Mad City: About The Filmmakers

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COSTA-GAVRAS (Director) was born in Arkadia, Greece, and educated in Athens and Paris. He studied literature at La Sorbonne University in Paris, but interrupted his studies to enter the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques, also in Paris. After graduation from film school, he remained in France, where he began to work in film, as assistant director to Rene Clair, Yves Allegret, Rene Clement, Henri Verneuil, Jean Giono, Jacques Demy and Marcel Ophuls.

Costa-Gavras made his directorial debut with "Sleeping Car Murders" in 1965 on which he was also screenwriter. Starring Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jacques Perrin and Jean-Louis Trintignant; the film won an Edgar Allen Poe Award and was listed as one of the 10 best films of the year when it was released in the U.S.

Next was "Shock Troop," in 1967, which was followed by the internationally acclaimed "Z," a film he directed and co-wrote. An Academy Award-winner as Best Foreign Film (with a second Oscar for editing), "Z" also won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, where its star, Jean-Louis Trintignant, was named Best Actor. The New York Film Festival voted "Z" the Best Picture of 1970, while Costa-Gavras himself was honored as Outstanding Director by both the New York Film Critics and the Director's Guild. The Christopher Award was among some 20 other major awards from organizations around the world.

Gavras' additional credits include "The Confession," "State of Siege" and "Special Section" (all of which he co-wrote and directed and the last of which earned him the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director); and "Clair De Femme" (which he wrote and directed), starring Romy Schneider and Yves Montand. In 1981, Gavras directed and co-wrote "Missing," starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. The film won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival -- the Palm d'Or and the Best Actor Award for Jack Lemmon. It also received the Writers Guild of America Grand Prize and an Oscar for Best Screenplay. Gavras' other features include "Hanna K" (director/co-writer), starring Jill Clayburgh; "Family Business" (director and screenwriter); "Betrayed," starring Debra Winger, Tom Berenger and John Heard; "Music Box," starring Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Frederic Forrest (which received the 1989 Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival); and "La Petite Apocalypse."

In 1994, Costa-Gavras directed Haydn's opera, "Il Mundo Della Luna," at the San Marco Theater in Naples, Italy. In addition, for five years, Costa-Gavras was President of the Cinematheque Franáaise in Paris.


ARNOLD KOPELSON (Producer) won the 1986 Best Picture Academy Award for "Platoon" and a second Best Picture nomination for 1993's hit thriller, "The Fugitive." In addition to collecting an impressive 17 Oscar nominations on his various films, he has been further honored with a Lifetime Achievement in Filmmaking Award from Cinema Expo International, and also was named Producer of the Year by the National Association of Theatre Owners. This year, he was also inducted into the Variety Showbiz Expo Hall of Fame and was also honored at the Deauville Film Festival for his significant contribution to the entertainment industry.

Kopelson's "The Devil's Advocate," directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino, was released earlier this fall, and "U.S. Marshals," starring Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr. in a spinoff of 'The Fugitive," will be released in 1998. Kopelson is also reuniting this fall with his "The Fugitive" director, Andrew Davis, to begin production on "A Perfect Murder," starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen.

Kopelson produced this past spring's "Murder at 1600" with Wesley Snipes; 1996's action-thriller "Eraser," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vanessa Williams; the haunting crime drama "Seven," directed by David Fincher with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman; and the medical thriller "Outbreak," which starred Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Freeman under Wolfgang Peterson's direction.

Kopelson has also produced such films as "Falling Down," with Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall; the Steven Seagal actioner "Out for Justice"; and Robert M. Young's "Triumph of the Spirit," filmed entirely on location at the Auschwitz - Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. He developed the popular coming-of-age hit "Porky's" and also served as executive producer on several features, including the adventure film "Fire Birds," starring Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones.

After graduating from New York Law School, the Brooklyn native practiced entertainment and banking law, specializing in motion-picture financing. He later formed InterOcean Film Sales, Ltd., with Anne Feinberg, who would eventually become his wife and producing partner. Kopelson also pioneered the concept of international theatrical distribution of movies made for television and represented ABC in this area.

Kopelson is a member of both the New York and California Bars and is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York Law School. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Producers' Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America.


ANNE KOPELSON (producer) began her career as assistant to then-entertainment and banking attorney Arnold Kopelson. They subsequently formed InterOcean Film Sales, Ltd. to finance and license films throughout the world while representing such filmmakers as Sergio Leone and John Cassavetes. The Kopelsons then entered into a joint venture with General Cinema Corporation, producing films such as "Lost and Found" and "Foolin' Around."

Along with Arnold Kopelson, Ms. Kopelson produced last year's hit adventure, "Eraser," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; and the upcoming "U.S. Marshals," starring Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr. She executive produced "Seven," starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman; "Outbreak," starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Freeman; "Murder at 1600," starring Wesley Snipes; and "The Devil's Advocate," starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino.

She is co-chairperson of Kopelson Entertainment, which has developed and produced more than 15 motion pictures, including "Platoon," winner of the 1986 Best Picture Academy Award. The company has also created such boxoffice hits as the Oscar-nominated "The Fugitive," "Falling Down," "Triumph of the Spirit," "Fire Birds" and "Out for Justice."

Ms. Kopelson also serves on the Executive Committee of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was recently inducted into the Variety Showbiz Hall of Fame.


WOLFGANG GLATTES (Executive Producer) originally planned a career as an architect with formal schooling in industrial design in Stockholm and Paris. However, when the West-German born Glattes returned to Munich, he landed a job as a first assistant director on "Jack of Diamonds." Thereafter he worked steadily on American productions shooting in Europe, including Bob Fosse's spectacular musical film "Cabaret," and later related to the United States.

Glattes has worked on more than 30 feature films, including John Huston's "A Walk With Love and Death," Michael Richie's "Downhill Racer," Otto Preminger's "Rosebud" and Robert Aldrich's "Twilight's Last Gleaming," as either first assistant director or production manager. He was associate producer on Sidney Lumet's "Power" and "The Morning After," and Robert Benton's "Still of the Night." Continuing his relationship with Fosse, Glattes associate produced "All that Jazz" and produced "Star 80." He also served as producer on "House of Cards" and executive producer on "Nadine," "Sing," "The Handmaid's Tale," "Fire in the Sky," "Blue Chips" and "Larger Than Life."


STEPHEN BROWN (executive producer) is President of Production at Kopelson Entertainment, where he oversees all production activity and is responsible for the administration of the company. During his tenure there, Brown has been involved in the production of a string of box-office and critical successes, beginning with the controversial action thriller "Falling Down."

He was executive producer of "Murder at 1600" and co-producer of "The Fugitive," which received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Brown's more recent co-producing credits include the hit thrillers "Eraser," "Seven," "Outbreak" and "The Devil's Advocate."

Brown was a producer of the Showtime original feature "Past Tense," starring Scott Glenn, Lara Flynn Boyle and Anthony LaPaglia, and a co-executive producer of "Frogmen," a two-hour pilot for NBC.

Following graduation from the University of California, Los Angeles, Brown worked at John DeNigris Associates, a financial and corporate communications company in New York City, before joining Arnold Kopelson Productions in 1989.


JONATHAN D. KRANE (Executive Producer) is the chairman and CEO of the Jonathan Krane Group, through which he develops, packages, finances and produces films and manages talent. He is also John Travolta's and Kim Basinger's manager and has managed more than 150 prominent actors and directors, including Julie Andrews, Robin Wright, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler and Sally Kellerman.

Krane has been involved in the production of 30 films, including the "Look Who's Talking" trilogy (winner of the People's Choice and Nickelodeon Awards for Best Comedy), "Blind Date" with Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger, "Micki & Maude " "The Man Who Loved Women," "Trail of the Pink Panther," "Curse of the Pink Panther," "Boris and Natasha," "Getting It Right" starring Sir John Gielgud, Helena Bonham Carter and Lynn Redgrave, (which made a Royal Command Performance in England), "That's Life" with Jack Lemmon and Julie Andrews, and the cult hits "Without You I'm Nothing" and "Chocolate War."

Krane executive produced "Phenomenon," directed by John Turtletaub and starring John Travolta and Robert Duvall, Nora Ephron's "Michael," which starred Travolta, William Hurt and Andie McDowell; and John Woo's "Face Off," starring Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Krane recently produced "Lay of the Land" and "Point of No Betrayal," a film he wrote that has won the Golden Palm Award at the Palm Beach Film Festival.


TOM MATTHEWS (Writer) makes his screenwriting debut with "Mad City." A native of Wisconsin, Matthews moved to Southern California at the age of 18 to attend film school and subsequently held numerous writing positions within the industry, including managing editor for Boxoffice magazine and head publicity writer for Twentieth Century-Fox. He is currently adapting Tom Perrotta's rock-and-roll novel, The Wishbones, for producer Linda Obst.


PATRICK BLOSSIER (Director of Photography) has photographed "Music Box," "Betrayed" and "Le Petite Apocalypse" under Costa-Gavras' direction, as well as "Louis Lumiere" and "Miss Mona," produced by Costa-Gavras.

A student of France's School of Photography, he began his career directing documentaries and working as an assistant director of photography. Blossier established an international reputation with such films as Agnes Varda's "Vagabond," which was named Best Film at the Venice Film Festival; "L'homme Voile"; "La Vallee Fantome"; "La Vengeance d'une Femme"; "Le Temp et la Chambre"; and other French productions.


CATHERINE HARDWICKE (Production Designer) was born in Texas and received a degree in architecture before enrolling at UCLA's graduate film school, where she won several awards for her short film "Puppy Does the Gumbo."

Her production design credits include the features "Tombstone," "2 Days in the Valley," "Tank Girl," "Posse," "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" and Richard Linklater's and Eric Bogosian's "SubUrbia." She was nominated for a 1993 Cable Ace Award for Best Art Direction for her work on the HBO series "Sessions," written by Billy Crystal and Fred Barron.


FRANCOISE BONNOT, A.C.E. (Editor) began working with Costa-Gavras in 1968 with the critically acclaimed "Z," for which Bonnot won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. His other credits with Costa-Gavras are "The Confession," "State of Siege," "Special Section," "Claire De Femme," "Missing," for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Film Editing, and "Hannah K." Bonnot's additional features include "A Weekend in the Country," "The Burning Season (Cable ACE Award nomination), "1942: Conquest of Paradise," "Fat Man and Little Boy," "The Sicilian," "The Year of the Dragon" and "Swann in Love."


Composer THOMAS NEWMAN was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Musical Score in 1994: once for "The Shawshank Redemption" (which also earned a Grammy nomination) and once again for "Little Women." He was nominated again in 1995, for his score to "Unstrung Heroes," which also earned him another Grammy nomination.

Newman's other composing credits for film include the upcoming pictures "The Red Corner" and "Oscar & Lucinda," as well as "The People vs. Larry Flynt," "American Buffalo," "Phenomenon," "Up Close and Personal," "Unstrung Heroes," "How to Make an American Quilt," "The War," "Corrina, Corrina," "The Favor," "Josh and S.A.M.," "Flesh and Bone," "Scent of a Woman," the award-winning HBO telefilm "Citizen Cohn," "Whispers in the Dark," "The Player," "Fried Green Tomatoes," "The Rapture," "Deceived," "Men Don't Leave," "Cookie," "Less Than Zero," "The Lost Boys," "Light of Day," Quicksilver," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Real Genius," "The Man With One Red Shoe," "Revenge of the Nerds" and "Desperately Seeking Susan."

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