ABBIE CORNISH – Ashley
Abbie Cornish, a native Australian, is an acclaimed young actress best known for her starring roles in the independent films Candy (2006) opposite Heath Ledger and Somersault (2004) with Sam Worthington, both Australian productions that garnered her Best Lead Actress awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia. She was also awarded Best Lead Actress from the Australian Film Institute for Somersault and received a nomination for Candy. It was these two roles that earned her great notice in the U.S.
Most recently, Cornish wrapped production on the indie drama film, The Girl. The film features a mother, played by Cornish, forced into running illegal immigrants across the border in order to protect her son from Child Protective Services.
Cornish was last seen starring in W.E., a romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard. Cornish leads the cast as Wally Winthrop. The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival as well as the Toronto International Film Festival. The Weinstein Company distributed the film in the U.S. on December 9, 2011. In March of 2011, Cornish starred in Warner Brothers’ 3D sci-fi and action film Sucker Punch, helmed by Zack Snyder and just prior, Cornish was the female lead with Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in Limitless. Relativity Media released the film nationwide on March 18, 2011. In 2010, Cornish lent her voice to the animated
film Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, directed by Zack Snyder.
In fall 2009, Cornish starred in Jane Campion’s period drama Bright Star, which was a true life adaptation of famous poet John Keats’ love affair with a young woman named ‘Fanny Brawne’. Cornish received a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actress and received accolades from some of the most established critics in the US, UK and Australia. Bright Star premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Palm Award at the Festival.
Cornish’s acting debut came at the age of fifteen on the Australian Broadcasting Company’s television series “Children’s Hospital”. Shortly thereafter, she co-starred on the ABC series “Wildside”, which garnered Cornish her first AFI honor in 1999. In 2003, Cornish earned her second AFI nomination for her guest role on the ABC miniseries “Marking Time”. She also appeared in Ridley Scott’s, A Good Year opposite Russell Crowe.
In 2007, she starred opposite Cate Blanchett as the Queen’s favorite “lady-inwaiting” in Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age for Universal Pictures. In 2008 Cornish starred as the female lead in the Paramount Pictures drama Stop Loss directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry).
WILL PATTON – Tommy
Will Patton is an award-winning actor with extensive experience in film, theatre, and television. Patton recently appeared in Kelly Reichardt’s critically celebrated Meek’s Cutoff, alongside Michelle Williams and Paul Dano; Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest; The Fourth Kind, with Milla Jovovich; American Violet, with Alfre Woodard; and Wendy and Lucy, also with Michelle Williams. His past credits include The Mothman Prophecies, Remember the Titans, Armageddon, Gone In 60 Seconds, Entrapment and The Postman. Patton has worked with directors Martin Scorsese (After Hours) and Nicholas Roeg (Cold Heaven) and has starred in a number of festival-award-winning independent films, including The Rapture, In the Soup, The Paint Job, Toll Booth and The Spitfire Grill, which won the Audience Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.
Currently Patton plays Captain Weaver in TNT’s mega-hit series, Steven Spielberg’s “Falling Skies”, which will premiere its second season in June. Patton also starred in the highly acclaimed CBS series “The Agency” and was seen in CBS’s “Numb3rs” and Steven Spielberg’s “Into The West” on TNT. Among his many stage performances, Patton played the leading role in Sam Shepard’s A Lie Of The Mind and twice won the prestigious Obie Award for Best Actor for his performances in Richard Foreman’s What Did He See and Shepard’s Fool For Love. Patton has also won multiple awards for his audiobook recordings, which span more than 50 titles and include Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road”, James Dickey’s “Deliverance”, and Al Gore’s “The Assault on Reason”.
MARITZA SANTIAGO HERNÁNDEZ – Rosa
Maritza Santiago, resident of Niños Héroes, Santa María de Atzompa, was selected to star in the film after more than 3,000 girls participated in the casting throughout Oaxaca’s Central Valleys.
David Riker – Writer/Director
David Riker is a New York-based filmmaker, born in Boston, and raised in London. His debut feature, The City (La Ciudad), filmed in New York’s Latin American immigrant community, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at Sundance and numerous festivals internationally. The film won awards at the SXSW, Havana, San Sebastian, and Human Rights Watch International Film Festivals; and the Open Palm at the Gotham Awards.
David received the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival as co-writer of the feature film Sleep Dealer and has won the Sundance/NHK Filmmakers Award for The Girl. He is the recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and Annenberg Fellowships.
Paul Mezey – Producer
Paul Mezey is a New York based independent producer and founder of Journeyman Pictures. Mr. Mezey has produced a number of critically acclaimed and award winning films including Maria Full of Grace which received a 2005 Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Half Nelson starring Ryan Gosling which received a 2007 Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
His current projects include David Riker’s The Girl starring Abbie Cornish, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Tom Gilroy’s The Cold Lands and Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness of Blood, which won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival. In addition to executive producing Mike Cahill’s Another Earth, other films produced by Mr. Mezey include: Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden’s baseball odyssey Sugar, Sophie Barthes’ feature debut Cold Souls starring Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson, and David Strathairn, Azazel Jacobs’ Momma’s Man, Jim Mckay’s Angel Rodriguez, Everyday People, and Our Song, Tom Gilroy’s Spring Forward starring Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber, The City (La Ciudad), Mandy Stein’s Mississippi Blues documentary You See Me Laughin’ and The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack directed by Aiyana Elliott, winner of the Artistic Achievement Award for documentary film at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
Philipp Engelhorn – Executive Producer
Philipp Engelhorn founded and currently directs the film foundation and not-for-profit production company, Cinereach, which supports and produces vital stories, artfully told. Since 2006 Cinereach has funded over 100 projects by independent filmmakers with a total of over $5m in grants. One of the latest Cinereach produced films, Beasts of the Southern Wild, premiered and won the grand jury prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by Fox Searchlight. David Riker’s The Girl is the first production of Cinereach Films, a private film financier and investment advisor Philipp also founded and directs. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Synergos, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating global poverty and social injustice by changing the systems that keep people in poverty. He also serves on the Founders Board of the Patrons of the Pinakothek in Munich as well as on the board of Cinema Conservancy. His executive producing credits also include Cameron Yates’ The Canal Street Madam.
Nick Quested – Executive Producer
Nick Quested has been Executive Director of Goldcrest since 2005, and has overseen the development and growth of the Goldcrest integrated companies developing the film finance, sales and production lines of business in the company. His most recent credits as producer include Elvis & Anabelle (2007), directed by Will Geiger and starring Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively and Max Minghella. Executive Producer of The Winning Season (2009), starring Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts, the Sundance Grand Jury documentary winner Restrepo (2010), Homework (2010) Sundance Narrative Selection of 2011, starring Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore, The Girl (2011), starring Abbie Cornish, and Dark Horse (2011) starring Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow.
Born in London, Nick began his film career as an apprentice editor. He attended NYU’s The Tisch School of the Arts. Nick is an award winning director (MTV: Most Ass Kicking Video, The Source: Best Video, MVPA: runner up Best Hip Hop Video) having directed over 100 music videos and commercials for world renowned artists such as Sting, Dr. Dre, P.Diddy, Shaq, Master P, Trick Daddy, T.I. and Brandy, and brands such as Sprite, And1, Nike, Lexus and Landrover. Nick also wrote and directed the feature documentary, Voice of a Nation starring Ice Cube, Public Enemy and KRS One which is showcased at the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame.
Douglas Cummins – Co-Producer
Established in 1997 by Douglas Cummins and Rocio Freire-Bernat, Axiom Films is a leading London based producer / distributor.
Over the past decade as a producer, Axiom has steadily built a reputation for taking creative risks, working with the new talent and original ideas in producing films from all parts of the world including the Australian cult classic The Boys by Rowan Woods, Pascal Bonitzer’s Small Cuts with Kristen Scott Thomas, Ivan Sen’s Berlin Film Festival award-winning Beneath Clouds, from Argentina, Pablo Trapero’s acclaimed films Familla Rodante and Born & Bred and, most recently Broken Lines, the UK’s sole entry at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
As a distributor, Axiom directly exploits all right in films acquired and is widely respected for its innovative and bespoke marketing that includes distinctive campaigns for a range of acclaimed independent films such as the Academy Award nominated Half Nelson and Frozen River and Jun Ichikawa’s adaptation of Tony Takitani by Haruki Murakami.
Consistently adding to what is an already significant catalogue that includes important films from American directors John Sayles, David O. Russell, Ryan Fleck, Courtney Hunt and Ramin Bahrani as well as established auteur filmmakers like Tsai Min-Liang, Pablo Trapero and Jose Luis Guerin, the company also owns a major part of German filmmaker Wim Wender’s body of work including all the director’s defining early films as well as enduring classics such as Alice in the Cities, Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire, Buena Vista Social Club.
Christian Valdelièvre – Co-Producer
Christian Valdelièvre is an independent movie producer and was previously an investment banker for 18 years. He started producing movies in 1999 with Sexo, Pudor, y Lágrimas, which became one of the highest grossing films in the history of Mexican cinema. He then produced several other movies including the award-winning Temporada de Patos (directed by Fernando Eimbcke) participant in Cannes, and co-produced La Zona (directed by Rodrigo Pla), winner of the Golden Lion for best new director at the Venice Film Festival 2007.
That same year he produced Lake Tahoe, Fernando Eimbcke’s second feature, that was in the Official Competition of the 58th Berlinale, where it won the Alfred Bauer Prize and the FIPRESCI prize. Invited to the 47th Semaine de la Critique in Cannes as Revelation of the Year. Winner of the Ariel for Best Movie and Best Director. Winner of best movie in the festivals of Cartagena, Pune, Quebec and Quito. Invited to more than 80 festivals worldwide and sold to more than 30 countries.
In 2009, produced two of the short features of the movie Revolución that had its world Premiere at the 60th Berlinale and was released in Mexico during the fall of 2010. He produced Vete mas lejos, Alicia, the first feature film of Elisa Miller (winner of the Palme d’Or for her short in 2007), which competed at the Rotterdam, Toulouse, Morelia and Sarajevo film festivals.
Recently he produced La Demora (directed by Rodrigo Plá), which participated at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival where it received two awards.
Tania Zarak – Co-Producer
Tania Zarak was born in Mexico City. In 2004 she moved to New York City and began her career at Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s production company, Tribeca Films. Since then she has worked in the development and production of films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, The Departed, Backyard and an adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez’ News of a Kidnapping, amongst others. In 2007 she returned to Mexico to preside over Argos Cine, the largest independent film studio in Latin America. Two years later she left the position and created Bonita Films.
Bonita Films is based both in Mexico and New York and focuses on projects of international character. Bonita’s first feature film is The Girl, directed by David Riker and co-produced alongside Journeyman Pictures and Lulú Producciones. Another Bonita credit is the Uruguayan-Mexican film Tanta Agua, directed by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, and recipient of the Hubert Bals and Ibermedia Funds, which is currently in post-production. Bonita’s equally successful short film slate includes Tierra y Pan, winner of the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Film Festival, and The Second Bakery Attack, directed by Carlos Cuarón, based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, starring Kirsten Dunst and Brian Geraghty.
Becky Glupczynski – Line Producer
Becky Glupczynski is a New York-based Line Producer. She began working in film and television working as a production assistant on the long-running educational television program Mr. Rogers’ Neighbourhood. She returned to New York and started working with independent filmmakers on projects such as The American Astronaut written and directed by Cory McAbee, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, and World Traveler, which premiered at Sundance in 2002.
In 2001, she traveled to Mexico City for the film Frida, and she began working on international co-productions in Latin America. She worked in Ecuador and Colombia on Maria Full of Grace, which won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2004 and led to an Oscar nomination for its lead actress Catalina Sandino. In 2008, she teamed up with writer/director Cory McAbee again to produce Stingray Sam, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Most recently, she worked in Oaxaca, Mexico with Writer/Director David Riker on The Girl, starring Abbie Cornish to be released in 2012, as well as the upcoming Michel Gondry film, The We and the I. Other feature credits include Angel Rodriguez and Everyday People, written and directed by Jim McKay, Purple Violets, written and directed by Edward Burns, and Uncertainty, written and directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel.
Rafael Cuervo – Line Producer
Rafael Cuervo began his career in cinema in the 1990’s in a number of mexican films such as Bandidos by Luis Estrada and Dos Crimenes by Roberto Sneider. Recently he has produced La Zona by Rodrigo Plá, Arráncame la Vida by Roberto Sneider and Abel by Diego Luna.
He has been a key part of international productions shot in Mexico, working in films like Titanic by James Cameron, Jarhead by Sam Mendes, Frida by Julie Taymor, Master and Commander by Peter Weir and Troy by Wolfgang Petersen. Recently he has finished work in The Girl by David Riker and the upcoming Elysium by Neil Blomkamp.
In 2010 starts his own production company: Sin Sentido Films. Along with his team he has produced titles like Mariachi Gringo by Tom Gustafson, recently winning the award for Best Feature and Best Actress for Martha Higareda at the 2012 Guadalajara Film Festival; and Espacio Interior by Kai Parlange, which won the Audience Award and Best Actor Award for Kuno Becker at the same festival.
Martín Boege A.M.C. – Director of Photography
Martín Boege Paré was born in Mexico City in 1977 and is a graduate from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) and The Film Academy in Budapest, Hungary. His documentary La Requisa, funded by a grant of the FONCA, won the jury prize at the Las Americas Film Festival in Austin Texas. His first feature as D.O.P. was Noticias Lejanas, directed by Ricardo Benet, winning the Mayahuel prize for best cinematography at the Guadalajara Film Festival and earning a nomination to the Ariel award. He was also nominated for the film El Violín, directed by Francisco Vargas which won him a number of awards for cinematography at various international film festivals.
He started a collaboration with Carlos Carrera on the HBO series Capadocia, later filming with him Backyad-El Traspatio, which won him the Ariel for best cinematography, and De la Infancia. His work has been published on the Kodak World Cinematographers Calendar and Kodak’s Incamera magazine. His documentary work includes Ladrones Viejos, El Informe Toledo and Su Mercé. He has collaborated with his father Eckart Boege on several documentaries on eco-development in indigenous communities. His television work includes Mujeres Asesinas and Gritos de Muerte y Libertad.
Nómadas, La Cebra, La Sargento Matacho and The Girl are his most recent works. He’s currently collaborating with director Felipe Cazals.
Salvador Parra – Production Designer
Salvador Parra is one of the most sought after production designers in Mexico. His credits include: Before Night Falls, Volver, Herod’s Law, The Shanghai Spell, Soldiers of Salamina, and Manolete. Salvador has twice won the Ariel for Best Production Design, most recently for Arráncanme La Vida (Tear This Heart Out), and has received another three nominations. He also won the Goya Award for Best Production Design for The Shanghai Spell and received a nomination for Volver.
Mariestela Fernández – Costume Designer
Mariestela Fernández started out as an actress in 1977, getting her dramatic education in Mexico, London & Madrid, starting out in Costume Design soon after that. In 1984 she finished her studies of Fashion Design in the Modart School in Madrid, Spain. She came back to Mexico City and started designing in theatre plays and commercial campaigns for Mexico, U.S.A., Europe & Japan. In 1988 she began designing for feature films, which started getting her recognitions & nominations for the Ariel (The Mexican Academy Award), which she finally won in 1994 for her work in Bride to Be, a film about the history of the Jewish community in Mexico.
In 1996 she won the Best Costume Design in a Theatre Play award, given by the Mexican Association of Drama Critics for the play Mary, Queen of Scots. After that, she was nominated for Best Costume Design by the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts & Sciences (The Goya Award) for her work in Perdita Durango, directed by Alex de la Iglesia in 1997. In 1999 she was awarded the Ariel for her work in Carlos Carrera’s Under a Spell. In 2000, she was awarded the Ariel for best costume design in the feature film Herod’s Law, directed by Luis Estrada, and won the Ariel (2003) for best costume design for her work in The Crime of Padre Amaro, (Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes and Oscar ceremonies), directed by Carlos Carrera. As well as in 2008 the Ariel Award for best costume design for the horror film KM 31, directed by Rigoberto Castañeda.
Since then she has also been nominated for her work in Backyard-El Traspatio and El Infierno for the Ariel Awards, and won best Costume design Coral Award at the Havana Film Festival for her work in that same film.
Leonardo Heiblum & Jacobo Lieberman – Composers
Leonardo Heiblum and Jacobo Lieberman work together at their music studio Audioflot, writing, performing and producing music for all kinds of visual arts, mainly film. Their most notable credits include: Desierto Adentro, Trade, Maria Full of Grace, The Forgiveness of Blood, The Maldonado Miracle, Francisca, and Frida. Their most notable documentary credits include: Kassim the Dream, One Minute to Nine, Cocalero, En El Hoyo, Carriere and The Devil’s Miner. Heiblum studied piano and music theory at university. Subsequently, he studied the jarana in Veracruz and music in India. He has worked as a recording engineer for Philip Glass for over five years. Lieberman studied guitar, piano, and drums and co-founded Santa Sabina, one of Mexico’s legendary rock bands. He is also an actor.
Malcolm Jamieson – Editor
Malcolm Jamieson has worked as an editor in film, television, and the visual arts since graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1991. He is currently on his third season of the acclaimed HBO series Treme which is his second project with the network, having previously cut the pilot for Bored to Death. Prior to Treme, Malcolm cut the pilot and three seasons of the AMC series Mad Men with show creator Matt Weiner (writer/producer on the Sopranos). In those three seasons Malcolm was part of the collaborative team honored with dozens of Emmy and Golden Globe awards.
Malcolm has over eleven feature film and documentaries to his name. Most notably The Forgiveness of Blood the critically acclaimed second feature by Joshua Marston, Diggers for HDNet, The War Within, a political drama which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, and Down to the Bone by Debra Granik. The latter won Best Director and Special Jury Prize for actress Vera Farmiga at Sundance 2004 and was also honored by the LA Critics Circle Awards. In addition to being an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University he has enjoyed teaching at The Edit Center, The Bolton Institute in the UK, and has been a regular at the Sundance Institute’s Directors Lab, working as part of the editing crew.
Stephanie Ahn – Editor
Stephanie Ahn began her career in the film industry as a writer and worked in development for several years before moving into post production. Since then, she’s been a part of the editorial team on award-winning films as Between Earth and Sky, HappyThankYouMorePlease, Winter’s Bone and The Forgiveness of Blood. Her most recent project, The Girl, is the latest feature film by David Riker. She is a graduate of film department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Cindy Tolan – Casting
Cindy Tolan is a casting director for film, TV and theatre. Film credits include, Beasts of the Southern Wild (Casting Consultant), Blue Valentine, It’s kind of a funny story, Letters to Juliet, Sugar, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Darjeeling Limited, The Namesake, Sherrybaby, Kinsey, Starting Out in the Evening, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Personal Velocity, Loggerheads, Casa de los Babys, Angela. Some of her upcoming films are Go for Sisters, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Gods Behaving Badly. Broadway credits include Lysistrata Jones, Relatively Speaking, That Championship Season, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons (also Associate Producer), Xanadu, Avenue Q, Medea, A Year with Frog and Toad. Television credits, Curb your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords, Fringe, The Return of Jezebel James.
Vicky Boone – Casting
Vicky Boone’s casting credits include Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Scenes from The Suburbs directed by Spike Jonze in collaboration with Arcade Fire, Fourplay: Tampa from director Kyle Henry and The Latino Americans for PBS. Other favorite projects include Abel’s Field with director Gordie Haakstad, The Fickle and Lover’s of Hate with Bryan Poyser and Steve Collin’s Gretchen, with producers Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen and Anish Savjani. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Alejandro Reza – Casting (Mexico)
Alejandro Reza was born in Michoacán, Mexico. His first studies include architecture and design. He then studied Acting at the Centro Universitario de Teatro de la UNAM., and later on Stage Directing. Mr. Reza has had credits in theater, television and film as an actor, and has also directed four plays, two of which he is the author.
From 1996 he has worked as casting director in mexican films such as Un Embrujo by Carlos Carrera, De la Calle by Gerardo Tort, Voces Inocentes by Luis Mandoki, Kilómetro 31 by Rigoberto Castañeda, Drama/Mex by Gerardo Naranjo, Déficit by Gael Garcia Bernal, La Zona and Desierto Adentro, both by Rodrigo Plá and the recent Espacio Interior by Kai Parlange and Mariachi Gringo by Tom Gustafson.
Among his international credits are the mexican castings for Frida by Julie Taymor, Spanglish by James L. Brooks, Apocalypto by Mel Gibson, Colombiana by Oliver Megaton, The Girl by David Riker and the upcoming Elysium by Neil Blomkamp.
Hanne Jiménez Turcott – Casting (Mexico)
Hanne Jiménez Turcott won the Manuel Barbachano award at the 6th Geografías Suaves film and video festival in Mérida, Yucatán in 2004 for the project Que tan lejos está Ciudad Juarez. In 2007 she directed the short documentary Niños del Conflicto about the impact of the 2006 teacher’s demonstrations in Oaxaca on the youth of the state; and has been shown at national and international film festivals. She was a part of the Guadalajara Talent Campus in 2010. Her short film Esta Trompuda o Quiere Beso was shown at the Images Festival in Toronto in 2010 and is part of the collection of the (Ready) Media archive at the Museo Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City.
Along with director David Riker she started the search of a native girl from Oaxaca for the leading role on the film The Girl, interviewing more than a thousand girls. When finally selecting Maritza Santiago Hernández, Miss Jiménez Turcott became her acting coach during rehearsals. In 2011 she continued her work casting the supporting roles and extras for this same film, in the city of Oaxaca.