Filmmakers

JANE WEINSTOCK
(DIRECTOR, CO-WRITER, PRODUCER)
Jane Weinstock participated in the SUNDANCE DIRECTOR’S LAB. Her first feature EASY, received high praise from the Los Angeles Times (Kenneth Turan) and the New York Times (Anita Gates) and was shown at Sundance, Toronto, and numerous other festivals. An article in the Los Angeles Times (Carina Chocano) cited EASY as one of the few recent films that “gets women right.” Since EASY, Weinstock has co-written (with Gloria Norris) THE MOMENT and supervised a rewrite on KILLINGTON. Weinstock has written and directed several highly acclaimed short films that have screened at festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and Venice.

GLORIA NORRIS
(PRODUCER, CO-WRITER)
Gloria Norris began her film career as an assistant to directors Brian DePalma, Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Woody Allen. She has worked as a screenwriter for most of the major studios, teaming up with such producers as Jon Landau, Sherry Lansing, Bruce Gilbert, Carol Baum, Charles Joffe and Larry Brezner. She produced Jane Weinstock’s first feature, EASY.

MARY JANE SKALSKI
(PRODUCER)
Mary Jane Skalski is a producer based in New York City whose films have consistently been critically acclaimed and commercially successful. She has also been highlighted as one of Variety’s Producers to Watch. She premiered two films at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, AGAINST THE CURRENT written and directed by Peter Callahan, and Dare written by David Brind, and directed by Adam Salky. Both films will be distributed in late 2009 and early 2010. She also produced Tom McCarthy’s film THE VISITOR which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and has been nominated and selected for multiple awards including Independent Spirit Awards, an Academy Award nomination for best actor, and a Gotham Independent Film Award. Her other producing credits include Tom McCarthy’s THE STATION AGENT, Gregg Araki’s MYSTERIOUS SKIN, THE HAWK IS DYING directed by Julian Goldberger, Steven Shainberg’s FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS, THE JIMMY SHOW directed by Frank Whaley, Bart Freundlich’s THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS, and WONDERLAND, a non-fiction film directed by John O’Hagan. From 1993 to 1999 Skalski was part of the New York production company Good Machine where she acted in various capacities including the VP of Creative Affairs.  She also served as a consultant to Fortissimo Film Sales from 2001 to 2007. Since 1996 Mary Jane has been an assistant adjunct faculty member in Columbia University’s Graduate Film Department. In 2004 Mary Jane was awarded the IFP Producer Award.

JULIA EISENMAN
(PRODUCER)
Julia Eisenman began her career as a television producer, working with Ted Koppel, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and others. Three of the segments she produced (for 20/20 and CBS) won Emmy Awards. Subsequently, Julia served as President of Production for Bette Midler’s All Girl Productions and then for Jay Roach’s Everyman Pictures. Julia joined James D. Stern in 2003 to launch Endgame Entertainment, a $25.6 million-dollar production fund for film and television. Endgame appreciated in value to $37.9 million in two years, and in 2006, it was able to roll its fund into an operating Company, which is now worth $125 million dollars. As Endgame’s President of Production, Julia oversaw the development and production of more than 23 films, including PROOF (2005) starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal, HOTEL RWANDA (2004) starring Don Cheadle (who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor), and I’M NOT THERE, starring Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett (who won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for her performance). In 2007, Julia produced DARIUS GOES WEST, a documentary presented by Julia Roberts, which has won more than twenty film festival awards. She is currently producing House of Curl, starring Laura Linney, Abigail Breslin and Guy Pearce.

ALLAN JONES
(PRODUCER)
Allan Jones is an independent film producer. In addition to THE MOMENT, he produced two — MISS NOBODY (Leslie Bibb, Adam Goldberg), and THE FAMILY TREE (Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Selma Blair, Christina Hendricks). His first film was the psychological thriller, SHUTTLE (2007). Jones spent two decades in commercial real estate investment, including running The Athenaeum Group, a $200M Boston real estate company. He developed two cinema complexes with the Landmark Theatres, including the Kendall Square Cinema, one of the nation’s leading independent film multiplexes.

JAMES WELLING
(PRODUCER)
James Welling is an internationally acclaimed photographer and artist. His survey exhibition, “Monograph,” originated at the Cincinnati Art Museum and in September will open at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The book “Monograph” was published by Aperture in January 2013. Welling teaches at Princeton University and at the University of California Los Angeles where he is the Area Head of Photography. He also produced Jane Weinstock’s first film, EASY.

AMY LIPPENS AND STEPHANIE LAFFIN
(CASTING DIRECTORS)
Amy Lippens and Stephanie Laffin were the Emmy and Artist nominated casting directors on the award winning television series HOUSE MD. They were with HOUSE MD, since the pilot. They are members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Casting Society of America. They have cast films such as the award winning NINE LIVES (Robin Wright, Holly Hunter, Amanda Seyfried, and Glenn Close), KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS, SAW and SAW II. Amy and Stephanie have also cast on television pilots with Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Andy Tennant.