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Born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Award-winning filmmaker Cindy Baer began her career as an actress with the Boston Children's Theatre at the age of 14. She has performed in over two dozen stage plays, including the critically acclaimed roles of Essie in the Pasadena Shakespeare Company's production of "You Can't Take It With You," and Jill in the 30th anniversary production of Leonard Gershe's "Butterflies are Free" at the prestigious Matrix Theatre in Hollywood, which she also produced.

Cindy founded the production company Free Dream Pictures in 2001, and made her feature directing/producing debut with Purgatory House (2004), which was written by a 14-year-old at-risk girl that Baer mentored in the Big Sisters of Los Angeles Program. She cast the teenage writer Celeste Davis opposite newcomers Johnny Pacar (Disney's Now You See It... (2005), NBC's Flight 29 Down (2005)) and Brian Dietzen (NCIS (2003)), in their acting debuts, alongside Jim Hanks, the talented younger brother of Tom Hanks. "Purgatory House" became a critical darling, garnering feature stories in over 60 publications, including NPR's "All Things Considered", The New York Post, The Chicago Tribune, and CBS Radio. It won 12 film festival awards, 2 Prism Award Nominations, and appeared on several critics' lists for "Best Films of the Year" before securing distribution with Image Entertainment.

Baer's second feature Odd Brodsky (2014) which she directed, produced and also co-wrote with her cinematographer husband Matthew Irving, had similar success, appearing in 30 film festivals and winning 21 festival awards. It was a critical darling, 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and reached #19 on the iTunes independent Comedy Charts in the United States, #13 in the United Kingdom, and #2 in Sweden and Armenia. The screenplay reached #1 on Amazon's Best Sellers charts for screenplays.

She is also the co-founder of the California nonprofit organization Patron of the Arts, whose mission is to help emerging filmmakers create work and connect with audiences.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Publicity Services

Family (1)

Spouse Matthew Irving (30 April 2005 - present)

Trivia (5)

Married cinematographer Matthew Irving in the little chapel in Yosemite National Park on April 30, 2005.
Has appeared on film making panels across the country speaking as an expert on low budget and 21st century film making.
Believing that acting saved her own life as a child, in 2000 she founded the Mosaic Theatre Company: a California non-profit, public benefit company, whose mission is to get kids excited about creating art, music and theatre as an alternative to negative outlets.
In 1997 Cindy Baer joined the Big Sisters of Los Angeles program, and became a mentor to an 11-year-old at-risk girl named Celeste Davis. Four years later, Baer produced and directed a screenplay written by Davis called Purgatory House (2004), casting Davis, who had never acted before, in the lead role. Purgatory House was filmed in 2001, one year before the movie Thirteen (2003).
Created one of the most successful children's entertainment companies in the Southern California area, when she was 22-years-old, employing over 50 actors and facilitating up to 40 events per week. As a birthday clown (and various princess characters) her clients included Diane Keaton, Mel Harris, Hunter Tylo, Ozzy Osbourne, Tawny Kitaen, Oscar De La Hoya, Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver, Andy Garcia,and Steven Spielberg.

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