Practical Magic: About The Filmmakers

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Filmmaker/actor Griffin Dunne (Director) most recently ventured into directing with the dark comedy "Addicted to Love" and the critically acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated short film "Duke of Groove." As an actor, Dunne is perhaps best known for his performance in the Golden Globe-nominated "After Hours," which was directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by Dunne and his partner, Amy Robinson.

Dunne began his motion picture career by co-producing "Chilly Scenes of Winter," in which he also had a featured role. That led to starring roles in "An American Werewolf in London," "Who’s That Girl," "I Like It Like That," "My Girl" and "Search and Destroy."

Dunne has produced four other films with Amy Robinson: "Baby It’s You," directed by John Sayles; the critically acclaimed "Running on Empty," which starred Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, River Phoenix, and Martha Plimpton and received two Academy Award nominations; "White Palace," starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader, directed by Luis Mandoki; and "Once Around," starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Danny Aiello and Gena Rowlands, directed by Lasse Hallström.

On television, Dunne’s credits as an actor include "Love Matters" (which received a CableACE nomination), John Hersey’s "The Wall," "Trying Times" (with Carrie Fisher, directed by Buck Henry) and "Lip Service."

On stage, Dunne has appeared in two Wallace Shawn plays&emdash;"The Hotel Play" and "Marie and Bruce" (both at the New York Shakespeare Festival)&emdash;as well as in Ted Talley’s "Coming Attractions" at Playwrights Horizons. Dunne last appeared on Broadway in Howard Korder’s "Search and Destroy," for which he received a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

Denise Di Novi (Producer) is considered one of Hollywood’s top producers and has been instrumental in bringing to the screen the work of several of today’s most imaginative filmmakers. Di Novi counts among her producing credits such diverse motion pictures as "Heathers," "Little Women" and a number of films during her producing association with Tim Burton, including "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman Returns," "Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Ed Wood." More recently, she served as producer on "James and the Giant Peach" and "Almost Heroes." She recently completed the romance "Message In a Bottle," starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman, slated for a February 1999 release.

Di Novi began her career in journalism, rising from copy editor at the National Observer (a Dow Jones weekly) to staff writer for "Canada AM" in Toronto. Her writing skills and extensive experience with the media prompted her segue into the film industry, where she began as a unit publicist.

In 1980, she became a principal in the Montreal-based production company Film Plan, acting either as co-producer, associate producer or executive in charge of production on nine major studio releases, including "Visiting Hours" and "Of Unknown Origin." In 1983, the company moved to Los Angeles and merged with Arnold Kopelson’s Film Packages. Di Novi served as associate producer on "Going Berserk," starring John Candy and directed by David Steinberg, as well as on David Cronenberg’s "Videodrome," starring James Woods and Deborah Harry.

Di Novi next joined New World Pictures as executive vice president of production. She later shifted into an overall deal as an independent producer and developed six projects. From 1989-1992, Di Novi headed Tim Burton Productions and, during that time, was responsible for producing several of Burton’s most successful films including "Batman Returns" and "Edward Scissorhands." She set up her own production company, Di Novi Pictures, in 1993 at Columbia Pictures. She recently signed a long-term deal with Warner Bros.

Robin Swicord (Screenwriter and Co-producer) most recently co-wrote "Matilda" with her husband Nicholas Kazan, a film she also co-produced. Other writing credits include "Little Women," "The Perez Family" and "Shag," on which she received a shared credit. She has also written several stage plays, including "Last Days at Dixie Café" and "Criminal Minds." Swicord grew up in the Florida Panhandle on the Gulf Coast.

Akiva Goldsman (Screenwriter) debuted as a screenwriter with Bruce Beresford’s "Silent Fall" and his most recent project was the motion picture "Lost in Space," which he wrote and produced. Previously, he collaborated with director Joel Schumacher for the fourth time on "Batman & Robin," having co-written Schumacher’s "The Client" and "Batman Forever" and written "A Time To Kill"&emdash;all summer hits in consecutive years. Goldsman graduated from Wesleyan University and earned his graduate degree in creative writing from New York University. He is currently producing (along with Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig) the Renny Harlin-directed feature "Deep Blue Sea," and his Warner Bros.-based Weed Road Pictures is currently developing a number of features and television projects.

Adam Brooks (Screenwriter) previously collaborated with director Griffin Dunne on the script for Griffin’s "Duke of Groove." His additional writing credits include the upcoming screen adaptation of Toni Morrison’s "Beloved," directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover (co-written with Richard LaGravenese); "French Kiss," starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline; and the Canadian telefilm "Heads," which he wrote with Jay Stapleton. He also directed 1984’s "Almost You," on which he also received story credit; the film starred Brooke Adams and Griffin Dunne.

Alice Hoffman’s (Author) prolific and critically acclaimed literary career includes the authorship of nine popular novels along with several novels for young adults. Her first published novel, Property Of, was followed by the books Drowning Season, White Horses, Illumination Night, At Risk (one of the earliest novels to touch upon the subject of AIDS), Turtle Moon (a bestseller that brought Hoffman’s work to its largest commercial audience yet), Second Nature and the bestseller Practical Magic. Her most recent novel, Here On Earth, appeared on the New York Times List of Best Sellers and was chosen as Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club selection for March, 1998. Her most recent young adult novel was Firefly.

Hoffman also wrote the script for the 1983 film "Independence Day," which starred Kathleen Quinlan, David Keith and Dianne Wiest. Her upcoming projects include the motion picture script "Walking the Dog" (which will be produced by Di Novi Pictures) and the young adult novel Horsefly.

Mary McLaglen’s (Executive Producer) recent credits include "Hope Floats," "One Fine Day," "Sgt. Bilko," "The Client," "Moonlight and Valentino" and "Sommersby," among others.

McLaglen grew up in the movie business, granddaughter of famed character actor Victor McLaglen and daughter of director Andrew V. McLaglen, whose credits include "Shenandoah," "The Rare Breed," and "McClintock!". She began in the business as a production assistant on her father’s pictures and graduated to production coordinator on a number of films, including "Nomads" and "Runaway Train." She assumed added responsibility as unit manager for such motion pictures as "A Time of Destiny" and "Back to School." She was production manager on "Jack’s Back," "The Prince of Pennsylvania," "Drop Dead Fred" and the hit comedy "My Cousin Vinnie."

In 1988, she produced "Cold Feet," starring Keith Carradine, Sally Kirkland, Tom Waits, Rip Torn and Bill Pullman.

Andrew Dunn, B.S.C. (Director of Photography) reunites with Griffin Dunne after their collaboration on "Addicted to Love." Prior to that, Dunn photographed "L.A. Story," "The Crucible," "The Bodyguard," "Blame It On the Bellboy," "Chattahoochie," "Simple Twist of Fate" and "The Madness of King George," for which he won the Best Technical Achievement Award at the London Evening Standard Film Awards, a BAFTA nomination and the BSC Best Cinematography Award for 1995. He has since filmed "Ever After: A Cinderella Story," starring Drew Barrymore in the title role.

He was director of photography on more than 20 feature films for the BBC, including "Tumbledown," directed by Richard Eyre; "Edge of Darkness," directed by Martin Campbell; and "Threads," directed by Mick Jackson. All three won him British Academy Awards. He was also nominated for "The Monocled Mutineer," directed by Jim O’Brien.

Born in London, Dunn attended Christ College and London Polytechnic Film School. He started to make his own films as a teenager and began his professional career in the cutting room. He then segued into the position of director of photography on numerous documentaries and docu-dramas before working on his first feature film, "Andrina," directed by Bill Forsythe.

Robin Standefer (Production Designer) also previously collaborated with Griffin Dunne on "Addicted to Love." Standefer has served in various design capacities on a wide variety of projects&emdash;from Martin Scorsese’s "GoodFellas" and "The Age of Innocence" to Michael Tolkin’s "The New Age" and Madonna’s recent music video, "I Want You."

Standefer began her career designing commercials, then music videos, including "Red Dress" by Laurie Anderson. She made the transition to films after serving as fine art consultant on Scorsese’s segment in the trilogy "New York Stories."

Her collaboration with Scorsese continued, with Standefer serving as principal researcher for "GoodFellas" and visual consultant on Scorsese’s elaborate period piece, "The Age of Innocence," on which she was involved in every aspect of design and research. Standefer’s first work as a production designer was on Michael Tolkin’s "The Rapture" and "The New Age." She followed that with John Turturro’s "Mac," another period piece, which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991.

A native New Yorker, Standefer is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she studied art history and painting. She then attended graduate school in art history at the City University of New York for a year, followed by work in galleries.

Standefer’s most recent credits include "Search and Destroy," directed by painter David Salle (with Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer); "The Pallbearer"; and "Commandments."

Elizabeth Kling (Editor) also previously collaborated with director Griffin Dunne, editing his first feature, "Addicted to Love." Her other feature editing credits include the critically acclaimed "Georgia," directed by Ulu Grosbard and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mare Winningham; "Imaginary Crimes," starring Harvey Keitel, Fairuza Balk and Kelly Lynch, and "Zebrahead," both for director Anthony Drazan; "Household Saints," directed by Nancy Savoca; and William Reilly’s "Men of Respect," starring John Turturro. Her additional credits include "The Beat," "Salvation" and "Greed (The Seven Deadly Sins)."

Her feature debut came with Robert Altman’s "O.C. and Stiggs." She was a contributing editor on "The Thin Blue Line," directed by Errol Morris, and served as co-editor on Al Pacino’s "The Local Stigmatic."

Michael Nyman’s (Composer) work was most recently heard in the futuristic thriller "Gattaca," for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score. The prolific British-born composer attended England’s Royal Academy of Music and Thurston Dart at King’s College, London. Between 1968 and 1978 he worked as a music critic and, in 1977, he founded the Campiello Band, later renamed the Michael Nyman Band. Among his list of film scores are "Carrington," "The Piano" (also Golden Globe nominated), "Monsieur Hire," "The Hairdresser’s Husband" and numerous films by British filmmaker Peter Greenaway, including "Prospero’s Books," "The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and Her Lover," "Fear of Drowning," "Drowning by Numbers," "26 Bathrooms," "A Zed & Two Noughts," "Making a Splash" and "The Draughtsman’s Contract." He has also composed several operas, ballet music and a large number of chamber and concert pieces.

Judianna Makovsky (Costume Designer) most recently designed for "Great Expectations," starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Bancroft.

Her other designing credits include "A Little Princess," "Pleasantville," Adrian Lyne’s "Lolita," "The Devil’s Advocate," "White Squall," "The Quick and the Dead," "Reversal of Fortune," "Six Degrees of Separation," "Big" and "Gardens of Stone." She also designed Sharon Stone’s clothes for "Gloria" and "The Specialist." In addition, Makovsky previously worked with Academy Award-winning costume designer Milena Canonero on such films as "Dick Tracy," "Tucker: A Man and His Dream" and "The Cotton Club."

Makovsky’s television credits include the Oliver Stone mini-series "Wild Palms," Robert De Niro’s "Tribeca," the Emmy Award-winning "Miss Rose White" and the telefeature bio "Margaret Bourke-White."

Makovsky holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago and attended the Master of Fine Arts program at the prestigious School of Drama at Yale University. She has also worked in theater, designing costumes for such productions as "Buried Child" and "Timon of Athens" at Yale Repertory Theater and "Hamlet" in Washington D.C., as well as several operas presented by the Philadelphia Opera Company.

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