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By Michael Schilf · August 8, 2012
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions to Release Film in the U.S. with Universal International handling much of the world
BAJA , MEXICO (August 7, 2012)— Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, Academy Award-winner Robert Redford, and Academy Award-nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Best Writing, Original Screenplay for MARGIN CALL) jointly announced that principal photography has wrapped on the open water thriller ALL IS LOST at Baja Studios in Rosarito, Mexico. Chandor wrote and directed the film, and Redford stars in a solo performance of one man lost at sea and his battle against the elements to stay alive. Before The Door Pictures’ Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films’ Anna Gerb are producing.
"After an intense two months of shooting on the water, we’re headed home and have finished production on schedule,” said Dodson and Gerb. “JC is making an audacious film with a brave performance at its center."
The director of photography is Frankie DeMarco and the editor is Pete Beaudreau, both of whom collaborated with Chandor on MARGIN CALL. The underwater cinematographer is Pete Zuccarini (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise, DOLPHIN TALE). The production designer is John P. Goldsmith (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN).
Justin Nappi and Teddy Schwarzman also serve as producers. Executive producers for ALL IS LOST are Joshua Blum of Washington Square Films, actor Zachary Quinto and Corey Moosa of Before The Door, Cassian Elwes, Laura Rister, Robert Ogden Barnum, Glen Basner, and Kevin Turen.
Chandor, Washington Square Films, and Before The Door previously collaborated on the critically-acclaimed and award-winning MARGIN CALL, which had its world premiere at Redford’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and was released by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.
FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales on the picture and has already sold out the world. Universal Pictures International will distribute the film in a large portion of the globe, alongside several other distributors, including SquareOne, Sun, eOne, LEV, HGC, Italia, SSG and Pony Canyon.
ALL IS LOST marks Chandor’s second feature film, following MARGIN CALL. In addition to his Academy Award nomination for that film’s screenplay, Chandor won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and the Robert Altman Award for ensemble cast, and he was awarded the Australian Academy’s International Award for Best Screenplay. He was named Best Debut Director by the National Board Of Review and Best First Film by the New York Film Critics Circle, in addition to being listed on dozens of Top Ten lists for 2011.Chandor is currently under contract to Warner Brothers Pictures on a two-picture writing deal, the first of which is an international thriller being developed by Appian Way with producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Kiloran as a potential starring vehicle for DiCaprio.
About Robert RedfordAcademy Award® winner Robert Redford is an actor, director, producer, environmentalist, and philanthropist, whose exceptional career has spanned decades. His credits represent some of American cinema’s most renowned bodies of work including starring roles in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, THE STING, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN; and directorial credits on award-winning films such as ORDINARY PEOPLE, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, and QUIZ SHOW. He has been honored with many awards for his legendary work both on and off screen. Redford’s firstAcademy Award® nomination was for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1973’s THE STING opposite Paul Newman. He won the Academy Award® for Best Director in 1981 for ORDINARY PEOPLE and received an Honorary Oscar® in 2002. In 2005, he accepted the Kennedy Center Honors Award for his distinguished achievement in the performing arts and in recognition of his extraordinary contributions.
Redford's passion is the Sundance Institute, which he founded in 1981. The Sundance Institute is dedicated to the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors of vision, and to the national and international exhibition of new independent cinema. Their highly acclaimed Screenwriting, Directing, Playwright and Producing Labs take place at the Sundance Village mountain retreat in Utah, founded by Redford in 1969. The Sundance Film Festival is a program of the Institute and is internationally recognized as the single most important showcase of independent cinema. Redford has further expanded the Sundance brand with The Sundance Channel, Sundance Cinemas, Sundance London, and Sundance Entertainment.
Robert Redford has been a noted environmentalist and activist since the early 1970s and has served for almost 30 years as a Trustee of the Board the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Most recently, Redford completed production on THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, in which he directed and starred.
About Before The Door PicturesFounded by actor Zachary Quinto, Corey Moosa, and Neal Dodson, Before The Door Pictures won a 2012 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for producing J.C. Chandor’s MARGIN CALL. They are in post-production on Chandor’s ALL IS LOST, starring Robert Redford, as well as Victor Quinaz’s comedy THE TWV PROJECT and Blair Erickson’s 3-D horror feature THE BANSHEE CHAPTER. They have a slate of independent and studio projects, including Quinaz’s IMPERIAL PALACE with veteran producer, Christine Vachon. BTD has a publishing deal with Archaia, through which they’ve published two acclaimed graphic novels: Mr. Murder Is Dead by Quinaz and Lucid by Michael McMillian. Lucid was recently optioned to Warner Brothers to develop as a feature film with Akiva Goldsman also producing. The company has projects in television and in the digital/interactive space as well, including a comedy web project called PERIODS that is being honored this coming week at Graumann's Chinese Theatre as the opening night feature of the HollyShorts Film Festival. All three partners attended Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama.
About Washington Square Films
Founded by Joshua Blum, Washington Square Arts & Films is a production and management company that represents actors, directors and writers in the worlds of film, television and theater. Based in New York and Los Angeles, the company is currently in post-production on J.C. Chandor’s ALL IS LOST, starring Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. WSF collaborated with Before The Door on Chandor’s first project MARGIN CALL which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Chandor and won the 2012 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. WSF recently produced Brian Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s feature debut FRANCINE starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. The film opened at the Berlin Film Festival and SXSW, and will premiere theatrically at MoMA. The company’s other credits include WENDY AND LUCY and OLD JOY, both directed by Kelly Reichardt.. WSF has also produced documentaries such as AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE, a critically acclaimed biography by director Steven Soderbergh about the life of Spalding Gray. The film was screened at festivals worldwide and is now part of the prestigious Criterion Collection.
About LionsgateLionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of primetime cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 23 shows on 16 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning MAD MEN, WEEDS and NURSE JACKIE, along with the powerful drama BOSS, the new comedy ANGER MANAGEMENT, the upcoming network series NASHVILLE and NEXT CALER, the syndication successes Tyler Perry's HOUSE OF PAYNE, its spinoff MEET THE BROWNS, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, ARE WE THERE YET? and the upcoming ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, an original series for Netflix.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of THE HUNGER GAMES franchise, which has already grossed nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office, THE EXPENDABLES, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, Tyler Perry's MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION and MARGIN CALL. With the January 2012 acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the Company has now added the blockbuster TWILIGHT SAGA, which has grossed more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office, to its current slate, giving the Company the two premier young adult franchises in the world. Recent Summit hits include RED, LETTERS TO JULIET, KNOWING, the STEP UP franchise and the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, THE HURT LOCKER.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
About Roadside Attractions
Roadside Attractions devises innovative distribution, marketing and publicity strategies to introduce audiences to specialty films in theatres. The company’s films have received twelve Oscar® nominations including Best Screenplay for J.C. Chandor's Oscar®‐nominated MARGIN CALL. Also nominated was Rodrigo Garcia’s ALBERT NOBBS starring Glenn Close and Janet McTeer, which garnered three Oscar® nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and two SAG Award nominations. The company's 2009 release, THE COVE, captured the Academy Award® for Best Feature Documentary, and in 2010, its 6 Oscar® nominations ‐‐ four, including Best Picture, for Debra Granik's WINTER'S BONE, and two, including Best Foreign Language Film, for Alejandro González Iñárritu's BIUTIFUL‐‐ solidified its major position on the distributor landscape. Roadside has also found significant box office success with its releases, including Robert Redford's THE CONSPIRATOR starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright and FRIENDS WITH KIDS starring Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns. Coming up this fall is Nicholas Jarecki’s Sundance hit ARBITRAGE starring Richard Gere.
About FilmNation EntertainmentFounded in 2008 by veteran international film executive Glen Basner, FilmNation Entertainment is a new kind of film company – global, versatile and full-service; and is a go-to destination for many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers (including Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Jeff Nichols and Sofia Coppola). FilmNation can board a project in a myriad of ways (as a producer, financier, sales agent, international distributor or marketer) and at any stage in a film’s lifespan including development.
In the past 18 months, FilmNation titles have grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office and the future looks to be even more successful. The company’s diversified global sales slate includes previous releases such as Academy Award® Best Picture winner THE KING’S SPEECH; Pedro Almodóvar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN; and director Jeff Nichols’ TAKE SHELTER.
FilmNation’s upcoming sales line-up showcases the work of many of today’s most exciting, established and up-and-coming filmmakers and includes: Steven Soderbergh’s MAGIC MIKE; Rian Johnson’s LOOPER starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levitt; John Hillcoat’s 2012 Cannes Competition film LAWLESS starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy and Michael Hoffman’s GAMBIT starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz as well as Soderbergh’s next film BITTER PILL starring Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum; Jonathan Glazer’s UNDER THE SKIN with Scarlett Johannson; Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING starring Emma Watson; Deepa Mehta’s MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie; Eli Roth’s THE CLOWN; Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER starring Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem; Rachel McAdams (as well as Malick’s next two films); David Michôd’s THE ROVER; Almodóvar’s next film LOS AMANTES PASAJEROS; Daniel Benmayor’s TRACERS starring Taylor Lautner; Anton Corbijn’s A MOST WANTED MAN starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams; and Paul Greengrass’ soccer documentary BARÇA.
FilmNation’s production arm under the direction of production vet Aaron Ryder marked a recent success with the Cannes Competition selection of one of its first productions, Jeff Nichols’ MUD, starring Tye Sheridan, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon (produced with Brace Cove Productions and Everest Entertainment.) FilmNation has also produced Mark Tonderai’s HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET starring Jennifer Lawrence and is currently in production on Dan Beers’ PREMATURE.
FilmNation has also forged a number of strategic relationships with some of the most prolific, respected producers and financiers operating in the film business including Relativity Media LLC (the two companies have an exclusive multi-year deal whereby FilmNation oversees the international sales and global distribution of Relativity titles, produced under their single picture business); Media Rights Capital (an exclusive foreign sales representation deal); Endgame Entertainment (a non-exclusive multi-picture sales deal) and Echo Lake Entertainment (a non-exclusive multi-picture sales deal).
FilmNation has offices in New York and Los Angeles.