JESSICA ALBA and WINONA RYDER TO BE SEEN IN “THE TEN” AUGUST 3rd
New York, NY (rushprnews) June 12, 2007- THE TEN stars Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Rob Corddry, Liev Schreiber, Oliver Platt, Justin Theroux and Ken Marino. Produced by Wain, Jonathan Stern, and Paul Rudd, THE TEN will be released by THINKFilm on August 3, 2007.
Masters of comedy David Wain (â€œWet Hot American Summerâ€) and Ken Marino team up behind the scenes and in front of the camera to create THE TEN: a lively, smart, and irreverent film about breaking all the rules. Directed by Wain and written by Wain and Marino, THE TEN presents a series of interconnected comic sketches designed to reinterpret â€“ and reinvent â€“ the Ten Commandments, making them â€œmeaningfulâ€ (and funny) to a young, hip, audience of contemporary sinners. With each story told in a different style, but containing overlapping characters and themes, the film is a grand burlesque boasting an all-star cast that puts the sin back in cinema.
ABOUT THE CAST
JESSICA ALBA (â€œLiz Anne Blazerâ€) fell in love with acting at a very early age, becoming active professionally at the age of 12. She began studying with acting coaches in Los Angeles and, shortly thereafter, landed at the Atlantic Theatre Company, where she studied with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet.
Alba first achieved worldwide recognition as the lead character in James Cameronâ€™s â€œDark Angel,â€ Mr. Cameronâ€™s first project after the history-making â€œTitanicâ€ and his first television venture. In the series, Alba portrayed Max, a genetically-enhanced human prototype who escapes from her government captors only to live out her life on the run in the underground of 21st Century Seattle. In the seriesâ€™ first season, she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Peopleâ€™s Choice Award. She was voted the TV Guide Award as Breakout Star of the Year by readers, and won Favorite TV Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards. â€œDark Angelâ€ has been a success around the world, helping to establish her as an international star.
Her early feature film credits include â€œNever Been Kissed,â€ starring and produced by Drew Barrymore, as well as the thriller, â€œIdle Hands.â€ She later starred as the title character in the romance â€œThe Sleeping Dictionary,â€ a period drama which co-starred Brenda Blethyn, Bob Hoskins, Emily Mortimer, Noah Taylor and Hugh Dancy. Her first starring role in a major studio film was the 2003 release, â€œHoney.â€ The contemporary urban drama grossed over $60-million worldwide.
In 2005, Albaâ€™s film career began to catch fire. She starred opposite Bruce Willis and an all-star cast in the provocative and critically acclaimed â€œSin City,â€ directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. She next starred as Sue Storm â€˜The Invisible Girlâ€™ in Marvel Comicsâ€™ action-franchise blockbuster â€œFantastic Four,â€ which was released in July 2005 and became a worldwide box-office success, with over $300 million in revenue. Later the same year, she starred in the 2005 underwater action-adventure, â€œInto the Blue.â€ The combined worldwide box office in 2005 for â€œFantastic Four,â€ â€œSin Cityâ€ and â€œInto the Blueâ€ totaled over half a billion dollars. There is talk of a sequel to â€œSin Cityâ€ and the next installment of the popular comic book adaptation, â€œFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,â€ opens worldwide in June 2007.
Alba has also completed the psychological thriller, â€œAwake,â€ with Terrence Howard, Hayden Christiansen and Lena Olin. She has filmed a role in the independent comedy, â€œBill,â€ with Aaron Eckhart and Elizabeth Banks, and stars opposite Dane Cook in the romantic comedy, â€œGood Luck Chuck,â€ to be released Fall 2007. She has most recently completed filming the starring role in the remake of Hong Kongâ€™s psychological horror hit, â€œThe Eye,â€ for Lionsgate Films and Cruise-Wagner Productions, to be released in early 2008.
Alba has appeared in a several iconic and lucrative endorsement campaigns including the famous Got Milk? â€œmilk mustacheâ€ campaign and was featured in a star-studded 30th Anniversary campaign for The Gap, as well as other prestigious campaigns in the U.S. and internationally. She recently signed a global endorsement contract representing Revlon, joining an elite group of beauties representing the brand, including Halle Berry, Eva Mendes and Sheryl Crow. She showcased her comedic talents as host of the 2006 MTV Movie Awards and she has appeared on countless prestigious magazine covers in the United States and throughout the world.
Although many would describe her as an exotic beauty, Alba was raised in a traditional American family in California. Her motherâ€™s family has a French-Danish heritage, while her father is from Mexican-Indian and Spanish lineage.
ADAM BRODY (â€œStephen Montgomeryâ€) is a dynamic young actor who has crafted a distinguished career in film and television, and is quickly becoming one of the finest newcomers to hit the big screen.
Brody recently starred in the romantic comedy â€œIn the Land of Women,â€ starring opposite Meg Ryan. Directed by Jonathan Kasdan, the film focused on a young television writer whose world is in complete disorder after his break-up with his girlfriend. In addition to THE TEN, Adam will appear in the highly anticipated independent feature â€œSmiley Face,â€ which also premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
Brody recently appeared in â€œThank you for Smoking,â€ a satirical comedy that follows the machinations of the chief spokesman for Big Tobacco. Prior to that, Brody was seen opposite Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the box office success â€œMr. and Mrs. Smith.â€ Additional film credits include â€œGrind,â€ the hit 2002 thriller â€œThe Ring,â€ and â€œMissing Brendanâ€ with Ed Asner and Illeana Douglas.
Brody was previously seen weekly as Seth Cohen on Foxâ€™s celebrated television series â€œThe O.C.â€ Additional television credits include a recurring role as Coop in â€œOnce and Again,â€ a recurring role as Dave in the WBâ€™s Emmy-nominated â€œGilmore Girls,â€ and standout guest-starring roles in â€œJudging Amy,â€ â€œFamily Law,â€ and Smallville.â€
BOBBY CANNAVALE (â€œMarty McBrideâ€) won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Will Trumanâ€™s boyfriend on â€œWill & Grace.â€ Last year Bobby was seen in Rick Linklaterâ€™s â€œFast Food Nation,â€ â€œThe Night Listenerâ€ opposite Robin Williams, â€œSnakes on a Planeâ€ with Samuel L. Jackson, and â€œHavenâ€ co-starring Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton.
In â€œThe Station Agent,â€ Bobby received a lot of attention as the motor-mouthed hot dog vendor who befriends an outsider in his small New Jersey town. He and his co-stars, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Dinklage, were nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and won the Audience Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Bobby is currently shooting Eric Redâ€™s indie film â€œ100 Feetâ€ co-starring Famke Janssen, and is currently shooting Terry Kinneyâ€™s â€œDiminished Capacity.â€ In addition to THE TEN, he will be seen in the upcoming film by Justin Theroux called â€œDedication,â€ both of which premiered at this yearâ€™s Sundance Film Festival. Other film credits include â€œShall We Danceâ€ co-starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez; Don Roosâ€™ â€œHappy Endingsâ€ opposite Lisa Kudrow and Maggie Gyllenhaal; â€œRomance And Cigarettesâ€ directed by John Turturro and co-starring Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini and Christopher Walken; Spike Leeâ€™s â€œ3 am;â€ Kevin Costnerâ€™s â€œThe Postman;â€ Sidney Lumetâ€™s â€œNight Falls on Manhattanâ€ and â€œGloria;â€ â€œThe Bone Collectorâ€ opposite Angelina Jolie; and the critically acclaimed independent film â€œWashington Heights.â€ His television appearances include guest starring episodes in HBOâ€™s â€œSix Feet Under.â€
Bobby also received rave reviews in the acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of David Rabeâ€™s â€œHurlyburlyâ€ starring opposite Ethan Hawke, Josh Hamilton and Wallace Shawn. His career began in the theatre and he has worked at the Lee Strasberg Institute, Naked Angels, Circle Rep, The Public, Williamstown and The Roundabout.
ROB CORDDRY (â€œDuane Rosenblumâ€) was a regular on â€œThe Daily Show with Jon Stewartâ€ from 2002-September 2006 as a political correspondent. He has also appeared on episodes of â€œCurb Your Enthusiasm,â€ â€œArrested Development,â€ â€œLate Night with Conan Oâ€™Brien,â€ and â€œUpright Citizens Bridgade.â€
On film, Corddry will be seen in “Semi-Pro” starring Will Ferrell; â€œHarold and Kumar II;â€ â€œWedding Daze,â€ a comedy starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher; Talmadge Cooleyâ€™s â€œPatriotville,â€ with Justin Long; and the as yet untitled Farrelly brotherâ€™s comedy with Ben Stiller. Corddry previously starred as Bobby Dukes in the indie comedy â€œBlackBalled: The Bobby Dukes Story;â€ and has also appeared in Todd Phillipsâ€™ hit comedy â€œOld Schoolâ€ with Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn; â€œBlades of Glory,â€ with Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, in addition to Tom Deyâ€™s â€œFailure to Launchâ€ starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. Rob also starred in the Fox television series â€œThe Winnerâ€ from writer/producers Seth McFarlane and Ricky Blitt.
FAMKE JANSSEN (â€œGretchen Reigertâ€) is a true leading lady. By taking on a wide range of roles in both studio and independent features and working with some of Hollywood’s best directors, she has proven herself to be not only one of the most beautiful actresses in the business, but also one of the most talented and diverse.
Janssen starred in â€œX-Men 3,â€ directed by Brett Ratner, where she reprised her role as Jean Grey. She also starred in â€œX-Menâ€ and â€œX-2,â€ both directed by Bryan Singer. The â€œX-Menâ€ blockbusters all-star cast includes Sir Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, and James Marsden.
Janssen just wrapped independent film â€œTurn the River.â€ Last year, she filmed the independent film â€œThe Treatmentâ€ opposite Sir Ian Holm. She recently reprised her role on the FX original drama series â€œNip/Tuckâ€ where she starred as a â€œlife coachâ€ to Joely Richardson in 12 episodes of season one. Janssen received a Movieline Breakthrough Award for her star turn on the show and the provocative drama received outstanding critical acclaim as well as an AFI Award and Golden Globe nomination for season one.
Janssen starred in â€œHide and Seekâ€ a psychological suspense thriller opposite Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning. She also co-starred in the film â€œEulogy,â€ which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was released on October 2004. In 2002, Janssen starred opposite Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson in â€œI Spyâ€ for director Betty Thomas. Janssen starred in Gary Flederâ€™s thriller â€œDon’t Say a Wordâ€ opposite Michael Douglas and in Jon Favreauâ€™s “Made,” which was released in July 2001.
Janssen earned critical-acclaim for her star-making performance opposite Jon Favreau in Valerie Breimanâ€™s â€œLove and Sex,â€ which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. Previous credits include William Maloneâ€™s â€œHouse on Haunted Hillâ€ opposite Geoffrey Rush, Robert Rodriguezâ€™s â€œThe Faculty,â€ John Dahlâ€™s â€œRoundersâ€ opposite Edward Norton and Matt Damon, and Woody Allenâ€™s â€œCelebrity,â€ opposite Kenneth Branagh and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Additional credits include Stephen Sommersâ€™ â€œDeep Rising,â€ and Robert Altmanâ€™s â€œThe Gingerbread Man,â€ in which she starred opposite Kenneth Branagh and Robert Downey, Jr.; Ted Demmeâ€™s â€œMonument Avenueâ€ opposite Martin Sheen and Billy Crudup; John Irvinâ€™s â€œCity of Industryâ€ opposite Harvey Keitel; and the role of the lasciviously lethal assassin, â€œXenia Onatoppâ€ in the James Bond MEGAhit â€œGoldenEye.â€
Born in Holland, Janssen moved to the United States where she now resides. She majored in writing and literature at Columbia and studied stagecraft with Harold Guskin.
KERRI KENNEY-SILVER (â€œBernice Jaffeâ€) was the only female member of the ground breaking sketch comedy group, â€œThe State,â€ on MTV. Shortly after, she starred in â€œViva Varietyâ€ on Comedy Central with two of â€œThe Stateâ€ members. Kenney-Silver starred in â€œThe Ellen Showâ€ on CBS, and has appeared in numerous guest star roles. Throughout, Kerri has been the voice of many cartoon characters in such productions as Disneyâ€™s â€œBuzz Lightyear,â€ â€œKim Possibleâ€ and â€œThe Weekenders,â€ among others.
Kerri was also the lead singer and bass player in the all-female rock group Cake Like, which had much success touring Europe and America and put out three albums. She is one of the stars and co-creators of Comedy Centralâ€™s â€œReno 911!â€ which will be entering itâ€™s fifth season in 2007, as well as the feature film â€œReno 911!: Miami,â€ which appeared in theaters earlier this year.
KEN MARINO (â€œDr. Glenn Richie,â€ Co-Writer and Producer)
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A.D. MILES (â€œOliver Jenningsâ€) began his career by performing stand-up comedy in New York City at Luna Lounge, Standup New York, Stella at the Fez, and later at Rififfi and the UCB Theater. He has opened for Zach Galifianakis at Irving Plaza and was featured on the live comedy CD â€œInvite Them Upâ€ released by Comedy Central Records.
His first short film, â€œRay Has Sex,â€ debuted at the 1997 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and was later expanded into a half-hour pilot for MTV titled â€œThis Is Ray.â€ He went on to write and star in the short, â€œGirl Go Boom,â€ which was featured in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote Comedy Centralâ€™s first feature film â€œPorn nâ€™ Chickenâ€ in 2002. Other writing credits include Comedy Centralâ€™s â€œNight of Too Many Starsâ€ and the cult animated hit â€œThe Wrong Coast.â€ As a director, Miles directed several short films for Robert Smigelâ€™s â€œTV Funhouseâ€ and Saturday Night Live.
His feature film acting credits include Henry Beanâ€™s â€œThe Believer,â€ winner of the dramatic competition at Sundance 2001, Spike Leeâ€™s â€œBamboozled,â€ Jill Sprecherâ€™s â€œThirteen Conversations About One Thing,â€ David Wainâ€™s â€œWet Hot American Summer,â€ Michael Showalterâ€™s â€œThe Baxter,â€ and recently completed work on â€œGary the Tennis Coachâ€ opposite Seann William Scott. Miles also starred in the critically acclaimed â€œDog Bites Manâ€ for Comedy Central.
GRETCHEN MOL (â€œGloria Jenningsâ€), a talented actress on stage and screen, previously starred as Bettie Page in Mary Harronâ€™s â€œThe Notorious Bettie Page,â€ which opened to rave reviews at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. Mol also starred in â€œPuccini for Beginners,â€ from writer/director Maria Maggenti, which competed in Dramatic Competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Mol recently completed production on the film, â€œTrainwrecked: My Life as an Idiot,â€ and â€œ3:10 to Yumaâ€ alongside Russell Crowe.
In the winter of 2003-2004, Mol starred on Broadway as Roxie Hart in â€œChicago.â€ She was last seen in the movie adaptation of Neil LaButeâ€™s â€œThe Shape of Things,â€ which also starred Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz and Fred Weller, and premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Prior to that, Mol starred off-Broadway in the theatrical version of â€œThe Shape of Thingsâ€ after completion of its London run all with the same cast.
Gretchen Mol made her film debut in Spike Leeâ€™s â€œGirl 6â€ as Girl 12. She then appeared in such films as â€œMusic From Another Room,â€ Abel Ferraraâ€™s â€œThe Funeral,â€ â€œThe Last Time I Committed Suicide,â€ â€œThe Thirteenth Floor,â€ â€œRounders,â€ and â€œCelebrity.â€ Mol also starred opposite Ray Liotta and Joseph Fiennes in Paul Schraderâ€™s â€œForever Mine,â€ and Jason Alexanderâ€™s â€œJust Looking.â€
Her telefilm credits include the highly rated â€œPicnic,â€ â€œThe Magnificent Ambersonsâ€ for A&E, â€œCalm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn,â€ â€œThe Valley of Lightâ€ for CBS, and â€œDead Manâ€™s Walk.â€ She also appeared in the debut episode of the ABC hit, â€œSpin City,â€ and â€œSex on a Pole- HBOâ€™s Subway Stories.â€
Born in Connecticut and a graduate of the William Esper Studio and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, she began acting professionally in numerous commercials and various theater productions, including â€œBus Stop,â€ â€œAn Actorâ€™s Nightmare,â€ â€œNo Exit,â€ â€œGodspell,â€ and â€œ110 in the Shade,â€ among others.
OLIVER PLATT (â€œMarc Jacobsonâ€) has enjoyed great success in film, television and on stage. He recently received his first Tony Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor for his work on Broadway in Connor McPhersonâ€™s â€œShining City,â€ which was also nominated for Best Play. Other accolades include a Golden Globe and back-to-back Emmy Nominations for his portrayal of Russel in Showtimeâ€™s â€œHuff.â€
This past month Mr. Platt completed work playing George Steinbrenner in the ESPN mini-series â€œThe Bronx is Burningâ€ opposite John Turturro, which will debut in July 2007. In addition, Oliver will soon be seen in the feature film â€œMartian Child.â€
Oliver recently starred in the feature films â€œCasanovaâ€ directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and â€œIce Harvestâ€ with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. Other film credits include â€œFunnybones,â€ â€œBullworth,â€ â€œMarried to the Mob,â€ â€œWorking Girl,â€ â€œFlatliners,â€ â€œPostcards from the Edge,â€ â€œIndecent Proposal,â€ â€œThe Three Musketeers,â€ â€œA Time to Kill,â€ â€œDoctor Doolittle,â€ â€œSimon Birch,â€ â€œLake Placid,â€ â€œDonâ€™t Say a Word,â€ and â€œPieces of April.â€
Mr. Platt had his producing debut with the indie film â€œBig Night,â€ which was co-directed by actors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. Platt would later re-team with Tucci in â€œThe Imposters.â€ On television, Oliver received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as White House Counsel Oliver Babish on the popular political drama â€œThe West Wing.â€
Mr. Platt graduated from Tufts University with a degree in drama and immediately began working in regional theater, as well as off-Broadway, in such productions as â€œThe Tempestâ€ and John Guareâ€™s â€œMoon Over Miami.â€ He starred in the Lincoln Center production of â€œUbuâ€ and Jules Feifferâ€™s â€œElliot Loves,â€ directed by Mike Nichols and received rave reviews for his performance as â€œSir Toby Belchâ€ in Brian Kulickâ€™s â€œTwelfth Night.â€
The son of a career diplomat, Oliver was born in Washington, D.C. and spent part of his childhood in Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Platt currently resides in New York with his wife and three children.
PAUL RUDD (â€œJeff Reigertâ€ and Producer)
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WINONA RYDER (â€œKelly LaFondaâ€), with two OscarÂ® nominations and a Golden Globe award to her credit, is consistently one of Hollywood’s most sought after talents and classic beauties.
Ryder recently wrapped production on Geoffrey Haleyâ€™s â€œThe Last Wordâ€ starring opposite Wes Bentley and Ray Romano. Besides THE TEN, Ryder was most recently seen in the Richard Linklater film â€œA Scanner Darklyâ€ opposite Keanu Reeves.
As â€˜Joâ€™ in Gillian Armstrongâ€™s highly acclaimed version of the Louisa May Alcott classic, â€œLittle Women,â€ Ryder received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. The previous year she was OscarÂ® nominated, and won the Golden Globe and National Board of Review Awards for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance in Martin Scorseseâ€™s â€œThe Age of Innocence.â€ Ryder also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Richard Benjaminâ€™s â€œMermaids.â€
In 1999, Ryder starred in and served as Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed â€œGirl, Interrupted,â€ based on the best selling memoir and directed by James Mangold. While the film marked Ryderâ€™s first feature as Executive Producer, she previously produced the documentary â€œThe Day My God Died,â€ which depicted the human story behind the modern tragedy of child sex trafficking in India.
Noted for constantly challenging herself with each project, Ryder has worked with some of the most acclaimed directors in film today including Jean Pierre Jeunetâ€™s â€œAlien: Resurrection,â€ Woody Allenâ€™s â€œCelebrity,â€ Nicholas Hytnerâ€™s â€œThe Crucible,â€ Billie Augustâ€™s â€œThe House of the Spirits,â€ Francis Ford Coppolaâ€™s â€œBram Stokerâ€™s Dracula,â€ Jim Jarmuschâ€™s â€œNight on Earth,â€ Tim Burtonâ€™s â€œEdward Scissorhandsâ€ and â€œBeetlejuice,â€ Michael Lehmanâ€™s â€œHeathers,â€ Ben Stillerâ€™s â€œReality Bites,â€ Al Pacinoâ€™s â€œLooking For Richard,â€ Joan Chenâ€™s â€œAutumn in New York,â€ Janusz Kaminskiâ€™s â€œLost Soulsâ€ and Jocelyn Moorehouseâ€™s â€œHow To Make an American Quilt.â€
On television, Ryder lent her voice to both â€œThe Simpsonsâ€ and â€œDr. Katz.â€ She also narrated a Grammy-nominated album, Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl. Additionally, Ryder appeared in the season finale episode of â€œStrangers With Candyâ€ and on an episode of â€œFriends.â€
In 1997, Ryder was honored with Showestâ€™s Female Star of the Year, the Motion Picture Clubâ€™s Female Star of the Year, as well as receiving an honorary degree from San Franciscoâ€™s American Conservatory Theater. She served as a juror for the 51st Annual Cannes International Film Festival under Martin Scorsese and received the Peter J. Owens Award for â€œbrilliance, independence and integrityâ€ at the 2000 San Francisco Film Festival. Ryder was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ryder served on the Board of Trustees to the American Indian College Fund, which helps Native Americans preserve and protect their culture through education. She has been very involved with the KlaasKids Foundation since the organizationâ€™s inception in 1994.
LIEV SCHREIBER (â€œRay Johnsonâ€) is widely considered one of the finest actors of his generation. In 2005, he won the Tony Award for his portrayal of Ricky Roma in the Broadway revival of David Mametâ€™s â€œGlengarry Glen Ross.â€
Last seen opposite Ed Norton and Naomi Watts in â€œThe Painted Veil,â€ Schreiber has just finished production on Mike Newellâ€™s â€œLove in the Time of Cholera,â€ alongside Benjamin Bratt and Javier Bardem, which will be release in mid-2007.
In January 2007, Schreiber returned to Broadway starring in Eric Bogosianâ€™s â€œTalk Radio.â€ First brought to an off-Broadway stage in 1987, the play was later made into the controversial film directed by Oliver Stone. This first Broadway staging of â€œTalk Radioâ€ opened at the Longacre in February. This past summer, Schreiber returned to the stage in the Public Theaterâ€™s new production of â€œMacbethâ€ opposite Jennifer Ehle and directed by Moises Kaufman, staged at the The Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
In 2005, Schreiber made his directorial debut with â€œEverything is Illuminated.â€ Adapted from Jonathan Safran Foerâ€™s best-selling novel of the same name, â€œEverything is Illuminated,â€ is a blend of high comedy and great tragedy, that tells the story of a young American Jewish manâ€™s quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather â€“ in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. The film, starring Elijah Wood, was recognized by the 2006 National Film Board as one of the top ten films of the year.
He was last seen on the big screen in John Mooreâ€™s remake of the 1976 classic â€œThe Omen,â€ which broke box office records as the top Tuesday opening. Schreiberâ€™s distinguished list of acting credits includes Jonathan Demmeâ€™s â€œThe Manchurian Candidate,â€ â€œThe Sum of All Fears,â€ â€œKate & Leopold,â€ Michael Almeraydaâ€™s â€œHamlet,â€ â€œThe Hurricaneâ€ opposite Denzel Washington, Tony Goldwynâ€™s â€œA Walk on the Moon,â€ Robert Bentonâ€™s â€œTwilightâ€ with Paul Newman, Barry Levinsonâ€™s sci-fi epic â€œSphere,â€ â€œRansom,â€ and the box office hits â€œScream,â€ â€œScream II,â€ â€œScream III,â€ and â€œRansom.â€ Schreiber is also known for his work in such acclaimed independent features as Stanley Tucciâ€™s â€œBig Night,â€ â€œParty Girl,â€ â€œThe Daytrippersâ€ with Hope Davis, Nicole Holofcenerâ€™s â€œWalking and Talking,â€ Nora Ephronâ€™s â€œMixed Nuts,â€ Antonia Birdâ€™s â€œMad Love,â€ Hal Salwenâ€™s â€œDenise Calls Up,â€ and Tom Gilroyâ€™s â€œSpring Forwardâ€ with Ned Beatty, for which he also served as a producer.
Schreiber spent a year studying acting with the faculty from England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1992, he graduated with an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. His impressive stage credits include his critically acclaimed turn as Henry V in last summerâ€™s Shakespeare in the Park production at the Delacorte Theatre, â€œThe Mercy Seat,â€ opposite Sigourney Weaver and directed by Neil Labute, Harold Pinterâ€™s â€œBetrayal,â€ co-starring Juliette Binoche and â€œMoonlightâ€ with Blythe Danner and Jason Robards. Schreiberâ€™s relationship with the Public Theatreâ€™s New York Shakespeare Festival has produced several critically acclaimed performances including, the title role in â€œHamlet,â€ Iago in â€œOthello,â€ â€œMacbeth,â€ â€œThe Tempestâ€ and â€œCymbelineâ€ for which he won an Obie award. Other productions include, â€œAll for One,â€ â€œIn the Summer House,â€ â€œEscape From Happiness,â€ â€œThe Real Thing,â€ â€œRichard III,â€ â€œUnderground,â€ and the Moscow Art Theatre’s production of â€œIvanov.â€
For television, Schreiber starred as Orson Wells in â€œRKO 281â€ (Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), â€œLackawana Blues,â€ â€œSpinning Borris,â€ â€œBuffalo Girls,â€ â€œPeople V,â€ and â€œThe Sunshine Boysâ€ with Woody Allen and Peter Falk. As a voiceover artist, Schreiber has narrated numerous documentaries including the popular HBO Sports series as well as PBS series â€œThe History of Rock and Roll.â€
RON SILVER (â€œFielding Barnesâ€) is currently shooting â€œCall it Fictionâ€ for Alexander Rose. His numerous film credits include Sidney Lumetâ€™s â€œFind Me Guiltyâ€ and â€œGarbo Talks,â€ Michael Mannâ€™s â€œAli,â€ Henry Jaglomâ€™s â€œFestival,â€ Peter Hyamâ€™s â€œTime Cop,â€ Billy Crystalâ€™s â€œMr. Saturday Night,â€ Kathryn Bigelowâ€™s â€œBlue Steel,â€ Barbet Schroederâ€™s â€œReversal of Fortune,â€ Paul Mazurskyâ€™s â€œEnemies: A Love Story,â€ Arthur Hillerâ€™s â€œMarried to It,â€ Mike Nicholsâ€™ â€œSilkwood,â€ and Norman Jewisonâ€™s â€œBest Friends.â€
Silver has been seen on television in series including â€œSkinâ€ on Fox; Showtimeâ€™s â€œJack;â€ as Bruno Gianelli on â€œThe West Wing,â€ for which he received an Emmy nomination; â€œThe Practice;â€ â€œVeronicaâ€™s Closet;â€ â€œChicago Hope;â€ â€œLifepodâ€ on ABC, which he also directed; â€œWiseguy;â€ and the NBC Miniseries â€œBillionaire Boys Club,â€ for which he was Emmy nominated.
Silver is well known fro his performances on stage in productions such as the one man show â€œBill Graham Presentsâ€ at The Aspen Comedy Festival; â€œSpeed the Plowâ€ on Broadway for which he won the Tony Award Winner for Best Actor in a Play; â€œHunting Cockroachesâ€ at the Manhattan Theater Club; â€œSocial Securityâ€ and â€œHurlyBurlyâ€ on Broadway; â€œPerr Gynt,â€ â€œSaint Joan,â€ and â€œSix Characters in Search of An Authorâ€ at the Williamstown Theater Festival; â€œMore Than You Deserveâ€ and â€œLottaâ€ at the new York Shakespeare Festival.
JASON SUDEIKIS (â€œTony Contiellaâ€) joined the “Saturday Night Live” cast in May 2005 as a featured player. He joined the show as a staff writer in the 2003-04 season.
A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Sudeikis got his start at ComedySportz (now Comedy City) in Kansas City and made his way to Chicago where he performed with The Second City National Touring Company, Improv Olympic and The Annoyance Theater, the stomping grounds of fellow castmates of Tina Fey, Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler. Sudeikis also performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam (as did fellow castmate Seth Meyers) and was a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas.
In addition to his SNL duties and his work in THE TEN over the past year, he starred in the features â€œBillâ€ and â€œWatching the Detectives.â€ He recently received rave reviews for his multiple episode arc on NBCâ€™s â€œ30 Rock.â€ Sudeikis is married and lives in New York City. His birthday is Sept 18.
JUSTIN THEROUX (â€œJesus H. Christâ€) is an accomplished film and stage actor who gained industry notice with his unforgettable performance as director Adam Kesher in David Lynchâ€™s â€œMulholland Drive.â€
He will next be seen in David Lynchâ€™s highly anticipate â€œInland Empire,â€ which stars Laura Dern, along with Harry Dean Stanton and Jeremy Irons. Lynchâ€™s distribution company will release the film in selected cities December 2nd. The film had its world premiere at the 2006 Venice Film Festival.
Theroux is currently in post-production on his directorial debut â€œDedication,â€ which he developed with writer David Brombert. The film, which will premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, stars Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, Jim Broadban, and Bob Balaban, in a romantic comedy centered around a misogynistic children’s book writer (Crudup) who is forced to collaborate with a young female illustrator (Moore) when his writing partner and only friend dies.
In 2005, Theroux teamed up with with Ben Stiller to pen â€œTropic Thunder.â€ In 2004, Theroux returned to HBOâ€™s acclaimed series â€œSix Feet Under,â€ reprising his role as Joe, Rachel Griffithsâ€™ neighbor and new love interest. Therouxâ€™s other film credits include â€œThe Baxter,â€ THINKFilmâ€™s â€œStrangers with Candy,â€ â€œCharlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,â€ â€œDuplex,â€ Mary Harronâ€™s â€œAmerican Psycho,â€ â€œI Shot Andy Warhol,â€ Ben Stillerâ€™s smash hit comedy â€œZoolander,â€ Greg Berlantiâ€™s romantic comedy, â€œThe Broken Hearts Clubâ€ and â€œRomy and Micheleâ€™s High School Reunion.â€ Therouxâ€™s television credits include guest spots on â€œAlias,â€ â€œSex and The City,â€ â€œSpin Cityâ€ and â€œAlly McBeal.â€
Theroux began his acting career in New York Theater starring opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in â€œShopping and Fucking;â€ followed by â€œThree Sistersâ€ with Calista Flockhart, Billy Crudup, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Lily Taylor. Theroux last starred in Frank McGuinessâ€™ â€œObserve the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards Somme,â€ an examination of the individual and collective desire to honor one’s beliefs and country. For his performance, Theroux was honored with a Lucille Lortel Award as well as the The Boston Critics Award for Best Male Actor.
JOE LO TRUGLIO (â€œPaul Mardinoâ€) is an actor/writer who began his comedic career as a co-founder of the early 90â€™s sketch troupe â€œThe State,â€ which produced episodes for MTV and a special for CBS. Since then, heâ€™s been featured in a wide array of character roles, from the underground cult comedies â€œWet Hot American Summer,â€ â€œArtie Langeâ€™s Beer League,â€ and â€œThe Baxter,â€ to the critically acclaimed indie â€œThe Station Agent,â€ and the studio blockbuster â€œHitch.â€ Past television work include guest star roles on Comedy Centralâ€™s â€œReno 911,â€ â€œStella,â€ â€œTV Funhouse,â€ and the â€œUpright Citizenâ€™s Brigade.â€
His absurdist play â€œSex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs,â€ co-written with David Wain and Michael Showalter, has been published by Playscripts, Inc. and now produced across the country by many colleges, theater companies, and improv groups. Joe has also written comedy pilots for NBC and Comedy Central. He will be featured in this summerâ€™s Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen comedy â€œSuperbad,â€ in addition to â€œFanboys,â€ and next yearâ€™s action-comedy, â€œThe Pineapple Express.â€
MATHER ZICKEL (â€œLouis LaFondaâ€) burst onto the scene with his uncanny, memorable portrayal of Bill Murray in the ABC MOW â€œThe Gilda Radner Story.â€ With many NYC stage credits to his name, Mather went on to recur on the Comedy Central series â€œReno 911,â€ before landing the lead role of Darryl Freehorn in USAâ€™s â€œUnderfunded.â€
In 2006, Mather shot a leading role in the feature film â€œBalls of Fury,â€ directed by Robert Ben Garant (starring Christopher Walken and Dan Fogler). Mather attended the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, in support of John Veinerâ€™s â€œLighten Up,â€ a short film in which he stars. Mather is currently shooting the role of legendary Yankeeâ€™s outfielder Lou â€œSweet Louâ€ Piniella, in the landmark ESPN miniseries â€œThe Bronx is Burning,â€ starring opposite John Turturro.
MICHAEL ZIEGFELD (â€œHarlan Swallowâ€) makes his feature film debut in THE TEN. Ziegfeld is an actor/comedian who has spent 15 years perfecting his craft. His award-winning stand-up act has landed him on â€œThe Tonight Show,â€ â€œThe Grammy Awards,â€ â€œSex and the City,â€ and â€œSesame Street.â€ Currently, he voices the character of â€˜Scootzâ€™ in the new animated television series â€œThe Moodsters.â€
His rants, banter and off-the-cuff improv have made this Philadelphia native a must-see act all over the United States and abroad. He continues to develop new material to sold-out crowds on his home turf, New York City, while performing his shows â€œJewicidal Tendenciesâ€ and â€œRants that Skyrocketed Me to the Middle of Show Business.â€ Michaelâ€™s new one-man show â€“ â€œZiegfeld’s Folly: Michael Ziegfeld’s Rise to the Middle of Show Businessâ€ â€“ will open September 2007 at the Zipper Theatre in New York.
Ziegfeld was voted â€œAct of the Yearâ€ in Atlantic City and has held an audience with Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He has also lent his voice to numerous television commercials, â€œThe American Music Awardsâ€ and Saturday Night Liveâ€™s â€œTV Funhouse.â€ He is the creator and performer of the new MTV VJâ€™s â€œCJ and Peanutâ€ and has puppeteered and voiced for Jim Henson Productions, Disney, MTV, Dick Clark Productions and VH1.Â
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
DAVID WAIN (Director, Co-Writer, Producer, and â€œAbe Grossmanâ€) is a New York-based director, writer and actor and comedian.
He was the director, co-writer and co-producer of â€œWet Hot American Summer,â€ a summer camp comedy starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd and Molly Shannon, released theatrically after premiering at Sundance in 2001. It received rave reviews (one of Entertainment Weeklyâ€™s top ten films of the year) and maintains a loyal following on DVD.
David starred with Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter in â€œStella,â€ a 2005 Comedy Central series for which he was also a creator, executive producer, writer and director. The series was the culmination of an eight year history of the â€œStellaâ€ trio, which included a weekly nightclub show, several national tours, two dozen short films and a Comedy Central special.
Heâ€™s written for such shows as â€œMad TVâ€ and â€œStrangers With Candy.â€ He started his career as a member of â€œThe State,â€ a sketch comedy troupe best known for their mid-90â€™s MTV series. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, including three in 2007: â€œReno 911! Miami,â€ Tom DiCilloâ€™s â€œDelirious,â€ and Amy Redfordâ€™s â€œThe Guitar.â€ More info and full credits at www.davidwain.com.
KEN MARINO (Co-Writer, Producer, and â€œDr. Glenn Richieâ€) has been a constant presence in television and film since his acclaimed comedy group, â€œThe Stateâ€ first appeared on MTV. Most recently Ken served as writer, actor and producer of the independent film, â€œDiggers,â€ co-starring Paul Rudd, Maura Tierney, Ron Eldard and Sarah Paulson. Set in the clam digging community of 1970â€™s Long Island, the Magnolia Films produced feature had its world premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and will be released theatrically in the spring of 2007.
As an actor, Ken has appeared in dozens of television shows including: â€œDawsonâ€™s Creek,â€ â€œVeronica Mars,â€ â€œGreyâ€™s Anatomy,â€ â€œNYPD Blue,â€ â€œWill and Grace,â€ and â€œReno 911.â€ He was a regular on the network series â€œMen Behaving Badly,â€ â€œLeap of Faith,â€ and â€œFirst Years.â€ Ken has also enjoyed work in numerous feature films: â€œWet Hot American Summer,â€ â€œJoe Somebody,â€ â€œLove for Rent,â€ and â€œTortilla Soup.â€ On the TV writing front, Ken has been involved in creating pilots for Comedy Central and Fox.
JONATHAN STERN (Producer) made his first foray into feature films as Line Producer of â€œDaytrippers,â€ which went on to international acclaim after its success at the Cannes Film Festival.
In television, he produced three period dramedy series for American Movie Classics: â€œRemember WENN,â€ which ran for four seasons and garnered the Monitor Award, â€œThe Royale,â€ which was nominated for an Emmy Award, and â€œThe Paramour,â€ set in Hollywood in the 1950â€™s.
Feature films that Stern has produced include the suspense-thriller â€œOxygen,â€ starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody and Maura Tierney; the psychological-thriller â€œMexico City;â€ â€œScotland, PA,â€ a comedy version of Macbeth set in a 1970â€™s fast-food restaurant starring Christopher Walken, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; and the psychological drama, â€œConfess,â€ which premiered in competition at The Hamptons Film Festival. He co-produced the indie comedy-drama â€œDiggers,â€ which premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.
Stern was also producer of HBOâ€™s film of â€œThe Vagina Monologues.â€ Sternâ€™s television programs have been nominated for Emmy and CableAce Awards, while Stern himself has been nominated for an Emmy and was awarded the Humanitas Prize.
As a writer, Stern has written two screenplays for Academy Award nominated director Juan Jose Campanella. His work is featured in â€œThe Best American Travel Writing of 2007â€ and he is a contributor to Esquire, Glamour and The New Yorker.
PAUL RUDD (Producer, â€œJeff Reigertâ€) can next be seen starring in â€œKnocked Upâ€ his third film with director Judd Apatow, opposite Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. Rudd plays Heiglâ€™s hen-pecked brother-in-law Pete in the upcoming comedy about a one-night stand with unexpected consequences. The film will be released on June 1.
Rudd will also star in Amy Heckerlingâ€™s romantic comedy, â€œI Could Never Be Your Womanâ€ opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, about a mother who falls for a younger man while her daughter falls in love for the first time. Rudd reunites with Heckerling, who directed him in the 1995 hit, â€œClueless.â€ The film will be released in 2007. Rudd will also appear in â€œReno 911â€ which opened on February 23, 2007. Ruddâ€™s other film credits include â€œThe 40 Year Old Virgin,â€ â€œAnchorman,â€ â€œThe Cider House Rules,â€ â€œThe Object of My Affection,â€ â€œWet Hot American Summer,â€ â€œThe Chateau,â€ â€œClueless,â€ and â€œWilliam Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet,â€ among others.
Most recently, Rudd starred on stage in Richard Greenbergâ€™s â€œThree Days of Rainâ€ opposite Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper. He also starred in Neil Labuteâ€™s â€œBashâ€ in both New York and Los Angeles as well as Labuteâ€™s â€œThe Shape of Thingsâ€ in London and New York. After successful runs on both the London and New York stage, LaBute brought â€œThe Shape of Thingsâ€ to the big screen.
Rudd made his West End debut in the London production of Robin Phillipsâ€™ â€œLong Days Journey Into Nightâ€ opposite Jessica Lange. Other stage credits include Nicholas Hynterâ€™s â€œTwelfth Nightâ€ at Lincoln Center Theater with a special performance which aired on PBSâ€™ â€œGreat Performancesâ€ and in Alfred Uhryâ€™s Tony Award winning play, â€œThe Last Night of Ballyhoo.â€
On television, Rudd guest starred on NBCâ€™s â€œFriendsâ€ as Phoebeâ€™s (Lisa Kudrow) husband Mike Hannigan for the final two seasons and starred as Nick Carraway in A&Eâ€™s production of â€œThe Great Gatsby.â€
DANNY FISHER (Executive Producer) is the Co-founder and CEO of City Lights Media Group. He started his career working with the late Nicholas Ray, the groundbreaking director of such films as â€œRebel Without a Causeâ€ and â€œJohnny Guitar.â€
Danny Fisher produced the critically acclaimed documentary, â€œA Generation Apart,â€ about children of Holocaust survivors. Along with his brothers, Jack and Joe, he grew the company into a respected, emerging independent studio. City Lights currently handles everything from development, financing, production, post-production and distribution. Mr. Fisherâ€™s television and digital content division is one of the fastest growing in the country. Danny spearheaded the newly formed City Lights Home Entertainment division, through a long-term distribution agreement with Warner/Electra/Atlantic (WEA Corp). The division is currently acquiring and producing projects for home distribution through WEAâ€™s network.
Danny Fisher has also produced the critically acclaimed â€œTorn Apartâ€ and â€œUnforgotten,â€ and has developed and executive produced John Waterâ€™s â€œA Dirty Shame,â€ and the City Lights / Lionsgate release â€œTamara,â€ (from â€œFinal Destinationâ€ creator Jeffery Reddick). For the City Lightsâ€™ production of â€œDescentâ€ (produced by and starring Rosario Dawson), Mr. Fisher served as executive producer and City Lights is currently distributing the film. Current and upcoming releases for City Lights includes Alec Baldwin starrer â€œBrooklyn Rulesâ€ and Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner â€œManda Bala.â€ In pre-production, Mr. Fisher is set to produce â€œInterrupted,â€ a script that he co-wrote, to be directed by Philip Kaufman.
MORRIS S. LEVY (Producer) is president and founder of MEGA films in New York. This is a full service production company that handles all of the entertainment arts, including movies, theater, and television.
He completed the feature film â€œKiss Me Againâ€ which had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2006, with Darrell Hammond and Fred Armisen from â€œSaturday Night Live.â€ He also completed the short film â€œLittle Black Dressâ€ starring Rosario Dawson for Glamour Magazine and IFC Films. The company also produced the documentary â€œSummerhillâ€ about an alternative thinking boarding school in Suffolk, England. Mr. Levy has signed on critically acclaimed British/Irish director Gillies McKinnon to direct the feature film in the fall of 2007.
MEGA also just completed the thriller â€œDescentâ€ with Rosario Dawson. The film premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and will open in theaters in October 2007. Just announced in The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Levy will be producing Noah Wyleâ€™s directorial debut, â€œThe Prince Test,â€ a romantic-comedy scheduled for filming September 2007 in Toronto. The company also has six other feature film projects in development, which includes â€œHaroldâ€ starring Cuba Gooding Jr., which begins shooting July 30, 2007 in New York. Mr. Levy is also a member of the Producers Guild of America and BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).
YARON ORBACH (Director of Photography) discovered the film camera at age 16 and has since been honing his craft. During the last few years, Yaron has taken periodic breaks from filmmaking, traveling from Africa to Nepal to observe different cultures and landscapes as a means of enhancing his visual aesthetic. Yaron strives to achieve a striking visual language based on the foundations of simplicity and practicality. He graduated from New Yorkâ€™s School of Visual Arts and has shot numerous features, commercials and documentaries. Yaronâ€™s feature-length work includes Morgan J Freemanâ€™s â€œJust Like the Son,â€ Noah Buschelâ€™s â€œNeal Cassady,â€ and Guy Mosheâ€™s â€œHolly,â€ which was shot in Cambodia.
MARK WHITE (Production Designer) is an immensely gifted production designer, who has designed both drama and comedy. He earned his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and began his career as a Toy Designer. He soon moved on to a career as a Theatre Designer in New Haven, Connecticut. Transitioning into film, White served as the Set Designer for â€œTwenty-Nine Palms,â€ as the Art Director on â€œBoiler Room.â€ Whiteâ€™s credits as Production Designer include â€œWet Hot American Summer,â€ â€œThe Baxter,â€ â€œTully,â€ and the Comedy Central series â€œStella,â€ in addition to â€œDown to the Boneâ€ which received both a directing award and Special Jury Prize for actress Vera Farmiga at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, as well as Academy Award nominated film â€œTransamericaâ€ starring Felicity Huffman.
ERIC KISSACK (Editor) has been editing funny television shows like â€œThe Daily Show,â€ â€œThe Al Franken Show,â€ â€œStellaâ€ and the â€œWhitest Kids U Knowâ€ in New York City for the past few years. THE TEN is his first feature film.
SARAH J. HOLDEN (Costume Designer) has been designing costumes for film and television for the past 10 years. THE TEN is her second collaboration with David Wain following the Comedy Central series â€œStella.â€ Other notable credits include Robert Altmanâ€™s mini-series â€œTanner on Tanner,â€ the feature films â€œFaceâ€(Sundance 2002) and â€œJump Tomorrowâ€ (Sundance 2001) as well as Comedy Centralâ€™s â€œDenis Leary’s Merry F#%$inâ€™ Christmas.â€ Sarah received an M.F.A. in costume design from NYUâ€™s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Griffin Richardson.
CRAIG WEDREN (Music), the former singer and songwriter for the avant-rock band Shudder To Think has been enjoying a satisfying second career as a film composer. Having scored many films including â€œSchool Of Rock,â€ â€œReno 911: Miami,â€ â€œLaurel Canyon,â€ â€œWet Hot American Summer,â€ â€œRoger Dodger,â€ â€œVelvet Goldmine,â€ and â€œHigh Art,â€ Craig also continues to be in demand as a songwriter and recording artist in his own right. Last year he released his solo debut â€œLaplandâ€ on Conor Oberstâ€™s (of Bright Eyes) Team Love Records. Craig also performs regularly as a touring musician. He recently performed a series of shows in Los Angeles and at the Sydney Opera house opening for The Foo Fighters. To find out more about Craig Wedren please visit http://www.craigwedren.com/”www.craigwedren.com or http://www.myspace.com/craigwedren.
AARON AUGENBLICK (Animation) founded Augenblick Studios in 1999, an animation production facility located in Brooklyn, NY. His company has produced a wide variety of works for television, film, and the Internet. Clients include MTV, Adult Swim, Comedy Central, PBS, Nickelodeon, AT&T, and Spike Lee.
In addition to commercial projects, Augenblick Studios has produced a string of critically acclaimed independent short films. â€œRamblin Manâ€ (2000), â€œDrunkyâ€ (2001), and â€œPlugs McGinnissâ€ (2003) have been seen at film festivals throughout the world, including: Annecy, South by Southwest, Florida, and Slamdance. These films have garnered numerous awards, including: the Golden Gate Film Award, the ASIFA Award, the SXSW Animation Award, The DirecTV Award, and the Black Maria Juror Citation Award.
Augenblick Studios created the animated content for two seasons of â€œWonder Showzen,â€ a cult favorite for MTV. Augenblick Studios garnered widespread notoriety for their spot-on parodies of classic cartoons, leading to Aaron being named as one of the rising stars of animation in 2005 by Animation Magazine.
In 2006, Aaron Augenblick wrote and directed â€œGolden Age,â€ a faux-documentary which examined the scandalous private lives of iconic cartoon characters from the past. The ten episodes series was originally created for Comedy Centralâ€™s broadband channel â€œMotherloadâ€ and was later released as a 22 minute short film. â€œGolden Ageâ€ was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and played in numerous festivals throughout the world.
Augenblick Studios is currently working on â€œSuperjail,â€ a new animated series for Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network.
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