Blues Brothers 2000: About The Filmmakers

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JOHN LANDIS (Director/Producer/Co-writer) began his career as a mail boy at 20th Century Fox. After years as a writer, stuntman, actor, extra and production assistant on many movies, he rose to international recognition when he directed the 1977 blockbuster National Lampoon's Animal House. Since then, he has gone on to direct some of the most popular films of the last two decades, including such hit comedies as The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos, Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop III. Landis' other credits include the cult favorite Schlock, Kentucky Fried Movie, An American Werewolf in London, The Twilight Zone, Into the Night, Amazon Women on the Moon, Oscar, Innocent Blood and The Stupids. In addition, he directed Michael Jackson in the now-classic long form music videos Thriller and Black or White.

For television, under the St. Clare Entertainment banner, Landis was executive producer and often director of the ACE and Emmy Award-winning HBO comedy series Dream On. He was also executive producer on the series Campus Cops and Weird Science, both for the USA Network and the movies-of-the-week Here Come The Munsters and The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas for the Fox Broadcast Network. He is currently executive producing the weekly series Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The Series for Buena Vista Television.

Landis has garnered numerous awards and accolades for his work, including several NAACP Image Awards, People's Choice Awards, Cable Ace Awards for Dream On and various international film festival awards. In 1985, he was honored by the French Government when he was given the prestigious Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and, in 1994, the Edinburgh Film Festival held a career retrospective of his work. The week after completing principal photography on Blues Brothers 2000, Landis traveled to Rimini, Italy, where he was awarded the Federico Fellini Prize.

As a representative of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Landis has lectured at various film schools and universities, including Yale, Harvard, NYU, UCLA, UCSB, USC, Texas A&M, University of Miami and Indiana University. He is also an advisor at the Sundance Institute in Utah.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Landis and his family moved to Los Angeles soon after his birth. He is married to Deborah Nadoolman, an Oscar - nominated costume designer, with whom he has two children.

LESLIE BELZBERG (Producer) has produced Oscar, Innocent Blood, Beverly Hills Cop III and The Stupids, as well as associate produced the films Spies Like Us, Three Amigos and Into the Night and was executive producer of Coming to America, all for John Landis.

Born in Calgary, Canada, Belzberg graduated from York University in Toronto with a degree in English literature and contemporary drama. She moved to New York City, where she received an MBA from Fordham University before joining the Simon Wiesenthal Center as a non-profit fund-raiser.

After her job required a transfer to Los Angeles, Belzberg was introduced to filmmaking through the documentary Genocide, on which she was the associate producer. Genocide went on to win the 1981 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Belzberg formally entered the film industry when George Folsey, Jr. hired her to work with him and John Landis on Trading Places.

Partnered with Landis in St. Clare Entertainment, a television production company, Belzberg executive produced the movies-of-the-week Here Come The Munsters and The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas for the Fox Broadcast Network, five seasons of Weird Science and 13 episodes of Campus Cops for the USA Network and six seasons of the Emmy Award-winning HBO comedy series Dream On, presently in syndication on Comedy Central. She is currently executive producing the weekly series Sliders for the Sci Fi Channel and Honey I Shrunk the Kids: The Series for Buena Vista Television.

GRACE GILROY (Associate Producer) has thirty years experience working in the film and television industry. She served as production manager on such features as The Edge, That Old Feeling, The Stupids, Tommy Boy, Intersection, Hoffa and Jennifer Eight, among others. She was also production supervisor on Stepping Out. For television, her numerous credits include producer/production supervisor on The Fierce Dreams of Jackie Watson, associate producer/production manager on I'll Take Manhattan, production supervisor on the series The Marshal and production manager on such movies-of-the-week and mini-series as State of Terror, One More Mountain, The Odd Couple, Ordeal in the Arctic, Burning Bridges, Assault and Matrimony, A Letter to Three Wives and Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun. She is currently associate producer on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The Series for Buena Vista Television.

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Gilroy studied in Alberta. She started out in the business at MEETA which later became known as the ACCESS television network.

DAVID HERRINGTON (Director of Photography) who makes his major studio debut with Blues Brothers 2000, previously photographed many independent features including The Housekeeper. His work for television includes John Candy's directorial debut, Hostage for a Day, the telefilms A Pleasant Little Murder, War of the Worlds: The Resurrection, Ghost of a Chance and A Deadly Business, as well as the miniseries Deadly Matrimony, Common Ground and Hoover vs. the Kennedy's. In 1984, Herrington received an Emmy nomination for his work on the made-for-television movie Pippi Longstocking. In addition, Herrington has photographed over 500 commercial spots for such clients as Taco Bell, Dodge, Sprint and Chevrolet.

A native of England, Herrington began his career in the film business as a lab technician with the Rank Organization. In 1971, he moved to Toronto, Canada to work with Filmhouse as their chief timer/grader, becoming their technical director before moving on to production and then cinematography.

For the past eight years, Herrington has been based in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their two daughters.

DALE BELDIN (Editor) previously worked with director John Landis on The Stupids, Beverly Hills Cop III, Innocent Blood, Oscar, Michael Jackson's Black or White music video and The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller, as well as Landis' Disney/NBC special Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special. His other films include Hit and Run and The Ratings Game, which was Danny DeVito's feature directorial debut.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Beldin graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and entered the film industry as a documentary filmmaker working on several award-winning television specials. He also helped to create the first TV-magazine format program for Showtime Cable, What's Up America!, which was Showtime's number one program for two consecutive seasons.

Beldin produced and directed, along with collaborator Mark Krenzien, the Emmy-nominated special Who Happen to Be Gay. He also served as chief editor on the behind-the-scenes television specials about Back to the Future, Top Gun, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Production Designer BILL BRODIE has been designing for film and television for over 40 years. He has worked extensively in both Canada and the United Kingdom and lists among his many production design credits such features as Short Circuit II, Dead of Winter, One Magic Christmas, The Grey Fox, Silence of the North and Privilege. He was a supervising art director on Superman and art director on Joseph Andrews, Barry Lyndon, Malachi's Cove and Modesty Blaise.

In 1968, he directed and co-produced Terry Whitmore For Example, a feature-length documentary, which was subsequently shown in the Director's Fortnight at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, Brodie received his early training in the theatre. During the 1950s, as one of the first in-house designers at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Brodie, along with such people as Norman Jewison and Lorne Green, helped shape the face of Canadian television. Since then, he has designed over 100 different projects for television.

DEBORAH NADOOLMAN's (Costume Designer) diverse credits include Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark and 1941, Louis Malle's Crackers and eleven films by John Landis: National Lampoon's Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Into the Night, Three Amigos, Spies Like Us, Oscar, Innocent Blood, and Coming to America, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award¨ in 1988, and The Stupids. Nadoolman also designed rock videos Michael Jackson's Thriller and Black or White. Most recently, she designed Costa Gavras' Mad City, starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta.

Nadoolman created a pair of the world's most famous leather jackets - the ones that belonged to "Indiana Jones" in Raiders of the Lost Ark, displayed in the Smithsonian, and Michael Jackson in Thriller.

Nadoolman's stage credits include Dinner at Eight, for which she won a Drama-Logue Award and the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award in 1993, the Virginia Opera's inaugural production of Turandot, the enormously successful 1994 production of The Waiting Room at the Mark Taper Forum, which garnered her a second Drama-Logue Award, Gas Light at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and The Last Survivor for the Mark Taper Too.

Nadoolman received her Masters from UCLA in Costume Design in 1975.

BARRY LATHER (Choreographer) is one of the industry's most sought after young choreographers. He won an MTV Award and Billboard Award for choreographing Janet Jackson's The Pleasure Principal, a Billboard Award for Sting's We'll Be Together and has garnered accolades for his work with such recording artists as Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Prince, Paula Abdul and George Michael.

Lather's credits are numerous and diverse, ranging from choreographing the production numbers for the 68th Academy Awards to creating the dance numbers for Michael Jackson's new short film Ghosts. He spent three years choreographing Nickelodeon's ACE Award-winning musical/variety show Roundhouse and has worked his magic designing innovative skate routines for Kristi Yamaguchi, Katarina Witt and Brian Boitano. His work can be seen in commercials for Pepsi, Coke, Revlon and McDonald's, to name just a few.

Recently, Lather directed and choreographed the stage shows House of Groove and Retro-ACTIVE for Paramount Parks and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

RICK AVERY (Stunt Coordinator) previously worked with John Landis as stunt coordinator on Beverly Hills Cop III, Innocent Blood, Oscar and The Stupids.

With almost twenty years experience as a stuntman, Avery has crashed cars, been set on fire, fallen from buildings and leaped off bridges in over 300 films and television shows including Titanic, Independence Day, Airforce One, L.A. Confidential, Broken Arrow, The Abyss, Cannonball Run II, Casino, Batman Returns, Hook and Tango and Cash. His credits as stunt coordinator include Look Who's Talking, Article 99, The Perfect Weapon, Lionheart and Pretty Woman.

Avery lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Joni, two sons Michael and Brian and daughter Dianne, all of whom are successful in the stunt industry.

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