Producer

BROTHERS

brothers-movie-posterStarring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal & Natalie Portman for 6 time
Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan (“In the Name of the Father”,
“My Left Foot”).  Worldwide distribution by Lionsgate — due out Dec.
4th, 2009.   Based on Susanne’s Bier’s 2004 film.

When a decorated Marine goes missing overseas, his black-sheep younger
brother cares for his wife and children at home—with consequences that
will shake the foundation of the entire family. The film tells the
powerful story of two siblings, Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and
younger brother Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal), who are polar
opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is
a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, the
aptly named Grace (Natalie Portman), with whom he has two young
daughters (Bailee Madison, Taylor Grace Geare). Tommy, his charismatic
younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who’s always gotten by
on wit and charm. He slides easily into his role as family provocateur
on his first night out of prison, at Sam’s farewell dinner with their
parents, Elsie (Mare Winningham) and Hank Cahill (Sam Shepard), a
retired Marine.

 

BAD MONKEYS

Bad MonkeysMatt Ruff’s New York Times best selling novel, which has won numerous
literary awards and which the New York Times Book Review called “a
science fiction Catcher in the Rye.” The story crosses elements of The
Matrix and Fight Club as the female protagonist struggles with her
alter ego and, while arrested for murder, claims to be a member of a
secret society devoted to fighting evil. One studio has already shown
interest in converting the novel into a television series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LITERARY AWARDS/NOMINATIONS/HONORS for Bad Monkeys

• 2008 Washington State Book Award winner

• 2008 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award winner

• 2008 Alex Award winner (award for the best adult novels that appeal to teens)

• 2008 John W. Campbell Award finalist

• 2007 BookSense pick

• 2007 San Francisco Chronicle “Best of year” pick for SF/Fantasy

• 2007 Locus Magazine recommended reading list

• 2007 SF Site Editor’s Choice List Editor’s Choice List

 

THE MARLBORO MARINE

The Marlboro MarineTwenty years after World War II, one of the photographs most
remembered was the raising of the American Flags on Iwo Jima.   It
became the face of that war.  Twenty years from now, the war in Iraq
will have a different face, projected from a different photo.  A
photo, which is now known as, “The Marlboro Marine”.  His expression
caught the eye of Los Angeles Times writer Luis Sinco..  He raised his
camera and snapped a few shots. With the click of a shutter, Lance
Cpl. James Blake Miller, a country boy from Kentucky, became an emblem
and icon of the war in Iraq.

The resulting image would change several lives forever. The
photograph of “The Marlboro Marine” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
and this month won The Sidney Hillman Foundation Journalism Award,
honoring journalism that explores the issues of social and economic
justice.  The foundation has been granting awards since 1950 to
journalists, whose work explores and exposes the pertinent issues of
our time, providing the evidence and inspiration to spur action and
movement toward a more just society.  Both the Los Angeles Times and
Rolling Stones magazine has featured is as high profiled stories in
their publications.

 

OR I’LL DRESS YOU IN MOURNING

Or I'll Dress You in Mourning picBased on the best selling novel by acclaimed novelists Larry Collins &
Dominique Lapierre (“Paris is Burning”). Screenwriters are Brian
Klugman & Lee Sternthal (“Tron – Legacy”, “Boudiccia”, “The Lotus
Caves”). Script is completed and currently out to directors.

The story of the fabled Spanish bullfighter Manuel Benitez “El
Cordobes”. Known as one of the greatest, if not the greatest
bullfighter in the history of this ancient sport. Born in strict
poverty, this youngster defied all the odds in becoming perhaps the
most famous modern day “toreador”! His incredible rise to fame is
truly something miraculous.

May 20, 1964. On the rain-soaked, treacherous sands of Las Ventas –
the great bullring of Madrid – the most idolized, most controversial,
most highly paid matador in Spain’s history faced the moment of truth
with a peculiarly dangerous, half-blind, infuriated bull named
Impulsivo. For Manuel Benitez, “El Cordobes”, this corrida confirmed
his elevation to the rank of matador de toros for an unheard of fee of
one million pesetas, and was the culmination of half a lifetime of
bitter struggle. For 23,000 frenzied fans caught up in the drama
unfolding before them in the arena, and for a television audience of
nearly two-thirds of the population of Spain.

 

Kill Theory

killtheoryMatt Co-Executive Produced the feature film entitled “ “, originally
entitled “Last
Resort”, directed by (Producer of such hits as ‘Good Will Hunting”, “Best Laid
Plans” with Reese Witherspoon in 1999, ‘Reindeer Games” with Ben
Affleck and Charlize Theron, ‘American Pie 1 & 2, and ‘Project Greenli
ht” for Miramax). The film is also being produced by and and as
received distribution through After Dark
Films

 

 

 

 

The Mint Jubilee

Matt has served three times as the Producer of a two hour special
entitled ‘T he Mint Jubilee” (mintjubileeorg), which has been
televised worldwide in over 130 countries and over 200 million homes.
The Mint Jubilee is an enormous charity event which raises money for
cancer patients while roviding financial resourced to scientists.
cancer centers and hospitals that are committed to Inding cures or
controls for cancer. This non-profit organization was co—founded by1
Matt in 1998 in memory of his mother Nancy Van Cleve Battaglia, who he
lost to cancer.

The annual black tie gala takes places in Louisville. Kentucky the
night before the Kentucky Derby. It is a world class eventt at
attracts high profiled celebrities, entertainers and dignitaries from
around the globe. Past celebrities have included Kate Capshaw, the
Backstreet Boys, Shannon Elizabeth, Thora Birch, Prince Albert of
Monaco. Loni Anderson. Dana Delancey, Rachael Leigh Cook. Kip Pardue.
Kelly Hu. French Stewart, Bob Costas. Catherine Bell. Chloe Sevigny.
Jim Caviezel, Jerry O’Connell and Melissa Joan Hart, just to name a
few. Portions of The Mint Jubilee have been covered on the Tonight
Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight. E! News Daily. E!
Entertainment’s ‘FYE” and “Wild on Dixie”. ESPN, NBC, ABC. FOX. TVG as
well as USA Today and US Weekly. It has in itself become part of the
Kentucky Derby tradition.