THE SUNSET: Production Notes
the Sunset begins
thieves Max “The King Of Alibis” Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) and his
accomplice, Lola (Salma Hayek), retiring to Paradise Island in the
after one last big score, having lifted the second of the three famous
Napoleon diamonds. Their financial future is set, their career in crime
a thing of the past.
the FBI agent who has spent seven years doggedly pursuing Max, only to
be foiled time after time, refuses to believe their retreat into
He thinks the two are planning to lift the third Napoleon diamond, one
of the three largest non-flawed diamonds in the world – it was one of
identical diamonds removed from the scarab of Napoleon’s sword shortly
after his exile to Elba and is estimated to be worth over 70 million
The diamond is scheduled to arrive on Paradise Island via a cruise ship
as part of a touring exhibition, which just happens to coincide with
pair’s recent arrival. Even though he has no jurisdiction in the
country, Stan is intent on catching the sly Max and Lola in the act –
time it’s personal!
the two adversaries
in paradise, Max wittingly turns the tables and befriends the
detective, showing him the pleasures that Paradise Island has to offer.
Stan, out of his element, adapts quickly to the easy-going Caribbean
be turning into a friendship? Maybe Max and Lola aren’t up to
antics? But again, maybe they are? Maybe they really did retire?
For that matter, is Stan telling the truth, or does he have something
hide? When the sun finally sets, and the third Napoleon diamond
stolen, who will walk away…?
Line cinema presents
action comedy After the Sunset, directed by Brett Ratner (Rush
Hour, Rush Hour 2, Red Dragon). The high-caliber cast features
Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson, as well as Don Cheadle (Ocean’s
11) and Naomie Harris (28 Days Later).
screenplay is by
Zbyszewski and Craig Rosenberg (Jurassic Park 3), from a story by
The producers are Beau Flynn (Tigerland, Requiem For A Dream),
Vinson (11:14) and Jay Stern (Rush Hour), with Patrick
(Blade 2, Hellboy) serving as executive producer.
includes two-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Dante Spinotti, ASC,
AIC (The Insider, LA Confidential, Heat) and editor Mark
ACE (Rush Hour 2, Family Man), both of whom worked with director
Brett Ratner on Red Dragon. Other key crew includes production designer
Geoffrey Kirkland (Mississippi Burning, Angela’s Ashes) and
designer Rita Ryack (A Beautiful Mind, Cat in the Hat).
Line Cinema will
the Sunset (rated PG-13 by the MPAA for “sexuality, violence and
nationwide on November 12th, 2004.
for After the Sunset was discovered by producers Beau Flynn and Tripp
highly-respected for producing such critically-acclaimed movies as Tigerland
and Requiem For A Dream. The script was purchased by New Line
and the producers hired Australian screenwriter Craig Rosenberg for a
Both the studio and the producers agreed from the start that their
choice for the role of master thief Max Burdett was none other than
Brosnan, the actor best known around the world as ‘James Bond, Agent
we were visualizing the character of Max, we thought about Pierce, but
figured it was a long shot, that we would never get him. When Pierce
interest, we went in with guns blazing and told him why he was the only
actor to play Max Burdett. From that point on the whole film took
agents sent me a bag of twelve scripts that fit a certain time period
my availability, After the Sunset was the one that really appealed to
I love heist movies-- this is the third one I’ve done (following The
Heist in 1989 and The Thomas Crown Affair in 1999), and I
this had the possibility of being a solid ensemble piece.”
her performance in Frida, was the next to join the cast.
Beau Flynn offers, “We wanted someone who could really give Max a hard
time and see right through him. Salma Hayek is very direct, and it felt
like the energy between her and Pierce would be something very special.
When we talked with Pierce about who could play Lola, we brought up
name and he responded right away. We are fortunate that she loved the
and was really excited to work with Pierce as well.”
always been a
fan of Pierce and wanted to work with him for a long time. He’s a very
talented actor, and in this movie, his character is very relaxed,
sometimes even goofy. You will see him with his messy hair, a little
– he looks so handsome. It suits him!”
is one of cinema’s most beautiful women – an incredibly gifted woman,”
he says. “We’ve not really seen her like this before – playing a
lady in a ‘popcorn’ movie. That’s exciting for her and for all of us to
to join the project
Brett Ratner, the young filmmaker whose five movies – the two highly
successful Rush Hour films, Red Dragon, Family Man,
Talks – have grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide at the box
office. Ratner acknowledges, “Pierce was on the movie before I came
but I was excited because I had wanted to do a James Bond film with
As a matter of fact, he was one of the people who called me and said ‘I
want you to do this movie.’”
to the movie,
Ratner offers “I love caper films. There are so many great films in
genre, but what makes After the Sunset different is that it’s a
heist movie that has a combination of great relationships, heart and
There’s the adversarial buddy relationship between Max and Stan a la Midnight
Run, the romantic relationship between Max and Lola, who are both
and the relationship between Stan and Sophie (played by Naomie Harris),
which all makes for a quite interesting and exciting mix of cat and
to sign on was the new challenges it presented him. “I’ve never done a
movie like this and that was my attraction,” he says. “It’s a mixture
many genres. You’re walking the line between action, drama,humor and
It’s a heist movie that delivers on every level.”
director hopes that
might even forget about the heist and be really concerned about the
at the core of these characters. I’m hoping that by the end of this
people walk out smiling having been entertained, but that they’ll
fall in love with these characters.”
a project I really liked, so when Brett Ratner’s name came up, he is
I admired – someone I actually wanted to direct a James Bond movie.
him on board, suddenly we had a piece that just went up another ten
director Ratner at
the helm, After The Sunset moved forward into the next phase:
remaining roles. “One of Brett’s really strong points is casting,” says
producer Beau Flynn. “He’ll watch fifty auditions and never settle
he’s found the perfect actor.”
no matter what the size, I try to make the characters important. Each
has to have something special or it’s not worth having. I like those
where actors read the part and go, ‘I want to do this! I want to play
I then shape the role with the writers for that particular actor.”
leads Pierce Brosnan
Hayek set, Woody Harrelson was cast in the key role of Max’s nemesis,
agent Stanley P. Lloyd. Regarding the casting of Harrelson, who as of
has been performing on the stage instead of in front of the camera,
Flynn enthuses, “it’s real inspired casting to have Woody Harrelson in
the role of Stan. He brings a style of organic comedy and plays it
and real. You really will believe he is an FBI agent who has one quest
in life, and that is to track down Max Burdett.”
movie came along, I loved it right away. It’s a great heist movie. Plus
it was an interesting prospect for me to play an FBI agent!”
Cheadle, who marks
collaboration with Director Ratner (after Family Man and Rush
Hour 2) joined the cast in the villainous role of Henry
the Detroit gangster gone Bahamian. Brett Ratner reveals, “when I got
script, I knew Don Cheadle had to play the part of Henry Mooré.
I knew he would breathe life in to the character. It was originally
as a Bahamian gangster, but Don came up with the idea of making him a
from Detroit who moved to the Bahamas because he saw an opportunity to
provide some of the locals with things they don’t have access to.”
quickly signed on
key-supporting role. The actor deadpans, “Brett has a lot of secrets on
me, so I have to come back or he lets them out. If I wanted them out,
tell him to go ahead, make the movie without me, and I’ll stay home.”
to be cast was the
role of Sophie,
the Bahamian cop who hooks up with Stan in his pursuit of Max. British
actress Naomie Harris, who was seen last year by American audiences in
Danny Boyle’s horror thriller 28 Days Later, landed the coveted
like when I did Family Man. So many great actresses auditioned
Tea Leoni just stole that part; Naomie Harris did the same here! The
thing that got her the role was the chemistry she has with Woody
You’re going to see it on the screen.”
key role landed
in the lap
of Troy Garity, a recent Golden Globe nominee for his supporting role
Showtime’s “A Soldier Girl.” Garity, a personal friend of
quips, “we always said it would be fun to work together, so when Brett
called me and said he had this nice supporting role, it was an
too good to pass up. After my initial complaining, they bound and
me and shipped me down to paradise.”
Hornsby, who many
from his starring role on the ESPN original series “Playmakers,” was
last of the principal supporting roles to be cast. He plays Jean-Paul,
the right-hand man to Cheadle’s Mooré.
in many of the cameo
Brett Ratner made certain those who were cast were perfect for the
Chris Penn has a small, but telling, part in the movie. “The whole
Penn storyline is just great,” says Ratner. “He is playing one guy, but
he is in disguise with different accents – I don’t want to give too
away – but in any role he plays, he brings 100% to it. He goes there,
Philip Seymour Hoffman.”
believed in the
script from the beginning, commends Ratner on his casting prowess.
actor I’ve seen on this has been very well-founded and well- cast for
look or sound, all ingredients of their being,” the actor says. “They
sense within the picture, and as a result, each scene gets elevated.
one of the talents of Brett Ratner. He has his own style of filmmaking.
It’s not conventional and not by the book, necessarily. He lives,
eats and dreams movies and has a passion for actors which is sincere,
that is contagious.”
Ratner was shared by his fellow castmates and the other filmmakers.
Beau Flynn enthuses, “’passion’ is the main word that you think about
Brett – it’s overwhelming. I’ve never met anyone who has that type of
When he makes a commitment to something, it’s a done deal and his
inspires everyone to make them more than they ever thought they could
I believe that we will have a really great film to show for it because
of Brett’s passion.”
one of the most unique people I’ve ever met – he’s powerful, smart,
got a lot of savvy. In working with him, he really has an instinct
what is right. He’s young, but he’s had a lot of success, and I’m glad
to be a part of it in this early stage.”
a very magnetic personality. He also has a good eye and extraordinary
I completely trust him because he makes you feel very safe.” She
“I don’t think he specifically goes for one thing. He gives himself all
the possibilities and choices and wants to explore every avenue. It’s a
lot of fun to play like that because you get to do all these different
emotions or deliveries with the exact same scene or same words.”
the majority of the
on a tropical island in the Caribbean, the filmmakers decided to shoot
in the Bahamas, the 700-island nation located off the coast of
Basing their production out of Kerzner International’s enormous
resort in Nassau, cast and crew flew in from Los Angeles, Miami and New
York to commence filming.
in the Bahamas
from the end
of October 2003 until just before Christmas (additional interior
in Los Angeles was completed in early 2004) was challenging due to the
unseasonably heavy rains which presented constant obstacles.
“it was definitely tricky but the crew was amazing and the cast were
great sports. Brett was relentless – he wouldn’t take no for an answer
– even if it’s from God or from the weather system. It became about us
turning lemons into lemonade almost every single day.”
Pierce Brosnan in
Salma Hayek as his partner in crime and the laid-back Woody Harrelson
their arch-nemesis, the combination of these three playing off of each
other against the beautiful backdrop of the Bahamas promises to deliver
an irresistible mix of action and fun for movie audiences.
Hayek offers, “it’s
got adventure. It’s a heist movie – it’s sexy and it makes you want to
go on vacation. It’s going to be one of those movies that everybody
like and have a good time with. It’s a movie for everyone!”
been a lover of heist movies. To me, there is going to be a lot of
and turns that you don’t expect, as well as a lot of humor. Plus,
always Salma Hayek and Naomie Harris adding the sexy element to it. And
of course there’s Pierce. So it promises to be a really interesting,
business is about
on – always has been,” says Pierce Brosnan. “Hopefully, we will
that, the combination of us all – Brett, me, Salma, Woody, Don Cheadle
and all the other really well-founded characters.”
when you’re watching this film, you’ll say ‘that was a good romp – I
those characters, I believed those characters, I wanted to know what
going to happen next, I didn’t know where it was going. It
me and moved me.’”
film was inspired by a lot of different films – from classic films from
the 1930s and 1940s, that Hepburn/Tracy kind of banter which is going
between Pierce and Salma in this movie. I think Brett Ratner has that
knowledge to make this film really enjoyable, smart and unique.”
movie ends almost like a French film. It ends where you leave a lot up
to the audience’s imagination of what could happen next. I’m looking
to doing the sequel – After the Sunrise!
Brosnan is one of
most varied, adventurous and skilled dramatic actors.
his own stamp onto the role of ‘007,’ he has reinvigorated the
of the James Bond legacy with the superhits Goldeneye, Tomorrow
Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. The
actor is also one of the leading activists for environmental
and other social and medical causes, which have brought him OBE
from the Queen Of England, honorary doctorates and similar distinctions.
years ago he launched
production company, Irish DreamTime, to expand his range of work.
The company’s first studio project, The Thomas Crown Affair,
Brosnan and Rene Russo, became both a critical and box office success.
His second venture, Evelyn, directed by Bruce Beresford, opened
to acclaim at the Toronto and Chicago film festivals, and earned Movieguide
awards for Most Inspirational Film and Best Actor. The
movie, Laws Of Attraction, starring Brosnan and Julianne Moore,
was released earlier this year. The company’s next film is the dark
comedy, The Matador, which also stars Brosnan.
include The Tailor Of Panama, Grey Owl, Dante’s Peak, Mars
The Mirror Has Two Faces, Love Affair, Mrs. Doubtfire, Mister Johnson and
The Fourth Protocol.
cast as the lead
the television series “Remington Steele,” the show became an
hit and made Brosnan a household name to millions around the
is a prolific actress, producer and director, in both film and
Honored with Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominations as
Best Actress for her role in Frida, she most recently starred
Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp in Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon A
In Mexico. She is currently in production on Bandidas
Penelope Cruz. Next year she will star opposite Colin Farrell in Robert
Towne's Ask the Dust.
received an Emmy
her directorial debut, "The Maldonado Miracle," starring Peter Fonda,
Winningham and Ruben Blades, which premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film
Festival and aired on Showtime.
the banner of her
company, Ventanarosa, Hayek starred and co-produced In The Time Of
for which she received a nomination from the Broadcast Film Critics
for her performance. Her company also produced the Mexican feature, No
One Writes To The Colonel, which was based on the novel by Gabriel
Garcia Marquez. Directed by Arturo Ripstein, the film was selected for
official competition in the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
and raised in
Mexico, Hayek had a successful career in Mexican television before
to the United States. Her other feature credits include Hotel,
Dogma, Wild Wild West, Fools Rush In, 54, From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado
and Breaking Up.
Harrelson is one of
group of actors that has triumphantly made the transition from the
screen to motion pictures. The actor first endeared himself to millions
of viewers as a member of the ensemble cast of NBC’s long-running hit
“Cheers.” For his work as the affable bartender ‘Woody Boyd,’ Harrelson
won an Emmy in 1988, and was nominated four additional times during his
eight-year run on the show. He most recently was seen in a recurring
role on the hit series “Will and Grace.”
Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations as Best Actor for his
portrayal of controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in Milos
drama, The People vs. Larry Flynt. He starred with a stellar
in Terence Malick’s Oscar-nominated war drama The Thin Red Line,
Stephen Frears acclaimed feature Hi-Lo Country and Ron Howard’s
as a high school football player in Wildcats, which also
another burgeoning talent, Wesley Snipes, with whom Harrelson would
reunite in Ron Shelton’s basketball comedy, White Men Can’t Jump,
and the action thriller, Money Train. He starred opposite
Redford and Demi Moore in Adrian Lyne’s drama, Indecent Proposal,
and won acclaim as the homicidal Mickey for director Oliver Stone in
powerful drama, Natural Born Killers. He played one-handed
‘Roy Munson’ in the Farrelly Brothers’ comedy, Kingpin, a
caught in a web of intrigue in Volker Schlondorff’s film noir thriller,
Palmetto and a journalist covering war-torn Bosnia
To Sarajevo. Other film credits include Wag The Dog, Sunchaser,
Doc Hollywood, L.A.Story, The Cowboy Way and Ron Shelton’s Play
It To The Bone with Antonio Banderas.
addition to film and
Harrelson has made his mark in the world of theater. He starred in the
Roundabout’s revival of the N. Richard Nash play, “The Rainmaker,”
centers on a con man who promises to bring rain to a drought-hit
town in the 1930s. Harrelson also starred opposite Sean Penn in Sam
play “The Late Henry Moss” for San Francisco’s Magic Theater. He wrote
and directed the dark comedy “Furthest From The Sun,” which first
in Los Angeles at the Tiffany Theater and was later staged in
He appeared opposite Kyle MacLachlan in “On An Average Day,” a play by
John Kolvenbach at the Comedy Theatre in London’s West End. Most
Harrelson directed the Toronto premiere of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is
Our Youth” at the Berkeley Street Theatre.
remains most inspired
by his role
as “Daddy” in the improvisational group “The Harrelsons,” the long
sequel to “A Life of Lonely Hedonism.”
in powerful performances on the stage and screen. First recognized by
Los Angeles Film Critics as Best Supporting Actor for his breakout
opposite Denzel Washington in Devil In a Blue Dress, Cheadle
gone to star in such features as the Academy Award®-winning
Ocean’s Eleven and Out Of Sight. His other movie
include Boogie Nights, Volcano, Rosewood, Swordfish, Mission To
Bulworth and director Brett Ratner’s Family Man. He will
be seen in Ocean’s Twelve and Hotel Rwanda.
addition, Cheadle has
independent features, such as Allison Anders’ “Things Behind The Sun”
aired on Showtime and earned him an Emmy nomination. He also
in the all digital movie, Manic, by Director Jordan Melamed,
more recently, The United States Of Leland for Kevin Spacey’s
well-known for his
two-year stint on David E. Kelly’s critically-acclaimed series, “Picket
Fences,” Cheadle won the Golden Globe for his remarkable portrayal of
Davis Jr.’ in HBO’s “The Rat Pack,” a performance that also earned him
an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor. That same year he was
for an Emmy as Best Actor in HBO’s “A Lesson For Dying.”
in Kansas City,
attended California Institute of the Arts where he received his
Degree in Fine Arts. With the encouragement of college friends,
auditioned for numerous roles and eventually landed a recurring role on
the hit series, “Fame.” This lead to feature film roles in Colors,
by Dennis Hopper, the John Irvin directed Hamburger Hill and Meteor
directed by Robert Townsend.
will next be
first feature film, Tishomingo Blues. Production is set to
of London's most
Naomie Harris takes on Hollywood with an innate acting ability,
and beauty that emanates on screen. She achieved leading lady status in
the critically-acclaimed thriller 28 Days Later, and is
that status with numerous upcoming films.
was first noticed
as a young
girl at The Anna Scher Theatre, an after-school club for inner city
Encouraged by Anna Scher, Harris secured the first of numerous roles on
studied for a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge
(Pembroke College). After graduating with honors in 1998, Harris gained
professional training as an actress at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic
Theatre School, where previous students include Daniel Day-Lewis,
Richardson, and Jeremy Irons.
2000, her break soon came with the co-lead in Danny Boyle's (Trainspotting,
The Beach, Shallow Grave) new feature 28 Days Later. The
became a runaway hit both in the U.K. and the U.S.
then starred in White
(an adaptaion of Zadie Smith's whitbread winning novel), and The
a political docu-drama directed by Peter Kosminsky (White Oleander).
Harris will be seen
opposite Colin Firth and Mena Suvari in Marc Evan's (My Little Eye)
film Trauma. She is about to start filming her next project in
- Tristram Shandy directed by Micheal Winterbottom (24 Hour Party
Welcome to Sarajevo, The Claim, Jude, Wonderland).
Penn made his
at the age of sixteen in Francis Ford Coppola's classic 1983 film Rumblefish.
Since then his successful acting career has included roles in over
films, a network television series and numerous guest-starring roles
the 1980s, Chris
actor-director Clint Eastwood in the western, Pale Rider.
He also starred opposite Tom Cruise in the high school football film All
the Right Moves. Chris starred alongside brother Sean Penn as
well as his mother Eileen Ryan in the film At Close Range.
catapulted in the
1990s when he starred in Quentin Tarantino's cult classics Reservoir
Dogs and True Romance. His starring role in Abel Ferrara’s The
Funeral earned him the award for Best Actor at the 1996 Venice
Festival. Chris made appearances in several more films including
Robert Altman's Short Cuts in 1993, Lee Tamahori's Mulholland
Falls in 1996, and Brett Ratner's Rush Hour in 1998.
demonstrated his acting versatility in 2003 as one of the stars of
E. Kelley's series “The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire” for
He continues to work in television and has recently guest-starred on
of the primetime hits “CSI Miami” and “Will & Grace.”
recently, Chris was
in Todd Phillip's remake of the classic television series Starsky &
Hutch. In addition to acting, Chris also continues to develop
independent projects for film and television.
Hornsby, born and
in Oakland, California, took the advice of his high school drama
and attended Boston University's well-respected theatre arts program.
graduation, Hornsby studied with the British Academy of Dramatic Arts
Oxford University and then returned to New York City, where he made his
professional debut on the Off-Broadway stage playing the character of
Blood’ in August Wilson's "Jitney".
transitioned into television, landing the series regular roles in
as ‘Detective Marcus Bradshaw’ and "Gideon's Crossing" as ‘Chief
Dr. Aaron Boise.’ He went on to appear in the feature film Big
Liar and "Keep the Faith," a television movie for the Showtime.
most recently starred in ESPN’s hit series, “Playmakers.”
Troy Garity garnered
to portray his father, Senator Tom Hayden, in the Abbie Hoffman biopic Steal
This Movie alongside Vincent D'Onofrio and Janeane
he may not have 'stolen' the show, but he did pave the way to an
three features. Garity, whose mother is Jane Fonda, has created his own
niche within his acclaimed acting family. In the lead role in
critically hailed "Soldier's Girl," Garity received a Golden Globe and
Independent Spirit Award nomination this year for his performance.
feature film credits
Barry Levinson's Bandits, and the hit ensemble comedy
for which he went on to reprise his role for the sequel. He also
appeared in last year's Sundance entrant Perfume, which offers an
look into the fashion industry, and the Spring '05 feature Milwaukee,
in which he portrays an idiot savant ice fisherman alongside Bruce Dern
and Randy Quaid.
the years, Garity
to hone his craft, having spent his childhood performing comedia del
at The Laurel Springs Camp for the Arts in Santa Barbara, followed by a
move to New York where he trained at the American Academy of Dramatic
He eventually became an Academy Repertory Company Player, appearing in
nearly a dozen stage productions.
residing in Los
Garity's additional feature credits include Richard Donner's Conspiracy
Theory with Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson, as well as the lead in
Rafal Zelinski's Bohemia.
as one of Hollywood’s most successful directors. By the time he
twenty-six years old, he directed his first feature film, the box
hit, “Money Talks,” starring Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker. His
second film, the action comedy “Rush Hour,” starring Jackie Chan and
Tucker, earned $250 million worldwide. He followed that success
“The Family Man,” a critical as well as another box office hit,
Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni. A year later, Ratner delivered more
Kong-style action with “Rush Hour 2,” which grossed more than $342
worldwide. His last film, “Red Dragon,” made box office history
2002 as the biggest opening weekend in October and went on to gross
in Miami Beach,
of being a filmmaker since the age of eight. He enrolled in New
University’s Tisch School of Arts when he was sixteen, becoming the
youngest film major. While attending NYU Film School, he made
Happened to Mason Reese,” which earned awards and brought him to the
of Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin Entertainment gave him a production
Simmons saw the short, he hired him for his music videos. Ratner
has since directed more than 100 music videos for such artists as
Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Wu Tang Clan, D’Angelo, Heavy D, Mary J. Blige,
Brown, Public Enemy, P. Diddy, and many others. He also won the Tony
for producing Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadwy.
addition to success in
music, Ratner has also segued into the world of publishing. He
Mark Helfrich’s photo-driven Naked Pictures of my Ex-Girlfriends and
the Powerhouse Books project, Hilhaven Lodge: The Photo Booth Pictures,
which was released in October 2003.
is on the board of
of the Chrysalis Foundation, which helps economically disadvantaged and
homeless individuals change their lives through jobs. For his work with
the organization, Ratner was the recipient of the Spirit of Chrysalis
Zbyszewski (Story By, Screenwriter)
Zbyszewski, born and
in Chicago, started his career as a television producer for the local
affiliate station, WFLD. Working his way from sports into morning
news, he earned an Emmy in 1995 as a producer. In 1998, he
moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screenwriting career. Starting from
his first job in the entertainment industry was as a production
for a movie trailer company. He then went on to write for the
series “The Weakest Link.” This is his first screenplay to be made into
a feature film.
Rosenberg, a native
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in English as well as a
Degree from Monash University. He wrote and directed his first feature,
Hotel De Love, which was well-received at the
and released throughout the world. Now living permanently in Los
Angeles, After the Sunset is his first studio-produced
He is currently directing the psychological thriller Half Light
starring Demi Moore. Based on his own screenplay, Half Light
is currently shooting in Wales and London, and set for release in 2005.
which has a first look deal at New Line Cinema. Flynn is
prepping Solace to be helmed by Gary Fleder and The Number 23 by
Phillips, both of which are set up at New Line. In addition, Flynn is
in production on Disney's 3-D CG film, The Wild, which is
for a 2006 release date. In November, Contrafilm begins
on the Sony thriller, The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel to star
Flynn was a
partner at The Firm where he ran the motion picture and television
divisions. Flynn has built a solid reputation as a producer with
such critically acclaimed feature films as Tigerland, which was
nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, and Requiem For A Dream,
which was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, and a SAG Award, in
to, winning two Independent Spirit Awards.
a graduate of NYU,
the production company Bandeira in 1995, and the company quickly
itself by producing edgy, against-the-grain material. Flynn had four
films in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, beginning in 1996
Johns and including The House of Yes, The Alarmist, and Guinevere.
and raised in Miami,
first job in the industry was as Scott Rudin's assistant.
Vinson began his
at Jerry Bruckheimer Films where he worked on Enemy of the State
and Armageddon. He then moved to Bandeira Entertainment in
which was acquired by The Firm in 2002, resulting in the production
Firm Films. Under this banner, Vinson exec produced 11:14,
Hillary Swank and Rachael Leigh Cook. In 2003 he and Beau Flynn founded
Contrafilm based out of New Line. Vinson is currently producing The
Guardian for Disney and The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
Sony Screen Gems.
Stern is currently
of Rat Entertainment. He supervises the development and
of feature films and television, in addition to running the day-to-day
operations of the company. He produced “Rush Hour 2,”
grossed $226 million in its domestic release.
Stern was Executive Vice President of Production at New Line
In his five years at New Line, he was Executive Producer of “Rush
“Love and Basketball,” “Money Talks,” and “Lovejones,” among other
films. Prior to joining New Line, he worked at Hollywood
a division of the Walt Disney company, leaving the company as
and raised in New
Stern graduated cum laude from Yale and went on to do post graduate
in psychology at Columbia University. He started in the film
as a production assistant and location manager.
Palmer (Executive Producer)
films which have received Oscar® nominations for Best Picture—A
Soldier’s Story, Children Of A Lesser God and Moonstruck.
Moonstruck won three Academy Awards®, including
for Cher. Children Of A Lesser God received five
and brought Marlee Matlin a Best Actress trophy. Agnes of God,
another Palmer film, earned three Oscar® nominations.
recent years, Palmer
Producer on Hellboy starring Ron Perlman and John Hurt and also
he was Executive Producer on Blade II, starring Wesley Snipes
Kris Kristofferson, Executive Production Supervisor on Highlanders,
starring Christopher Lambert, Executive Production Supervisor for Texas
Rangers with Dylan McDermott and James Van Der Beek, Executive
on The Shrink Is In with Courtney Cox and David Arquette,
Producer on Carrie II with Amy Irving, Executive Producer on Mrs.
Winterbourne with Shirley MacLaine, Producer of Don Juan De
starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando, and Executive Producer on Milk
Money and Iron Will. Other credits include Made
America, Paradise, Mermaids and Stanley And Iris.
with producer/director Norman Jewison, Palmer produced Agnes Of God
and Billy Two Hats. He served as Associate Producer on And
Justice For All, F.I.S.T., Rollerball, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler
On The Roof, and The Landlord. He also executive
produced The Dogs Of War and co-produced Iceman and Best
and raised in Los
entered the film industry after graduating with a degree in Economics
California State University at Northridge. He proceeded to work
the Mirisch Company for more than a decade. His first assignment
with Mirisch was West Side Story, followed by such other major
as Seven Days In May, The Fortune Cookie and The Party.
Spinotti, ASC, AIC (Director of Photography)
Spinotti, ASC, AIC
is an award-winning
and well-respected cinematographer whose work behind the camera has
in repeat collaborations with top directors around the world.
three times for the ASC Award for L.A. Confidential, The Insider
and Last of the Mohicans, he also received the Academy Award
British Academy Award nominations for his work on L.A. Confidential
and The Insider as well as being honored by the Los Angeles
Critics for Best Cinematography on both films. Dante went on to
the BAFTA Award for Last of the Mohicans.
in Tolmezzo, Italy,
made his American bow with Michael Mann’s Manhunter.
He went on to work with many other respected directors, including Garry
Marshall on The Other Sister, Frankie and Johnny and Beaches
and Michael Apted on Nell and Blink.
After The Sunset
marks the third time that Spinotti teams with Director Brett Ratner,
worked previously together on Family Man and Red Dragon.
His other motion pictures include Goodbye Lover, Quick And The
The Comfort of Strangers, True Colors Crimes Of The Heart and Heat.
More recent credits are Wonder Boys, Bandits and Pinocchio.
his native country, he
the prestigious Donatello Awards twice—one for Legend Of The
Drinker and the other for The Secret Of the Old Forest.
In addition, he’s been honored twice with the Silver Ribbon, bestowed
him by Italian journalists, for The Star Maker and then later The
Kirkland (Production Designer)
movie marks the
first time Geoffery
Kirkland works with Director Brett Ratner. For Director
Parker, he has made nine movies: The Life Of David Gale, Angela’s
Mississippi Burning, Birdy, Come See The Paradise, Shoot The Moon,
Fame, the Academy Award-winning Midnight Express and Bugsy
For his work on Bugsy Malone which marked the first time that he and
worked together, Kirkland was honored with a BAFTA Award for Best
credits for the
include Desperate Measures, Space Jam, Renaissance Man and The
Right Stuff. For his work on The Right Stuff, where
served as Production Designer, the design group shared an Academy Award
for Best Art Direction. In addition, Kirkland served as the
consultant on War Games and production designer on the world-renowned
format music video, “Captain EO,” starring pop icon Michael Jackson.
Helfrich, ACE (Editor)
Director Brett Ratner on all of his motion pictures. His other
include Honey, Scary Movie, Predator, Striking Distance, Showgirls,
The Last Boy Scout, Action Jackson, Rambo: First Blood II and
Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Among Helfrich’s other
cable television features and music videos including Madonna’s 1999
Ryack (Costume Designer)
for more than thirty movies, and has enjoyed a long history of
with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Ron Howard.
Some of her noteworthy projects include Casino, Cape Fear, After
Bringing Out The Dead, Mad Dog & Glory, Wag The Dog and A
Tale, Robert De Niro’s directorial debut. For Ron Howard, she
designed Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas for which
received an Oscar nomination, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Ransom,
and The Paper.
is the second
time that Ryack has worked with Director Ratner. She also
designed Rush Hour 2. Her other recent credits are The
and Cat In The Hat. She also designed
for Michael Jackson’s “Bad” music video ,which was directed by Martin
her designs for the
musical, “My One and Only,” starring Tommy Tune and Twiggy, she
several award nominations, including the Tony. She also
on many distinguished Off-Broadway productions, and in 1986, won the
for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design. In addition, the New
York chapter of Women In Film and Televisionhonored her with the
first “Designing Hollywood” award in 2000.
studied at Brandeis
and the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.. She has a
in costume design from the Yale School of Drama. Ms. Ryack has also
awards for cartoon animation and illustration.
Schifrin is a true
man. As a pianist, composer and conductor, he is equally at home
conducting a symphony orchestra, performing at an international jazz
scoring a film or television show, or creating works for the Los
Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and even The Sultan of Oman.
a young man in his
Lalo Schifrin received classical training in music, and also studied
He came from a musical family, and his father, Luis Schifrin, was the
of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon.
music education at the Paris Conservatory during the early
Simultaneously, he became a professional jazz pianist, composer and
playing and recording in Europe.
Schifrin returned to
Aires in the mid 1950’s, he formed his own big concert band. It
during a performance of this band that Dizzy Gillespie heard Schifrin
and asked him to become his pianist and arranger. In 1958,
moved to the United States and thus began a remarkable career.
music is a synthesis
and twentieth-century techniques, and his early love for jazz and
are strong attributes of his style. “Invocations,” “Concerto for
Double Bass,” “Piano Concertos No. 1 and No. 2,” “Pulsations,”
“La Nouvelle Orleans,” and “Resonances” are examples of this tendency
juxtapose universal thoughts with a kind of elaborated primitivism.
has written more than
for films and television. Among them “Mission Impossible,”
“Mannix,” The Fox, Cool Hand Luke, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Tango,
Hour 2, and Bringing Down The House which have become
popular. In 2003, Schifrin’s complete score for The Hellstrom Chronicle
was released in CD format for the first time in limited-edition.
He most recently scored the upcoming independent drama The Bridge
San Luis Rey starring Robert DeNiro and Kathy Bates. To date,
Lalo Schifrin has won four Grammy Awards (with twenty-one nominations),
one Cable ACE Award, and received six Oscar nominations.
1987, a select group
of some of
the best musicians in France decided to form the Paris Philharmonic
for the purpose of recording music for films, performing concerts and
in television shows. The appointed Lalo Schifrin as Musical
and their inaugural concert took place at the Theatre des Champs
on January 26, 1988. His first recording with this orchestra was
on September 1988. Schifrin held this post for five years before
to spend more time composing.
credits are the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony
the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Israel
Philharmonic, the Mexico Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony Orchestra,
the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the
Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Saint Luke (New York City), and
National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina.
1986, the Glendale
under the baton of Lalo Schifrin, performed at the Hollywood
His “Salute to the Statue of Liberty” was received with a tumultuous
by a crowd of 17,000 people. In 1987, Schifrin was commissioned
write the overture for the Pan American Games which he recorded in
and premiered with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1995,
Schifrin composed ad conducted the finale for the Pan American Games,
were held in Argentina.
is Schifrin’s ability
musical gears which makes him so unique in the music world. As a
jazz musician he has performed and recorded with great personalities
as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, and
“Concerto for Guitar
was recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra featuring soloist
Romero. “Dances Concertantes” for clarinet and orchestra which he
conducted at the Pyramids of Teotihuacan in Mexico with Placido Domingo
as the tenor soloist. The event was telecast in 1989. In
this concert was released on CD, DVD and VHS.
April, 1989, Lalo
appointed Music Director of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra, and he
in that capacity for six years.
was commissioned to
Grand Finale for an event which took place in Caracalla, Italy, July
1990, to celebrate the finals of the World Cup Soccer
In this concert, the Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo
Jose Carreras sang together for the first time. The orchestras of
the Rome and Florence opera companies were conducted by Zubin
The record and videotape of this event have gone on to become the
sellers in the history of classical music. Schifrin also was
to arrange the sequels for July 1994, also for Carreras, Domingo,
and Zubin Mehta, which was performed at Dodger Stadium, again on the
of the World Cup Soccer Championships; the Three Tenors
that was held in July of 1998 in Paris, France, and the latest one for
the World Cup Finals in Japan.
Steinway Foundation to write his “Piano Concerto No. 2,” which was
by the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich,
in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center on June 11, 1992, featuring
Ortiz as the soloist. In that year, he also produced, conducted
arranged a CD featuring Jose Carreras with the London Symphony
“Friends for Life.”
include “Fantasy for Screenplay and Orchestra” for Daniel Barenboim and
the Chicago Symphony, premiered in 2002-2003 season, and Symphonic
of Oman, which was commissioned by the Sultan of Oman, recorded in
with the London Symphony Orchestra, and released by Aleph Records in
His recent key appearances in 2003 include Schifrin with the Georgian
Symphony Orchestra; with The Moscow Symphony Orchestra and with the
de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland.
the jazz and symphonic worlds came together beginning in 1993 when he
featured as pianist and conductor for his on-going series of “Jazz
the Symphony” recordings, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and
notable jazz stars as Ray Brown, Grady Tate, Jon Faddis, Paquito
and James Morrison. “Thinking back, I believe the start of this
was really two of my early film scores, namely, ‘The Cincinnati Kid,’
which Ray Charles sang backed by a symphony orchestra, and the famous
scene through the streets of San Francisco in ‘Bullitt’ wherein I wrote
a symphonic score combined with saxophone solos playing at very fast
Then, years later, when I arranged music for Dizzy Gillespie, Ray
Grady Tate and myself to play for a tour with the Israel Philharmonic
I began to fully realize that the two distinct musical forms could be
“Jazz Meets the Symphony” was internationally successful, and led to
release in July 1994 of “More Jazz Meets the Symphony.” The third
of the series, “Firebird, Jazz Meets the Symphony, No. 3” was released
in the summer of 1996 and received two Grammy nominations. The
in the series “Metamorphosis,” was released in the spring of 1998 on
own label, Aleph Records. The gift set contains the first four
so far and is entitled “The Jazz Meets the Symphony Collection.”
The fifth in the series, “Intersections, Jazz Meets the Symphony, No.
was released in late summer 2001. It is unique in that it has a
symphony orchestra, full jazz band, plus jazz stars Jeff Hamilton,
McBride, James Morrison and David Sanchez.
November 1992, the Los
Master Chorale premiered his “Cantares Argentinos” in a concert of
American music. Also during that month, Schifrin conducted the
premiere of his “Piano Concerto No. 2” with the Sophia Radio Symphony
This concert marked the first Bulgarian telecast for the Eurovision
The full-length concert is featured in a film score CD “Something to
In” with Jeffrey Biegel and the Munich Rundfunk Orchestra.
adapted the music
for “Christmas in Vienna” in 1992 featuring Diana Ross, Jose Carreras,
and Placido Domingo. The telecast was released as a CD, laserdisc
and video in 1993 on the Sony Classics label.
Vienna in December
1995 where he arranged the entire program of Christmas music entitled,
Christmas in Vienna,” sung by Jose Carreras, Natalie Cole and Placido
It was shown on PBS in America on December 23rd and 24th of that year
is shown regularly during the holiday season.
1993, Schifrin was
to write his “Lili’Uokalani Symphony” in honor of the last monarch of
Queen Lili’Uokalani. The work was premiered by the Honolulu
Orchestra, and was recorded by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with
conducting in the spring of 1995. It was released in November
on the Urtext Digital Classics label.
the spring of 1993,
for a recording with the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra for Julia Migenes,
“Julia Migenes in Vienna,” and conducted the recording of “Te Deum” by
Charpentier for classical trumpet virtuoso, Maurice Andre and chamber
in Pairs. Both projects were released in October 1993.
recording of “The
Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens has been acclaimed by
electronic and print media. The narrations are by Audrey Hepburn,
Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Dudley Moore, Walter Matthau, and
also composed the
score for Luis
Valdez’ epic drama “Bandido!,” presented at the Mark Taper Forum in Los
Angeles. The music showed the wide spectrum of Schifrin’s talents
as a composer. Valdez contributed lyrics to certain pieces.
Sultan of Oman
for his latest classical work, “Symphonic Sketches of Oman.” This
symphony was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra with Schifrin
in the autumn of 2001 and released shortly thereafter.
in the realm of
he has scored four films: Money Talks, released by New Line
Something to Believe In, produced by Lord Lew Grade; and Carlos Saura’s
Tango. Most recently, Schifrin scored the mega-hit Rush Hour, for
which he received a 1999 Grammy nomination; Rush Hour 2, which was
summer 2001; Bringing Down the House released in 2003, and the upcoming
independent drama The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
December 8th, 1995 in
Schifrin led a symphony orchestra in celebration of the Lumiere
invention of film, with a concert entitled “100 Ans de Cinema.” The
featured singers Julia Migenes and Dee Dee Bridgewater, which was
by Warner Bros. Records in France. This recording, “Film
is currently in release of Aleph Records. This concert was
in Buenos Aires in 1998, and is scheduled for release on CD with Aleph
Records in February 2002.
addition to current
and film scoring activities, Schifrin tours extensively conducting
orchestras particularly featuring his repertoire of “Jazz Meets the
film music, classical repertoire and jazz bands. The big band
are frequently featured in performing “Gillespiana,” which has become a
highly acclaimed classic. Recent performances have been the
Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the 80th birthday
concert for Dizzy Gillespie in Englewood, New Jersey, television Big
concert in Germany, WDR Big Band concert in Cologne, Germany; Carnegie
Hall Jazz Band at Carnegie Hall, the Clark University Jazz Band in
at the I.A.J.E. (International Association of Jazz Educa-tors) and a
in early 1998 with the BBC in London, England.
October 1996 was the
of “The Rhapsody for Bix.” Schifrin was commissioned by the
Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society to write a suite in honor of
Iowa’s native son, Bix Beiderbecke. This piece is on Schifrin’s
June 1999, Schifrin
his “Latin Jazz Suite” with soloists Jon Faddis, David Sanchez, Ignacio
Berroa, Alex Acuna and the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. It
also performed with the BBC Big Band in London, England. In
1999, the piece had its American premiere in Los Angeles at the
Plaza while, at the same time, the recording of the work was
“Latin Jazz Suite” received a Grammy nomination, and was just released
January 2000, Schifrin
a new work for jazz big band, “Esperanto.” This work features
Jean-Luc Ponty, Don Byron, Nestor Marconi, James Morrison, Trilok
Sydney Thiam, Greg Hutchinson, Simon Stockhausen and the WDR Big
“Esperanto” was released on CD in September, 2000.
Schifrin is a
recipient of the
1988 BMI Lifetime Achievement Award. BMI also honored Schifrin in
2001 with a special composer’s award for his original cult classic
to “Mission Impossible.” He was most recently honored in 2004 by
French performing rights organization SACEM, along with the 57th Annual
Cannes Film Festival, in recognition of his significant contribution to
music, film and culture, and also in 2004 by the American Society of
Arrangers & Composers (ASMAC) with the 65th Annual Golden Score
In 2003 Schifrin was honored by The City of Los Angeles commemorating
rich body of work over the last several decades. He has received
additional commendations in 2003 from the Los Angeles County and the
Legislature, and has been honored by the Israeli government for his
to World Understanding through Music.” In 1988, Schifrin received
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame from the Hollywood Chamber of
He was given Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the Rhode Island School of
Design and the University of La Plata, Argentina. He was honored
at the M.I.D.E.M. Classique Festival in January, 1990, at Cannes,
conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of Lyon. He received
“Distinguished Artist Award” in 1998 from the Los Angeles Music Center.
Schifrin has been
“Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres,” one of the highest
granted by Frances’ Minister of Culture, which in this case was Mr.
1998, the Argentine
appointed him Advisor to the President in Cultural Affairs with a rank
of Secretary of the Cabinet.
has been married
to hi wife,
Donna, for more than 30 years. His three children include
who is a writer for films and television; Frances, who is an art
and Ryan, who is a film writer/director. For more information on
Lalo Schifrin, please visit www.schifrin.com.