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ANTOINE FUQUA (Director) has established himself as one of the foremost industry talents of his generation. Through his diverse body of work, he has achieved his goal of making highly stylized films that resonate thematically and personally with audiences around the world. Fuqua confirmed his place as a young director of unique vision and craft with the extremely successful release of Warner Bros.’ “Training Day,” which chronicles one brutal day in the life of a corrupt cop. The film starred Denzel Washington, who won an Academy Award® for Best Actor for his performance, as well as Ethan Hawke, who was nominated for an Academy Award® as Best Supporting Actor.
Fuqua’s recent features include “Tears of the Sun,” starring Bruce Willis and Monica Belucci and the Jerry Bruckheimer production of “King Arthur,” starring Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe winner Clive Owen, and Academy Award® nominee Keira Knightley. He also directed “Lightning in a Bottle,” a filmed concert celebrating the history of blues, which was produced by Martin Scorsese.
Fuqua revealed an impressive stylistic flair with his debut film, “The Replacement Killers,” featuring Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-Fat and Academy Award® winner Mira Sorvino. This was followed by the comedic thriller “Bait,” starring Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx.
A native of Pittsburgh, Fuqua studied engineering at West Virginia University before moving to New York in 1987 to direct music videos. Fuqua joined Propaganda Films, where his narrative sensibility garnered him many awards, making him one of the industry’s most sought-after music video and commercial directors. He has directed videos for artists such as Prince, Coolio and Usher. In addition, he has directed commercials for domestic and international clients such as Pirelli, Armani, Reebok, Nike (Jordan Brand) and GMC.
Fuqua continues to direct studio pictures, as well as directing and producing projects through his own banner – Fuqua Films. Recently he set up a distribution deal with HBO for his award-winning documentary “Bastards of The Party” (which he produced), on the evolution of gang banging.
Lemkin received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard University in Visual and Environment Arts and attended the Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute in New London, Connecticut and the American Filmmaking Institute in Los Angeles. He began his professional career as a writer in hour-long television with credits on such shows as “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting” and “21 Jump Street,” where he worked as a story editor for the first two seasons.
He wrote long-form television and both produced and directed in the hour-long arena before leaving for larger screens. His writing credits in motion pictures include “The Devil's Advocate,” “Lethal Weapon 4,” “Red Planet” and an assortment of uncredited production rewrites of action vehicles.
His work on “Shooter” allowed him to train with private snipers, crawl in the mud with Marines and sit in darkened rooms with worried conspiracy buffs. He can’t prove it, but he continues to believe that he’s probably still being watched, the wry writer says.
He is currently adapting the book Cage for Regency Productions.
LORENZO DI BONAVENTURA (Producer) was born in New York. His father, Mario di Bonaventura, is an international conductor. He received his undergraduate degree in intellectual history at Harvard College and earned a Master of Business Administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He began his professional life operating a river-rafting company and later joined Columbia Pictures and worked in distribution, marketing and in the office of the President.
In February 1989, di Bonaventura joined Warner Bros. While at Warner Bros., he was involved in over 130 productions. Among his biggest commercial and critical successes were “Falling Down” (1993), “A Time To Kill” (1996), “The Matrix” (1999), “Analyze This” (2000), “The Perfect Storm” (2000), “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001), “Training Day” (2001) and “Scooby Doo” (2002).
In January 2003 Di Bonaventura formed di Bonaventura Pictures, a production company based at Paramount Pictures. The company most recently produced the hit “Four Brothers,” starring Mark Wahlberg, “Constantine,” starring Keanu Reeves, “Derailed,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen and “Doom,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Karl Urban.
The company is currently in production with “Transformers,” directed by Michael Bay, “Stardust,” starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes and “1408,” starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
RIC KIDNEY (Producer) has previously served as producer or executive producer on such films as “Four Brothers,” “Flight of the Phoenix,” “The Rundown,” “The Recruit,” “Life Or Something Like It,” “D-Tox,” “Legally Blonde,” “Mercury Rising,” “Fear,” “The Chamber,” “A Simple Twist of Fate,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Other People’s Money” and “After Dark, My Sweet.” As a second-unit or assistant director, Kidney’s work has been seen in such films as “A Simple Twist of Fate,” “Bull Durham,” “Angel Heart” and “Who’s That Girl?”
ERIK HOWSAM (Executive Producer) was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona where, as a young boy, his father sparked his interest in cinema by taking him to such classic films as “The Seven Samurai.” He later attended Steven Spielberg’s alma mater, Ingleside Middle School, which further fueled his passion for film.
After studying film and graduating from the University of Arizona, Howsam joined CAA as an assistant in the Motion Picture Department and then became assistant to Mike Stenson at Touchstone Pictures. Following Stenson to Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Howsam stayed for five years, being promoted to creative executive and then director of development. In that role, Howsam was intimately involved with the development and production of “Black Hawk Down,” which was nominated for four Academy Awards® and won two. Howsam also worked on such box-office hits as “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Gone in 60 Seconds” and “Remember the Titans.”
Howsam is currently Senior Vice President of Production for di Bonaventura Pictures for which he helps oversee all aspects of film development and production. He is currently overseeing several projects in development, including “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers.”
MARK JOHNSON (Executive Producer) won the Best Picture Academy Award® for Barry Levinson’s poignant 1988 drama “Rain Man,” starring Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor Oscar) and Tom Cruise. One of several films Johnson made with Levinson during a 12-year span, the movie (winner of four Oscars®) also captured a Golden Globe as Best Picture.
Johnson most recently produced the highly anticipated “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” a co-production between Walden Media and The Walt Disney Company that opened nationwide in December and a family film, released this past summer, for Walden Media and New Line Cinema called “How to Eat Fried Worms,” based on Thomas Rockwell’s beloved book.
Born in Maryland, Johnson spent ten years of his youth in Spain. He earned his undergraduate degree in drama from the University of Virginia and his M.A. in Film Scholarship from the University of Iowa. From there, he moved to New York and entered the Director’s Guild Training Program, where one of his first projects was Paul Mazursky’s touching autobiographical drama, “Next Stop, Greenwich Village.” He subsequently relocated to Los Angeles and moved up from production assistant to assistant director on such projects as “Movie, Movie,” “The Brinks Job,” “Escape from Alcatraz” and “Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety,” which was co-written by future business partner Barry Levinson.
In his successful partnership with Levinson, Johnson produced all of the writer-director’s films from 1982-1994. In addition to “Rain Man,” their diverse slate of acclaimed features includes “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “The Natural,” “Tin Men,” “Toys,” “Young Sherlock Holmes,” “Avalon,” “Diner” (their 1982 debut project, for which Levinson earned an Oscar® nomination for his screenplay) and “Bugsy,” nominated for ten Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director. “Bugsy” also captured a Best Picture Golden Globe Award.
In 1994, Johnson established his own independent production company and won the Los Angeles Film Critics New Generation Award for his very first effort – “A Little Princess,” directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Johnson, under his new banner, also produced the comedy “Home Fries,” with Drew Barrymore, and the dramatic thriller “Donnie Brasco,” starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. He served as executive producer for CBS-TV’s “L.A. Doctors” and “Falcone” and also executive produced the hit CBS drama “The Guardian.” Johnson’s latest television project is an hour-long dramedy, “Love Monkey” which premiered midseason on CBS and had a complete run on VH1 last spring.
Johnson’s recent slate of motion pictures includes “The Alamo” and “The Rookie,” both directed by John Lee Hancock; director Bob Dolman’s “The Banger Sisters,” with Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn; Brad Silberling’s drama “Moonlight Mile,” with Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman; Tom Shadyac’s supernatural thriller “Dragonfly,” with Kevin Costner and Kathy Bates; Levinson’s Irish satire, “An Everlasting Piece”; Robert Zemeckis’ spooky thriller “What Lies Beneath,” starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer; the hit comedy “Galaxy Quest,” with Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver; and “My Dog Skip,” the acclaimed family drama (co-produced with John Lee Hancock), starring Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane and Kevin Bacon.
Johnson produced Nick Cassavetes’ drama “The Notebook,” based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestseller and “The Wendell Baker Story,” which marked the directorial debuts of filmmaking brothers Luke and Andrew Wilson. He is currently in preproduction on “Prince Caspian,” the sequel to “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” and in post-production on a film for The Weinstein Company starring Richard Gere and Terrence Howard entitled “Spring Break in Bosnia” and an independent movie also in post-production called “Lake City.”
Additionally, Johnson has either presented or executive produced Luis Llosa’s directorial debut, “Sniper,” Tim Robbins’ directorial debut “Bob Roberts,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Kafka,” Robert Redford’s Oscar®-nominated “Quiz Show” and “Journey of Hope,” winner of the 1999 Foreign Language Film Oscar®. Johnson also serves as the Chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Foreign Language Film Award Committee and as a Governor for the Producers’ Branch.
PETER MENZIES, JR. ASC (Director of Photography) served as cinematographer on such action-dramas as “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and “The General’s Daughter,” both for director Simon West, as well as “Die Hard: With a Vengeance” and “The Thirteenth Warrior” for director John McTiernan. Other action thrillers include “Hard Rain,” “A Time to Kill,” “The Getaway,” and “White Sands.” His most recent credits include “When a Stranger Calls” and “Four Brothers.”
Menzies also filmed two action comedies released in 2005: “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,” starring Sandra Bullock and directed by John Pasquin, and “Man of the House,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and directed by Stephen Herek. Other comedies to Menzies’ credit are “Disney’s The Kid,” directed by Jon Turteltaub, and Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Kangaroo Jack,” directed by David McNally. Menzies also served as cinematographer on the historically accurate WWII drama, “The Great Raid” for director John Dahl.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Menzies was introduced to the film business by another Australian cinematographer, his father, Peter Menzies. Menzies gave his son his first film industry job as a camera loader when the younger Menzies was 17 years old. He worked his way through the ranks of the camera department in both commercials and features as a camera assistant and later as an operator before establishing himself as a commercial director of photography in the 1980s.
Menzies’ commercial cinematography work has earned him several awards, including the Australian Television Award, The New York One Show Prize, the London International Advertising Award and the Cannes Advertising Film Festival Award. Menzies continues to enjoy filming commercials between his feature film commitments.
He is a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society and has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1996.
Menzies is married with three daughters and divides his time between his native Australia and his U.S. residence in Nevada. DENNIS WASHINGTON (Production Designer) has an architectural design and theater background. Born in Santa Monica, California, he grew up around MGM, Fox, and all the Hollywood studios. He has designed pictures with the aim of reality and a visual sense to support and enhance the film experience. Washington has traveled the world with his work and his own passions. He has worked with such directors as John Huston, Sydney Pollack, Ron Shelton and Rob Reiner. He has designed numerous films including “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Stand By Me,” “The Dead,” “No Way Out,” “The Fugitive,” “Dante’s Peak,” “The General’s Daughter” and “Thirteen Days.”
CONRAD BUFF, A.C.E. (Editor) won the 1997 Academy Award® and the American Cinema Editors (Eddie) Award for his work on James Cameron’s epic “Titanic,” sharing the honor with co-editors Cameron and Richard A Harris. He was previously nominated, along with Mark Goldblatt and Harris, for “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.” Buff’s work has also been recognized with Eddie nominations for “True Lies” and “Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” and a BAFTA nomination for “Titanic.” Additionally, he won Golden Satellite Awards for “Titanic” and “Thirteen Days.”
In addition to his ongoing collaboration with filmmaker Cameron (which also includes his 1988 sci-fi film “The Abyss”), Buff is a favorite of filmmaker Roger Donaldson, for whom he edited “Thirteen Days,” “Species,” “The Getaway,” and “Dante’s Peak,” and filmmaker Antoine Fuqua, for whom he edited “King Arthur,” “Tears of the Sun,” and “Training Day.” Other credits include “Mystery Men,” “Arlington Road,” “Short Circuit 2,” “Solarbabies,” “Switchback” and “Jagged Edge.” More recently, Duff edited Denzel Washington’s directorial debut “Antwone Fisher,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” from director Jim Sheridan, writer-director David Ayer’s “Harsh Times” and the Liam Neeson- Pierce Brosnan starrer “Seraphim Falls.”
After dabbling in stop motion as a youngster, Buff attended Pasadena City College for a couple of years before his draft notice brought him to the attention of the Navy’s Motion Picture Office in Hollywood. Early assignments won him a transfer to Washington, D.C. to work on their eight-man documentary unit.
Following his discharge, Buff worked as an apprentice at Universal, and worked on opticals for the TV series “Battlestar Galactica” at ILM. At the suggestion of Oscar®-winning visual effects wizard Richard Edlund, Buff relocated to ILM’s headquarters in northern California.
Over the next five years, Buff worked as a visual effects supervisor on such films as “2010,” “Ghostbusters,” “Poltergeist,” “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He also worked on two of the first three “Star Wars” films, “The Empire Strikes Back” (as visual effects editorial supervisor) and “Return of the Jedi” (as assistant film editor).
ERIC SEARS, A.C.E. (Editor) most recently edited the miniseries “The Path to 9/11,” “Must Love Dogs,” for writer-director Gary David Goldberg and “Cellular” and “Final Destination 2,” both for director David Ellis. His film editing credits include “On the Line,” “Original Sin,” “Cheaters,” for which he was nominated for an A.C.E. Award, “Body Shots” and “The Rat Pack” for HBO, for which he was nominated for an Emmy and A.C.E. Award. Sears won both the Emmy and the A.C.E. Award for his work on HBO’s “Gia,” starring Angelina Jolie.
Sears’ additional film credits include “The Sixth Man,” “Spy Hard,” “Houseguest,” “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom,” for which he was nominated for an A.C.E. Award, “Encino Man,” “Dad” and “Wired”. He was also a co-editor on “Mighty Ducks II” and “Hot Shots!”.
For the small screen, Sears edited the “Karen Sisco” pilot, ”The Boys,” and TNT’s “The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson,” for which he was nominated for both the Emmy and A.C.E. Award. His additional television credits include “Baby M,” “Queenie,” “Into Thin Air” and “North and South II,” all four of which were nominated for A.C.E. Awards. Sears also edited on the popular series “Miami Vice.”
After graduating from San Diego State University with a Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design, she studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. She began her career as a designer for some of the leading fashion houses in the country.
After Nguyen switched to film, she designed some of the leading films of the past decade: Oliver Stone’s “Heaven and Earth,” starring Tommy Lee Jones; “The Mask,” starring Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz; “Vampire in Brooklyn,” starring Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett; “Conspiracy Theory,” starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts; “Payback,” with Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu and James Coburn, “The Nutty Professor,” starring Eddie Murphy; “Lethal Weapon 4,” with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Chris Rock; “The Last Castle,” starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini; “Swordfish,” starring John Travolta, Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman; “All Caught Up,” starring R&B star Usher; “Mozart and the Whale,” starring Josh Hartnett and Rhada Mitchell; “Zoom,” starring Tim Allen, Courtney Cox and Chevy Chase; and “Grace Is Gone,” starring John Cusack. Nguyen has designed the costumes for more than 35 motion pictures.
She is married to writer-director Dean Heyde. They live on top of the Hollywood Hills with a cat named Bongo, several birds and two deer named Betty and Boop.
MARK MANCINA (Composer) is a three-time Grammy-winner who has composed scores for such diverse films as “Asylum,” “The Haunted Mansion,” “Brother Bear,” “Training Day,” “Tarzan,” “Speed,” “Bad Boys,” “Moll Flanders,” “Con Air” and “Twister.” He also produced the song “Rockin’ the Suburbs” for the animated film “Over the Hedge.”
His work will next be heard in “August Rush,” for which he composed the original score.
Mancina arranged and produced three Elton John songs for “The Lion King.” His efforts on “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” and “Hakuna Matata” were rewarded with a Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children, two American Music Awards for Best Pop Album, and multi-platinum status for a record that has sold over ten million copies worldwide. As producer, he has also been awarded Grammys for The Lion King Cast Album and Best Soundtrack Album for the animated film “Tarzan.”
On Broadway, Mancina wrote, produced and arranged additional music for the Tony Award-winning stage production of “The Lion King,” which features his song, “He Lives in You.” Mancina shared a Best Original Score Tony Award Nomination for his work on the musical.
For television, Mancina’s scores include “Criminal Minds,” “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Believe,” “Soldier of Fortune,” “Poltergeist,” “Millennium” and “Space Rangers.”
Living in Santa Barbara, California, PATRICK GARRITY (Military Technical Advisor) privately trains civilians in firearms instruction, self-defense, home defense and disarmament. He received an honorable discharge as a United States Marine Corps scout sniper in December 2000. Since then, Garrity has operated as an executive-protection agent and range master-instructor in many different disciplines, including handgun, shotgun, practical rifle, precision rifle, ropes & rappel and VIP training.
Garrity has operated in 18 different countries, trained foreign Special Forces and was the winner of the 1999 USMC 1st Mar. Div. crew served weapons competition, scout sniper portion. “Shooter” is Garrity’s first major motion picture as a technical advisor. While working on “Shooter,” he also served as Mark Wahlberg’s double; designed and fabricated costumes and props; and consulted on script revisions, scene revisions, combat scenes and martial arts choreography. Garrity trained actors on the set and worked as a personal advisor to Mark Wahlberg and director Antoine Fuqua.
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