"Powerful, inspirational drama"
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"...captivating and gripping story."— Christianity Today
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"Incredible and inspiring story of redemption."— Box Office Magazine
"...an action movie that could inspire people to take action."— IN TOUCH
MARC FORSTER (Director and Producer) is best known for the unique aesthetic and attention to detail evident in each of the wide-ranging list of films he has directed. In 2008, Forster founded Apparatus, a Los Angeles-based production company. Apparatus has a first-look deal with Sony/Columbia Pictures and Jeff Skoll’s Participant Productions.
Forster is currently in production on World War Z, starring Brad Pitt. The film, a joint venture with Apparatus and Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, is based on Max Brooks’ post-apocalyptic horror novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.
Born in Germany in 1969 and raised in Switzerland, Forster came to the U.S. in 1990 to attend NYU Film School, graduating in 1993. The helmer’s style was immediately made clear in Forster’s first film, Everything Put Together, which he also co-wrote. This searing psychological drama was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. At the Independent Spirit Awards, Forster won the Someone to Watch Award and was nominated for the Best Feature under $500,000 honor. Forster’s next film was the reality-bending thriller Stay, starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling.
Forster’s true directorial breakout came in 2001 with Monster’s Ball, a critical and commercial success that received two Oscar nominations with Halle Berry winning for Best Actress. Featuring commanding performances by Berry, Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger, the film offered a powerful glimpse into the legacies of race, loss and redemption.
In Finding Neverland, Forster recreated turn-of-the-century London in the semi-biographical story of the inspiring friendship between J.M. Barrie, author of the beloved stage play Peter Pan,and the four young boys and single mother who lived next door. Starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Finding Neverland was one of the most celebrated films of 2004. It was recognized as Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review and received seven Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations and 11 BAFTA nominations. Forster himself received a Best Director nomination from his peers at the DGA.
In 2007, Forster adapted the New York Times bestselling novel The Kite Runner. Forster’s film garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and a BAFTA bid for Film Not in the English Language. Next, Forster directed the imaginative comedy Stranger Than Fiction, starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson.
Forster then took the reins of the James Bond franchise in Quantum of Solace, starring Daniel Craig and Judi Dench.It became the highest-grossing film in Bond history with a worldwide box-office total of $587 million.
JASON KELLER (Writer) has penned a handful of feature screenplays that quickly attracted Hollywood’s most desired talent and served to establish him as a go-to writer of muscular, character-driven projects. With Melissa Wallack, he wrote the still-untitled Snow White film for stars Julia Roberts, Sean Bean and Lily Collins. The project, a wildly original reimagining of the Snow White tale, is now filming in Montreal with director Tarsem Singh.
Keller also has a project in active development at Summit Entertainment, actioner The Tomb. Bruce Willis is set to star and Antoine Fuqua to direct with Mark Canton and Robbie Brenner on board to produce.
Keller is also writing the tentatively titled Go Like Hell, his adaptation of A.J. Baime’s Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. The book chronicles the exciting 1966 rivalry as Ford tried to unseat Ferrari as the dominant player on the international race circuit. Michael Mann has signed on to direct.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Keller was attending Ball State University when a professor recommended him for a yearlong theater and film studies program at Regents College in London. There, he studied old Westerns and wrote and directed plays.
After the program, Keller dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career. Success eluded him for many years and in that time he worked in almost every capacity of film production: as a grip, a gaffer, an assistant and countless other jobs the aspiring writer was happy to take in order to soak up the filmmaking experience.
Keller was recently hired to write the screen adaptation of Justin Cronin’s epic 2009 novel The Passage for 20th Century Fox. Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield and Let Me In, has been developing the project and chose Keller as his collaborator. The story is set in the future, after a government experiment to lengthen human life spans turns people into vampires.
Keller lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles.
CRAIG CHAPMAN (Producer) was born and raised in the state of Maine and lived there until he graduated from the University of Maine in 1998. After graduation, he moved to the Bay Area to continue his education at Sonoma State University under a fellowship program. There, Chapman became interested in the entertainment business after having the opportunity to work on the feature film Bicentennial Man, starring Robin Williams, and the television series Nash Bridges, with Don Johnson.
In 1999, Chapman decided that he would need to move to Los Angeles if he was to pursue his ambitions for a career in entertainment. With just $1000 in his pocket and a dream, he relocated and spent six weeks seeking work. Chapman landed a job at Dick Clark Productions as a development executive and moonlighted as a waiter at House of Blues. While at Dick Clark, Chapman worked under Cindy Clark and Barry Adelman on the TV pilot Smartest Kid in America, produced for CBS.
It wasn’t long before Chapman decided to pursue a consulting opportunity with UrbanMind Pictures, a New York-based development company. In 2002, the company was purchased by PPI Entertainment, North America’s oldest independently held distribution company. Chapman worked for PPI for more than two years, reporting directly to the CEO and owner.
In 2005, he left PPI with considerable knowledge of the financial aspects of the media business. Chapman then produced his first feature film, The Hit, starring Blair Underwood. Since then, Chapman has produced and contributed to the financing of high-level feature films.
Chapman helped to launch Siren Studios, a highly respected studio and production services company. Siren currently owns and maintains studio facilities in the heart of Hollywood and plans to complete a new 1000-square-foot digital media center with motion-capture capabilities by the summer of 2012.
In 2008, while acting as a managing member of Siren, Chapman was introduced to Gary Safady, a real-estate developer who shared his passion for film. After formalizing their partnership through Siren Studios, Chapman and Safady formed Kaushi/Safady Entertainment, a development and production entity currently focused on the creation of feature films and television programming.
GARY SAFADY (Producer) is the president and founder of Safady Entertainment, LLC, which specializes in script development, finance and production. The team is well seasoned in all facets of the entertainment industry and brings together many strategic partnerships. Its mission is to establish two-to-three A-list projects a year that are highly marketable and appeal to a broad audience.
Currently, Safady Entertainment is in pre-production on its next film, Cobra 405, based on the book by Damien Lewis. Set in war-torn Beirut during the late s, Cobra 405 tells the thrilling story of an extraordinary heist involving nine soldiers and $150 million in gold. The book is based on actual events and the heist is still regarded as one of the biggest bank raids in history.
Safady has more than 20 years of experience in real estate development. Since co-founding O&S Holdings, LLC in 1992, he has established himself as a leader in the development community. His resume includes 4.5 million square feet of development projects. Safady is also the co-founder of Monaco Pictures Entertainment, a leading national upscale movie-theater chain. The flagship Monaco Pictures is located in Huntsville, Alabama.
Safady holds a B.A. in business finance from Loyola Marymount University. He is active in many business-to-business organizations and philanthropic causes.
ROBBIE BRENNER (Producer) joined Relativity Media in 2009 and is currently helping to build the company’s single-picture division. She has worked on Relativity films such as The Fighter, Catfish and Immortals. Brenner is now overseeing Tarsem Singh’s as-yet-untitled Snow White project starring Julia Roberts, which is set for a March 2012 release. She is also overseeing two other forthcoming films: a remake of The Crow, with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo attached to direct; and 21 & Over, in which Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (writers of The Hangover) make their directorial debut.
After graduating from New York University in 1993 with a bachelor of fine arts in film, Brenner moved to Los Angeles and established a career in both independent and studio feature film production. She began working for Mickey Rourke’s Red Ruby Productions, where she aided in the production of Bullet, directed by Julien Temple, and the bank-heist dramedy Fall Time.
After working with producer Michael Obel on Nightwatch, a thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Patricia Arquette, Brenner went to work for Miramax Films as a production and development executive. During her eight years at Miramax, she rose to the level of senior vice president and worked on numerous films including director Peter Chelsom’s Serendipity, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, and the romantic comedy On the Line.
In 2004, Brenner left Miramax to produce Haven, Frank E. Flowers’ crime-drama featuring Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton. She then went on to serve as a senior VP at 20th Century Fox from 2005 to 2006, where she was involved in acquiring and developing feature films. Next, Brenner produced the romantic thriller Deception, starring Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams.
In 2007, Brenner became the president of the classics division at Davis Entertainment, where she set up the remakes of such films such as Taps and Romancing the Stone as well as producing the monster-showdown sequel AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem. Brenner left to produce David Twohy’s A Perfect Getaway in 2008, which starred Milla Jovovich and Timothy Olyphant. This twisty thriller was financed by Relativity Media.
DEBORAH GIARRATANA (Producer) has been in the entertainment business for 22 years and is currently at the forefront of the emerging high-end visual effects and animation industry. She is in active development with Virgin Produced on The Reading Promise, based on Alice Ozma’s New York Times bestseller. The film will tell the heartwarming true story of a father who kept his promise to read to his daughter every single night. Giarratana is also producing Sophie Tucker, in association with Sony Pictures Animation. This family film is based on actual events involving an Australian cattle dog lost at sea who was rescued from a deserted island months later.
Giarratana is also developing an adaptation of The Tiger Rising, a novel written by the award-winning author Kate DiCamillo. Academy Award-nominated actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies) is attached to star. In development with Lorenzo di Bonaventura Pictures is 90 Church, based on the true story of a rookie agent in the corrupt Federal Narcotics Bureau of the 1960s, which used ruthless tactics to fight the war on drugs.
Giarratana got her start by generating film business for Pacific Data Images, which went on to become DreamWorks Animation. She then worked as a visual effects executive at James Cameron’s Digital Domain, billing millions in revenue through the release of Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic.
For the last decade, Giarratana has managed film business for Sony Pictures Imageworks, one of the leading visual effects and animation companies in the world. She has worked on numerous major motion pictures including the Spider-Man franchise, I Am Legend, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland remake, Green Lantern and the upcoming Oz.
Giarratana founded LA LOVES, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support artists in channeling their talents toward humanitarian efforts around the world.