Xan Cassavetes is 36 and lives in Los Angeles.
In the early nineties, she formed and fronted legendary hardcore L.A.
Experience as Producer/Music Supervisor
Rick Ross has over 14 years of experience in
Film Production & Music Supervision. As Co-owner of Los Angeles-based
Record Label Delicious Vinyl since 1988, he dealt directly with all the
major film studios on placement of the multi-platinum hits "Wild Thing,"
"Funky Cold Medina," & "Bust A Move" in films, trailers and soundtracks.
In addition, he was in charge of music video production for the label,
where he Executive produced over 30 music videos. In 1999, he started
a film company, Maja Films, with writer/director Xan Cassavetes. Ms. Cassavetes
and Mr. Ross have completed two short films "Salmon For Three" & "Dust"
which have been airing extensively on the Independent Film Channel. Mr.
Ross is currently producing the feature film "The Sky Is Green."
Throughout her career in the entertainment business, Marshall Persinger has shown an uncanny talent for attracting and gravitating toward creatively challenging and innovative projects. As president of The Fresh Produce Company since 1996, she has managed this production company as well as produced its slate of unique films ranging from romantic comedies to edgy dramas. At the 1999/2000 Festival du Cannes, she was named one of Variety's Top Ten International Producers To Watch.
Persinger has recently launched Fresh Produce Films, a new alliance with Innovative Film Associates, a Florida based firm. FPF will be producing intelligent and thought-provoking films with varying budget ranges, cultivating the talents of veteran and novice filmmakers. FPF looks for material that is commercial, unique, edgy, innovative, and will utilize proven talent. Persinger and the company oversee script development, attract studio level talent, shepherd newer filmmakers and find financing from a myriad of sources, making the company poised to do studio films, cable films, foreign sales-driven genre pics, and Cannes/Oscar-worthy pictures.
Persinger's most recent successes include: Showtime's "Wild Iris", starring film legend Gena Rowlands and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (both were nominated for Best Actress Emmys, and Laura recently won the award for 2002);"Cherry Falls", directed by Geoffrey Wright and starring Brittany Murphy and Jay Mohr (USA Films), the Polish brothers' "Twin Falls Idaho" (Sony Classics), "Kill the Man" (Blockbuster Films), starring Luke Wilson, Joshua Malina and "Still Breathing" (October Films), the romantic comedy starring Brendan Fraser, Ann Magnuson and Celeste Holm.
Persinger began her entertainment career in New York in 1986 under the mentorship of Academy award-winning producer/director Jonathan Demme. She was production and post supervisor on numerous films including "Married to The Mob" and the widely acclaimed "Miami Blues." In 1990, Persinger worked as the post-production supervisor on Demme's multiple Academy award-winning feature film, "The Silence of the Lambs," before relocating to Los Angeles. She continues a close association with George Armitage, the talented writer/director of such films as Miami Blues and Grosse Pointe Blank.
In Los Angeles, Persinger partnered with Gary Goetzman to co-produce E. Max Frye's social satire, "Amos & Andrew" (Castle Rock), starring Nicolas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson. Later Persinger was production manager on John Singleton's "Higher Learning," the independent film, "A Boy Called Hate" and Fox's "The Great White Hype." She has worked with many other of Hollywood's most interesting filmmakers, talent and their representatives, including Jonathan Demme, Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Bob Thornton, veteran producer Mark Johnson, Daniel Petrie, Sr., The Firm's Eli Selden and Julie Yorn, Sean Penn and Werner Herzog. Persinger has served as creative and line producer on the various projects.
Ms. Persinger is a native of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee and graduated with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Virginia. Before beginning her film career, Persinger was Vice President for Blandfield Securities, an investment advisory firm in Manhattan. She now resides in New York.
Heidi Lester has spent many years in the independent
feature film business, specializing in the acquisition and production of
feature films for distribution companies.
Jeff Cutter's cinematography experience includes second
unit work on "Panic Room" and "One Hour Photo", in
addition to lensing an extensive number of music videos for first-rank
artists and directors. Jeff has also been trusted by many of the advertising
industry's top commercial directors to give their work just the right
Ms. Pizzini has served as production designer on Like
Water For Chocolate and Still Breathing.
The Shape of Things
Searching For Debra Winger, Sol Goode