6 names.

John Huston

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish. The age-old story goes that the small town of his birth was won by John's grandfather in a poker game. John's father was the equally magnanimous character actor Walter Huston, and his mother, Rhea Gore, was a newspaperwoman who traveled around the country looking for stories. The only child of the couple, John began performing on stage with his vaudevillian father at age 3. Upon his parents' divorce at age 7, the young boy would take turns traveling around the vaudeville circuit with his father and the country with his mother on reporting excursions. A frail and sickly child, he was once placed in a sanitarium due to both an enlarged heart and kidney ailment. Making a miraculous recovery, he quit school at age 14 to become a full-fledged boxer and eventually won the Amateur Lightweight Boxing Championship of California, winning 22 of 25 bouts. His trademark broken nose was the result of that robust activity.

John married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Harvey, and also took his first professional stage bow with a leading role off-Broadway entitled "The Triumph of the Egg." He made his Broadway debut that same year with "Ruint" on April 7, 1925, and followed that with another Broadway show "Adam Solitaire" the following November. John soon grew restless with the confines of both his marriage and acting and abandoned both, taking a sojourn to Mexico where he became an officer in the cavalry and expert horseman while writing plays on the sly. Trying to control his wanderlust urges, he subsequently returned to America and attempted newspaper and magazine reporting work in New York by submitting short stories. He was even hired at one point by mogul Samuel Goldwyn Jr. as a screenwriter, but again he grew restless. During this time he also appeared unbilled in a few obligatory films. By 1932 John was on the move again and left for London and Paris where he studied painting and sketching. The promising artist became a homeless beggar during one harrowing point.

Returning again to America in 1933, he played the title role in a production of "Abraham Lincoln," only a few years after father Walter portrayed the part on film for D.W. Griffith. John made a new resolve to hone in on his obvious writing skills and began collaborating on a few scripts for Warner Brothers. He also married again. Warners was so impressed with his talents that he was signed on as both screenwriter and director for the Dashiell Hammett mystery yarn The Maltese Falcon. The movie classic made a superstar out of Humphrey Bogart and is considered by critics and audiences alike--- 65 years after the fact--- to be the greatest detective film ever made. In the meantime John wrote/staged a couple of Broadway plays, and in the aftermath of his mammoth screen success directed bad-girl 'Bette Davis (I)' and good girl Olivia de Havilland in the film melodrama In This Our Life, and three of his "Falcon" stars (Bogart, Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet) in the romantic war picture Across the Pacific. During WWII John served as a Signal Corps lieutenant and went on to helm a number of film documentaries for the U.S. government including the controversial Let There Be Light, which father Walter narrated. The end of WWII also saw the end of his second marriage. He married third wife Evelyn Keyes, of "Gone With the Wind" fame, in 1946 but it too lasted a relatively short time. That same year the impulsive and always unpredictable Huston directed Jean-Paul Sartre's experimental play "No Exit" on Broadway. The show was a box-office bust (running less than a month) but nevertheless earned the New York Drama Critics Award as "best foreign play."

Hollywood glory came to him again in association with Bogart and Warner Brothers'. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, a classic tale of gold, greed and man's inhumanity to man set in Mexico, won John Oscars for both director and screenplay and his father nabbed the "Best Supporting Actor" trophy. John can be glimpsed at the beginning of the movie in a cameo playing a tourist, but he wouldn't act again on film for a decade and a half. With the momentum in his favor, John hung around in Hollywood this time to write and/or direct some of the finest American cinema made including Key Largo and The African Queen (both with Bogart), The Asphalt Jungle, The Red Badge of Courage and Moulin Rouge. Later films, including Moby Dick, The Unforgiven, The Misfits, Freud, The Night of the Iguana and The Bible: In the Beginning... were, for the most part, well-regarded but certainly not close to the level of his earlier revered work. He also experimented behind-the-camera with color effects and approached topics that most others would not even broach, including homosexuality and psychoanalysis.

An ardent supporter of human rights, he, along with director William Wyler and others, dared to form the Committee for the First Amendment in 1947, which strove to undermine the House Un-American Activities Committee. Disgusted by the Hollywood blacklisting that was killing the careers of many talented folk, he moved to St. Clerans in Ireland and became a citizen there along with his fourth wife, ballet dancer Enrica (Ricki) Soma. The couple had two children, including daughter Anjelica Huston who went on to have an enviable Hollywood career of her own. Huston and wife Ricki split after a son (director Danny Huston) was born to another actress in 1962. They did not divorce, however, and remained estranged until her sudden death in 1969 in a car accident. John subsequently adopted his late wife's child from another union. The ever-impulsive Huston would move yet again to Mexico where he married (1972) and divorced (1977) his fifth and final wife, Celeste Shane.

Huston returned to acting auspiciously with a major role in Otto Preminger's epic film The Cardinal for which Huston received an Oscar nomination at age 57. From that time forward, he would be glimpsed here and there in a number of colorful, baggy-eyed character roles in both good and bad (some positively abysmal) films that, at the very least, helped finance his passion projects. The former list included outstanding roles in Chinatown and The Wind and the Lion, while the latter comprised of hammy parts in such awful drek as Candy and Myra Breckinridge.

Directing daughter Angelica in her inauspicious movie debut, the thoroughly mediocre A Walk with Love and Death, John made up for it 15 years later by directing her to Oscar glory in the mob tale Prizzi's Honor. In the 1970s Huston resurged as a director of quality films with Fat City, The Man Who Would Be King and Wise Blood. He ended his career on a high note with Under the Volcano, the afore-mentioned Prizzi's Honor and The Dead. His only certifiable misfire during that era was the elephantine musical version of Annie, though it later became somewhat of a cult favorite among children.

Huston lived the macho, outdoors life, unencumbered by convention or restrictions, and is often compared in style or flamboyancy to an Ernest Hemingway or Orson Welles. He was, in fact, the source of inspiration for Clint Eastwood in the helming of the film White Hunter Black Heart which chronicled the making of "The African Queen." Illness robbed Huston of a good portion of his twilight years with chronic emphysema the main culprit. As always, however, he continued to work tirelessly while hooked up to an oxygen machine if need be. At the end, the living legend was shooting an acting cameo in the film Mr. North for his son Danny, making his directorial bow at the time. John became seriously ill with pneumonia and died while on location at the age of 81. This maverick of a man's man who was once called "the eccentric's eccentric" by Paul Newman, left an incredibly rich legacy of work to be enjoyed by film lovers for centuries to come.

Tara Fitzgerald

Tara Fitzgerald was born in Sussex, England. Her mother, Sarah Fitzgerald, is Irish, and her father, Michael Callaby, was Italian. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Freeport, in the Bahamas where her grandfather, David Fitzgerald, was a well-established lawyer. Her sister, Arabella Fitzgerald, was born there, but the family returned to London when Tara was three. Her mother and father separated when she was four-years-old and, along with her mother and sister, Tara moved in with her uncle and Aunt Caroline. Her mother married the Irish actor Norman Rodway when Tara was age 6, and the birth of her half-sister, Bianca Rodway, followed shortly thereafter. Rodway and Sarah Fitzgerald separated when Tara was seven.

Tara's formative years were spent moving around - a lifestyle that saw her attending five primary schools while living in a variety of locations which included Glasgow, Dublin, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Eventually, Sarah and her three daughters returned to South London, but she left at the age of 16 after passing her "O" level examinations, now known as the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams. Her reason for taking a break from the educational process was that she was not allowed to pursue her goal of attending drama school. Tara had auditioned for RADA and the Guildhall, but she was unable to secure a placement. She now recognizes that, at age 17, she really had not been ready.

Tara spent the next two years working her way around Europe as a waitress, an experience that provided her with an improved perspective. When she returned to London and decided to audition for a place at the Drama Centre, she was accepted immediately. Her training at the Drama Centre leaned heavily toward method acting which she recalls was like one long therapy session of breaking down the ego, and then rebuilding it. (Other well-known actors who trained at the Drama Centre include Anthony Hopkins, Colin Firth, Simon Callow and Pierce Brosnan).

Life at the Drama Centre consisted of long days and hard work, but Tara recalls the time as being one of the best in her life. She was living at home with her mother, and working as a waitress at "The Ark" restaurant in Kensington to repay the bank loan which she had secured to cover her tuition fees. A theatrical agent noticed her performance in an amateur production, and arranged for Tara to audition for a co-starring role in the offbeat comedy Hear My Song. Tara was the first actress to audition and, after the director had seen another 300 young hopefuls, the role was hers. Two weeks after graduating from college in July, 1990, Tara was at work on a major film that turned out to be a surprise success, and generated rave reviews of her performance. Tara never looked back.

Starring roles in several successful television productions during 1991 and 1992 followed. Tara received critical acclaim for The Black Candle, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Camomile Lawn and Anglo Saxon Attitudes. Her next major step was a co-starring role in the West End play, "Our Song", where she acquitted herself nightly opposite one of the legends of the London stage, Peter O'Toole. This success was followed by a role opposite Hugh Grant in the Australian hit film, Sirens, for which the Australian Film Institute nominated Tara as Best Actress in a Lead Role.

An American mini-series, Fall from Grace, was followed by the Irish film, A Man of No Importance, which found Tara sharing honors with Albert Finney. Then came the two widely different television productions Mystery!: Cadfael (The Leper of St. Giles (#1.3)) and The Vacillations of Poppy Carew.

Tara was back co-starring with Hugh Grant in The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain before she embarked upon another major change of pace by playing "Ophelia" opposite Ralph Fiennes in "Hamlet" on the London and Broadway stages. Ralph received the notoriety, but Tara received the award for Best Supporting Actress from the New York Critics Circle.

Tara's next success was co-starring with Ewan McGregor in the highly acclaimed comedy/drama Brassed Off. Then, it was back to BBC television for The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Woman in White and The Prince of Hearts, all of which were featured on the U.S. mainstay, "Masterpiece Theatre". Tara's next theatrical film was Conquest, which was produced in Canada. Back on the British side of the Atlantic, Tara starred in the contemporary Little White Lies and the Daphne Du Maurier swashbuckler (also featured on Masterpiece Theatre) Frenchman's Creek, for which she received the award for Best Actress at the 1999 Reims International Television Festival.

A major part in the film Childhood (which, regrettably, has never been released) was followed by the harrowing role of a stalked woman in the psychological drama In the Name of Love. Radio dramatizations have included "A Handful of Dust", "Look Back in Anger", "The African Queen" and, most recently, "Laughter in Leningrad".

Tara has been heard as the voice of the narrator in such diverse television mini-series as Wild Thing (Animal Life), The Final Day (Celebrity Deaths), Vice - Inside Britain's Sex Business (Self-explanatory), Reputations (Biographies), Omnibus: A Long Time Ago, The Story of Star Wars (TV Special) and, most recently, The Changemakers.

You also will hear Tara's great voice doing radio and television advertisements for products ranging from Johnson's Facial Wipes to Norwich Union Insurance.

Tara's recent cinematic appearances have included co-starring with Rutger Hauer in New World Disorder, and starring opposite Rhys Ifans and Joseph Fiennes in Rancid Aluminum.

During this period, Tara appeared on stage in the title role of "Antigone", and as "Blanche du Bois" in "A Streetcar Named Desire".

In 2001, Tara appeared as the female lead in the World War II drama, Dark Blue World (aka "Dark Blue World"), a Czech film by Academy Award-winning director Jan Sverák (Kolya). She was also seen on the big screen in I Capture the Castle, a romantic comedy based upon the 1948 novel by Dodie Smith (101 Dalmatians).

Tara's recent television work has included a starring role in a segment of the highly-regarded psychological drama series Murder in Mind, Echoes. She also played the leading female role in Love Again, a dramatization of the life of British poet Philip Larkin, which was telecast on the BBC in July.

Tara has completed work on Secret Passage opposite John Turturro, a period drama which is set in Venice during the Spanish Inquisition, and Five Children and It, a family adventure film based on E. Nesbit's classic 1902 novel, which was released in the U.K. on October 22, 2004. During the late winter and early spring of 2004, Tara completed a very successful tour of the United Kingdom playing the role of "Nora Helmer" in "A Doll's House", for which she received high critical acclaim. In the fall of 2004, she began a tour in the role of "Mara Hill" in a new comedy "Clouds", by Michael Frayn.

During her career, Tara has picked her roles cautiously, always seeking to play the role of a strong woman. She feels that playing characters who have weak and insipid parts do not provide her with the motivation that the role of a strong woman can deliver. She has been remarkably successful in a variety of genre ranging from historical costume dramas (The Woman in White, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Frenchman's Creek), to contemporary psychological suspense dramas (Little White Lies and In the Name of Love), as well as comedy dramas (Brassed Off and Conquest), and offbeat comedies (Sirens and The Vacillations of Poppy Carew). Her fine performance in the World War II drama Dark Blue World (aka "Dark Blue World") and her recent work on stage give further evidence of her acting versatility.

James Agee

James Agee, Pulitzer Prize winning author, was born in Knoxville in 1909. The intense writer was to enjoy little real success in his lifetime, but after death won accolades. In 1958 he won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his uncompleted biographical novel A Death in the Family. Agee also wrote the classic Let Us Now Praise Famous Men with Walker Evans and the Oscar nominated screenplay for The African Queen with John Huston. Agee also appeared in a film and several TV shows while working in Hollywood. He died in 1955, only 45 years old, of a heart attack in NYC.

Cristina Zumárraga

Cristina Zumarraga is an award winning producer working at the forefront of Spain's most prestigious international films since 1990. She holds a degree in English Literature from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid.

With a long trajectory expanding over 25 years and more than 30 films, as Production Manager, Line Producer, Executive Producer and Producer, some of her selected filmography includes work alongside world renowned directors such as Julio Medem ("Room in Rome"), Iciar Bollain ("In A Foreign Land", "Olive Tree", "Even the Rain"), Patricia Ferreira ("Thi Mai"), Oliver Stone ("Persona Non Grata"; "Looking for Fidel"), Steven Soderbergh ("Che: The Argentine Part 1" and "Guerrilla Part 2"); Hugh Hudson ("Altamira") and Wim Wenders ("Submergence") to name a few.

She has received two Goya Awards for Best Production for "Even the Rain" starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Tosar (Iciar Bollain, 2011) and "Alatriste" starring Viggo Mortensen and Ariadna Gil (Agustin Diaz Llanes, 2007). She has also been nominated in other three occasions.

She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain, of AMA (Madrid Audiovisual Association), of ACE Producers Network and of EPC (European Producers Club). She regularly collaborates with the initiative CIMA Mentoring, an association of women audiovisual professionals mentoring female authors.

She is the CEO and founder of Tormenta Films, a production company based in Madrid whose aim is to produce fiction features and documentaries with global appeal created in 2010.

Tormenta films has produced and released the award winning "Operation E" directed by Miguel Courtois, with Luis Tosar and Martina García (San Sebastian Film Festival among dozens of festivals worldwide), "In a Foreign Land" directed by Iciar Bollain, and "The Warning" directed by Daniel Calparsoro.

Current projects in development:

"La Elvira" (a.k.a The Americas), written by Curro Novallas and to be directed by Norberto López Amado. An epic and adventure drama about the clandestine trip of a hundred people in an old schooner across the Atlantic Ocean. Supported by Ibermedia and Creative Europe MEDIA development grant.

"The True Road", written by Pablo Bartolomé and José Álvaro Rodríguez. A period thriller inspired by the case of the first serial killer in Spain in the 70's.

"Rosa's Wedding", written by Alicia Luna and to be directed by Iciar Bollain. A dramedy about a woman who tired of living a life dictated by others finally decides to take the reins of her own life in a very peculiar way.

"My African Queen", written and to be directed by Violeta Salma. A female-character driven story in which the protagonists search to find their own place in the Spanish city of Melilla in the north of Africa despite their heavy cultural heritages: Muslim and Jewish.

Robert D. Weinbach

Robert D. Weinbach is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and graduate of Missouri University from which he received a B.A. degree in Radio/Television Production and Journalism.

Weinbach lived and worked in Europe and the Mid East for eight years and began his film career in Spain as co-producer of Platero & I (based on the Nobel Prize winning book by Juan Ramon Jimenez}. Subsequently, he produced and co-authored two other feature films in Spain; Hallucination starring George Montgomery and Blind Mans Bluff starring Boris Karloff, Jean Pierre Aumont and Viveca Lindfors. Upon returning to the United States, he produced The Awakening co-written by best-selling author, Robin Moore (The Green Berets and The French Connection).

In London, Weinbach co-authored and produced The Mutations (Columbia Pictures) starring Donald Pleasence, Tom Baker & Academy Award nominees, Jill Haworth and Michael Dunn and directed by Jack Cardiff (Academy Award winner, Cinematography The Red Shoes and African Queen) and New York Film Critics Winner as director of Sons & Lovers. Later, in the United States, Weinbach packaged and co-authored the screenplay for Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize winning author, William Inge, starring Anne Heywood and Donald Pleasence.

Weinbach is President/owner of Cyclone Productions, Inc. and of Vidcrest which he launched in 1981, a producer/distributor in the home video market with thirty-two films in release. Included are acclaimed documentary, Mondo Cane and Pele, The Master & His Method starring sports legend, Pele and the original instructional, interactive, music video, Country & Blues Harmonica For The Absolute Beginner based on best-selling book by Jon Gindick, produced and directed by Weinbach and featuring Jon Gindick and B.B. King.

Film Production: Weinbach is a two time winner of the Houston International Film Festival Screenplay Competition for his original screenplay Jitterbug as Best Dramatic Musical and The Gold Award for his screenplay of The Killer Inside Me based on the novel by acclaimed author, Jim Thompson.

Film projects presently in development or scheduled for production based on screenplays by Weinbach in addition to Shiver are; A remake of The Killer Inside Me based on Jim Thompson's acclaimed novel - Jitterbug, a music, dance driven caper set in 1950s St. Louis - Manteca, an occult thriller set against N.Y.s Afro-Cuban music scene - A remake of Pulitzer Prize/Academy Award winner William Inge's, Good Luck Miss Wyckoff. A longtime Los Angeles resident, Weinbach is a Directors Guild and Writers Guild member.

Max E. Youngstein

Studio executive and independent film producer Max E. Youngstein has never received the full recognition he deserves. In 1951, he played a major role in rescuing United Artists (UA) from ruin. He was one of five partners, along with Arthur Krim, Robert Benjamin, Arnold Picker, and Bill Heineman, who purchased the financially troubled production and distribution company from the surviving co-founders Charles Chaplin and Mary Pickford. "For the next 12 years," writes Sandra Brennan, "the charismatic Youngstein, who of the five had the greatest rapport with and understanding of Hollywood's entertainment industry, would supervise productions." Foreseeing a successful market for motion picture soundtracks, he founded United Artists Records and United Artists Music.

During these years, UA would guarantee part of the production capital, worldwide distribution, and split the gross box office revenue. This arrangement was unheard of at the major studios. UA became the launch pad for landmark independent companies like Stanley Kramer Productions, Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, The Mirisch Company, and Joseph E. Levine. With Youngstein's assistance, UA once again became a leading name in the motion picture industry, developing the James Bond and Pink Panther franchises, and winning Best Picture Academy Awards for 'Marty' (1955), 'Around the World in 80 Days' (1956), 'The Apartment' (1960), and 'West Side Story' (1961).

The five partners at UA agreed, like their role model Irving Thalberg, not to take screen credit. Later Youngstein said this was "noble but ultimately silly, since everything is based on your last picture in this town." During his years at UA he oversaw the production of such classics as 'The African Queen' (1951), 'High Noon' (1952), 'The Night of the Hunter' (1955) 'Summertime' (1955), 'Sweet Smell of Success' (1957), '12 Angry Men' (1957), 'The Defiant Ones' (1958), 'Witness for the Prosecution' (1958), 'The Vikings' (1959), 'Some Like It Hot' (1959), 'Elmer Gantry' (1960), 'Inherit the Wind' (1960), 'The Alamo' (1960), 'The Magnificent Seven' (1960), 'Judgment at Nuremberg' (1961), 'The Misfits' (1961), 'Dr. No' (1962), and 'The Great Escape' (1963).

Youngstein left UA to found Max E. Youngstein Enterprises Inc. Films to emerge from his company include 'Fail Safe' (1964), directed by Sidney Lumet, and 'Welcome to Hard Times' (1967). He became the vice president of the Todd-AO-Corp. in 1972, and then for the next two decades was a legendary consultant to independent producers. He said his proudest moment was personally presenting a million dollar donation to Albert Einstein for the Institute of Advanced Study. Hoping to create a new launching pad for independent films, Youngstein and partner Cheryl Christiansen founded the Worldwide Artists production company. Youngstein passed away in his home the following year at the age of 84. He left behind an uncompleted autobiography.

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