008. Among the many accolades Greenspan received during his career were Lifetime Achievement Awards from the DGA and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the George Foster Peabody Award recognizing "distinguished and meritorious public service." In 1985, Greenspan received the Olympic Order award and in 2004 was inducted as a "Special Contributor" into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

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    Corin Hardy is an awarded filmmaker and music video director from the UK. A recognizable dark, beautiful visual flair runs through most of his work. His debut feature film THE HALLOW recently played at Sundance where it received rave reviews and IFC Midnight acquired the domestic rights. Corin's early career as a special fx monster-maker began in his bedroom and bike-shed, aged 12; he made a number of animations and super 8 films with school-friends who regularly stood in for his cast of zombies, werewolves and slasher victims. Throughout his teenage years Corin gained valuable film set experience in art and costume departments on a variety of film, tv & theatre productions including The Royal National Ballet's 'Dracula' and Columbia Pictures 'First Knight'. A keen sculptor, illustrator & film-maker obsessed by a mixture of 1970's storybooks, horror films and & 80's 'Spielberg era' cinema, his balance of live action & animated work frequently mixes the macabre, the beautiful and the epic to dazzling result. Corin studied Special Effects at Wimbledon School of Art before making his award-winning stop-motion short film Butterfly in 2003. This led into directing over 40 music videos. His music videos have accrued over 120 million views and won numerous awards around the world.  

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    Hare is best known as a playwright having begun his career working in London theatre in the late 1960s. His 1978 play Plenty was produced at the National Theatre and received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play in 1983. Hare adapted the play for the screen in 1985 which was directed by Fred Schepisi and starred Meryl Streep. His 1990 play Racing Demon received the Laurence Olivier Award and the London Theatre Critics' Award for Best New Play. Hare also penned the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated films The Reader starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and The Hours starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman. He helmed the Berlin Film Festival favoriteWetherby, which earned Hare the Golden Bear, C.I.C.E.A and Interfilm Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1985. He was knighted in 1998.

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    Considered to be one of the "Top Fifty Greatest Active Directors" working today by Entertainment Weekly, Harron made her feature film debut with the 1996 critically acclaimed I Shot Andy Warhol, which won star Lili Taylor a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, garnered an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and was chose to open the "Un Certain Regard" section of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. Harron also directed The Notorious Bettie Page and episodes of TV's Oz, Six Feet Under, Homicide: Life on the Street, The L Word, Six Degrees, Fear Itself, The Nine and Big Love. Her upcoming projects include the TV movie The Anna Nicole Story starring Martin Landau and Agnes Bruckner and the film adaptation of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely.

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    Once referred to as "the most important film director alive" by Francois Truffaut, Herzog is the director, writer and producer of more than 70 fiction and documentary films with more than 40 awards to his credit. He began his career at the age of 21 alongside Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Winders as part of the New German Cinema movement. His filmsSigns of Life and the incomparable Amazonian adventure Aguirre the Wrath of God, brought Herzog to the international cinema scene at the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals respectively. His determination to bring new images of 'ecstatic truth' to the screen can be seen across all of his work and especially in his documentary films, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Land of Silence and Darkness, Fata Morgana, Grizzly Man, and Encounters at the End of the World, which in 2007 earned Herzog an Academy Award nomination for best documentary. Herzog attracts terrific actors to his films such as Christian Bale in Rescue Dawn and Nicolas Cage in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and his collaborations with Klaus Kinski in Fitzcarraldo,Aguirre, Nosferatu, brought to life some of the most unhinged and unique moments in film history.

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    Scottish director Simon Hunter received much acclaim for his first feature film, Lighthouse and for his short film, Wired. He worked as an acclaimed director of commercials before returning to feature films with Pressman's Mutant Chronicles, which includes his only cameo and acting role, outside of a voice over in the Jake West film Razor Blade Smile.

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    Christmas Evil: You Better Watch Out is Lewis Jackson's only directing and writing credit, other than that of the story for Frank Cadman's 1951 The Mystery of the Snakeskin Belt.

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    Jane is best known his roles in Deep Blue Sea, 61*, The Punisher and the HBO series Hung for which he received three Golden Globe nominations. Jane had supporting roles in several high profile films including Boogie Nights, The Thin Red Line, Magnolia and in the Pressman-produced Mutant Chronicles and The Crow: City of Angels. He co-owns the entertainment company RAW, which released the Jane-penned comic Bad Planet through Image Comics. The western thriller A Magnificent Death From a Shattered Hand marks Jane's first time helming a Pressman production. His other directing credits include Wet House, Dark Country, and Jonni Nitro.

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    Nicholas Kazan, a writer, producer, and director, is known for strong psychological dramas and made his feature film directorial debut with Dream Lover. He has written films such as Frances, At Close Range, Patty Hearst, and Reversal of Fortune, another Pressman project that earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay.

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    The Hebrew Hammer was Kesselman's first feature film and had its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. He has written projects for Fox Searchlight, Comedy Central, and Nickeloden and recently formed his own production company, The Worldwide Media Conspiracy. He is also writing and directing The Hebrew Hammer 2: Hammer VS. Hitler and is working on a stage musical version of The Hebrew Hammer.

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    Kramer adapted The Cooler from a 1995 short film and received a Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking award from the National Board of Review for the project. He was also nominated for a Golden Satellite Award and an Edgar Allan Poe Award for the film's screenplay. He is known for Running Scared, Mindhunters, Crossing Over, and most recently directed Pawn Shop Chronicles, starring Norman Reedus, Elijah Wood, and Paul Walker.

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    Kwietniowski is an English director and screenwriter who began his career making experimental shots, receiving attention at the 1988 Berlin Film Festival for his first film, Alfalfa. He is known for Love and Death on Long Island, and Flames of Passion.

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    Leach was a theatre & film director, set designer, and screenwriter known for work as the artistic director of New York City's La MaMa experimental theatre company and for having directed 21 productions for the Public Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival. He helmed the stage version of Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith and Patricia Routledge in 1980 as well as the television and Broadway productions; the latter earned Leach his first Tony for Best Direction of a Musical. He received his second Tony in 1984 for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which originated at the Public then transferred to Broadway. In film, Leach wrote and directed The Wedding Party on which Leach collaborated with two of his Sarah Lawrence College students Brian De Palma and Cynthia Munroe (the film starred newcomers Robert De Niro and Jill Clayburgh), Coriolanus with Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman, and the TV movie All's Well That Ends Well with Frances Conroy.

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    MacDonald is a British director, cinematographer, and producer known for directing The Neverending Story 3 and Rambo 3. He has also frequently serves as a second unit director and has worked on The Bourne Ultimatum, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
  • Terrence Malick

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    Malick is an acclaimed director, screenwriter, and producer who has directed six feature films in a career spanning over four decades. After writing and directing Badlands, Malick helmed the 1978 drama Days of Heaven, which starred Richard Gere, Brooke Adams and Sam Shepard and earned Malick the Best Director award at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival (it won another twelve awards including an Oscar for Best Cinematography). Malick's The Thin Red Line earned him an Academy Award for Best Director in 1998, the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Palme d'Or at Cannes. His Brad Pitt/Sean Penn/Jessica Chastain headliner The Tree of Life also won the Palm d'Or in 2011. Most recently, his film To The Wonder won the SIGNIS Award at the Venice International Film Festival. Malick and Pressman enjoy a unique collaboration in Sunflower Productions and have produced such films as Amazing Grace, Happy Times, Undertow and The Beautiful Country.

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    Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony-nominated playwright best known for his plays Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. As a screenwriter, he wrote House of Games, which won Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 1987 Venice Film Festival and Film of the Year for the 1989 London Critics Circle Film Awards. He also wrote classic films such as The Verdict, The Untoucables, Wag The Dog, and The Edge. For Homicide, Mamet was nominated for the 1991 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or and won the 1992 London Critics Circle Film Awards' Screenwriter of the Year. He also worked with Pressman as associate producer of crime/drama Hoffa.

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    James Marsh is known for his documentary work, most notably the Academy Award-winning Man on a Wire, which appeared on many film critics Top Ten Films of 2008 and Project Nim, which earned Marsh the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. He made his feature film directorial debut with the festival favorite, Wisconsin Death Trip, and most recently directed Shadow Dancer starring Clive Owen.

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    Milius is an acclaimed screenwriter, director and producer best known for penning Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now for which Milius received an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, co-writing the first two Dirty Harry films, and directing Red Dawn, The Wind and the Lion, Big Wednesday and Farewell to the King. In 1978, Milius' close friend, Steven Spielberg, referred to him as the scoutmaster of their group of young filmmakers known as the New Hollywood that included Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola. The characters of Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) in the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski, and of John Milner in George Lucas' American Graffiti are loosely based on Milius.

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    Moland is a Norwegian film director known for Aberdeen, Zero Kelvin, and A Somewhat Gentle Man. Before directing his first feature he had won prizes at all major festivals, including Cannes, for his commercial work. The Beautiful Country was selected for competition in Berlin, and he was also later nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival for Regnskap.

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    Monger has directed eight feature films and has written over thirty screenplays. He is known for The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain and Chico de Rio, which won the Hollywood Film Festival. He also wrote the popular television film Seeing Red, for which he received a Christopher Award.

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    Mungia is a screenwriter and director known for Six-String Samurai and A Garden for Rio. His work has been featured at Sundance, Slamdance, Cannes, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Nalluri is a British director with extensive experience in television, having worked with the independent production company Kudos Film and Television since the early 2000s. He is known for directing films for television such as Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Tsunami: the Aftermath, Hustle, and MI-5.

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    Odell is a screenwriter and director known for writing films such as Running Scared, Supergirl, The Dark Crystal, and Masters of the Universe. In 1981, he won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program for his work on The Muppet Show.

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    Parigi made his feature film writing and directorial debut with Love Object. He is best known for his work as a television producer for television series such as Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill.

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    Petersen is a German director and screenwriter who was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay) for Das Boot. His film In the Line of Fire was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for John Malkovich. He has also directed Poseidon, Troy, Air Force One, and The Perfect Storm.

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    Pope is best known for directing music videos for The Cure, David Bowie, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, and Fatboy Slim among others. He has also shot award-winning commercials for such high-profile companies like Agent Provocateur, Kodak, Coca-Cola and the BBC, as well as TV shows, and live concerts. In 2006, Pope received the UK Music Video Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution.
  • Alex Proyas

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    Proyas is a director, producer, and screenwriter best known for directing Dark City, I Robot, and Knowing. He was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival for his short Book of Dreams: 'Welcome to Crateland" and has been honored at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, The Film Critics Circle of Australia, and the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film.

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    Raimi is a director, producer, screenwriter, and actor best known for directing the Spiderman trilogy and the Evil Dead series. He is the founder of the film production company Renaissance Pictures and the co-founder of Ghost House Pictures. Most recently, he directed Oz the Great and Powerful and produced the 2013 remake of Evil Dead.

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    Since Reitman’s first feature film, Thank You for Smoking, he has directed Juno, Up In The Air, and Young Adult. He founded Hard C Productions in 2006 before leaving to found Right of Way Films in 2009. He works as a producer, director, and screenwriter and most recently wrote the screenplay for and directed Labor Day, which is set for release in 2013.

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    Rickman is a renowned actor of both stage and screen best known for his performances in Die Hard, Robbin Hood, the Harry Potter series, Michael Collins, and Dogma. In theatre, he is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Les Liasons Dangereuses. The Winter Guest was his directorial debut.

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    Schepisi is an Australian film director and screenwriter known for Six Degrees of Separation, Roxanne, and A Cry in the Dark, which received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Direction and the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay. In addition, he directed and co-produced the HBO mini-series Empire Falls, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award and the Director’s Guild of America Award for Best Director of a TV Film.

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    Schroeder is a Franco-Swiss director, producer, writer and actor who at the age of 23, founded the production company Les Films du Losange, which produced some of the best-known films of the French New Wave including the award-winning My Night at Maud’s and Claire’s Knee, both of which were written and directed by Eric Rohmer. Schroeder is also known for writing and directing the French films More, Maîtresse, and La vallée and for directing the documentaries General Idi Amin Dada and Koko, a Talking Gorillia. His first American film Barfly starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and earned Dunaway a Golden Globe nomination. He also directed Murder by Numbers, Single White Female, and Desperate Measures.

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    Best friends and partners Joost and Schulman are best known for directing the documentary Catfish, which is now a popular MTV series, and the third and fourth installments of the Paranormal Activity series. Paranormal Activity 4 was the most successful film in history based on budget to box office success. The two have also worked together on documentary shorts Metropolis and A Brief History of John Baldessari, as well as the television movie 3x3.

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    Shainberg’s first feature film, Hit Me, was screened at the Toronto Film Festival. His breakthrough came through 2002’s Secretary, which received a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. In addition, his short, The Prom, which stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, won the Grand Prize at the Houston International Film Festival, the Critic’s Award at the Breckenridge Festival in Colorado, and the Silver Medal for Drama at the New York Festival.

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    Simpson is known for his avant-garde work in theatre and is the founder of The Flea Theater in New York City, for which he has directed over 70 productions. In addition to The Guys, he has directed for the television series Tales From The Crypt.

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    Stallone is an actor, screenwriter, and director best known for his action roles as the legendary boxer Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. He made his directorial debut with Paradise Alley, which he as wrote and starred. Stallone wrote all six Rocky films and directed the first three sequels as well as 2006’s Rocky Balboa. In addition, he wrote Cobra, Driven, and Rambo, and directed and starred in The Expendables, and starred in The Expendables 2, Bullet to the Head, and The Tomb. He received the Golden Eye for Lifetime Achievement from the Zurich Film Festival in 2008.
  • Oliver Stone

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    Stone is a director, screenwriter, and producer best known for JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon, and Midnight Express. For his work on these movies, Stone has collectively won three Oscars and five Golden Globes. Stone won Best Direction for Platoon at the 1988 BAFTA awards. He was presented with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 2007 Austin Film Festival and the San Francisco Film Society Founder’s Directing Award in 2011. Pressman gave Stone his first opportunity to direct a feature film with The Hand.

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    Swaim worked in commercials and documentaries before founding, along with several other young filmmakers, a company to produce their own films. While in existence, they released over fifty theatrical short films, three of which directed by Swaim. Since working on Half Moon Street, he is known for La Balance, Masquerade, Nos amis les flics.

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    The Italian brothers Taviani began writing and directing in the early 1960s winning the Italian Film Critics Award at the 1962 Venice Film Festival for their first feature, Un uomo da bruciare. Since then, they have won more than 40 awards including the Palme d’Or and the FIPRESCI prize at 1977 Cannes Film Festival for Padre Padrone, the Grand Prix du Jury at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival for The Night of the Shooting Stars (the film received 15 additional awards earning the brother’s the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film and Best Director, and the Italian Golden Globe for Best Film in 1984), and the 2012 Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Caesar Must Die (the film was also nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award).

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    Tewkesbury is a director, screenwriter, producer, and actress who has a long association with director Robert Altman and wrote two of his most acclaimed films, Nashville and Thieves Like Us. She is also known for her work on television directing episodes of such series as The Tenth Month, Felicity, and most recently The Guardian.

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    Toback is a writer and director most known for penning the 1992 Golden Globe Best Picture, Bugsy, which earned Toback an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay. He wrote first feature in 1974, the Golden Globe nominated The Gambler, which is considered by some to have launched James Caan’s career, then Toback made his directorial debut in 1978 with Fingers, which starred Harvey Keitel, Tisa Farrow and Jim Brown (it was later remade by Jacques Audiard as The Beat That My Heart Skipped). He also directed The Pick-Up Artist with Robert Downey Jr, Molly Ringwald, Dennis Hopper and Danny Aiello, Exposed with Harvey Keitel and Ian McShane, and the Mike Tyson documentary, Tyson, which won the Regard Knockout Award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Toback’s most recent documentary, Seduced and Abandoned, follows Toback and Alec Baldwin as they try to fund a film while at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Toback and Pressman grew up together and were classmates at the Ethical Culture and Fieldston schools.

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    Widerberg was a Swedish film director, writer, editor, and actor who began his career writing columns of literary and film criticism for the Swedish newspaper Expressen, along with short stories and novels, which included Visionen I svensk film (A Vision of Swedish Cinema) published in 1962. He made his first feature that same year and directed such award-winning films as All Things Fair (nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, won Silver Bear at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival), Adalen 31 (won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe), Joe Hill (won the Jury Prize at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival), Raven’s End (won Swedish Goldbagge for Best Actor, Keve Hjelm and nominated for Academy Award), Man on the Roof (won Swedish Goldbagge for Best Film and Best Actor, Håkan Serner), and Elvira Madigan (won Best Actress for Pia Degermark at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival). Widerberg’s “work is the unique heritage of an artist who was remarkable for his part in the rejuvenation of Swedish cinema, for the integrity of his social commitment and the grandeur of his cinematic vision” (The Independent, May 1997).
  • Paul Williams

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    Paul Williams is an actor, screenwriter, director, and producer best known for starting one of the first independent film production companies with Pressman in the late 1960s after they collaborated on Williams’ short Girl, a proto-music video featuring music from the Beatles. Their film Out of It was an anomaly at the time—the independent film movement subsequently blossomed. Williams was a first in a new generation of filmmakers to make studio released independent movies, which included the 1972 Warner Bros. film Dealing and the 1978 Universal Pictures film Nunzio. Pressman and Williams have remained close friends to this day.

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    Winograd wrote, directed, and produced the film Face the Edge, and also penned the ‘Cat and Mouse’ at the Home short film included in Flicks.

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    Winner of the Asian Film Award of Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema and two BAFTAs for his films To Live and Raise the Red Lantern, Yimou is a critically acclaimed Chinese director known for making such art films as the Academy Award nominated Ju Dou, the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winning The Story of Qiu Ju and the Golden Globe nominated Shanghai Triad. His action films Hero, House of Flying Daggers, and Curse of the Golden Flower were all major successes. In 2008, Yimou directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.

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    Yoshida is a screenwriter, actor, director, and producer known for Twilight of the Cockroaches and The Last Bullet. He has worked as a composer and was a member of the video game developer Data East’s soundteam “Gamadelic” during the ‘90s.