CLINT EASTWOOD (Director/Producer/Composer)
has been honored for his work as a director, producer and actor, including two Oscars® in the category of Best Director, for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Unforgiven.”
Eastwood most recently directed 2010’s “Hereafter,” which was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and received Italy’s David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film. The year before, Eastwood directed and produced the historical drama “Invictus,” starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, who both received Oscar® nominations for their performances. Eastwood also won a National Board of Review Award and earned Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Director.
In 2009, Eastwood produced and starred in the widely acclaimed drama “Gran Torino.” Eastwood won a Best Actor Award from the National Board of Review for his performance as Walt Kowalski, marking his first film role since “Million Dollar Baby.” He also directed and produced “Changeling,” starring Angelina Jolie in the true-life drama about an infamous 1928 kidnapping case. The film was nominated for a Palme d’Or and won a Special Award when it premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. It also received three Oscar® nominations, including Best Actress for Jolie, and Eastwood garnered BAFTA Award and London Film Critics Award nominations for Best Director, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for the Best Original Score.
Eastwood earned dual Academy Award® nominations, in the categories of Best Director and Best Picture, for his acclaimed 2006 World War II drama “Letters from Iwo Jima.” In addition, the film won the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, and also received Best Picture awards from a number of film critics groups, including the Los Angeles Film Critics and the National Board of Review. “Letters from Iwo Jima” was the companion film to Eastwood’s widely praised drama “Flags of Our Fathers,” about the American men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima in the famed photograph.
In 2005, Eastwood won Academy Awards® for Best Picture and Best Director for “Million Dollar Baby,” also earning a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the film. In addition, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman won Oscars®, for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, and the film was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Eastwood also won his third Best Director Golden Globe, as well as a nomination for the film’s score.
Eastwood’s critically acclaimed drama “Mystic River” debuted at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, earning him a Palme d’Or nomination and the Golden Coach Award. “Mystic River” went on to earn six Academy Award® nominations, including two for Eastwood for Best Picture and Best Director. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins won Oscars® in the categories of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, while the film was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. Eastwood also gained another Golden Globe nomination.
In 1993, Eastwood’s foreboding, revisionist Western “Unforgiven” received nine Academy Award® nominations, including three for Eastwood, who won for Best Picture and Best Director and was nominated for Best Actor. The film also won Oscars® in the categories of Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Best Editor, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Sound. Additionally, Eastwood won a Golden Globe for Best Director and the film won Best Picture honors from several critics groups.
Eastwood’s films have also been honored internationally by critics and at film festivals, including Cannes, where he served as the president of the jury in 1994. He has garnered Palme d’Or nominations for “White Hunter Black Heart” in 1990; “Bird,” which also won the award for Best Actor and an award for its soundtrack at the 1988 festival; and “Pale Rider” in 1985. He also won his first Best Director Golden Globe Award for “Bird.”
In addition, Eastwood has directed and starred in such films as “Blood Work,” “Space Cowboys,” “True Crime,” “Absolute Power,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The Rookie,” “Heartbreak Ridge,” “Sudden Impact,” “Honkytonk Man,” “Firefox,” “Bronco Billy,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “The Eiger Sanction,” “High Plains Drifter,” and “Play Misty for Me,” which marked his directorial debut.
Eastwood first came to fame as an actor, first on television and then in such legendary movie Westerns as “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Hang ‘Em High,” and “Two Mules for Sister Sara.” His film acting work also includes “Kelly’s Heroes”; “Escape from Alcatraz”; the successful “Dirty Harry” actioners; the comedies “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Any Which Way You Can”; and the thriller “In the Line of Fire.”
Over the course of his career, Eastwood has received many lifetime achievement honors, including the Motion Picture Academy’s Irving Thalberg Memorial Award and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award. He has also garnered tributes from the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Film Institute, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the French Film Society, the National Board of Review, the Henry Mancini Institute (Hank Award for distinguished service to American music), the Hamburg Film Festival (Douglas Sirk Award), and the Venice Film Festival (Career Golden Lion).
He is also the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor; awards from the American Cinema Editors and the Publicists Guild; an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University, and five People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture Actor. In 1991, Eastwood was Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society’s Man of the Year and, in 1992, he received the California Governor’s Award for the Arts. He recently received two more significant honors for his contributions to film: the Prix Lumiere at the inaugural Grand Lyon Film Festival; and the Commandeur de la Legion d’honneur, presented by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
DUSTIN LANCE BLACK (Writer)
is a screenwriter, producer and director who won the 2009 Academy Award® and two Writers Guild of America Awards for his original screenplay “Milk,” the biopic of the late civil rights activist Harvey Milk, starring Sean Penn.
An honors graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, Black began his professional career as an art director and quickly transitioned to directing documentaries, television series, commercials and music videos. Black’s documentaries “On the Bus,” from 2001, and “My Life with Count Dracula,” from 2003, debuted to acclaim and led to a successful stint producing and directing TLC and BBC’s hit program “Faking It,” which received notices for its unflinching social commentaries.
In 2004, Black signed on to draw on his devout Mormon childhood experiences in San Antonio, Texas as a writer and co-producer on HBO ́s Emmy- and Golden Globe award- nominated polygamist drama “Big Love.” He continued to write for the show until the third season wrapped in 2008.
Black also penned the screenplay for “Pedro,” the first scripted project from Bunim- Murray Productions, about the life and legacy of famed HIV-positive “Real World” cast member Pedro Zamora. The film premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, and earned Black his second WGA Award nomination when it premiered on MTV and VH1 in 2009.
More recently, Black completed his feature directorial debut, “Virgina,” starring Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris, is currently writing “The Barefoot Bandit,” based on the true story of Colton Harris-Moore, and recently signed on to adapt Jon Krakauer’s acclaimed “Under the Banner of Heaven.”
Black is also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which is leading the federal case against Proposition 8 in California with lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson, and is on the Board of the Trevor Project, a suicide hotline providing crisis intervention services for youth.
BRIAN GRAZER (Producer)
is an Academy Award®-winning producer who has been making movies and television programs for more than 30 years. As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for four Academy Awards®, and in 2002 he won the Best Picture Oscar® for “A Beautiful Mind.” In addition to winning three other Academy Awards®, “A Beautiful Mind” also won four Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture Drama, and earned Grazer the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign.
Over the years, Grazer's films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Oscars® and 133 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $13.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music and video grosses. Reflecting this combination of commercial and artistic achievement, the Producers Guild of America honored Grazer with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. His accomplishments have also been recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which in 1998 added Grazer to the short list of producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2003, ShoWest celebrated Grazer’s success by honoring him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, Grazer was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2009, Grazer and his creative partner, Ron Howard, were honored by the Producers Guild of America with the Milestone Award, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts honored them with the Big Apple Award. In 2010, they were honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center with its Humanitarian Award, and in 2011, Grazer was the MPSE 2011 Filmmaker Award recipient.
In addition to “A Beautiful Mind,” Grazer's films include “Apollo 13,” for which Grazer won the Producers Guild's Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award as well as an Oscar® nomination for Best Picture of 1995; and “Splash,” which he co-wrote as well as produced and for which he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1984.
Grazer also produced the film adaptation of Peter Morgan’s critically acclaimed play “Frost/ Nixon,” directed by Ron Howard. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and was also nominated for The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures by the PGA.
Grazer’s next picture to hit theaters will be “Tower Heist,” starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, directed by Brett Ratner.
Grazer’s other films include “Cowboys & Aliens” staring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford; “The Dilemma”; “Robin Hood,” directed by Ridley Scott and staring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett; the adaptation of Dan Brown’s best selling novel “Angels & Demons,” starring Tom Hanks, and directed by Oscar®-winner Ron Howard; the drama “Changeling,” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie; the Ridley Scott-directed drama “American Gangster,” starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington; the big screen adaptation of the international bestseller “The Da Vinci Code”; the tense drama “The Inside Man,” directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; “Flightplan”; “Cinderella Man”; the Sundance acclaimed documentary “Inside Deep Throat”; “Friday Night Lights”; “8 Mile”; “Blue Crush”; “Intolerable Cruelty”; “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”; “The Nutty Professor”; “Liar, Liar”; “Ransom”; “My Girl”; “Backdraft”; “Kindergarten Cop”; “Parenthood”; “Clean and Sober”; and “Spies Like Us.”
Grazer's television productions include NBC’s breakout hit “Parenthood,” based on his 1989 film, and NBC’s Peabody Award-winning series “Friday Night Lights,” which received an Emmy Award nomination this year. His additional television credits include Fox's hit Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Best Drama Series “24,” Fox’s Emmy award winning Best Comedy “Arrested Development,” Fox’s “Lie To Me,” CBS’s “Shark,” NBC’s “Miss Match” and “Friends with Benefits,” WB's “Felicity,” ABC's “Sports Night,” and HBO's “From the Earth to the Moon,” for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Mini-Series.
Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. It was while he was executive-producing TV pilots for Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s that Grazer first met his longtime friend and business partner, Ron Howard. Their collaboration began in 1985 with the hit comedies “Night Shift” and “Splash,” and in 1986 the two founded Imagine Entertainment, which they continue to run together as chairmen.
ROBERT LORENZ (Producer)
has worked alongside director Clint Eastwood since 1994 and oversees all aspects of the films produced at Eastwood’s company, Malpaso Productions. As a producer, Lorenz has earned two Academy Award® nominations during what has been Eastwood’s most prolific and successful period as a director.
Lorenz received his first Oscar® nomination in 2004 for producing “Mystic River.” The following year he served as executive producer on the Best Picture winner, “Million Dollar Baby.” Lorenz went on to produce Eastwood’s World War II companion pieces, “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.” The latter, which he produced along with Eastwood and Steven Spielberg, brought Lorenz his second Academy Award® nomination. Shot almost entirely in Japanese, “Letters from Iwo Jima” also won the Los Angeles Film Critics and National Board of Review Awards for Best Picture, as well as the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
In 2008 Lorenz worked with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to produce Eastwood’s true- life drama “Changeling,” which went on to receive three Academy Award® nominations, including one for Angelina Jolie as Best Actress. The same year, Lorenz and Eastwood produced “Gran Torino,” which is the director's highest-grossing picture to date.
Lorenz most recently produced Eastwood’s “Hereafter,” starring Matt Damon, and “Invictus,” which earned a Producers Guild of America Award nomination. Starring Damon and Morgan Freeman in Oscar®-nominated performances, the film received Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Picture and Director.
Lorenz grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to start his film career in 1989. He began his association with Eastwood as an assistant director on “The Bridges of Madison County.” Their subsequent collaborations include “Space Cowboys,” “True Crime,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “Absolute Power” and “Blood Work.”
Moving behind the camera, Lorenz will direct his first feature film, the baseball drama “Trouble with the Curve,” in early 2012. Eastwood is set to star.
TIM MOORE (Executive Producer)
most recently produced, with Graham King, Angelina Jolie and Tim Headington, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which marks Jolie’s directorial debut. Jolie also wrote the film, which was shot on location in Budapest, Hungary and Sarajevo, Bosnia and is slated for release on December 23rd.
Moore has overseen the physical production of all of Clint Eastwood’s films since 2002. In 2009, he executive produced the critically acclaimed drama “Invictus,” starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, which received widespread acclaim from critics associations and several Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations, including a Golden Globe nod for Best Picture.
In addition, Moore was an executive producer on “Hereafter,” “Gran Torino” and “Changeling,” and served as co-producer on the dual World War II epics “Flags of Our Fathers” and the award-winning “Letters from Iwo Jima,” which was Oscar®-nominated for Best Picture. His work with Eastwood also includes the dramas “Mystic River,” which earned six Oscar® nominations, including one for Best Picture, and “Million Dollar Baby,” which won four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. He was also a co-producer on Alison Eastwood’s directorial debut, “Rails & Ties.”
Moore has also worked several times with director Rowdy Herrington over the last two decades, most recently producing the ESPY-nominated biopic “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius.” Their earlier collaborations include the films “A Murder of Crows,” “Road House” and “Jack’s Back.”
Moore’s other producing credits include Steve Buscemi’s “Animal Factory,” starring Willem Dafoe, and Arne Glimcher’s “The White River Kid.” For television, Moore was the production manager on the telefilm “Semper Fi” and produced the telefilm “Stolen from the Heart.”
Before starting his film career, Moore attended UCLA, where he met fraternity brother John Shepherd. The two have gone on to produce four independent features together: “Eye of the Storm,” “The Ride,” “The Climb” and “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius.”
Moore and his wife, Bobbe, are actively engaged in a number of animal rescue organizations.
ERICA HUGGINS (Executive Producer)
joined Imagine Entertainment in 2004, and is currently co-president of production.
Prior to Imagine Entertainment, Huggins was with Radar Pictures and its precursor, Interscope Communications, for over a decade. Huggins began as a film editor working on the John Waters movies “Hairspray,” “Crybaby” and “Serial Mom,” and with Academy Award®- winning director Michael Cimino on “The Sicilian” and “Desperate Hours.”
At Interscope, Huggins executive produced “What Dreams May Come,” starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr., which earned an Oscar® for its visual effects. She also produced “Boys,” starring Winona Ryder, and the critically acclaimed “Gridlock’d,” starring Tupac Shakur and Tim Roth.
While at Radar, Huggins produced “Le Divorce,” starring Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts, and “How to Deal,” starring Mandy Moore.
At Imagine Entertainment, Erica has over a dozen films in various stages of development. She is currently working on “The Dark Tower,” an adaptation of the Stephen King series of the same name, which is being written by Akiva Goldsman and will be directed by Ron Howard.
Her other upcoming projects include “Colossus,” with Ron Howard directing; the action comedy “Eat My Dust,” written and directed by Jake Szymanski, and “The Emperor’s Children,” written by Noah Baumbach, with Scott Cooper directing and Richard Gere and Keira Knightly set to star.
Past projects include the film “Restless,” a coming-of-age love story directed by Gus Van Sant, and “Flightplan,” starring Jodie Foster and directed by Robert Schwentke.
Huggins graduated Hampshire College with a dual degree in Anthropology and Documentary Film. She spent a year in Japan and China, researching her thesis and teaching at Kobe College, before starting her career in as an editor and ultimately a producer.
TOM STERN, AFC, ASC (Director of Photography)
earned both Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Cinematography for his work on Clint Eastwood’s drama “Changeling.” Stern, who has enjoyed a long association with Eastwood, most recently lensed the critically acclaimed dramas “Hereafter,” “Invictus” and “Gran Torino.” He also served as the cinematographer on Eastwood’s World War II dramas “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima”; the Oscar®-winning dramas “Million Dollar Baby” and “Mystic River”; and “Blood Work,” which marked Stern’s first film as a director of photography.
Stern’s collaborations with other directors include the upcoming “Sleepless Night,” from Frédéric Jardin, and the much-anticipated “The Hunger Games,” from Gary Ross. He also shot Pavel Lungin’s “Tsar,” Susanne Bier’s “Things We Lost in the Fire,” Christophe Barratier’s “Paris 36,” Alison Eastwood’s “Rails & Ties,” Tony Goldwyn’s “The Last Kiss,” John Turturro’s “Romance & Cigarettes,” Scott Derrickson’s “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and Rowdy Herrington’s “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius.”
A 40-year industry veteran, Stern has worked with Clint Eastwood for more than three decades, going back to when Stern was a gaffer on such films as “Honkytonk Man,” “Sudden Impact,” “Tightrope,” “Pale Rider” and “Heartbreak Ridge.” Becoming the chief lighting technician at Malpaso Productions, he worked on a wide range of films, including Eastwood’s “The Rookie,” “Unforgiven,” “A Perfect World,” “True Crime” and “Space Cowboys.” As a chief lighting technician, he also teamed with other directors, including Michael Apted on “Class Action,” and Sam Mendes on “American Beauty” and “Road to Perdition,” among others.
JAMES J. MURAKAMI (Production Designer)
was honored in 2008 with Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for his work as the production designer on Clint Eastwood’s period drama “Changeling,” set in 1928. His production designs for “Changeling” and Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” were nominated for Art Director’s Guild Awards, in the period and contemporary category respectively. He most recently worked with the director on the dramas “Hereafter” and “Invictus.”
Murakami’s first film with Eastwood as a production designer was the acclaimed World War II drama “Letters from Iwo Jima.” He had previously collaborated with Eastwood’s longtime production designer Henry Bumstead, first as a set designer on “Unforgiven” and later as an art director on “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
In 2005, Murakami won an Emmy Award for his work as an art director on the acclaimed HBO series “Deadwood.” He had earned his first Emmy Award nomination for his art direction on the series Western the year prior.
Murakami was the production designer on Alison Eastwood’s directorial debut feature, “Rails & Ties.” His many feature film credits as an art director include the Tony Scott films “Enemy of the State,” “Crimson Tide,” “True Romance” and “Beverly Hills Cop II”; David Fincher’s “The Game”; Peter Hyams’ “The Relic”; Martin Brest’s “Midnight Run” and “Beverly Hills Cop”; Barry Levinson’s “The Natural,” for which he received an Oscar® nomination as art director; and John Badham’s “WarGames.” He has also served as a set designer on such films as “The Scorpion King,” “The Princess Diaries,” “The Postman,” “Head Above Water,” “I Love Trouble” and “Sneakers.”
JOEL COX, A.C.E. (Editor)
has worked with Clint Eastwood for more than 35 years, and won an Academy Award® for Best Editing for his work on the director’s “Unforgiven.” He received another Oscar® nomination for his editing work on Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby,” and earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his work on “Changeling.” His recent collaborations with Eastwood also include “Hereafter,” “Invictus,” “Gran Torino” and the companion World War II dramas “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.”
In addition, Cox was the editor on the Eastwood-directed films “Mystic River,” “Blood Work,” “Space Cowboys,” “True Crime,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “Absolute Power,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “A Perfect World,” “The Rookie,” “White Hunter Black Heart,” “Bird,” “Heartbreak Ridge,” “Pale Rider” and “Sudden Impact.”
Their relationship began in 1975 when Cox worked as an assistant editor on “The Outlaw Josey Wales.” Since then, Cox has worked in the editing room on more than 30 films that have, in some combination, been directed or produced by or starred Eastwood.
Early in his career, Cox worked alongside his mentor, editor Ferris Webster, as a co-editor on such films as “The Enforcer,” “The Gauntlet,” “Every Which Way But Loose,” “Escape from Alcatraz,” “Bronco Billy” and “Honkytonk Man.” His other credits as an editor include “Tightrope,” “The Dead Pool,” “Pink Cadillac” and “The Stars Fell on Henrietta.”
GARY D. ROACH (Editor)
has worked with Clint Eastwood since 1996, beginning as an apprentice editor on “Absolute Power.” Roach quickly moved up to assistant editor on the films “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “True Crime,” “Space Cowboys,” “Blood Work,” “Mystic River,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “Flags of Our Fathers.”
The award-winning World War II drama “Letters from Iwo Jima” marked Roach’s first full editor credit, shared with longtime Eastwood collaborator Joel Cox. Roach gained his first solo editor credit on Alison Eastwood’s directorial debut film, “Rails & Ties.” He continued his collaboration with Clint Eastwood and Joel Cox on “Changeling,” for which he earned a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Editing. “Gran Torino,” “Invictus” and “Hereafter” are his latest editing accomplishments.
In addition, Roach was a co-editor on the Eastwood-directed “Piano Blues,” a segment of the documentary series “The Blues,” produced by Martin Scorsese. Continuing his documentary work, Roach went on to co-edit a film about Tony Bennett called “Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends,” and a documentary on the life of Dave Brubeck called “In His Own Sweet Way.”
DEBORAH HOPPER (Costume Designer)
has worked with filmmaker Clint Eastwood for over 25 years. She earned BAFTA and Costume Designer Guild Award nominations for her period costumes for the true-life drama “Changeling.” In addition, Hopper was named Costume Designer of the Year at the 2008 Hollywood Film Festival. She was also the costume designer on the contemporary drama “Gran Torino,” which Eastwood starred in and directed, followed by Eastwood’s 2009 drama “Invictus” and 2010’s “Hereafter.” Hopper previously designed the costumes for the Eastwood-directed films “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Mystic River,” “Blood Work” and “Space Cowboys.”
Hopper began her association with Eastwood as the woman’s costume supervisor on the 1984 film “Tightrope,” which Eastwood produced and starred in. She held the same post on the films “The Rookie,” “Pink Cadillac,” “The Dead Pool,” “Bird,” “Heartbreak Ridge” and “Pale Rider,” before overseeing all costumes on Eastwood’s “True Crime,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Absolute Power.”
Earlier in her career, she was awarded an Emmy for her work as a women’s costumer on “Shakedown on the Sunset Strip,” a telefilm set in the 1950s.