While traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman falls for Gabi, a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel, her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying.
Shia has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. His natural talent and raw energy have secured his place as one of Hollywood’s leading men.
Most recently, Shia was seen in John Hillcoat’s crime drama, Lawless, alongside Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska. Set in Depression-era Virginia, the film tells the story of a bootlegging gang and debuted to a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.
Up next, Shia will be seen in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, a thriller about a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity. The film co-stars an award-winning ensemble cast that includes Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon and Chris Cooper. It premiered to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival and will be released in April 2013. He also stars in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, opposite Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo. The film will premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and focuses on Charlie’s romantic exploits with a girl who was previously claimed by a mob boss with a penchant for violence and a gang at his disposal. He recently wrapped production on Nymphomaniac, a drama directed by Lars von Triers which follows the story of a woman’s sexual history.
LaBeouf starred in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which marked his third and final turn as the enterprising and heroic Sam Witwicky. From the original Transformers released in 2007 (which earned over $700 million around the world in theatrical release and became the highest grossing DVD of the year) to the second installment in 2009, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, (which garnered global receipts upwards of $836 million,) Sam continued to find himself in the middle of a life and death struggle between warring robot legions on earth.
Additional film credits include Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opposite Michael Douglas, the fourth installment of Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones” series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, alongside Harrison Ford, D.J. Caruso’s Eagle Eye, the Anthony Minghella-scripted segment of New York I Love You, a romantic anthology, the popular thriller Disturbia, the Oscar® nominated animated film Surf’s Up, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, which won “Best Ensemble Cast” at the Sundance Film Festival, Emilio Estevez’s acclaimed drama Bobby, The Greatest Game Ever Played, I, Robot, Constantine, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, HBO’s “Project Greenlight” featuring The Battle of Shaker Heights produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and in 2003 he made his feature film debut in the comedy Holes, based on the best-selling book by Louis Sacher.
In 2007, Shia was named the “Star of Tomorrow” by the ShoWest convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, and in February 2008 he was awarded the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award, which was voted for by the British general public. In addition, he was nominated for four Teen Choice Awards for Transformers, winning the Breakout Male Award, the Teen Choice Award for Movie Actor in a Horror/Thriller for his performance in Disturbia; as well as a Scream Award. In 2004, he was nominated for the Young Artists Award for “Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film” and the “Breakthrough Male Performance” at the MTV Movie Awards for his performance in Holes.
On television, LeBeouf garnered much praise from critics everywhere for his portrayal of “Louis Stevens” on the Disney Channel’s original series Even Stevens. In 2003, he earned a Daytime Emmy award for “Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series” for his work on the highly rated family show.
LaBeouf currently resides in California.
Evan Rachel Wood (Gabi Ibanescu) Evan is one of the most talented young actresses of her time. She recently gained critical acclaim and an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie" for her portrayal of Veda Pierce in the HBO miniseries MILDRED PIERCE. She also earned acclaim for her powerful performance as Stephanie, Mickey Rourke’s estranged daughter in Darren Aronofsky’s 2008 film, THE WRESTLER. A working actress since she was five, when she competed in archery tournaments, Wood had her breakout role in 2003 with Catherine Hardwicke’s controversial independent film, THIRTEEN (2003), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Drama as well as a Best Actress SAG Award. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Wood is the daughter of Sara Lynn Moore, actress, director and acting coach, and Ira David Wood III, an actor, singer, theatre director and playwright. While growing up, she was active in a regional theatre called Theatre In the Park, directed by her father. She recently returned to this venue as Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet, directed by her brother Ira David Wood IV. She began her professional career in 1994, acting in TV movies, including “In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness,” “Search for Grace,” “A Father for Charlie,” and “Death in Small Doses.” She also had a recurring role on the series “American Gothic.”
In 2010, she was seen in Robert Redford’s, The Conspirator in which she starred alongside James McAvoy and Robin Wright. In 2011 she starred in the HBO miniseries adaptation of Mildred Pierce alongside Kate Winslet. She also appeared as Queen Sophie-Ann Leclerq in the critically acclaimed HBO show, True Blood. Her charitable work is well known.
Most recently, Evan starred in The Ides of March directed by and starring George Clooney. The cast also included Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Next up, Evan will star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman alongside Shia LaBeouf and Mads Mikkelsen which is set to be released in 2013. She will also star in the films Barefoot and A Case of You. She will soon begin production on 10 Things I Hate about Life.
In 1996, Wood moved with her mother to Los Angeles. After a one season role on the drama “Profiler,” she was cast as a series regular on the award-winning series, “Once and Again,” in which she appeared for four seasons. Her first major screen role was Digging To China with Kevin Bacon, followed by Practical Magic, with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. In 2002, she made her teenage debut as a leading film actress in Little Secrets, and played a supporting role in the sci-fi drama, S1m0ne, starring Al Pacino. The following year, in addition to her role in Thirteen, Wood played the kidnapped daughter of Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones in Ron Howard’s MISSING. Her subsequent films include The Upside of Anger, Pretty Persuasion (2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner), Down in the Valley, Running with Scissors, and King of California. She displayed her singing talents in 2007 with her role as Lucy in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe, set to the songs of the Beatles. She then voiced the role of an alien in Battle for Terra, and starred opposite Uma Thurman in The Life Before Her Eyes, before playing Stephanie in The Wrestler and Melodie in Woody Allen's Whatever Works.
Born 24 August 1988, Rupert is an English actor, who rose to prominence playing Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter film series. Grint was cast as Ron at the age of 11, having previously acted only in school plays and at his local theatre group. From 2001 through 2011, he starred in the eight Harry Potter movies alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.
Beginning in 2002, Grint began to work outside of the Harry Potter franchise, taking on a co-leading role in Thunderpants. He has had starring roles in Driving Lessons, a dramedy release in 2006, and Cherrybomb, a small budgeted drama released in 2010. Grint co-starred with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt in Wild Target, a comedy.
In March 2011, Grint was cast as the lead character in a small budgeted anti-war Norwegian film, Into the White, which was directed by Petter Næss. Principal Photography started in April, and the project, which was shot on location, was released in 2012. Into the White is based on a true story that took place on 27 April 1940, when German Luftwaffe pilot Horst Schopis’s bomber was shot down at Grotli by an RAF fighter, which then crash-landed. The several German and English crew members found shelter by change during a strong winter there.
In September it was announced that Grint will voice a character in the film adaptation of Postman Pat called Postman Pat: The Movie- You Know You’re The One next to David Tennant, Stephen Mangan and Jim Broadbent with a planned 3D theatrical release for spring 2013. In his next movie, Rupert will play the part of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards in a biopic of his heroic failure at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. He has also appeared in the music video for a song by Ed Sheeran called Lego House. The video was released on the 20th October 2011.
Rupert won the 2011 Radio 1 Teen Award for Best Actor.
The Copenhagen-born actor Mads Mikkelsen, who began his professional career as a gymnast and dancer, has worked steadily in theatre, television and film to become the top male star in Denmark and Scandinavia.
Mikkelsen received the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his role in The Hunt. In this film, directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration), Mikkelsen plays a kindergarten teacher in a small Danish village who is falsely accused of child abuse. Following a premiere at Cannes, the film also screened at the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, among others. Mikkelsen’s performance additionally earned him his third European Film Award nomination for Best Actor. Magnolia Pictures will release the film in the spring of 2013. He also appeared briefly at GSMFest.
Also next spring, Mikkelsen will be introduced to American audiences playing the iconic role of ‘Hannibal Lecter’ in Hannibal, a television adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novel, for NBC. The series will feature Hugh Dancy as ‘Will Graham,’ the criminal profiler who is searching for a serial killer with the FBI and enlists Dr. Lecter's help with the case. Brian Fuller (Pushing Daisies) who created the series will write and executive produce.
Most recently, Mikkelsen starred in A Royal Affair in the role of Johann Friedrich Struensee,’ the German physician who became a confidant to the mentally ill King Christian VII and had an affair with his wife, Queen Caroline Mathilde. The historical film, written and directed by Nikolaj Arcel and also starring Alicia Vikander and Mikkel Boe Foelsgaard, premiered at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Magnolia Pictures released the film in the US on November 9, 2012.
Mikkelsen made his film debut with a lead performance in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s (Drive) 1996 international crime drama success Pusher, part one of a trilogy. He reprised his role as a low-life pusher/junkie the much-anticipated sequel, With Blood On My Hands: Pusher 2, with a performance that garnered him a Robert and Bodil for Best Actor.
In 2004, Mikkelsen made his American debut opposite Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in Disney’s King Arthur, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean). As ‘Tristan,’ Mikkelsen played the understated hawk-loving scout among Arthur’s (played by Owen) Knights of the Round Table.
In 2005, Mikkelsen appeared as a delusional priest in Adam’s Apple, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was the Danish selection for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2006 Academy Awards and his performance garnered him a Best Actor Zulu Award.
In 2006, Mikkelsen starred as the villain, ‘Le Chiffre,’ in the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale. The film was received positively by critics and earned worldwide box office success. Also that year, Mikkelsen played the lead in Susanne Bier’s film After the Wedding, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 for Best Foreign Language Film. In addition, he also starred in the Swedish thriller Exit, directed by Peter Lindmark.
In 2008, Mikkelsen starred in director Ole Christian Madsen’ Danish drama/action film, Flame & Citron. The film takes place during the Nazi occupation of Denmark during World War II.
In 2009, Mikkelsen was reunited with Danish director Nicolas Winding-Refn (Drive) for Valhalla Rising. The story follows a group of Christians on a journey to Jerusalem, taking place in 1,000 AD. The film premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.
In 2010, Mikkelsen starred as ‘Draco’ in the 3D fantasy adventure film, Clash of the Titans. The film was directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) and distributed by Warner Bros.
In 2011, Mikkelsen appeared as ‘Rochefort’ in the 3D adaptation of The Three Musketeers for director Paul W.S. Anderson. The film also starred Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich. This same year, the European Film Awards presented Mikkelsen with the honorary award, Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema 2011.
Additional film credits include I am Dina opposite Gérard Depardieu, Shake It All About, Flickering Lights, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself and The Green Butchers for which he was nominated for a Bodil for Best Actor in 2004.
A graduate of Århus Theatre School, Mikkelsen has subsequently appeared onstage in several productions, including ‘Romeo’ in Romeo and Juliet, as directed by Lars Kaalund. Mikkelsen also starred in the police series, Unit 1, which garnered an International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series. Among his many distinguished and varied film roles, Mikkelsen is best known for his starring role in Susanne Bier's Open Hearts for which he was nominated for Best Actor for the Robert (Danish Academy Award) and Bodil (Danish Film Critics' Award) in 2003 and won the "Best Actor" Zulu Award in 2002.
Actor, producer, writer and director Til Schweiger is Germany’s most successful filmmaker and biggest movie star. He runs his own production company Barefoot Films in Berlin.
Schweiger’s debut as a producer and (uncredited) director came in 1997 with Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. The film remains a cult favourite for audiences worldwide. He also directed and produced Der Eisbaer (The Polar Bear) in 1998.
Schweiger won a Bambi Award for Barfuss (Barefoot) in 2005, which he wrote, directed and starred in. He also won a Bambi for his lead role in Raumschif Surprise (Dreamship Surprise). He was the first foreign actor who won the “Polish Oscar” at the International Warsaw Filmfestival in 1996 for his performance in Bastard.
Keinorhasen (Rabbit Without Ears) was written, produced and directed by Schweiger and became the most successful film in German Theaters in 2008 with a box office result of USD 58.000.000. The film won a prestigious Bambi Award, a Bavarian Film Award, the German Comedy Award, two DIVA Awards, a Jupiter Award and the Ernst Lubitsch Award. The sequel Zweiohrkueken (Rabbit Without Ears 2) was released on the following year and was also a huge success with over 4.2 million viewers and a box office of USD 45.000.000.
Schweiger then went on to direct, produce and star in 1 ½ Ritter (1 ½ Knights), which also proved a huge cinema hit on its release in 2008.
Kokowaah, his most recent work as a director, co-writer, producer and actor was released in February 2011, which raked in $50,000,000 USD from 4.3 Million people and was No. 1 for 5 weeks in a row on the German Movie Charts.
In front of the screen, Schweiger first appeared as an actor in 1991 in Manta, Manta. Additional TV and film roles followed, including Der bewegte Man’n (The most desired Man), Maennerpension (Jailbirds), Das Mädchen Rosemarie (The Girl Rosemarie), Bastard (Bandyta), Bang Boom Bang, Der grosse Bagarozy (The Devil and Ms. D.), Was tun, wenn´s brennt (What to do in case of fire), Les Daltons vs. Lucky Luke, Der Rote Baron (The Red Baron), Wo ist Fred (Where is Fred?), Phantomschmerz (Phantom Pain), Männerherzen (Men in the City), to name but a few.
Schweiger has also appeared in a wide range of American films, including Already Dead, King Arthur, IN Enemy Hands, Magicians, Tomb Raider: The Craddle of Life, Driven SLC Punk, Investigating Sex, Joe and Max, and The Replacement Killers.
One of his latest big screen appearances was as the legendary Hugo Stieglitz in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.
In December 2011, Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve was released in which Til Schweiger starred in a storyline alongside Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert de Niro and Hilary Swank.
In January 2012 he shot his latest movie, Schutzengel (Guardians), an emotional action drama. Til Schweiger played the lead, as well as produced and directed the feature film. It was released in Germany in September 2012.
In between he found the time to perform in Fredrik Bond’s The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013.
From August to October 2012, Til Schweiger was directing and producing the sequel KOKOWÄÄH 2. As established before, he plays the lead alongside his daughter Emma. This lovely family comedy will be released in Germany in February 2013.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, D’Onofrio grew up in Hawaii, Colorado and Florida. He eventually returned to New York to study acting at the American Stanislavsky Theatre with Sharon Chatten of the Actors Studio. While honing his craft, he appeared in several films at New York University and worked as a bouncer at dance clubs in the city.
In 1984, he became a full-fledged member of the American Stanislavsky Theatre, appearing in The Petrified Forest, Of Mice and Men, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Indian Wants the Bronx. That same year he made his Broadway debut in Open Admissions. He recently starred off-Broadway in Sam Shepard’s Tooth of Crime (Second Dance).
D’Onofrio gained attention for his intense and compelling talent on the screen in 1987 with a haunting portrayal of an unstable Vietnam War recruit in Stanley Kubrick’s gritty Full Metal Jacket. His other early film appearances include Mystic Pizza and Adventures in Babysitting. He also executive-produced and portrayed 1960s counterculture icon Abbie Hoffman in the film Steal This Movie, opposite Janeane Garofalo; and starred opposite Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn in the science-fiction noir film The Cell. Other film credits include The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys, opposite Jodie Foster; The Salton Sea, opposite Val Kilmer; Imposter, with Gary Sinise; Chelsea Walls, directed by Ethan Hawke; Happy Accidents, co-starring Marisa Tomei; Robert Altman’s The Player; Joel Schumacher’s Dying Young; Tim Burton’s Ed Wood; Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, opposite Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett; Harold Ramis’ Stuart Saves His Family; Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black, opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones; The Thirteenth Floor, opposite Craig Bierko; The Whole Wide World, which he produced and starred in, opposite Renee Zellweger; and Oliver Stone’s JFK.
More recently, D’Onofrio appeared in the sci-fi thriller The Tomb, featuring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and also recently finished Fire with Fire opposite Bruce Willis and Josh Duhamel. Forthcoming film appearances include the independent feature Chained, from writer-director Jennifer Chambers Lynch; Wayne Kramer’s action-comedy, Pawn Shop Chronicles, with Elijah Wood, Matt Dillon, and Brendan Frasier.
Currently, Vincent is shooting the new independent film Broken Horses opposite Anton Yelchin.
In television, Vincent starred as Detective Robert Goren in over 100 episodes of the USA Network original series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He received an Emmy® Award nomination in 1998 for his riveting guest appearance in the Homicide: Life on the Street episode, “The Subway.”
D’Onofrio directed, produced and starred in the short film, Five Minutes, Mr. Welles, and recently appeared on the Academy Award winning short, The New Tenants.
Away from the set, D’Onofrio enjoys spending time in New York with his family.
Melissa received an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award for her tour de force performance in The Fighter. She also received Oscar and SAG nominations for her starring role in Frozen River, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review among countless other accolades
Leo shared a Best Ensemble acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for her outstanding work in 21 Grams opposite Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn. Her most recent films include Conviction, opposite Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell and Welcome to the Rileys opposite James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart. Other notable film work includes The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada in which she starred opposite Dwight Yoakam and Tommy Lee Jones, and Hide and Seek in which she starred opposite Robert DeNiro.
Leo can be seen in the upcoming films Red State written and directed by Kevin Smith and Seven Days in Utopia opposite Robert Duvall and in Mildred Pierce the HBO miniseries directed by Todd Haynes in which Melissa stars opposite Kate Winslet. Leo’s television credits include the current HBO series Treme from executive producer David Simon, and she is known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Detective Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Streets.
Leo studied Drama at Mount View Theatre School in London, England and later at the SUNY Purchase Acting Program.
Fredrik Bond: (Director)
Originally from Stockholm Sweden, Fredrik Bond moved to London in the late 90's after having been obsessed with American films from the late 70's early 80's and British commercials since a child. In 1999 a music video for Moby's Play album "Bodyrock" set off his career in London. For more than 10 years he's been doing awarded commercials for Levis, Nike and Adidas among others. In 2004 he received his first Directors Guild of America nomination. His Heineken “Entrance” and “Date” commercials received the prestigious Gold Lions for best direction and best film in Cannes 2011 and landed him his fourth Directors Guild of America nomination. In 2012, he was nominated for two more Directors Guild of America awards for his direction of the Puma “Surfer” commercial and Budweiser’s “Eternal Optimism.” In feature films he has developed projects with Warner Bros. and for Universal. The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman is his first movie. He lives in Venice, CA with his very patient wife and two even more patient kids.
Craig J. Flores: (Producer)
Flores, executive producer of the global box office hit Immortals (Relativity) helmed by visionary director Tarsem Singh, joined Voltage Pictures in January 2011 with Nicolas Chartier, Oscar-winning producer of The Hurt Locker. Craig was a former partner of Hollywood Gang Productions, a first look company at Warner Brothers, under which he executive produced Immortals, the comedy Everybody’s Fine (Miramax) starring Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Kate Beckinsale, as well as the action epic 300, directed by Zack Snyder, which grossed over $475 million at the box office world-wide. Flores is also an executive producer on 300: Rise of an Empire, currently in production at Warner Bros.
Flores’ first picture under the Voltage banner was Academy Award winning Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, and Nick Nolte. Their second film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, directed by Fredrik Bond and again starring LaBeouf alongside Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, and Melissa Leo, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and has been selected for competition at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. Flores recently wrapped A Many Splintered Thing, an “anti”-romantic comedy starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Wilson, Aubrey Plaza, Martin Starr, and Topher Grace.
Albert Berger: (Producer)
Albert Berger formed Bona Fide Productions with Ron Yerxa in 1993. Their producing credits include Steven Soderbergh’s King of the Hill, Alexander Payne’s Election, Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s Little Miss Sunshine, and Todd Field’s Little Children among others.
Berger’s executive producing credits include the award-winning documentary Crumb, the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Hamlet 2, and the soon to be released Levon Helm documentary Ain’t In It For My Health.
Bona Fide recently completed production on Nebraska for Paramount Pictures, directed by Alexander Payne. Their upcoming films include Low Down to be directed by Jeff Preiss and Louder Than Bombs to be directed by Joachim Trier.
After graduating from Tufts University, Albert Berger returned to his native Chicago where he owned and managed the Sandburg Theatre, a revival showcase for obscure and classic films. He attended Columbia University film school before moving to Los Angeles to write scripts for Paramount, TriStar, MGM, Orion, and producer Roger Corman. Berger went on to serve as Vice President of Development for Marvin Worth Productions at Paramount Pictures, where he worked on several projects, including Malcolm X.
Ron Yerxa: (Producer)
Ron Yerxa formed Bona Fide Productions with Albert Berger in 1993. Their producing credits include Steven Soderbergh’s King of the Hill, Alexander Payne’s Election, Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s Little Miss Sunshine, and Todd Field’s Little Children among others.
Yerxa’s executive producing credits include the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Hamlet 2, and the Levon Helm documentary Ain’t In It For My Health.
Bona Fide recently completed production on Nebraska for Paramount Pictures, directed by Alexander Payne. Their upcoming films include Low Down to be directed by Jeff Preiss and Louder Than Bombs to be directed by Joachim Trier.
Ron Yerxa graduated from Stanford University before working as a journalist and teacher. He joined CBS and later Sovereign Films before becoming an independent producer.
William Horberg: (Producer)
William is an Independent producer whose company, Wonderful Films, is currently producing “Black Nativity,” directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson for Fox Searchlight. His recent productions include “Disconnect,” directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Alexander Skarsgard and Andrea Riseborough coming out in April 2013 from Liddell Entertainment, and “Therese Raquin,” starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange, also for Liddell. Horberg was also a producer on “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,” starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen for Voltage Pictures, which is premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Previously, Horberg was the President of Production at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE), the Los Angeles and New York-based production, finance, and distribution company for three years, starting in August 2005.
During Horberg’s tenure there, SKE, in association with Universal Pictures, financed Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass’ critically acclaimed United 93, as well as executive-produced Billy Ray’s Breach. The company’s other productions, which Horberg oversaw and executive-produced, include Kasi Lemmons’ Talk to Me, starring Don Cheadle and Independent Spirit Award winner Chiwetel Ejiofor; Frank Oz’ HBO Comedy Arts Festival Audience Award-winning Death at a Funeral; Jon Poll’s Charlie Bartlett, starring Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey, Jr.; Ira Sachs’s Married Life, starring Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Rachel McAdams; Craig Gillespie’s Lars and the Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling, Patricia Clarkson, and Emily Mortimer, and written by Academy Award nominee Nancy Oliver; and Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, starring Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams and Samantha Morton.
Additionally, Horberg served as an executive producer on Greg Mottola’s Adventureland (a Miramax co-production), starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Ryan Reynolds; and Stephen Belber’s Management, starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, and Woody Harrelson. Horberg was also an executive producer on Focus Features’ Milk, starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn and directed by Gus Van Sant.
He was also the producer of Marc Forster’s The Kite Runner based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, which was co-financed by SKE and Jeff Skoll's Participant Films for Dreamworks and Paramount Vantage.
Horberg joined SKE after heading his own independent feature production company, Wonderland Films, which was based at Dreamworks.
Prior to forming Wonderland, he was partnered for 11 years with Academy Award-winning filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella in their film and television production company, Mirage Enterprises.
During Horberg’s tenure at Mirage, he produced such films as Mr. Minghella’s Cold Mountain, for which Renée Zellweger won an Academy Award and The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Matt Damon and Academy Award nominee Jude Law; Phillip Noyce’s The Quiet American, starring Academy Award nominee Michael Caine; Tom Tykwer’s Heaven, starring Cate Blanchett; Peter Howitt’s Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow; and Steven Zaillian’s Searching for Bobby Fischer.
For television during that time, he created and produced the acclaimed anthology series Fallen Angels, episodes of which were directed by Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Steven Soderbergh, among others; and executive-produced Bob Rafelson’s telefilm Poodle Springs, starring James Caan as Phillip Marlowe.
Before partnering in Mirage, Horberg spent several years at Paramount Pictures, beginning in 1987 as a creative executive. He was later promoted to Senior Vice President of Production, and oversaw the development and production of such films as Jerry Zucker’s Academy Award-winning smash Ghost; David Zucker’s The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear; Kenneth Branagh’s Dead Again; Mike Nichols’s Regarding Henry; Michael Hoffman’s Soapdish; Barry Sonnenfeld’s The Addams Family; and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part III.
Originally from Chicago, Horberg started out in the business as the owner and operator of the Sandburg Theater, a repertory cinema in downtown Chicago that programmed revival and first-run foreign films.
He is currently in development of several upcoming films as a producer, including Marionette, written and to be directed by Dutch filmmaker Elbert Van Strien, and the true-life memoir, Flim Flam Man, by Jennifer Vogel.
The films that Horberg has produced or executive-produced have garnered 24 Academy Award nominations and three wins, 18 Golden Globe nominations, and 29 BAFTA nominations and three wins.
Nicolas Chartier: (Executive Producer)
Nicolas, the Academy Award winning producer of The Hurt Locker, has been involved in the financing, production and sales of a diverse range of films for the past 10 years. In 2005, he founded Voltage Pictures, an International financing, sales and production operation. He has handled over 150 movies in the past 6 years. The Hurt Locker was Voltage Pictures’ first in-house production and claimed 6 Oscars in 2009, including Best Picture. Killer Joe was Voltage’s second in-house film, directed by William Friedkin and starred Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, which was released by LD Entertainment. Recently Nicolas produced The Company You Keep, directed by Robert Redford and starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie and Brit Marling which premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and will be released April 5th, 2013 by Sony Pictures Classics. More recently Nicolas executive produced The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman directed by 6-time DGA nominated director Fredrik Bond, starring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood. He also executive produced Don Jon’s Addiction written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Joseph Gordon-Levitt also stars alongside Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore in his directorial debut, which will premiere at Sundance in 2013. Nicolas currently is producing Zero Theorem being directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Christoph Waltz.
Prior to forming Voltage, Chartier was VP of sales and acquisitions at Myriad Pictures. He has been involved in the sales of a diverse range of films there such as The Good Girl and Van Wilder. As the president of Vortex Pictures, he sold titles such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Nicolas Cage’s Sonny. As head of sales and acquisitions at Arclight Films, Chartier acquired Dean Devlin's The Librarian, 2006 Academy Award winner Crash and The Matador starring Pierce Brosnan. During his time at Arclight, Chartier also sold Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage and The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino.
Hughes Winborne: (Editor)
Hughes is a Hollywood film editor. He has edited 20 films, including Crash, for which he won an Oscar for film editing in the 78th Academy Awards. He also edited Sling Blade (1996) and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). Hughes graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975 (with a bachelor's degree in history). After working for several years, he enrolled in a film program at New York University and discovered film editing. Winborne has been elected as a member of the American Cinema Editors.
Roman Vasyanov: (Cinematographer)
Roman most recently wrapped The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman directed by Fredrik Bond and starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen and Melissa Leo. His previous three credits all wrapping within the year are Zal Batmanglij¹s The East, a Scott Free Production starring Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Brit Marling; cop drama, End of Watch for Crave Films, directed by David Ayer, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Kendrick and The Motel Life, the directorial debut for the Polsky brothers, starring Dakota Fanning and Emile Hirsch.
Hailing from Russia, Roman received critical acclaim for his 2008 Russian musical film, HIPSTERS, for Central Partnership. The film received the Russian Nika Award for both Best Cinematography and Best Film. (The Nika Awards were established by the Russian the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences and are modeled after the Academy Awards).
In his transition to The States, he was brought on to the prestigious RSA team (Ridley and Tony Scott UK advertising production company) to work with director, Carl Erik Rinsch to shoot a commercial for Phillips Television called, The Gift.