Allison Anders: Allison Anders is a screenwriter/film director, mom of 3 and professor at UC Santa Barbara. A Macarthur Fellow and Peabodywinner, she also founded and runs the Don't Knock The Rock Film And Music Festival in Hollywood, Ca. Her films include: Gas Food Lodging, Mi Vida Loca, Grace Of My Heart and Things Behind The Sun.
Ed Asner: Versatile, committed, eloquent and talented are all adjectives that describe actor/activist Edward Asner. Perhaps best known for his comedic and dramatic crossover as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the landmark TV news room comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show and continued in the newspaper-set drama Lou Grant, Ed Asner is one of the most honored actors in the history of television; having been the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, as well as five Golden Globe Awards. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996. Asner received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000, presented periodically for distinguished service to the Guild's Hollywood membership. In March 2002, he was again honored by The Guild as the 38th recipient of the prestigious Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, presented annually to an actor who fosters the highest ideals of the profession. In addition to his professional versatility, Edward Asner has consistently served and committed himself to the rights of the working performer in addition to advocating for human rights world peace, environmental preservation and political freedom. A passionate and informed spokesperson for the causes he supports, Asner is a frequent speaker on labor issues and a particular ally for the acting industry's older artists. Some of the many honors he has received throughout his career include the Anne Frank Human Rights Award, The Eugene Debs Award, Organized Labor Publications Humanitarian Award, American Civil Liberties Union's Worker's Right's Committee Award and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Award.
Darren Aronofsky : After completing only two feature films, Darren Aronofsky is one of the most acclaimed independent film directors in the United States. A Brooklyn native, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live action and animation) and made his first feature film, the critically acclaimed “Pi” 5 years later. Aronofsky co-wrote the script for “Requiem for a Dream” with original author Hubert Selby Jr. and directed the film to resounding critical success including a Golden Globe nomination. Currently, Aronofsky is writing a film adaptation of the cult favorite comic “Batman: Year One”.
Kevin Bacon: Kevin Bacon is one of the foremost actors of his generation, having proven his talents in a wide range of film genres from action thrillers to romantic comedies to heavy dramas, and even the occasional musical. Kevin Bacon’s film credits include "The Big Picture," David Koepp’s “Stir of Echoes,” the sleeper hit “My Dog Skip,” “Digging in China,” “Telling Lies in America,” “Picture Perfect,” Oliver Stone's "JFK", Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men,” Barry Levinson’s “Sleepers” with Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro, “Apollo 13” directed by Ron Howard, “Murder in the First” (voted Best Actor by The Broadcast Critics Association and nominated for Best Supporting Actor by The Screen Actors Guild and the London Film Critics Circle), “The River Wild” (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe), and Jane Campion’s “In the Cut.” Kevin most recently starred in Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award winning “Mystic River” and will next be seen in “The Woodsman,” a compelling drama that premiered to great critical acclaim at this year’s Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, and the upcoming MGM comedy “Beauty Shop” with Queen Latifah. Also an accomplished director, Kevin’s directorial debut “Losing Chase” was honored with three Golden Globe nominations, including, Best Motion Picture made for television. With his older, musician brother Michael, Kevin is the other half of “The Bacon Brothers,” a successful band on the national club circuit. Bacon resides with his wife and two children in New York.
Benny Boom: Benny Boom is one of the most sought after music video and commercial directors in the industry. His extensive experience, tireless work ethic, and creative genius combine to produce high-quality and visually-stimulating projects. Before directing, Boom earned a reputation as a first-rate Assistant Director, gaining the trust of some of the biggest names in the biz, including: Hype Williams, Paul Hunter, Dave Myers, Little X, and Nick Quested. This well-deserved exposure allowed Boom to perfect his craft while assisting others in achieving their goals. Formally trained at Temple University's School of Radio, Television & Film, Boom continued his education under the watchful eye of Hype Williams at Big Dog Films. Starting as a Production Assistant, Boom quickly ascended to Assistant Director -- a testament to his talent and perseverance. It was at Big Dog that Boom developed his directing eye and honed his skills. Boom has directed inspiring music videos for such artists as P. Diddy, Nas, Nelly, Kelly Rowland, Lil' Kim, and LL Cool J along with commercials for Reebok, Footlocker and Jolly Rancher. His dynamic style, coupled with his charismatic personality, make working with him both easy and enjoyable. Boom was proud to direct "Everybody" for MoveOn.org Political Action's "10 Weeks" campaign.
W. Earl Brown : W. Earl Brown was born in Golden Pond, Kentucky from a blue-collar working class background. His grandfather, Les Myers, was -- at various times in his life -- a farmer, carpenter, and coal miner. However and wherever Les earned his living, he was a life-long Union Man. He saw working people being taken advantage of time and again, and he knew their only power lay in a strong cohesive union. He lived every moment of his life committed to the principle, going so far as refusing to purchase items not manufactured by Union Workers. Watching the working middle class of our great country disappear, seeing the gap between rich and poor widen with every passing year, knowing the children of that working class are dying in an unjust and uncalled for war, was a call to arms of sorts for Earl to involve himself in MoveOn.Org. Earl currently plays “Dan Dority” in HBO’s critically lauded new series, DEADWOOD and recently completed production on THE BIG WHITE opposite Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, and Woody Harrelson. Some of Earl’s film credits include THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, THE ALAMO, THE LAST SHOT, KILLER DILLER, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, SCREAM, VANILLA SKY, and DANCING AT THE BLUE IGUANA. When there is free time, he also gigs around Los Angeles with his band, Scared CowBoys. Earl makes a living playing cowboy and rock-star. It is only due to the sweat, toil, and sacrifice of previous generations that Earl is able to live his dreams. Whatever skills he might have to offer an organization committed to fair and just government for ALL people, are offered in honor of Les Myers and all the honest and hard-working people who came before him.
Marty Callner: The career of director Marty Callner has taken many diverse paths, each marked with the utmost in quality and a cutting edge style. This past year was no exception, with Callner producing and directing the Emmy and Directors Guild Award nominated “ROLLING STONES - LICKS WORLD TOUR Live From Madison Square Garden” as well as two other Rolling Stones European concerts in London and Paris. These came right on the heels of his producing and directing of the Emmy and Directors Guild Award nominated “ROBIN WILLIAMS Live On Broadway” and John Leguizamo's “Sexaholix: A Love Story”. The year prior found Marty producing and directing “BRITNEY SPEARS Live from Las Vegas” and producing ‘MADONNA LIVE: Drowned World Tour 2001” each of which received an Emmy Award in 2002. Recognition of Callner’s accomplishments has never been in short supply. He’s earned five MTV Music Awards as well as six Cable Ace Awards. His live television events have garnered an astounding thirty-one Emmy nominations including back to back directorial nominations for “BETTE MIDLER: Diva Las Vegas” and “GARTH BROOKS: Garth Live From Central Park”. Prior to directing the hit Broadway show “SANDRA BERNHARD, I’m Still Here ...Damn It!” Callner was at the helm of the HBO presentation, “JERRY SEINFELD, ‘I’m Telling You For The Last Time’ Live On Broadway”, for which he earned the first of his three prestigious Directors Guild Of America Award nominations.
Margaret Cho : Comedian Margaret Cho has launched three sold-out national tours in the past five years, turning each into a concert film. Her next tour, State of Emergency, was officially launched at The Historical Apollo Theatre during the Republican National Convention. Addressing the political state of our nation, it will tour primarily through the swing states up to the election and then head to the UK and Australia before returning back to the US in the Spring of 2005. Always incorporating activism in her comedy, Cho has been honored by NOW, GLAAD, AALDEF, NGLTF and the ACLU for her efforts to promote equal rights for all and her courage to speak out about the dangerous policies of the Bush administration. Her official website, www.margaretcho.com, is home to her award-winning blog and internet show. Cho has also started her own marriage equality resource site at www.loveisloveislove.com .
Matt Damon : This acclaimed actor and Oscar award-winning screenwriter’s career has included such films as “Good Will Hunting”, “Courage Under Fire”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, Kevin Smith’s “Dogma”, “Ocean’s 11”, & director Doug Liman’s “The Bourne Identity”. Damon can currently be seen in “The Bourne Supremacy”, the upcoming “The Brothers Grimm”, and “Ocean’s Twelve”.
Laura Dawn: is the Event and Cultural Director for MoveOn.org and MoveOn.org Political Action. Laura co-created the Bush in 30 Seconds Ad Contest, co-organized the contest, and produced Bush in 30 Seconds LIVE. She has organized artists, musicians, & filmmakers extensively for MoveOn & all MoveOn.org Political Action projects, most notably for the Bake Sale for Democracy, the Fahrenheit 9/11 Campaign, and the Virtual Garage Sale. Laura currently has created and is directing MoveOn.org Political Action’s “10 Weeks: Don’t Get Mad, Get Even!” Ad Campaign, which features ads directed by notable American directors in collaboration with notable writers, actors and musicians in conjunction with 10 Weeks of grassroots strategies counting down to the election and is the creator of MoveOn.org’s “50 Million Women Count: A National Day of Action”— a collaboration with America Votes and Planned Parenthood which hopes to be the largest national day of action toward registering women and compelling them to vote. Originally from Pleasantville, Iowa; Laura is also a singer/songwriter with over a decade of experience in the music industry.
Illeana Douglas : (bio to come)
Charlie Fisher : (bio to come)
Al Franken : An Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer, New York Times bestselling author, and Grammy-winning comedian, Al Franken was part of the original writing staff that created the groundbreaking late night show "Saturday Night Live". In 1992, he anchored Comedy Central's "Indecision ‘92", winning wide critical acclaim for his coverage of both conventions and election night, and has since remained a passionate and outspoken political commentator. His latest book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right", was The New York Times #1 bestseller for six weeks.
Nelson George: (bio to come)
Randall Gladstein: (bio to come)
Chad Griffin : (bio to come)
Woody Harrelson : (bio to come)
Ted Hope: Ted Hope, together with partners Anthony Bregman and Anne Carey, runs the New York production company This is that, formed out of the production and development arms of the groundbreaking Good Machine. This is that's initial year will yield three features: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 21 Grams, (starring Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro & Naomi Watts), Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (starring Jim Carrey & Kate Winslet) and Kip Williams' The Door in the Floor (starring Jeff Bridges & Kim Basinger, based on a novel by John Irving). Ted Hope has produced/co-produced such groundbreaking films as American Splendor, Todd Field's "In The Bedrom", and many of Ang Lee's films including "Ice Storm", & the Academy Award nominated The Wedding Banquet. Hope got his start as a producer collaborating with Hal Hartley, eight films in all, including "Amateur", "Simple Men" & "Trust". During his time with Good Machine, the company produced over 50 feature and short films, and in 2001, Good Machine was honored with a ten-year retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Scarlett Johansson: With more than a decade of work under her belt, double Golden Globe nominee and BAFTA winner, Scarlett Johansson has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses. Johansson received rave reviews and a “Best Actress” Award at the Venice Film Festival for her starring role opposite Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation,” the critically-acclaimed second film by director Sofia Coppola. Recently Johansson portrayed the title character in “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” a film adapted from the novel of the same name about the painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth). Currently, Johansson has finished production on the Weitz brothers’ film “Synergy,” which opens on December 29, 2004 and recently started shooting the “Untitled Woody Allen Summer Drama” in London. A New York native, Johansson made her professional acting debut at the age of eight in the off-Broadway production of “Sophistry,” with Ethan Hawke, at New York’s Playwright’s Horizons.
Eva Kolodner : Kolodner got her start in the independent film industry as a part of the original team at Christine Vachon’s renegade indie production company, Killer Films. In her five years at Killer, Kolodner worked in production on such independent film classics as KIDS, I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, SAFE and HAPPINESS, and became the company’s Director of Development in 1998. During her time with Killer Films, Kolodner produced the Academy Award-winning film BOYS DON’T CRY. In 2000, she became Head of Production at Madstone Films, and produced Madstone’s first feature, RHINOCEROS EYES, which won the prestigious Discovery Award at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. Kolodner has been nominated for the Independent Spirit Producer's Award, and in 2002 was selected for Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40
Larry Kopald: Larry Kopald has spent 20 years as one of the country's top advertising creatives, winning over 400 national and international awards. As Creative Director at global agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather, DDB and Leo Burnett he has overseen creative for accounts ranging from McDonalds to American Express to Coke, and launched brands such as Acura, McNuggets, and the Mazda Miata. Kopald also oversees Hollywood's environmental organization, the Earth Communications Office, where he created award-winning films for the United Nations and the Olympics. He currently has an IMAX film in production, a documentary filming in Africa, and has been spending much of the past year working to impact the 2004 election.
Steven Kotler : (bio to come)
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte : (bio to come)
Doug Liman : (bio to come)
Richard Linklater: Writer/Director Richard Linklater is known for his independent-spirited filmmaking and for discovering some of today's most talented actors. Linklater’s credits include the groundbreaking SLACKER (1991); the 70's cult hit DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993); BEFORE SUNRISE (1995), for which Linklater won the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award for Best Director; SUBURBIA (1997); THE NEWTON BOYS (1998), a western/gangster film set in the 1920s; the animated feature WAKING LIFE (2001); the low-budget, real-time drama TAPE (2001); the short documentary LIVE FROM SHIVA'S DANCE FLOOR (2003): the hit comedy SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003); and the critically-acclaimed BEFORE SUNSET (2004). He is currently in postproduction on an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's A SCANNER DARKLY.
Donal Logue : (bio to come)
Avram Ludwig : (bio to come)
Lorene Machado: Lorene Machado was the director, producer and editor of NOTORIOUS C.H.O. and REVOLUTION, Margaret Cho's second and third concert films. Before NOTORIOUS, Machado produced Margaret's first concert film, the award-winning I'M THE ONE THAT I WANT. Machado has extensive experience as a writer and producer in television and currently is directing and editing a road documentary that follows Cho's entourage and exploits in a TRUTH-OR-DARE-like "behind the scenes" film entitled BEHIND THE REVOLUTION. Machado will make her narrative film directing debut on BAM BAM AND CELESTE, starring Margaret Cho and Bruce Daniels, from an original script by Margaret Cho.
John Buffalo Mailer: Producer, writer, actor, and former Executive Editor of High Times Magazine, Mailer is the founding member of Back House Productions, the resident theater company of the Drama Bookshop’s Arthur Seelan Theater. Prior to his graduation from Wesleyan University, he published a novella, Hello Herman, in The Reading Room, Vol.1 (Great Marsh Press). The following year, he developed the story into a two-act play, which premiered at the Grove Street Playhouse in New York. His second play, Crazy Eyes, written shortly after 9/11 explores terrorism, patriotism, and America. Mailer recently produced a national Activist’s Guide to the RNC convention, and an interview with his father Norman Mailer on the current political climate was featured in New York magazine.
Liz Manne: Co-founder and partner with Catherine Tait in film and TV production company Duopoly, Liz Manne is a longtime veteran of the independent film community. She co-founded Fine Line Features and went on to serve as head of programming and marketing for Robert Redford’s Sundance Channel. In addition to her producing activities, Manne provides strategic marketing consulting services to HBO Films (Maria Full of Grace, American Splendor). She began actively participating in the political process when she was twelve years old, going door-to-door to get out the vote for George McGovern.
Chan Marshall: (bio to come)
Yael Melamede : Since her career shift from architecture to film in 1996, Melamede has worked in many capacities within the New York independent film community. Melamede was the Post Production Supervisor on Wayne Wang’s THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, Paul Schrader’s FOREVER MINE, and Paul Auster’s LULU ON THE BRIDGE, bringing her into close working relationships with extraordinary creative talent and with a wide range of production, distribution and foreign sales companies. At the end of 2000, Melamede joined Madstone Films as the company's Production Supervisor. Melamede co-produced the feature documentary MY ARCHITECT, directed by Nathaniel Kahn, about the prominent architect Louis I. Kahn. MY ARCHITECT was released by New Yorker Films in 2003 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Moby : Moby is an award winning, Grammy-nominated worldwide multi-platinum selling recording artist, producer and musician with 13 albums under his belt. He's also an activist and owner of NYC café Teany. Moby is a co-founder of MoveOn.org's "Bush in 30 Seconds" project.
Barbara Moss : As Director/ Producer Barbara Moss created programming for both domestic and international broadcasts. She has spearheaded specialty multisite interactive satellite TV events, reality -based programs for HBO, Lifetime, ABC Sports, CBS News, Discovery and PBS networks , political campaigns and live events such as “Stand Up NY”a Toyota Comedy Festival presentation. She was part of the creative team of the groundbreaking Emmy Award winning series “The Body Human” for CBS-TV and the OMNI science series with Keir Dullea for Bob Guccione. Her collaboration with an extraordinary roster of talent includes journalist Walter Cronkite for his signature science series “Universe “, filmmaker Michael Moore as his Creative and Business Affairs executive of Dog Eat Dog Films and currently manages Woody Harrelson’s website, www.voiceyourself.com. Collaborating with his wife Laura Louie and their remarkable team, Voiceyourself.com is an expression of their commitment to environmental and social justice. Ms. Moss is a former member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film & Television and Founder of the Women's Film Preservation Fund.
Forrest Murray: (bio to come)
Jesse Peretz : (bio to come)
Josh Porter : (bio to come)
Chad Redmon : Chad Redmon is a producer who has worked on a broad variety of creative projects including video, film, multimedia, animation, video games, interactive installations, andperformance art. He currently works with Harbinger Productions on media ranging from TV shows and commercials to feature films and documentaries. Chad is also a founding member of M12, a multimedia performance group which combines found audio and video with original electronic music. Chad is currently a resident of New York City.
Rob Reiner : (bio to come)
Rebecca Romijn: Rebecca Romijn has quickly established herself in Hollywood with roles in a number of prominent films, most notably opposite Thomas Jane and John Travolta in The Punisher, opposite Robert Dinero and Greg Kinnear in Godsend. and in the world wide hit action sequel X2 . It was her role in Femme Fatale opposite Antonio Banderas that won her critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times said of her performance in this film noir thriller, “Not since Sissy Spacek burned up the screen in “Carrie” has a De Palma woman held the screen as forcefully as Rebecca Romijn.” .She is currently shooting “Alibi” alongside Steve Coogan, James Brolin, James Marsden & Selma Blair. This fall, Romijn will begin shooting Man About Town opposite Ben Affleck. Early next year, she will segue into the highly anticipated X3, which is slated to open on May 5, 2006. She currently resides in Los Angeles
John Sayles : (bio to come)
Ione Skye : At age 15 Ione Skye's first film performance was in “River's Edge”. Her other credits include “Jimmy Reardon”, “The Rachel Papers”, “Gas Food and Lodging”, “Wayne's World”, “Say Anything”, “Dream for an Insomniac”, “Covington Cross”, “Four Rooms”, and most recently has begun filming “Fever Pitch”. She also worked on the political documentary, “The Last Party.” In addition to acting credits, she has written and directed three short films and has had two exhibitions of her artwork.
Martin Sheen : (bio to come)
David Starr : (bio to come)
Catherine Tait: (bio to come)
Clay Tarver : (bio to come)
Karen Taussig : (bio to come)
Wildbrain Animation : (bio to come)