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SALMA HAYEK (Frida Kahlo)

Salma Hayek has proven herself as a prolific producer and actress in both film and television. Hayek will also star in Robert Rodriguez's, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO opposite Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp to be released March 2003. In addition, Hayek co-produced and starred in IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES in which she was nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Association's Award. Hayek has just completed producing and directing Showtime's, THE MALDONADO MIRACLE. This film marks Hayek's directorial debut and stars Peter Fonda, Mare Winningham, and Ruben Blades.

Also produced by Ventanarosa was the Mexican feature, NO ONE WRITES TO THE COLONEL, directed by Arturo Ripstein, and based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. NO ONE WRITES TO THE COLONEL was selected for official competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Other film credits include, TIME CODE, CHAIN OF FOOLS, DOGMA, WILD WILD WEST, FOOLS RUSH IN, 54, FROM DUSK TIL DAWN, DESPERADO and BREAKING UP opposite Russell Crowe. Hayek will also been seen next year in Mike Figgis' HOTEL, the followup to TIME CODE.

Born and raised in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Hayek studied International Relations and Drama in college in Mexico. She starred in the title role of TERESA one of the most successful primetime television shows in Mexico. TERESA has been syndicated to over 20 countries around the world. Other Mexican credits include, MIDAQ ALLEY based on a novel by Nobel prize winner Naguib Mafouz.

ALFRED MOLINA (Diego Rivera)

Beginning this fall on CBS Alfred Molina will star in BRAM & ALICE a comedy about a shaky relationship between an incorrigible scoundrel of a novelist and his devoted fan--- who suddenly learn they are father and daughter. Alfred Molina received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in ART, which marked his Broadway debut. He also received a Theater World Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Most Outstanding Debut Performance for his role in the Off Broadway production of MOLLY SWEENEY.

Molina's feature film credits include BOOGIE NIGHTS, for which he won a SAG Award, THE IMPOSTERS, ANNA KARENINA, SPECIES, MAVERICK, PRICK YOUR EARS, DEAD MAN, NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Alfred can also be seen in the upcoming PLOTS WITH A VIEW starring opposite Christopher Walken and Brenda Blethyn. His television credits include MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS and LADIES MAN. Molina, who was born in London, has appeared in numerous television movies in England.

GEOFFREY RUSH (Leon Trotsky)

Rush most recently received Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominations for "Best Actor" for his role as the imprisoned Marquis de Sade in QUILLS. He was named "Best Actor" by the London and New York Film Critic's Associations for his work in the film.

In 1997, Rush won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award as "Best Actor" for his role in SHINE. His performance as the (adult) pianist David Helfgott also garnered Rush nearly a dozen other acting awards, including the Broadcast Film Critics, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Society of Texas Film Critics Associations. He followed that up with an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated turn (as "Best Supporting Actor") for his role in the Oscar-winning film, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. He won the BAFTA Award as "Best Supporting Actor" for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and was nominated that same year in the same category for his supporting role in ELIZABETH. The Australian-born actors other film credits include: THE BANGER SISTERS, THE TAILOR OF PANAMA, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, MYSTERY MEN, LES MISERABLES, A LITTLE BIT OF SOUL, TWELFTH NIGHT, and STARSTRUCK. He has also appeared in nearly 70 plays and his extensive theatre credits includes work for numerous Australian companies, including the Belvoir Street Theatre, the Queensland Theatre Company, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Melbourne Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Rush directed the plays "The Popular Mechnicals" and "Popular Mechanicals 2" for the Belvoir Street Theatre as well as "The Wolf's Banquet" and Aristophanes'"Frogs," which he co-adapted with John Clarke. From 1975-1977, he attended the Jacques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement and Theatre in Paris. He also studied directing at the British Theatre Association.

EDWARD NORTON (Nelson Rockefeller)

Edward Norton has starred in the films PRIMAL FEAR, EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU, THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, ROUNDERS, AMERICAN HISTORY X, FIGHT CLUB, THE SCORE, and DEATH TO SMOOCHY. He made his directorial debut with KEEPING THE FAITH, which he also produced and starred with Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman. Norton received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for his performance in AMERICAN HISTORY X and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for PRIMAL FEAR. That performance also earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has been recognized for his work by the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Boston Film Critics, and the Texas Film Critics Associations.

Edward can be seen in the upcoming RED DRAGON starring opposite Anthony Hopkins and Spike Lee's Crime Drama, THE 25th HOUR. In addition, he is currently sharing the stage in Lanford Wilson's BURN THIS in Manhattan. Norton serves on the Board of New York's Signature Theater Company where he first performed in the 1994 premiere of Edward Albee's FRAGMENTS. He also serves on the National Board of the Enterprise Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing affordable housing for low-income families.

ANTONIO BANDERAS (David Siqueiros)

Banderas earned critical praise and a "Best Actor" Golden Globe nomination for his acting and vocal talents opposite Madonna in the screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical EVITA. He earned his second Golden Globe nomination for playing the title role in THE MASK OF ZORROW, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta Jones. Banderas recently starred in the Miramax/Dimension box-office hit SPY KIDS, and will soon be seen in Robert Rodriguez's upcoming ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO. Other film credits include ORIGINAL SIN, THE BODY, and PLAY IT TO THE BONE. Banderas made his directorial debut in 1999 with CRAZY IN ALABAMA, starring Melanie Griffith.

Born in Malaga, Spain, Bandera attended the School of Dramatic Arts in his hometown and, upon graduation, began his acting career working in a small theater company based here. He moved to Madrid in 1981 and become an ensemble member of the prestigious National Theater of Spain, where he remained through 1986.

In 1982, Banderas was cast by writer/director Pedro Almodovar in LABYRYNTH OF PASSION. It was the first of five films Banderas would do with Almodovar. MATADOR, LAW OF DESIRE, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! followed.

During this time, Banderas also acted in more conventional Spanish dramas, including THE STILTS, THE PLEASURE OF KILLING, and BATON ROUGE. The international success of WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN and TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! brought Banderas to the attention of American audiences. He made his film debut here in 1992, as a young Cuban musician in THE MAMBO KINGS. At the time he was cast in the movie, Banderas spoke no English and had to learn all of his dialogue phonetically. THE MAMBO KINGS provided Banderas with a springboard to significant supporting roles in four major productions in two years: PHILADELPHIA, HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and MIAMI RHAPSODY.

His first starring role in an American film came in 1995 with DESPERADO which he followed up with NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS, ASSASSINS, FOUR ROOMS, TWO MUCH, and THE THIRTEENTH WARRIOR.

MIA MAESTRO (Cristina Kahlo)

Maestro previously starred opposite Salma Hayek in two films, TIMECODE and IN THE TIME OF BUTTERFLIES She can also be seen in HBO's FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY, THE ARTURO SANDOVAL STORY, where she stars opposite Andy Garcia in a love story set in communist Cuba.

Initially trained in Argentina, Maestro moved to Berlin at 18 to develop a vocal repertoire - in German - in the works of Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler. While in Berlin, Maestro also studied the Brechtian acting technique, added to an already rigorous schedule of vocal, dance and music classes. Upon returning to Buenos Aires at age 20, she starred in Wedekind's "Pandora's Box" at the San Martin Theatre, garnering an ACE Award for Best Performance of the Year.

She made her screen debut in Carlos Saura's Golden Globe and Oscarnominated, TANGO, while headlining "Pandora's Box." After moving to Los Angeles, Maestro landed a role in THE VENICE PROJECT, starring Lauren Bacall, Dennis Hopper and Stockard Channing, PICKING UP THE PIECES, costarring Woody Allen and Sharon Stone and TIMECODE, directed by Mike Figgis. TIMECODE was shot completely digitally and in one take, with no editing and improvised dialogue.

ASHLEY JUDD (Tina Modotti)

An eighth generation Eastern Kentuckian, Ashley Judd first proved her acting abilities in her debut feature film role as Ruby Lee Gissing in Victor Nunez' internationally acclaimed RUBY IN PARADISE. Judd has since gone on to demonstrate considerable talent as well as box office success with her starring role in DOUBLE JEOPARDY and KISS THE GIRLS.

Judd was most recently seen in the Warner Bros. summer hit film THE DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA YA SISTERHOOD, co-starring with an impressive ensemble cast including Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith and James Garner. The film was directed by Callie Khouri and is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Rebecca Wells.

Judd recently began production for the Paramount film BLACKOUT costarring Samuel L. Jackson and Andy Garcia. Judd will play a San Francisco police officer investigating a murder, who finds herself at the center of the investigation when her past lovers start dying around her. BLACKOUT was written by Sarah Thorp and is being directed by Philip Kaufman and will be released in 2003.

In April 2002, Judd was seen in 20th Century Fox's HIGH CRIMES reteaming KISS THE GIRLS co-star, Morgan Freeman. Judd played a Harvard Law School professor who is forced to defend her husband in military court after the Army declares him a deserter and charges him with participating in a mass killing in El Salvador. HIGH CRIMES was written by Joseph Finder and was directed by Carl Franklin.

Judd can also be seen in 20th Century Fox's SOMEONE LIKE YOU. The film was directed by Tony Goldwyn and co-starred Hugh Jackman, Greg Kinnear and Ellen Barkin. Judd portrayed a producer of a popular day time talk show who has a romance with the show's executive producer Ray (Greg Kinnear).

Judd was also seen starring in 20th Century Fox's WHERE THE HEART IS opposite Natalie Portman. In 1999, Judd starred in Bruce Beresford's box-office success DOUBLE JEOPARDY, opposite Tommy Lee Jones for Paramount. Judd was also seen starring opposite Ewan McGregor in the Destination Film's thriller EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, which is an adaptation of the Marc Behm novel. The film was directed by Stephan Elliot (THE ADVETURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT) and was screened in the "Dreams and Visions" category at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.

In Walt Disney Pictures' 1998 drama SIMON BIRCH, Judd starred opposite Oliver Platt, Ian Smith and Joseph Mazzello. The film, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, is based on the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meaney.

In 1997, Judd starred opposite Morgan Freeman in Paramount Pictures' box-office KISS THE GIRLS as well as MGM's THE LOCUSTS in which she costarred opposite Vince Vaughn and Kate Capshaw. Judd was also seen in Michael Mann's HEAT, for which she won critical acclaim opposite Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Val Kilmer. In the summer of 1996, she appeared in Joel Schumacher's A TIME TO KILL, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey. In late 1996, she was seen starring opposite Luke Perry in John McNaughton's NORMAL LIFE.

Also in 1996, Judd received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Norma Jean in HBO's NORMA JEAN AND MARILYN.

Judd made her debut theatre performance in the Naked Angels' production of "Busted," directed by Timothy Hutton. She then went on to star as Madge on Broadway in William Inge's Pulitzer-prize winning play, "Picnic" at the Roundabout Theatre Company, while simultaneously filming a supporting role in the Miramax Film SMOKE, portraying the daughter of Harvey Keitel and Stockard Channing.

A Phi Beta Kappa and Honors Program student of the University of Kentucky with a major in French and four minors, Judd has studied the Meisner technique in acting for several years.

ROGER REES (Guillermo Kahlo)

Rees has starred in such films as THE SCORPION KING, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, NEXT STOP WONDERLAND, TROUBLE ON THE CORNER, ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS, and Bob Fosse's STAR 80. He recently completed work on THE PALACE THIEF with Kevin Kline. He also completed directing an episode of HBO's "OZ" for producer Tom Fontana. On television, Rees has a recurring role on the Emmy-winning "West Wing" as Lord Marbury, the British Ambassador to the United States. He has also appeared on "Three Sisters," "OZ," "My So-Called Life" and was a series regular on "Cheers," "M.A.N.T.I.S." and "Boston Common." He has also appeared in such movies of the weeks as "The Crossing," "Double Platinum," "Titanic" and "Liberty."

Rees is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, RSC productions include Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing, The Suicide, and the title role in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Tony Award, Olivier Award and Emmy nomination for Best Actor).

He has also directed extensively in the theater. Rees was associate Artistic Director for the Bristol Old Vice Theatre in 1984-86, directing, among other plays "Julius Caesar," "Turkey Time" and "John Bull." He also directed "Red Memories" (NY Stage and Film), "Mud," "River Stone" (Playwrightes Horizons), "The Taming of the Shrew" (Williamstown Theatre Festival), "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Old Globe Theatre, San Diego) and "Arms and the Man" (Roundabout).


Valeria Golino made her feature film debut in 1983 at the young age of 16 in Lina Wertmuller's A JOKE OF DESTINY LYING IN WAIT AROUND THE CORNER LIKE A ROBBER. Golino, who was raised in both Greece and Italy, has starred in diverse group of numerous feature films, including Mike Figgis's HOTEL, THINGS YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT HER, ESCAPE FROM LA, IMMORTAL BELOVED, FOUR ROOMS, HOT SHOTS PART DEUX, THE INDIAN RUNNER, YEAR OF THE GUN, RAIN MAN, BIG TOP PEE WEE and BLIND DATE.


Spindola is an award-winning actress of Mexican film, stage and television. She has won seven major Best Actress honors for her role in the film, LA REYNA DE LA NOCHE, for the series "Mujer, Casos De La Vida Real"; and for the telenovellas "El Extrano Retorno De Diana Salazar," "El Vuelo Del Aguila" and "Teresa" (in which she portrayed Salma Hayek's title character's mother).

Reyes Spindola has starred in nearly 50 films in 30 years. She has performed in seven films with director Arturo Ripstein, including LA PERDICION DE LOS HOMBRES and ASI ES LA VIDA. Reyes Spindola is also a familiar face to television audiences for her work in numerous novellas, movies and series, including "Azul," "Pueblo Chico, Infierno Grande," "Maria Isabel" and "La Intrusa".

DIEGO LUNA (Alejandro)

Luna stole the hearts of millions in this spring's hit film Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN alongside life-time friend Gael Garcia Bernal for director Alfonso Cuaron. The pair shared an acting award for the film at last year's Venice Film Festival. Diego Luna can also be seen in BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, alongside Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp for director Julian Schnabel. He is currently on location filming OPEN RANGE alongside director and star Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall and Annette Bening.

Luna began his professional acting career on stage at the age of seven. By the age of twelve, he made his television debut in the soap opera "El Abuelo Y Yo," which led to roles in the soap opera "El Premio Mayor" and the successful drama series' "El Amor De Mi Vida" and "La Vida En El Espejo."

Luna has appeared on stage in such theater productions as "De Pelicula, La Tarea" (based on Jame Hurnberto Hermosillo's movie of the same name), "Comedia Clandtina" and "El Cantaro Roto", for which he accepted the 1996- 1997 "Masculine Revelation Award" from the Association of Theatre Reviewers. Under the same direction of Antonio Serrano ("Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas"), he performed Sabina Berman's "Moliere." He recently performed "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" in Mexico.

Luna's transition into movies has been equally multifaceted and successful, most notably Luis Estrada's AMBAR, Erwin Neumaier's UN HILITO DE SANGRE, Gabriel Retes' UN DULCE OLOR A MEUTE, (second place winner at the Havana Film Festival), Marisa Sistach's EL COMETA and Fernando Sarinana's TODO EL PODER. His additional feature films include CARAMBOLA, FIDEL (for Showtime), John Carpenter's VAMPIRESL: LOS MUERTOS, alongside Jon Bon Jovi, and CIUDADES OBSCURAS. Additionally, Luna has starred in a number of short films made by students at CUEC and CCC, including Javier Bourges' EL ULTIMO FIN DEL ANO, the Oscar-winning short film.



Theater, opera and film director Julie Taymor made her feature film directorial debut in 1999 with TITUS, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. Based on Shakespeare's play, "Titus Andronicus", her adapted screenplay is published in an illustrated book by Newmarket Press.

Taymor has received numerous awards for "The Lion King" which opened at the New Amsterdam Theater in 1997, including two Tony Awards: for best direction of a musical and for her original costume designs. She also codesigned the masks and puppets and wrote additional lyrics for "The Lion King", which has productions in Japan, London, Toronto, Los Angeles and Germany.

Taymor directed Carlo Gozzi's "The Green Bird" on Broadway in 2000. It was first produced in 1996 by Theatre For a New Audience at The New Victory Theater and presented at the La Jolla Playhouse.

Taymor's original visual music-theater work, "Juan Darién: A Carnical Mass", presented at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater in 1996, received five Tony nominations including best director. Originally produced by Music Theater Group in 1988, "Juan Darién" was directed and designed by Taymor, and co-written with the composer Elliot Goldenthal. The recipient of two Obies and numerous other awards, it was also performed at The Edinburgh International Festival, festivals in France, Jerusalem and Montreal, and had an extended run in San Francisco.

In September 1995, Taymor directed Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" for the Los Angeles Music Center in a co-production with the Houston Grand Opera. She directed Strauss' "Salome" for the Kirov Opera in Russia, Germany, and Israel, under the baton of Valery Gergiev. In June 1993, she directed Mozart's "The Magic Flute" for the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Zubin Mehta conducting.

Taymor's first opera direction was of Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex" for the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa in 1992. The opera featured Philip Langridge as Oedipus and Jessye Norman as Jocasta. Her film of the opera premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Jury Award at the Montreal Festival of Films on Art. The film was broadcast internationally in 1993, garnering an Emmy Award and the 1994 International Classical Music Award for best opera production.

FOOL'S FIRE, Taymor's first film, which she both adapted and directed, is based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story, HOP-FROG. Produced by American Playhouse, it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS in March 1992. The film won the "Best Drama" award at the Tokyo International Electronic Cinema Festival.

Taymor's stage production of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" was produced off-Broadway by Theatre For a New Audience in 1994.

Other directing credits include "The Tempest" ("Tfana" at the Stratford American Shakespeare Festival), "The Taming of the Shrew", "The Transposed Heads" (based on the novella by Thomas Mann, co-produced by the American Musical Theater Festival and The Lincoln Center), and "Liberty's Taken", an original musical co-created with David Suehsdorf and Elliot Goldenthal.

While on a Watson Fellowship in Indonesia from 1975-79, Taymor developed a mask/dance company, Teatr Loh, an international company of Javanese, Balinese, Sundanese, French, German and American actors, musicians, dancers and puppeteers. The company toured throughout Indonesia with two original productions, "Way of Snow" and "Tirai" (subsequently performed in the USA).

In 1991 Taymor received a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship. She has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, the first Annual Dorothy B. Chandler Award in Theater, and the 1990 Brandeis Creative Arts Award. An illustrated book on her career, Julie Taymor: Playing with Fire - Theater, Opera, Film, was recently expanded and revised by Abrams. Her book, The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway, is published by Hyperion. A major retrospective of 25 years of Taymor's work opened in the fall of 1999 at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio and toured the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington D.C.) and the Field Museum (Chicago).

Taymor is currently collaborating with Goldenthal on an original opera, "Grendel", to premiere at the Los Angeles Opera in 2005 and subsequently at the Lincoln Center Festival. She will also be directing a new production of "The Magic Flute" for the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2004.

SARAH GREEN (Producer)

Sarah Green's most recent production was GIRLFIGHT, which won Best Director and shared the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance as well as Best Picture and Best Actress at the Deauville Film Festival, the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes and the Open Palm at the IFP Gotham Awards. Green produced GIRLFIGHT with Maggie Renzi and Martha Griffin, launching first time writer/director Karyn Kusama. STATE AND MAIN, also released in 2000, marked Sarah Green's fifth collaboration with writer/director David Mamet. STATE AND MAIN is a vicious comedy about the film business starring Alec Baldwin, Charles Durning, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon and Julia Stiles.

Previously Sarah produced David Mamet's THE WINSLOW BOY. THE WINSLOW BOY was written and directed by Mamet based on the play by Terrence Rattigan, and stars Nigel Hawthorne, Rebecca Pidgeon and Jeremy Northam. Green co-produced THE SPANISH PRISONER, a contemporary thriller written and directed by David Mamet and staring Cambell Scott, Ben Gazzara and Steve Martin. She also co-produced the film version of AMERICAN BUFFALO, based on the play by David Mamet, which starred Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz and Sean Nelson, and was directed by Michael Corrente. Green produced OLEANNA with Patricia Wolff, also based on a Mamet play and directed by David Mamet.

Sarah Green produced three pictures for writer/director John Sayles, all with Maggie Renzi. THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH was named one of the top ten independent releases of 1995; PASSION FISH was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Original Screenplay for John Sayles and Best Actress for Mary McDonnell; and CITY OF HOPE won the Grand Prix at the Tokyo Film Festival and the Critic's Award at Edinburgh. In addition, Green produced the Emmy Award-winning American Playhouse production of ANDRE'S MOTHER, written by Terrence McNally and starring Richard Thomas. ANDRE'S MOTHER was named Best Television Movie of 1990 by the National Board of Review.


Jay Polstein is a producer with Maverick Films in Los Angeles. His current projects include: DreamWork's MY SASSY GIRL, a remake of the smash Korean romantic comedy about a guy who has the misfortune of falling for a girl soured by a broken heart; EVEN STEVEN, a romantic comedy starring singer Faith Hill, which centers on the antics of two jilted ex-girlfriends who team up to create the perfect date for their former boyfriend in order to have his heart broken, that currently is in development with New Line Cinema; and Disney's UNDERDOG based on the 60's cartoon and will be a live action/CG film about a lowly dog who is transformed into a crime-fighting superhero after accidental exposure to an experimental elixir, with Polstein producing with Spyglass Entertainment's Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber.

Prior to joining Maverick Films, Polstein was Head of Production for the management/production company Handprint Entertainment, where he supervised the development of numerous projects including Paramount Pictures upcoming THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Steve Harvey, and Beyonce Knowles.

Prior to Handprint, Polstein was Vice President of Production at Trimark Pictures where he co-produced several films including the critically acclaimed EVE'S BAYOU.

Polstein began his career as an attorney specializing in entertainment law, before leaving to join ICM talent agency as a story editor. Following ICM, he joined Goldwyn Films, where he was the Director of Production. Polstein is a graduate of Georgetown University and UCLA School of Law.


Hardin has produced feature and animated films and television movies with long experience as a studio executive, literary agent and book editor in New York.After creating and editing a number of film-related books as a senior editor at New American Library, Pocket Books at Simon & Schuster and Bantam Books, Hardin moved to Los Angeles to head up the literary department at Ziegler and Associates. Subsequently, becoming Vice President of Production at Paramount Pictures, where she supervised films such as GREASE, FOUL PLAY, and LITTLE DARLINGS.

When CBS Theatrical Films was formed, Hardin joined as Vice President of Production, supervising such films as Marty Ritt's BACK ROADS, John Frankenheimer's THE CHALLENGE, and Rick Rosenthal's AMERICAN DREAMER. Hardin's productions include the Showtime film NORIEGA: GOD'S FAVORITE, ABC miniseries "Texas Justice"; also for ABC, "Forgotten Sins," based on Lawrence Wright's award-winning New Yorker articles, and "Remembering Satan."

Hardin has also executive produced a series of film animated half-hour shows for children featuring the voices of Lynn Redgrave, Roddy McDowell, James Ingram, Melissa Manchester, the Smothers Brothers, Dom DeLuise and Jonathan Winters. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.A. in Dramatic Literature from Columbia University.

LIZZ SPEED (Producer)

Following her graduation from UC BERKELEY in 1988, Lizz Speed moved to Los Angeles and became Sherry Lansing and Stanley Jaffe's (FATAL ATTRACTION) assistant at Paramount Pictures. She then took a creative executive position at Columbia Pictures, where she was a junior executive on such films as BOYS IN THE HOOD, AWAKENINGS and A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. Soon after, she became a development executive for producer Scott Rudin at Paramount Pictures (SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER).

She jumped at the opportunity to work with producer Neil Moritz (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) on the low budget film A STONED AGE. Liz followed up her first associate producer credit by developing fourteen films for director Brian Gibson's production company. Gibson directed THE JUROR and STILL CRAZY.

Most recently, Speed partnered with director Rod Holcomb (ER) and coproduced the television pilot THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden, for CBS. She is currently an independent producer and screenwriter, developing and producing several projects in Los Angeles.

RODRIGO PRIETO (Director of Photography)

Prieto received critical acclaim for his work on AMORES PERROS, which won the 2000 Cannes Critic's Prize for Best Film. Prieto also received the 2000 Camerimage Golden Frog Award for Best Cinematography and the 2001 Silver Ariel Award for Best Cinematography for the film.

The Mexican-born cinematographer has also won two additional Silver Ariels for Best Cinematography (UN EMBRUJO and SOBRENATURAL), the San Sebastian International Film Festival Best Cinematography Award (UN EMBRUJO), and the Cartegena Colombia Film Festival and "Diosa De Plata Award for Best Cinematography (SOBRENATURAL). His other Englishlanguage film credits include ORIGINAL SIN and RICKY SIX and the upcoming 8 MILE with Curtis Hanson and 25th HOUR with Spike Lee.


Bonnot worked previously with director Julie Taymor on the feature film TITUS. She won an Academy Award for her work on Costa Gavras' classic "Z" and won a British Academy Award for MISSING. Her other film credits include MAD CITY, 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE, FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY, THE SICILIAN, YEAR OF THE DRAGON, and CLAIRE DE FEMME.

FELIPE FERNANDEZ (Production Designer)

Fernandez has worked on the feature film MEN WITH GUNS, HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER: FROM DUSK TILL DAWN III and TEXAS BLOOD MONEY: FROM DUSK TILL DAWN II. He served as art director/set decorator on DESPERADO and THE WINNER and set decorator on FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and THE MASK OF ZORRO. Prior to that, he was the casting director and associate producer on the film LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE. On television, Fernandez was the production designer on the UPN film PRIMAL FORCE and THE SANDMAN.


Trujillo worked on the feature films BLOW, OPERATION SANDMAN and FIDEL. In his native Mexico, Trujillo was art director for CRONICA DE UN DESAYUNO and LA PALOMA DE MARSELLA.

JULIE WEISS (Costume Designer)


On television, Weiss has won two Emmy Awards for her work on "A Woman of Independent Means" and "The Dollmaker" and received Emmy nominations for "Evergreen," "The Elephant Man" and "Little Gloria, Happy at Last." In the theater, she received a Tony Award nomination for her work on "The Elephant Man" and won a Dramalogue Award for "50/60 Vision." Her credits include: "MacBeth" in Circle in the Square and the Mark Taper Forum; "Bandido," "Ghetto," "Tales From Hollywood," "The Killing of Jablonski," "Conjuring An Event" and "Billy the Kid."

In addition to her film, television and theater work, Weiss taught at Stanford University's School of Drama. She holds a M.F.A. from Brandeis University and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.


Composer Elliot Goldenthal creates works for orchestra, theatre, opera, ballet and film. He has received two Oscar and two Golden Globe nominations for his scores for INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and MICHAEL COLLINS, Grammy nominations for A TIME TO KILL, and BATMAN FOREVER, and three nominations for The Chicago Film Critics Award for HEAT, MICHAEL COLLINS, and THE BUTCHER BOY. In 1998, Goldenthal won the prestigious L.A. Film Critics Award for Best Original Score for Neil Jordan's THE BUTCHER BOY.

Goldenthal has collaborated with director Julie Taymor on 18 projects, including her film, TITUS, adapted from Shakespeare's play and starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange (1999). Their original music-theater piece, "Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass", garnered Goldenthal an Obie Award Off- Broadway (1988) and 2 Tony Nominations for Best Musical and Best Original Musical Score when it was produced at the Lincoln Center (1996). His other theatrical credits include "The Transposed Heads," "The King Stag," "Liberty's Taken," and "The Green Bird" (on Broadway in 2000).

For the concert stage, Goldenthal was commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet to create a new ballet, "Othello", which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1997, and has been performed in San Francisco and Paris. "Othello" will air PBS's Great Performances in 2003 and return to the Metropolitan Opera for the 2003 ABT season. His other classical commissions include "Shadow Play Scherzo", to commemorate Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday, and a large-scale orchestral piece, "Fire, Water, Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio," commissioned by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam War and subsequently toured by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa conducting. It is available on Sony Classical with soloist Yo Yo Ma.

His other film scores include DRUGSTORE COWBOY, HEAT, ALIEN 3, COBB, and Neil Jordan's upcoming THE GOOD THIEF.

He is currently collaborating with Taymor on an original opera, "Grendel", to premiere at the L.A. Opera in 2005, and subsequently at The Lincoln Center Festival.

Gregory Nava (Writer)

Gregory Nava is a screenwriter and director who, along with his wife and co-writer Anna Thomas, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his 1984 film EL NORTE. Critics hailed the movie, which Nava also directed, for its innovative departure from stereotypical Hispanic roles and themes. In addition, reviewers applauded EL NORTE for its moving depiction of the striking contrast between the oppressive poverty of Mexico and the ostentatious wealth of the neighboring United States. ?qe attended the University of California in Los Angeles, where he studied filmmaking. At the age of 28, Nava wrote The Confessions of Amans with Thomas, and then directed the movie. Released in 1977, it details a tragic love affair during the medieval period. Nava's second movie as co-author and director was THE END OF AUGUST, released in 1982.

He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed 1995 film MI FAMILIA, MY FAMILY, starring Jimmy Smits and Edward James Olmos. Nava's 1997 film, SELENA, tells the story of the slain Latin singer's rise to stardom and tragic death. ?In 1998, Nava released his latest film, Warner Brothers' music-based drama WHY DO FOOL FALL IN LOVE, starring Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon and Larenz Tate. Nava served as director as well as executive producer along with Harold Bronson. Nava currently serves as a creator and writer of the critically acclaimed PBS series "American Family."

Clancy Sigal (Writer)

Clancy Sigal is a screenwriter, novelist and journalist. His movie credits include IN LOVE AND WAR, starring Sandra Bullock. Clancy Sigal's novels include Going Away, Weekend in Dinlock, Zone of the Interior and The Secret Defector. Although U.S.-born, he lived in England for some time where he was a BBC broadcaster and journalist. He was a film critic (Spectator, The Listener) and reporter and feature writer for The Observer, Sunday Telegraph, Vogue and other British newspapers and magazines. He continues to write for the UK (Manchester) Guardian. He writes Op Eds for The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

Anna Thomas (Writer)

Anna Thomas is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter, as well as a producer, director and author. She is the producer and co-writer of the film EL NORTE, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and which was elected to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1995. She is also the co-writer and producer of the acclaimed MY FAMILY, MI FAMILIA, a multigenerational saga set in East LA. The film marked Thomas' fourth collaboration with director Gregory Nava, with whom she began working in 1973 while they were UCLA film students.

Thomas made her first feature in 1977 when she wrote, produced and directed her Master's thesis film, THE HAUNTING OF M,A turn-of-the-century ghost story shot in Scotland. Other film credits include the 1986 drama A TIME OF DESTINY, which she co-wrote and produced. TV credits include the PBS one-hour drama AMERICAN FAMILY.

Thomas is one of the founders of the IFPwest, and is on the faculty of the American Film Institute. She frequently works as a screenwriter in between film productions.

Diane Lake (Writer)

Diane Lake has a script, Distance, based on the French Impressionist Berthe Morisot in development at Columbia Pictures.In addition, she has written an original screenplay, Nancy, for Paramount based on the life of British aristocrat Nancy Cunard; Picasso, a mini-series for NBC; and A Thousand Cranes, an original screenplay for Digital Domain that looks at all of the sides of what led to the bombing of Hiroshima in WWII. Additionally, she has projects in active development with Wendy Finerman and Viacom Pictures.

Diane is presently adapting the novel Wendover Whale for Four Boys Films and putting together financing for her adaptation of the acclaimed Katie Schneider novel, All We Know of Love. She is also at work on a Civil War novel based on the true story of two young women who became spies for the confederacy. Her original screenplay, Close Your Eyes, a film noir based on the life of Raymond Chandler, will soon be going out as a spec.
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