“Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.
Academy Award winning actress, KATE WINSLET (ADELE) has brought to life some of cinema's most captivating and memorable roles. Her resumé consists of critically and commercially acclaimed work as well as a span of awards and honors that illustrate Kate’s talent and solidify her a permanent place in cinema history. Kate won her first Academy Award, after a stunning past 5 nominations, for her role as Hannah Schmitz in Stephen Daldry’s 2008 “The Reader” directed by Stephen Daldry. Kate also won a Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice Award, among many others, for the role. Kate also starred that year in “Revolutionary Road,” which reteamed her with “Titanic” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. “Revolutionary Road”, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Richard Yates was directed by Sam Mendes. Kate won a Golden Globe and received many nominations for her portrayal of April Wheeler.
Kate grew up in a family of actors and began performing for British television when she was thirteen. At the age of seventeen, she made an international name for herself in Peter Jackson’s feature film “Heavenly Creatures”. She followed that in 1995 with her role as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility”. She received her first Academy Award nomination for this performance and was also nominated for a Golden Globe. She then went on to win the BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Kate next co-starred with Christopher Eccleston in Michael Winterbottom’s “Jude” and then as Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh’s “Hamlet”. She appeared as the iconic survivor Rose in James Cameron’s “Titanic” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. At the age of 22, Kate received her second Academy Award nomination for this role and the honor of being the youngest actress ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards.
In 1997 Kate starred as Julia in “Hideous Kinky” directed by Gillies McKinnon, and in 1998 co-starred with Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion’s comedic drama “Holy Smoke”. She also starred in Philip Kaufman’s period drama “Quills” along with Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine.
In 2001 Kate starred in the Richard Eyre production of “Iris”, playing the young Iris Murdoch to Judi Dench’s older Iris and received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. She next starred in Michael Apteds’ “Enigma,” a spy drama about code breakers during WWII and “The Life of David Gale” with Kevin Spacey. She dyed her hair blue and orange for her portrayal of the quirky Clementine in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress. She then went on to star opposite Johnny Depp in “Finding Neverland,” which was named the 2004 Best Film by the National Board of Review.
In 2006, Kate was seen in “All the King’s Men,” with Jude Law and Sean Penn, directed by Steven Zaillian. She then extended her voice to the animated feature “Flushed Away” and finished the year in the romantic comedy “The Holiday” opposite Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black. She starred opposite Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Connelly in Todd Field’s “Little Children” for which she received her fifth Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
In 2010, Kate filmed the title role in HBO’s multi award-winnig 5-part mini-series “Mildred Pierce” for which she won Emmy, Golden Glob and SAG Awards as Best Actress . She joined the ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” and starred in Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” which premiered in competition at the 2011 Venice Film Festival .
Kate’s upcoming projects include Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day” which premiered at Toronto Film Festival in which she co-stars with Josh Brolin and Tobey Maguire. The film is set to be released limited on December 25, 2013. She can also been seen next year in Neil Burger’s highly anticipated big-screen version of the popular young adult novel “Divergent,” which is set to be released in March 2014 as well as the indie “A Little Chaos” from director Alan Rickman in which she plays a landscape gardener involved in the creation of the gardens at Louis XIV’s Versailles.
Next year she will shoot two very different roles; one in “Insurgent”, the second film in the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth and the other in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s “The Dressmaker,” which is based on the novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham.
In 2013 Kate Winslet was awarded the CBE which she received from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
JOSH BROLIN (FRANK) Academy Award nominated actor Josh Brolin has emerged as one of Hollywood's top leading men who continues to balance challenging roles in both mainstream studio productions as well as thought-provoking independents.
Brolin can currently be seen in the third installment of the “Men in Black” franchise opposite Will Smith. Next up, he stars in the crime drama “The Gangster Squad” alongside a noteworthy cast including Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn. The film recalls the LAPD’s efforts to reclaim their city from one of the most powerful mob bosses of the 1940s. It will be released nationwide by Warner Brothers in 2013. In addition, Brolin will begin shooting Spike Lee’s remake of the cult Korean action thriller, “Oldboy” opposite Elizabeth Olsen.
Brolin has perhaps become most known for his riveting performances over the last several years. In 2008, Brolin was nominated for an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and received awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review for his portrayal of ‘Dan White’ in Gus Van Sant's acclaimed film “Milk.” Recently, he starred in the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit,” which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture; Oliver Stone's “Wall Street: Money Never Sleep’s” opposite Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas; and Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” opposite Anthony Hopkins and Naomi Watts. He received rave reviews for his portrayal of George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's biopic, “W.” Prior to that, Brolin earned a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of an ensemble for his work in Joel and Ethan Coen's “No Country for Old Men,” which also won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Additionally, Brolin starred in Ridley Scott's blockbuster “American Gangster” and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of this ensemble.
Other film credits include: “Planet Terror,” part of the critically acclaimed Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez double feature, “Grindhouse,” alongside co-stars Rose McGowan and Freddy Rodriguez; “In the Valley of Elah” for director Paul Haggis, where he starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon; John Stockwell's, “Into the Blue,” opposite Jessica Alba; Victor Nunez's “Coastlines,” opposite Timothy Olyphant; Paul Verhoeven's blockbuster hit, “Hollow Man,” with Kevin Bacon; Scott Silver's “Mod Squad,” opposite Claire Danes; Ole Bornedal's psychological thriller “Nightwatch,” with Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette, and Ewan McGregor; “Best Laid Plans” opposite Reese Witherspoon, produced by Mike Newell; “All the Rage” which featured an all-star cast including Gary Sinise, Joan Allen and Anna Paquin; and Guillermo Del Toro's science-fiction thriller, “Mimic,” opposite Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, and Charles Dutton. Brolin also received recognition from critics and audiences in David O. Russell's “Flirting with Disaster,” portraying a bisexual federal agent, alongside an outstanding ensemble cast led by Ben Stiller. Brolin made his feature film debut starring in the action-comedy classic “Goonies,” directed by Richard Donner for producer Steven Spielberg.
In television, Brolin made his mark as a series regular in the popular ABC series “The Young Riders” as well as “Private Eye” for NBC and “Winnetka Road” for CBS. Brolin also received critical praise in the TNT's epic miniseries “Into the West,” opposite Beau Bridges, Gary Busey and Jessica Capshaw. In addition, Brolin starred in the title role of NBC's acclaimed political drama, “Mr. Sterling.” The show followed the efforts of an idealistic young politician as he attempted to both learn and work within an often corrupt system. He also appeared in the CBS movie-of-the-week “Prison of Children,” and in the Showtime original film “Gang in Blue” with Mario Van Peebles, J.T. Walsh and Stephen Lang. Brolin co-starred opposite Mary Steenburgen, Gretchen Mol and Bonnie Bedelia in CBS's television adaptation of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Picnic.”
As a producer, Brolin joined Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Howard Zinn, in a documentary entitled “The People Speak,” based on Zinn’s influential 1980 book A People’s History of the United States. The feature, which aired on the History Channel in 2009, looked at America’s struggles with war, class, race, and women’s rights and featured readings by Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn, and David Strathairn, among others. Brolin made his film directing debut in 2008 with a short entitled “X,” which he also wrote and produced. It premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival before screening at such festivals as South by Southwest and the AFI Dallas Film Festival.
Brolin spent five years with Anthony Zerbe at the Reflections Festival at the GeVa Theatre in Rochester, New York. While there, he performed in and directed several of the festival's plays, including Pitz and Joe, Life in the Trees, Forgiving Typhoid Mary, Oh, The Innocents, Peep Hole, Ellen Universe Joins the Band, Lincoln Park Zoo and Hard Hearts. Brolin also starred opposite Elias Koteas in the acclaimed Broadway production of Sam Shepard's True West. In 2004, Brolin starred in the award-winning Off-Broadway playThe Exonerated, based on the true stories of a half-dozen former death row inmates. Additional stage credits include Skin of the Teeth,The Crucible and A Streetcar Named Desire at the Kennedy Memorial Theatre; A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Lebrero Theatre; and Dark of the Moon at the Ann Capa Ensemble Theatre.
GATTLIN GRIFFITH (HENRY) began auditioning at the tender age of seven years old. His first attempt at acting followed in the footsteps of his father, stuntman Tad Griffith, when he auditioned for a commercial role requiring stunt work. While he did not get that part, Gattlin did catch the eye of the casting director who had him audition for a national commercial for Yamaha motorbikes. Gattlin got the part and soon after booked a series of television commercials for Home Depot. Following that, his first TV series appearance came on “Untold Stories of the E.R.” in 2006 and his career took off from there. Gattlin went on to appear in hit television shows such as “Cold Case,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Monk,” “Supernatural,” and “Criminal Minds.” Proving he had talent far beyond his years, Gattlin made his feature film debut opposite Angelina Jolie in the Academy Award nominated film “Changeling.” To date, Gattlin has appeared in nearly a dozen films, most notably: “Couples Retreat” for Universal Pictures opposite Vince Vaughn, “The New Daughter” with Kevin Costner for Mandate Pictures, and “Green Lantern” opposite Tim Robbins for Warner Brothers.
When he’s not acting, Gattlin is an accomplished equestrian gymnast and 4th generation trick rider whose grandparents, Dick and Connie Griffith, are in the Pro Rodeo, National Cowboy and Cowgirl Halls of Fame. Gattlin’s first exhibition rodeo was in January of 2012 at the Forth Worth Stock Show and Rodeo with two of his younger brothers, Callder and Arrden.
Gattlin resides outside of Los Angeles with his parents and is eldest of four boys. He is an avid football and soccer player and makes sure he has his football on set with him at all times.
TOBEY MAGUIRE (ADULT HENRY) continues to garner both critical and commercial success in a career renowned for the actor's ability to deliver standout performances in both big budget blockbusters as well as thought-provoking independents.
Maguire is currently in production on Edward Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice in which he also serves as a producer through his company, Material Pictures. The film follows the life story of American chess icon Bobby Fischer leading up to his historic world championship match against Boris Spassky. The actor stars alongside a notable cast including Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Upcoming, Maguire will be seen in the IFC comedy miniseries The Spoils of Babylon opposite Kristen Wiig. Co-written and directed by Matt Piedmont, and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the storyline explores the legacy and lives of the Morehouse family, who built their wealth in the oil industry. Maguire’s character, Devon Morehouse, was taken in as an orphan and eventually goes on to run Morehouse Enterprise. His character’s greatest struggle is not overseeing the family business, but fighting the mutual attraction between him and his adoptive sister (Wiig), while they run the business together. IFC will premiere the miniseries on January 9, 2014.
Maguire most recently starred as Nick Carraway in Baz Luhrmann’s ground breaking film The Great Gatsby, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. To date, the film has grossed over $325 million worldwide.
With a career defined by notable performances, Maguire has collaborated with some of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the business. His credits include a riveting performance in Jim Sheridan’s Brothers opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman for which he received a Golden Globe® Best Actor nomination in 2010; a memorable portrayal as horse jockey "Red Pollard" in Gary Ross's Seabiscuit, which received seven Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture; and his stirring performance in Lasse Hallstrom's The Cider House Rules, which also received seven Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture.
In 2007 Maguire reunited with director Sam Raimi, for Spider-Man 3, which holds the record for the second biggest opening weekend (domestic and worldwide) of all time as well as becoming the #1 highest grossing film of 2007. In addition, the franchise is one of the most successful in film history as Spider Man, Spider Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 account for three of the twenty highest grossing films of all time for a total worldwide box office of approximately 2.5 billion dollars.
Maguire’s other credits include the indie film The Details from writer-director Jacob Estes; Steven Soderbergh's period drama The Good German, opposite George Clooney and Cate Blanchett; Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys in which Maguire starred opposite Michael Douglas; Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil; Pleasantville, opposite Reese Witherspoon; Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Woody Allen's literary satire Deconstructing Harry; Ang Lee's 1997 acclaimed film, The Ice Storm; and his breakthrough in Griffin Dunne's 1996 Academy Award® nominated short Duke of Groove.
As a producer through his Material Pictures, Maguire’s next project is Henrik Ruben Genz’ Good People, written by Kelly Masterson and starring James Franco and Kate Hudson. In development is Robotech, a sprawling sci-fi epic based on the popular television series as well as Rick Yancey’s acclaimed best-selling novel, The 5th Wave for Sony Pictures and produced with GK Films. Maguire has also teamed with Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio to produce and star together in an untitled animal trafficking project.
Maguire's first outing as a producer was Spike Lee’s The 25th Hour starring Edward Norton in an adaptation of David Benioff's acclaimed novel. His most recent films were Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages starring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin and writer and director Shana Feste’s Country Strong starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw.
Beginning December 27th, TOM LIPINSKI (YOUNG FRANK) can be seen co-starring opposite Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in the Jason Reitman film LABOR DAY. He recently wrapped production in an untitled Julian Branciforte independent feature, in which he will star opposite John Magaro and Dreama Walker.
Lipinski can currently be seen on to the small screen in the second season of USA’s hit series, “Suits,” produced by Doug Liman and David Bartis. Next up, he will begin production on Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Cinemax series “The Knick,” starring Clive Owen, Andre Holland and Juliet Rylance. The series, being produced and directed by Soderbergh, centers on Knickerbocker Hospital, in 1900. Other television credits include “Infamous” for NBC, “Pan Am,” “Unforgettable,” “A Gifted Man” and the HBO mini-series “Mildred Pierce.”
Last summer, Lipinski wrapped production on the James Franco produced “Black Dog, Red Dog,” based on a book of poems by Stephen Dobyns. He recently wrote and directed a short film called BEN that was accepted into TropFest New York 2013.
On stage, Tom was seen alongside Michael Stahl David in Christopher Shinn’s “Picked” at the Vineyard Theater. As a member of the Flea Theatre he has performed in numerous plays including A.R. Gurney’s “Light Lunch,” directed by Jim Simpson.
Tom is a Boston native and a graduate of Brown University.
CLARK GREGG (GERALD) Clark began his acting career as a founding member and former artistic director of the Atlantic Theater Company in NY. He has acted in numerous productions with the company including "Boys' Life" at Lincoln Center, "Mojo," "The Night Heron," "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," and most recently “Happy Hour,” written by Ethan Coen. Other NY stage credits include Aaron Sorkin’s "A Few Good Men" on Broadway, "Unidentified Human Remains," and A. R. Gurney's, "The Old Boy."
Gregg moved to Los Angeles in the mid-nineties to pursue film and television work landing recurring roles on “The West Wing,” "Sports Night, "Will and Grace," "Sex and the City" and "The Shield," among others. He also appeared in the television movies, "My Sister's Keeper" for Hallmark, and “Tyson” and “Live From Baghdad” for HBO. He co-starred with Julia Louis Dreyfus on the long-running CBS comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine."
Gregg most recently reprised his role as SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson in Marvel's “The Avengers,” which broke many box office records including the biggest domestic opening weekend of all time.
Other film acting work includes “The To-Do List,” “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “Thor,” "Iron Man 2," "500 Days of Summer" "Choke," "Iron Man," “In Good Company,” “Spartan," “State and Main” “Lovely and Amazing, ” “The Human Stain,” “We Were Soldiers,” “One Hour Photo,” and “Magnolia." He played the role of Hank/Henrietta in Tod Williams' debut feature “The Adventures of Sebastian Cole” for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
Gregg's screenwriting debut, “What Lies Beneath” (Dreamworks) starred Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer and was directed by Robert Zemeckis. His feature film directing debut, "Choke," which he adapted from the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble, and was released by Fox Searchlight in 2008. Clark has written or re-written scripts for Universal, Disney, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Fox 2000.
In addition he has directed a number of plays including Kevin Heelan’s “Distant Fires,” which was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards in NY and moved to the Circle-in-the-Square downtown for an extended run. The Los Angeles production, starring Samuel L. Jackson, won three L.A. Weekly awards including Best Direction, Best Ensemble and Best Play and was nominated for four Ovation Awards including Best Director. He also directed the acclaimed 1998 Atlantic revival of David Mamet's Edmond, and created, co-wrote and directed the Los Angeles serialized play, The Big Empty.
BRIGHID FLEMING (ELEANOR) A trip to “Seussical the Musical” prompted a then three year-old Brighid Fleming to begin her remarkable career in entertainment. When asked after the show if she would like to meet the Cat in the Hat, Brighid replied, “No, I want to be the Cat in the Hat. How do you get up there?”
After a couple years on the Albuquerque theatre circuit, Brighid landed an international modeling job with LaCoste, and from there began picking up small parts in New Mexico-based films until finally making her way to Los Angeles in 2007. On a flight home to film “The Burrowers,” she met the directing duo of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who went on to cast her as Delia in their film “Gamer,” opposite Gerard Butler.
Since then, Brighid has worked in film, theatre and television, including appearances on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia,” “Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami,” “Saving Grace,” “Awake,” and “The Mentalist.” She also shot a pilot for CBS – “The Eastmans” – with Donald Sutherland and Jacqueline Bisset, as well as a couple national commercials and music videos.
Brighid won a Maverick Award for her role in USC student film “Sugar Rush,” was nominated for festival awards for her work in the UCLA graduate film “After the Shearing,” and was nominated for a Young Artist Award for “The Mentalist.”
Deborah Dozier Potter, a former member of the Kennedy Center’s President’s Advisory Council for the Arts, called Brighid’s performance in the film “Hearts of Desire” “extraordinary,” remarking that she believes Brighid is destined for greatness. The L.A. Times said her performance in “Woyzeck” for the Gangbusters Theatre Company had “disarming command.”
Proving there’s no such thing as too young to be a renaissance woman, Brighid wrote and directed the 2011 short film A.B.S., which is on the festival circuit and has already won Best Picture, Youth Division at the Albany Film Festival. Her dream is to have success with her production company, Phish Tank Philms, and turn A.B.S. into a web series.
MAIKA MONROE (MANDY) Maika most recently worked on Sophia Coppola’s upcoming “Bling Ring” scheduled for release in 2013. Maika also stars opposite Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid in the “At Any Price,” released in the Fall of 2012. Maika plays Zac’s love interest in the film. Maika is also a rising professional kiteboarder who made her international competitive kiteboarding debut at the final event of the 2011 PKRA World Kiteboarding Tour at the end of 2011 in Pointe Magnin, Noumea New-Caledonia.
Maika was born and raised in the charming community of Santa Barbara, California. In the winter of 2010 at the age of 17, Maika opted to complete high school online and move to Cabarete in the Dominican Republic to kiteboard every day, train, and go professional. Maika hit Cabarete full force quickly turning heads with her long blond hair, bikinis and “kite like a boy” mentality. Maika’s aggression on the water and laid back style on terra firma quickly gained the attention of local talent scouts while earning her a place on the F-One and CosmicKites.com North American Kiteboarding team with world-renown Dominican riders Robinson Hilario and Alex Soto. Driven to compete on the international World Tour, Maika has been training in California and the Dominican Republic, with the goal of one day being world champion.
This multi-talented young woman learned to kiteboard with her dad in California at the age of thirteen. As passionate about kiting as she is about acting, Maika has managed to excel in both pursuits (and still nail a 4.2 GPA in high school). Maika is also inspired by life in Cabarete as she befriended the local children who would run along the waters edge while she trained, helping her launch and land her kite or chase down an errant board. Maika has designed her own fashion forward active wear for Airbound Apparel, a kiteboarding lifestyle company based in Cabarete. Maika’s designs evoke the energy and independent spirit of her adopted home that continues to inspire her to charge forward in all of life’s pursuits. A percentage of proceeds from the Maika for Airbound Collection benefit local children’s charities in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. The Collection is available at select retail outlets in the United States, Caribbean and online at www.airboundapparel.com
Maika’s nomadic spirit currently has her spending time between Los Angeles, Hawaii, Dominican Republic and Santa Barbara.
ALEXIE GILMORE (MARJORIE) was born in Manhattan, N.Y. and was raised there until her family relocated to the suburbs of N.J. when she was 10 years old. Inspired by a strong theatre department at Tenafly High School, she went on to major in theatre at DeSales University in Pa.
Gilmore started out doing numerous national commercials before she got her break in TV and film. She starred as a series regular on the Fox drama, “New Amsterdam” directed by Lasse Hallstrom (“The Cider House Rules”). Other television credits include, “Rescue Me,” “Law and Order Criminal Intent,” “Nurse Jackie,” a cross over role on “Private Practice,” and “Grey’s Anatomy”, “House” and many more.
For Gilmore’s first starring role in a film, “Fine Love” by Erica Dunton, John Anderson wrote in Variety “Gilmore is magnetic." Since then, she has starred opposite Robin Williams in Bobcat Goldthwait's, “World’s Greatest Dad” which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival 2009. She also collaborated with Goldthwait again on “God Bless America” and most recently is working on another film called, “Willow Creek” with the director. She has also starred as the romantic lead opposite Matthew McConaughey in “Surfer Dude;” “Mercy” with Scott Caan which premiered at Cinevegas 2009, and “I Do and I Don’t” with Jane Lynch which premiered at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival 2008 earning her the "Star on the Horizon" award. LynchOther film credits include “Defintely, Maybe,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” and “The Babysitters.” Due out later this year, Gilmore can be seen in “Fairhaven” with Chris Messina which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
LUCAS HEDGES (RICHARD) Hedges was most recently seen in Focus Features’ “Moonrise Kingdom,” written and directed by Wes Anderson, which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He will next be seen starring opposite Colin Firth and Emily Blunt in “Arthur Newman” and “Golf Pro,” directed by Dante Ariola. Lucas played Young Chip (Ewan McGregor) in the HBO Pilot “The Corrections,” produced by Scott Rudin and directed by Noah Baumbach. At Saint Ann’s School, Lucas appeared in “Nicholas Nickleby” as Smike and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Puck. During the 2008-2009 season, Lucas was ranked #5 in U.S. Squash for boys under 13. Hedges in an avid golfer and basketball player. In his free time, he enjoys playing the drums. Lucas is a diehard Jets fan, and his favorite players are Darrelle Revis and D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
JAMES VAN DER BEEK (OFFICER TREADWELL) At age 35, James Van Der Beek has discovered the joy of reinvention. Having originated the title character on the hit TV show “Dawson’s Creek,” seeping into the collective consciousness as introspective dreamer Dawson Leery, the actor has tackled a diversity of other roles to date: among them, a morally centered quarterback in the hit sports film “Varsity Blues” and a sociopath drug dealer in “The Rules of Attraction.” Van Der Beek was recently seen in ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23,” portraying a bizarro-world version of himself opposite Krysten Ritter and Dreama Walker in an edgy series about a New York party girl with the morals of a pirate who causes trouble for everyone around her.
Also recently proving himself a good sport in a series of self-deprecating Funny or Die sketches and an appearance in the Ke$ha video “Blow,” from which “he’s earned a new generation of tween fans,” according to New York Magazine, Van Der Beek continues to explore the dark and the light with recent roles as Dr. Joe Briggs, the cocky, brilliant, womanizing ICU chief on NBC’s medical drama “Mercy,” and as a wrongly accused statutory rapist in the Lifetime telefilm “Salem Falls.” In feature film, he recently appeared opposite Antonio Banderas in the mystery thriller “The Big Bang,” as the world’s highest paid movie star hiding a secret.
Born in Connecticut to a professional baseball player and former dancer, the oldest of two brothers and a sister, Van Der Beek grew up playing sports until a concussion sidelined him from football at age thirteen. He took the opportunity to perform in a play in his hometown of Cheshire, as Danny Zuko in “Grease,” and immediately fell in love with the stage. His first professional work came only three years later in the New York premiere of Edward Albee’s Finding the Sun, for which the young actor garnered rave reviews.
After more stage work and a few films, Van Der Beek took a break from acting to study English and Sociology on an academic scholarship at Drew University. It was toward the end of his sophomore year that he landed his big break on “Dawson’s Creek.” The wildly popular series ran for six seasons from 1998-2003, established the then-fledgling WB network, and is currently syndicated worldwide. With that success came inclusion on Premiere Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful in Hollywood” and People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful” lists, an MTV Movie Award for “Varsity Blues,” a Teen Choice Award, and a hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live,” which provided a showcase for his hitherto untapped comedic chops.
In the last dozen years, Van Der Beek has shown his versatility in a breadth of roles. On TV he’s played a killer with multiple personality disorder in a post-Super Bowl, two-hour “Criminal Minds” television event, an aging, balding “former Mr. Teen Winnipeg” on “How I Met Your Mother,” a slick entrepreneur on USA’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and an uptight fiancée on the TNT series “Franklin & Bash.” Along with cameos in “Scary Movie,” and “Jay & Silend Bob Strike Back,” on the big screen he’s crafted memorable characters in “Texas Rangers,” “The Rules of Attraction” and the indie film “Formosa Betrayed,” for which both he and the film won top prizes at the San Diego Film Festival.
Married to business consultant Kimberly Van Der Beek, and the father of daughter Olivia and young son Joshua, James Van Der Beek still adheres to a sports perspective that once guided him as an aspiring football star. Being an actor, he says, is “the best team sport there is to play. I love collaborating with directors, actors, writers, the crew. There’s something really special about a group of diverse individuals all focused on achieving the same goal, and each using every bit of talent and energy they have to get there.”
With a career spanning every medium, BROOKE SMITH (EVELYN) has established herself as a well-respected actress in both drama and comedy. Growing up in New York, she studied her craft at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Smith made her film debut in Alan Rudolph’s “The Moderns” and shortly thereafter, was cast in the pivotal role of serial killer abductee Catherine Martin in Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of The Lambs.”
Smith’s seamless transitions between comedy and drama, and her work with famed directors, are also evident in her other film work which includes Doug Liman’s “Fair Game,” Mira Nair’s “The Namesake,” Woody Allen’s “Melinda and Melinda,” Daniel Minahan’s “Series 7,” Joel Schumacher’s “Bad Company,” Robert Altman’s “Kansas City,” Henry Jaglom’s “Last Summer in the Hamptons,” Sydney Pollack’s “Random Hearts,” and Anthony Minghella’s “Mr. Wonderful.”
Smith created the indelible character of Dr. Erica Hahn, head of cardio-thoracic surgery, on ABC’s hit show “Grey’s Anatomy” for four seasons. Equally varied characters have been portrayed by her in other television series such as “Weeds.” “Crossing Jordan,” “Six Feet Under,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” and longforms such HBO’s “Iron Jawed Angels,” by Katja Von Garnier, and TNT’s mini-series “A Century of Women.”
Her theatre accomplishments run the gamut as well, appearing in such productions as “Some Girls,” by Neil LaBute at MCC, “Stop Kiss” at the Public Theatre, and co-starring in the Coen Brothers’ radio play “Theater of the New Ear” in New York and London. She also starred in Andre Gregory’s production of “Uncle Vanya” at The Victory Theatre, leading to her role in Louis Malle’s film adaptation entitled “Vanya on 42ND Street,” which garnered Brooke an IFP Spirit Award nomination.
Smith’s other interests include filmmaking, photography and journalism. She has directed two documentaries, as well as a short film, a music video and several PSA’s about conflict minerals in the Congo. Along with gallery showings of her photographs, she also has published interviews with such actors as Steve Buscemi, Fred Ward and Ed Harris.
J.K. SIMMONS (MR. JERVIS) has appeared in diverse projects spanning motion pictures, television and stage performances on and off Broadway. He played J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s “Spider Man” trilogy. His motion picture credits include “Hidalgo,” “The Ladykillers,” “The Mexican,” "Off The Map," “For Love of the Game,” “The Gift,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “Rendition,” “Burn After Reading" and, memorably, his portrayal of the off-beat but not deadbeat father, Mac McGuff, in the hit comedy “Juno.”
Simmons’ latest films include “The Words,” “The Music Never Stopped”, “Jennifer’s Body," “Extract”, "The Vicious Kind,” “ I Love You, Man,” “Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” “Contraband,” and the Academy Award nominated film “Up In The Air.” Shortly, JK will begin shooting the Steve Jobs biopic, “Jobs” being released in 2013.
On the small screen, Simmons plays LAPD Assistant Chief Will Pope in TNT’s hit series “The Closer.” He also played Vern Schillinger on HBO’s acclaimed drama “Oz,” while playing a recurring role as Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC’s “Law and Order.” Most recently, he can be seen recurring in TBS’s new hit comedy “Men at Work.”
Simmons has appeared on the Broadway stage in performances of “Guys and Dolls,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor," "A Change In The Heir," “Peter Pan” and "A Few Good Men."
DYLAN MINNETTE (HENRY (16)) has a lead role in Alcon Entertainment’s “Prisoners,” directed by Denis Villeneuve. “Prisoners” also stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis and Melissa Leo. Upcoming, he stars in the Disney film “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” opposite Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. His television credits include three seasons of the series “Saving Grace,” starring Holly Hunter, as well as NBC’s series “Awake,” opposite Jason Isaacs. Minnette also sings and plays guitar in his band The Feaver.
JASON REITMAN (SCREENPLAY WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) was nineteen when he premiered his first short film, "Operation," at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Reitman's short films have since played in over a hundred film festivals worldwide and he has directed numerous award-winning commercials.
He made his feature film directorial debut with the 2006 hit "Thank You for Smoking" which he adapted from the acclaimed novel by Christopher Buckley. The film went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, a Writers Guild nomination and won Reitman an Independent Spirit Award and Best Debut Director by the National Board of Review.
In December 2007, Reitman's second feature, "Juno," earned him an Academy Award nomination for directing. The film earned a win for Diablo Cody's screenplay and additional nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Ellen Page). "Juno" also won three Independent Spirit Awards and a Grammy Award.
Reitman both wrote and directed "Up in the Air," which was recognized with six Academy Award nominations, as well a PGA, SAG, and DGA nominations. Reitman won a Golden Globe and the WGA Awards for Best Screenplay.
Following that, he produced "Jeff, Who Lives at Home," for Paramount Pictures starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon, written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass.
Reitman then re-teamed with Diablo Cody to direct "Young Adult." The script was penned by Cody and starred Charlie Theron, Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson.
Reitman was born in Montreal and currently resides in Los Angeles.
LIANNE HALFON (PRODUCER) After a host of critically-acclaimed independent films, Oscar®-nominated producer Lianne Halfon has made her mark in Los Angeles and the larger film community, developing and producing consistently smart, original entertainment with her Mr. Mudd producing partners, Russ Smith and John Malkovich. Known for their unerring eye for new talent and uncommon instincts when shaping material with screenwriters, Mr. Mudd has built strong relationships with directors, actors and writers - while maintaining a hands-on approach to producing.
Halfon is currently producing "Chavez," a biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Peña , Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera, and directed by Diego Luna.
In September 2012, Summit released the Mr. Mudd produced coming of age story "The Perks of Being A Wallflower," written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, who also penned the novel on which the film is based. Halfon produced the film, starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson.
In March of 2011, Halfon produced "Jeff, Who Lives At Home," written and directed by the Duplass Brothers, starring Ed Helms, Jason Segel, and Susan Sarandon. Later that year, Halfon also produced the acclaimed and very acerbic "Young Adult," starring Charlize Theron. For Theron's portrayal of the character "Mavis Gary," the film garnered a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. This was the producers' second collaboration with director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Prior to this, Halfon served as the executive producer of the Academy Award ® nominated and Emmy winning documentary "Which Way Home," from Sundance Award winner Rebecca Cammisa. The film, developed with HBO and financed independently, tells the story of children crossing the border from Mexico into the United States. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and has involved Mr. Mudd in ongoing outreach in Mexico through a Ford Foundation grant.
In 2008, Fox Searchlight released the Mr. Mudd-produced picture "Juno." Starring Ellen Page, "Juno" became the third biggest indie release of all-time. It received Oscar® nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and won the Academy Award® for Best Screenplay.
Halfon, Malkovich and Smith formed the production company Mr. Mudd in 1999. Mr. Mudd's first production was "Ghost World," a live action feature based on Dan Clowes' comic, directed by Terry Zwigoff ("Crumb"), starring Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi. "Ghost World" was released to critical acclaim and earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Mr. Mudd's next effort, "The Dancer Upstairs," directed by John Malkovich and starring Academy Award ® nominee Javier Bardem, was released in May 2003 by Fox Searchlight.
Along with her partners, Halfon served as Executive Producer on the documentary "How to Draw a Bunny;" a portrait of artist Ray Johnson. "How to Draw a Bunny" won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and the Prix de Public at the famed Recontre Film Festival in Paris. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary in 2003. Halfon's other credits include the 17th Century drama, "The Libertine" starring Johnny Depp, John Malkovich and Samantha Morton and "Art School Confidential," which reunited the "Ghost World" team of director Zwigoff and writer Clowes, starring ingénues Max Minghella and Sophia Myles, along with veteran actors John Malkovich, Angelica Huston, and Jim Broadbent. The partners also produced John Walter's documentary "Some Assembly Required" about the Republican National Convention and in 2010, John Malkovich's hugely successful theatrical production of "The Good Canary," which starred Diego Luna in its Mexico City run.
RUSSELL SMITH (PRODUCER) With an established background as a producer of some of America's finest theatre, Russell Smith has segued to film, and become a go-to producer for cutting-edge independent cinema, garnering numerous accolades including an Academy Award® nomination along the way.
Smith is currently producing "Chavez," a biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Peña , Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera, and directed by Diego Luna.
In September, Summit released the Mr. Mudd produced coming of age story "The Perks of Being A Wallflower," written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, who also penned the novel on which the film is based. Smith produced the film, starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson.
In March of 2011, Smith produced "Jeff, Who Lives At Home," written and directed by the Duplass Brothers, starring Ed Helms, Jason Segel, and Susan Sarandon. Later that year, Smith also produced the acclaimed "Young Adult," starring Charlize Theron. For Theron's portrayal of the character "Mavis Gary," the film garnered a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.
Smith served as executive producer of the Academy Award® nominated documentary "Which Way Home," from Sundance Award winner Rebecca Cammisa. The film, which was developed with HBO, tells the story of children crossing the border from Mexico into the United States. The film was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.
In 2008, Fox Searchlight released the Mr. Mudd produced picture "Juno," starring Ellen Page. "Juno" became the third-largest indie release of all time. It received Oscar® nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and won an Academy Award® for Best Screenplay.
In April of 1998, Russ joined partners Halfon and Malkovich in forming the company Mr. Mudd. In 2001, Mr. Mudd produced "Ghost World," a live-action feature based on Dan Clowes' comic, directed by Terry Zwigoff ("Crumb") and starring Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi. "Ghost World" was released to critical acclaim and earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Following this, Mr. Mudd released, "The Dancer Upstairs," in May 2003 which was directed by John Malkovich and starred Academy Award® nominee Javier Bardem.
Smith began his career producing plays for Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. In a five year period, he produced fifty plays, notable among them "True West" and "Balm in Gilead." During that time, Steppenwolf became known as one of America's finest theatres. The notable alumni of Steppenwolf include Academy Award ® nominees John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, and Joan Allen.
For three summers, Smith worked as an arts consultant producing the First National Bank of Chicago's famed summer concert series. He produced the hit play, "Orphans," off- Broadway. In 1987, Gary Sinise and Russell Smith made their first film together, "Miles From Home." In 1988, Smith also produced the film "Queen's Logic."
In 1989, Smith became the head of production for New Visions Pictures and oversaw the production of five films, among them "The Long Walk Home" and "Mortal Thoughts." His other film credits include the award-winning short film The Witness and the acclaimed "Of Mice and Men." In 1997, he produced the blockbuster United Artists film "The Man in the Iron Mask," which starred Leonardo Di Caprio, John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne, and Jeremy Irons. Along with his Mr. Mudd partners, Russ Smith served as Executive Producer on the documentary "How to Draw a Bunny;" a portrait of artist Ray Johnson. "How to Draw a Bunny" won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and the Prix de Public at the famed Recontre Film Festival in Paris. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best documentary in 2003. Smith also served as a producer on "The Libertine" starring Johnny Depp and Samantha Morton and "Art School Confidential," starring ingénues Max Minghella and Sophia Myles, along with veteran actors John Malkovich, Angelica Huston, and Jim Broadbent.
HELEN ESTABROOK (PRODUCER) is the producing partner of director Jason Reitman and runs Right of Way Films. She most recently produced Reitman's upcoming film, Labor Day, starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. Currently, they are producing a feature version of the Sundance-winning short WHIPLASH, directed by Damien Chazelle, and will serve as executive producers on DEMOLITION, which Jean Marc Vallee will direct from the script by Bryan Sipe. Right of Way has a first-look deal with Indian Paintbrush with whom they made the Duplass Brothers' film Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Reitman's previous feature, Young Adult.
STEVEN RALES (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) founded Santa Monica-based production company Indian Paintbrush Productions in 2006, which is committed to developing and producing films with the industry's leading and emerging filmmaking talent. Rales executive produced and co-financed Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited", as well as Anderson's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," both with Fox Searchlight Pictures. He served as executive producer on "Jeff, Who Lives at Home", "Young Adult," and "Like Crazy," all for Paramount Pictures. Most recently, Rales served as producer for Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" with Focus Features, as well as producer on "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," also for Focus Features.
Mark Roybal (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) is Executive Vice
President of Production at 20th Century Fox.
From 2010 to 2013, Roybal was the President of Production at Indian Paintbrush, a finance and production company. There he oversaw all creative aspects of film development, production, and acquisitions, including Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Danny Boyle's "Trance," Park Chan Wook's "Stoker," David Chase's "Not Fade Away," Lorene Scafaria's "Seeking a Friend at the End of the World," and Drake Doremus' "Like Crazy, " which won the Grand Jury Prize for Drama at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Prior to joining Indian Paintbrush in 2010, Roybal was the President of Scott Rudin Productions, where he worked with the Academy Award® -winning producer from 1996 to 2010. He was an executive producer on Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men." The film won four Academy Awards ® in 2008: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem). Roybal also produced Kim Peirce's "Stop-Loss," and John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt."
Originally from San Francisco, Roybal currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.
MICHAEL BEUGG (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) has served as producer, executive producer, or line producer on more than 35 feature films, including serving as Executive Producer on two previous collaborations with director Jason Reitman.
Reitman's 2009 Paramount release "Up In the Air," starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick, received six Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture, and also was nominated for Best Picture by the Producers Guild and the Golden Globes (HFPA). The film received nominations from the Directors Guild, the Screen Actors Guild, the Editors Guild, the Art Directors Guild, and the Costume Designers Guild. The screenplay, adapted from Walter Kirn's novel of the same name, won awards from the Writers Guild of America, the Golden Globes, and BAFTA, among others.
Michael's previous collaboration with Jason Reitman, "Thank You For Smoking," a satirical comedy set in the world of tobacco lobbyists, is adapted from Christopher Buckley's novel. "TYFS" premiered in the fall of 2005 at the Toronto Film Festival, and it stars Aaron Eckhart, Robert Duvall, and William H. Macy. The film was acquired by Fox Searchlight. TYFS was nominated for Best Picture by the Golden Globes, Best Screenplay by the Writers Guild, Best Editing by the Editors Guild, and it won Best Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Michael's other best-know project, the Oscar-winning "Little Miss Sunshine," directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Festival and stars Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin. Fox Searchlight acquired "Little Miss Sunshine" for the highest price paid in the history of the Sundance Festival. The film was honored as Best Picture by the Producers Guild of America, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild, and nominated for Best Picture by the Golden Globes and the Motion Picture Academy. "Little Miss Sunshine" won two Oscars, one for Alan Arkin's performance and the other for Michael Arndt's original screenplay.
Michael is currently serving as Executive Producer of Paramount Pictures' "Fun Size," the directorial debut of writer/producer Josh Schwartz. The Halloween comedy, starring Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, and Chelsea Handler, is due for release in the Fall of 2012. Michael was Executive Producer of Ken Kwapis' recent number one box office hit, "He's Just Not That Into You," a romantic comedy based on the best selling book of the same name. The Warner Brothers release stars Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Ben Affleck. Michael produced Tim Story's inspirational basketball drama, "Hurricane Season," which stars Forest Whitaker, Taraji Henson, Bonnie Hunt, and Lil Wayne. Michael is also Executive Producer of Wayne Kramer's immigration drama, "Crossing Over," for the Weinstein Co. and Kennedy Marshall. The film stars Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ashley Judd, and Ray Liotta.
Michael's other Sundance premiere projects from past years include Arie Posin's "The Chumscrubber," starring Ralph Fiennes, Glenn Close, and Jamie Bell, which Dreamworks released in 2005, Gary Walkow's "Beat", Scott Sanders' "Thick As Thieves", and George Hickenlooper's "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade." Some of Michael's other notable projects are Bart Freundlich's "Catch That Kid" (Fox), Marleen Gorris' "Carolina" (Miramax), Jim Stern's "It's The Rage," and George Hickenlooper's "Big Brass Ring." In his spare time, Michael has helped "America's Most Wanted" capture criminals by producing 40 crime reenactments, filmed Jeff Probst, the host of "Survivor," as he parachuted out of a plane to deliver the votes of the tribal council, and warned the Broken Lizard comedy troupe about the dangers of drinking an excessive amount of digital beer.
Prior to entering the film business, Michael worked in the White House Budget Office (OMB) in energy and environmental policy and in the management consulting industry for BCG and ZS Associates. In the latter jobs, he spent considerable hours up in the air. He also studied acting with Ted Liss in Chicago. Michael received an MBA/Public Policy degree from Stanford University and a BA from Yale University. Michael lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
JEFFREY CLIFFORD (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) is President and Partner at Heyday Films, a film production company based at Warner Bros. The company is best known for producing the Harry Potter series of films. Heyday is currently in post-production on "Gravity" staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and in pre-production on a feature live action/CG hybrid version of "Paddington Bear." Heyday has offices in Los Angeles and London.
Prior to Heyday, Clifford oversaw production and development for The Montecito Picture Company, the Paramount-based partnership between Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock, where he produced "Up In The Air" (Paramount) starring George Clooney and directed by Jason Reitman. He shared responsibility for administering the company's $200mm co-financing facility, Cold Spring Pictures, and he ran the company's annual $2mm development fund.
Prior to working at Montecito, Clifford served as Vice President of Production at Warner Bros and before that he was Vice President of Production at Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures for six years. Clifford began his career as an independent producer in New York.
Clifford graduated from Yale in 1991 and currently serves on the Associates Board of City Year Los Angeles.
RANDALL POSTER (MUSIC SUPERVISOR) is one of the most active music supervisors working in film and television today. Well known as the long time music collaborator of director Wes Anderson, Poster works regularly with a renown group of directors including Harmony Korine, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Todd Phillips, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, and Jason Reitman. Poster and Reitman previously worked together on "Up in the Air" and "Jennifer's Body." Poster is currently working on the fourth season of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," for which Poster won a Grammy Award for producing last year's best film and tv soundtrack album.
Unexpected texture, sounds and a signature musical personality are the hallmarks of British film composer ROLFE KENT who has scored more than 50 films, including Jason Reitman's Academy Award nominated "Up in the Air," (for which he won a Golden Satellite award), "Sideways" (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award in 2007), Reitman's "Young Adult," "Charlie St. Cloud," "About Schmidt," "Election," "Mean Girls," "Legally Blonde" and "Legally Blonde II," "Wedding Crashers." "The Matador," "Reign Over Me," "The Hunting Party," "The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and "Thank You For Smoking." Kent also composed the Emmy-nominated main title theme for the Showtime hit, "Dexter." In 2012, he received the Richard Kirk award for career achievement.
Born in England into a non-musical family, Kent intuitively felt at age 12 that he wanted to be a film composer, although his early musical training was brief and not so formal. Citing Jarre's "Lawrence of Arabia" and Morricone's "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" as inspirations, Kent took the advice of an early music teacher to avoid rigid course work that would dampen his enthusiasm. He followed an entirely different path and, taking counterpoint to what is often cited as culture mired in cynicism, profited from his early course work in theology to relate it to music. After enrolling in psychology studies at University of Leeds in Yorkshire, Kent's musical career was casually begun at a dance club when the director of a play offered him a chance to "do" the music. His jump-start was his composition for a stage musical Gross at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a springboard for authors, composers and performers.
In addition to Reitman, Kent has the distinction of attracting and sustaining relationships with directors as popular and diverse as Alexander Payne, Mark Waters, Richard Shepard, and Burr Steers. Kent's upcoming films include "Dom Hemingway," (Richard Shepard), "Bad Words," (film directorial debut of Jason Bateman) and "The Scapegoat" (Nicolas Bary).
DANNY GLICKER (COSTUME DESIGNER) was honored with an Academy Award® nomination as well as the Costume Designers Guild Excellence in Period Film nomination for his work on Gus Van Sant's "Milk" starring Sean Penn. Glicker had previously received the Costume Designers Guild Excellence in Contemporary Film Award for his designs on Duncan Tucker's drama "Transamerica" starring Felicity Huffman.
"Labor Day" reunites Glicker with Jason Reitman, for whom he designed the costumes on "Up In The Air" (CDG Nomination) and "Thank You for Smoking."
Recently, Glicker designed the costumes for the hit comedy "This Is the End," directed by Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen, and for director Walter Salles on the sprawling 1940's road trip epic "On the Road," based on the legendary book by Jack Kerouac with an ensemble cast that includes Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams.
Among his other credits are two projects with Alan Ball: "Towelhead" starring Toni Collette, Aaron Eckhart and Maria Bello; and "True Blood," HBO's hit vampire series starring Academy Award® winner Anna Paquin.
Upcoming Projects Include "Love & Mercy," Bill Pohlad's film about singer-songwriter Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. The film features Paul Dano and John Cusack playing the young and old Brian Wilson, respectively, Elizabeth Banks as Wilson's second wife, Melinda, and Paul Giamatti as the controversial therapist Eugene Landy, who played a major part in Wilson's life during the 1970s and 1980s. Glicker also designed HBO's highly anticipated series "LOOKING" based in San Francisco for creator Michael Lannan and director Andrew Haigh featuring the lives and loves of three gay friends in contemporary times.
LABOR DAY marks Dana Glauberman's fifth feature film with director Jason Reitman. Her outstanding work garnered her a Hamilton Behind the Camera Award in 2013 for the film, as well as A.C.E. Eddie Award nominations for each of their previous successful collaborations, including YOUNG ADULT, UP IN THE AIR, JUNO and THANK YOU FOR SMOKING. For the George Clooney-toplined UP IN THE AIR, Glauberman also received her first BAFTA Award nomination for Best Editing in addition to Hollywood Film Festival's Editor of the Year Award.
Recently Glauberman has reteamed with Ivan Reitman on DRAFT DAY, starring Kevin Costner. The pair previously worked together on NO STRINGS ATTACHED starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. Other notable credits include the Barbra Streisand/Seth Rogen comedy THE GUILT TRIP, LOVE HAPPENS directed by Brandon Camp, and George Hickenlooper's FACTORY GIRL. She also lent her time to edit Ben Affleck's GIMME SHELTER, a short film made for the UNHCR in their efforts to protect and support refugees in DR Congo and around the globe.
A Los Angeles native, Glauberman realized her passion to become a film editor while in college, often comparing the process to putting a jigsaw puzzle together – something that she loved doing as a child.
STEVE SAKLAD (PRODUCTION DESIGNER) is most recently known for his colorful work on "The Muppets" starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams. A veteran of Jason Reitman films, Saklad also served as the Production Designer of "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney, "Juno" with Ellen Page and "Thank You for Smoking" starring Aaron Eckhart. Recent feature films include the ghost story, "The Apparition" for Dark Castle, Sam Raimi's return to horror films, "Drag Me To Hell," as well as additional photography on "Twilight" for director Catherine Hardwicke. Other credits include "Swing Vote" starring Kevin Costner and Kelsey Grammer; "Pride" starring Terence Howard; and "Shadowboxer," starring Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr. He has designed over 250 commercials for Harvest Films, Tate USA, Tool of North America and Bob Industries. His extensive credits as an Art Director include "Red Dragon" and "Spider-Man 2."
ERIC STEELBERG (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) most recently shot "Young Adult," a film which received many award nominations including at Golden Globe nod for Best Actress for Charlize Theron's portrayal of Mavis Gary. Steelberg also shot Best Picture nominee "Up In The Air" with George Clooney directed by Jason Reitman. "Labor Day" marks the 11th film that Steelberg and Jason Reitman have collaborated on, a relationship that began on the short feature "Operation" and has continued through the award-winning and critically acclaimed "Juno."
Other credits include the offbeat romantic comedy "(500) Days of Summer" starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and "Bandslam" starring David Bowie and Lisa Kudrow, directed by Todd Graff. A native of Los Angeles, Steelberg is a cinematographer with roots in black-and-white photography. A three-time Sundance veteran, Steelberg shot Reitman's short film "In God We Trust," which earned critical and popular acclaim in 2000. He found further success with "Quinceañera," which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
JOYCE MAYNARD (NOVEL BY) is the author of eight novels, including To Die For, as well as the bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, which has been translated into fifteen languages. Her latest novel, After Her, was published in August 2013.