Director.....Lee Toland Krieger
Written by Rashida Jones & Will McCormack
Produced by Jennifer Todd & Suzanne Todd
Executive Producers.....Rashida Jones, Will McCormack
Co-Producers.....David Grace, David Buelow
Director of Photography.....David Lanzenberg
Production Designer.....Ian Phillips
Music by Sunny Levine & Zach Cowie for Biggest Crush
Edited by Yana Gorskaya
Costume Designer.....Julia Caston
Casting by Angela Demo, C.S.A & Barbara J. McCarthy
Line Producer.....David Grace
Production Manager.....Tad Driscoll
First Assistant Director.....Shahrzad "Sheri" Davani
Second Assistant Director.....Stephenie Galvan
Lee Toland Krieger is a 2005 graduate of USC's School of Cinema and Television. In 2006, Lee directed the one-hour TV drama The Wilton. The show sold to the CW Network after a bidding war.
In 2008, Lee directed THE VICIOUS KIND, from his original screenplay. His mentor through college, Neil LaBute, served as Executive Producer on the film. THE VICIOUS KIND had its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and went on to earn two Independent Spirit Award nominations, one for Best Actor (Adam Scott) and another for Best Screenplay. The film also garnered Lee the top honor of the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 32nd Denver Film Festival, and won best actor for Adam Scott at numerous festivals, including the Strasbourg Film Festival.
Lee has also worked extensively in the commercial and music video space, directing videos for clients like Universal Music and Island Def Jam. In the fall of 2011, he wrote and directed a branded content film starring Andy Samberg for the world-wide launch of CanaryHop. He recently completed a campaign for Joseph Abboud, and prior to that, directed the newest campaign for AG Jeans (Adriano Goldschmied) to launch their global re-branding effort.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Todd has produced over a dozen motion pictures and films for television, garnering both critical and commercial success. She has been honored with numerous awards including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture, Women in Film's Lucy Award, the GLAAD Media Award, a People's Choice Award, five Saturn Awards and several MTV Movie Awards. With an exceptional eye for intriguing stories and a passion for filmmaking, Jennifer has produced numerous hit movies throughout her career.
Currently, Jennifer is in post-production on THE TO-DO LIST, starring Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader and Rachel Bilson, which will be released in 2012 and is written and directed by Maggie Carey.
In 2010, Jennifer produced Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. The film, starring Johnny Depp, won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Costume Design, and won Best Fantasy Film at the 2011 Saturn Awards. As a producer of the film, Jennifer was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy at the 2011 Golden Globes.
In 2008, Jennifer was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for producing the highly acclaimed ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, a musical featuring the songs of the Beatles. Directed by Julie Taymor and starring Evan Rachel Wood, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE received an Oscar nomination in the Best Costume Design category and a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack album.
Jennifer and her sister, Suzanne, produced the unique and inventive independent film MEMENTO, which was both a box office and critical success. With a budget of only $4 million dollars, MEMENTO went on to gross over $25 million dollars domestically and over $39 million worldwide. MEMENTO won many awards including the 2002 Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, the Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film, the Sierra Award for Best Picture, and was nominated for the AFI Movie of the Year. The film's director, Christopher Nolan, won the AFI Screenwriter of the Year Award and was celebrated by MTV as 2002's Best New Filmmaker. Nolan also won Best Screenplay and Best Director at the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the screenplay. Nolan's script won best screenplay at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001.
Earlier in her career, Jennifer produced one of the most successful comedy franchises in history, the AUSTIN POWERS trilogy. Starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, 1997's AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATINOAL MAN OF MYSTERY grossed over $67 million worldwide and won the 1998 Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film as well as two 1998 MTV Movie Awards. The 1999 sequel AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, this time starring Heather Graham and Myers, grossed an overwhelming $310 million worldwide and won numerous awards including a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, a MTV Award for Best Movie, a Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup. The final film in the franchise, 2002's AUSTIN POWERS: GOLDMEMEBER, starring Beyonce Knowles along with Myers, grossed $289 million worldwide and won the 2003 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie, the 2003 MTV Award for Best Comedic Performance and a 2003 BMI Film Music Award for composer George S. Clinton.
Jennifer's other credits include the romantic comedies MUST LOVE DOGS starring John Cusack and Diane Lane for Warner Brothers, PRIME starring Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep for Universal Pictures, and the gritty Wall Street drama, BOILER ROOM, starring Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Affleck for New Line, which premiered at Sundance in 2001. That year, BOILER ROOM was nominated for Best Feature and Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2007, Team Todd also released IRA AND ABBY, a charming romantic comedy starring Chris Messina and Jennifer Westfeldt, which won Best Comedy at the HBO Comedy Festival. For the small screen, Jennifer served as an executive producer on If These Walls Could Talk II starring Vanessa Redgrave, Chloe Sevigny, Sharon Stone and Ellen Degeneres. Jennifer was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, and received a nomination for the Television Producer of the Year Award in Longform by the Producers Guild of America. For her performance in the film, Vanessa Redgrave won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Jennifer also produced THE ROMANTICS starring Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Anna Paquin which debuted at Sundance in 2010.
In 2010, Jennifer joined The Mark Gordon Company as the President of Film.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Jennifer attended USC Film School. After which, she worked at Silver Pictures and Miramax Films before producing her first feature film, NOW AND THEN, in 1995.
Suzanne Todd is an award-winning film and television producer whose movies have grossed over two billion dollars worldwide. With unparalleled creative energy and a passion for fostering filmmaker-driven material, Suzanne has produced hits for nearly every major studio, as well as ground-breaking work in television. Recognized for her consummate development skills for socially relevant, family friendly and commercial fare, Suzanne's films have been honored by the Academy Awards®, Golden Globes® and Emmys®.
In addition to CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, Team Todd also produced Galt Niederhoffer's directorial debut The Romantics which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Also in 2010, Team Todd produced Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, helmed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska. The film won Academy Awards® for Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Art Direction, as well as a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Motion Picture.
The past eighteen months, Suzanne also has branched out into interactive entertainment, working as a creative and business consultant for Activision/Blizzard on their game development, as well as developing filmed entertainment of their current and future IP, and programming for their new Beachhead studio and Elite subscription service. In 2010, Suzanne had the rare distinction of having both produced a billion dollar movie, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and worked on a billion dollar video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops"
In 2007, Team Todd produced the ground-breaking original musical ACROSS THE UNIVERSE which was told through the songs of the Beatles. Directed by Julie Taymor and starring Evan Rachel Wood, it was nominated for a 2008 Golden Globe® Award for Best Picture and Oscar® nominated in the Best Costume Design category.
Team Todd's first foray into independent film, the highly acclaimed MEMENTO won the 2002 Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, the 2001 Sierra Award for Best Picture, the 2001 Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film, and was Oscar® nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Editing. The movie garnered the filmmaker, Christopher Nolan, MTV's Best New Filmmaker Award in 2002. It also won AFI's Screenwriter of the Year Award and was nominated for AFI's Best Picture.
Grossing over half a billion dollars worldwide, the AUSTIN POWERS trilogy is the most successful comedy franchise in New Line Cinema history. Released in 1997, AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY, starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, quickly became an audience favorite. With a budget of only $17 million, it went on to gross $67 million worldwide and won the 1998 Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film and two 1998 MTV Movie Awards – Best Villain and Best Dance Sequence.
Team Todd's other credits include PRIME starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman for Universal Pictures; MUST LOVE DOGS starring John Cusack and Diane Lane for Warner Brothers; and BOILER ROOM, the gritty Wall Street drama starring Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Affleck, for which Suzanne, along with her sister Jennifer and director Ben Younger, were nominated for Best First Feature at the 2001 Independent Spirit Awards.
In 1999, Suzanne executive produced HBO's If These Walls Could Talk 2, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Stone, which garnered her a 2000 Emmy® Award nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and a 2001 PGA Golden Laurel Award nomination for Producer of the Year in Longform TV. Actress Vanessa Redgrave won every major acting award for her performance including the Emmy®, Golden Globe® and SAG Award.
Prior to forming Team Todd, Suzanne partnered with Demi Moore in their production company, Moving Pictures. During the five-year partnership, Suzanne produced G.I. JANE for director Ridley Scott at Disney, which starred Moore, as well as NOW AND THEN for New Line Cinema, also starring Moore with Rosie O'Donnell, Melanie Griffith, Rita Wilson, Christina Ricci and Thora Birch. Their TV movie If These Walls Could Talk, starring Moore, Cher, Sissy Spacek and Rita Wilson, was the highest rated movie in HBO history and earned Suzanne a Golden Globe® nomination and two Emmy® Award nominations – the Best Picture Made for Television and the prestigious Governor's Award. Cher was also nominated for a Golden Globe® for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.
Suzanne regularly devotes her time and resources to several charitable causes including St. Joseph Center, The Children's Institute, The Alliance for Children's Rights, Variety – The Children's Charity and the Zimmer Children's Museum. In addition, she serves as Vice-Chair on the Board for the Archer School for Girls and is a major fundraiser at her children's schools. She mentors aspiring filmmakers through the USC Stark Mentorship Program and the Producers Guild of America as well as serves on a yearly panel that awards the Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowships through the Academy, judges the annual Lewis Carroll competition through the Doheny Library at USC, and also serves as a contributing judge for the Scripter Awards. This year she served on the jury for the American Film Institute Awards.
Lee Nelson is the President and CEO of Envision Media Arts (EMA), the award winning Production Company he launched in 2002 producing Film, TV and Television Commercials. Since its inception EMA has shot all over the world including Belgium, Brazil, China, England, Germany, Mexico, Romania, Russia, South Africa and throughout the US.
Leading TV commercial directors represented by EMA include: Martha Fiennes, Marcus Nispel, Rupert Wainwright, Dave Ramser and Mark Toia. Over his career Nelson has Executive Produced and produced award-winning spots for Coca-Cola, Sony, Ford, Toyota, and T-Com among hundreds of other prestigious accounts. Notably, his commercials have aired during both the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl.
Nelson has an extensive career in the motion picture industry and is in pre-production on the feature film FREEZER, which will be directed by Mikael Salomon (HARD RAIN, BAND OF BROTHERS). Most recently, Nelson financed and produced the feature film CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood and Emma Roberts, which premièred to critical acclaim as an Official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics.
In 2011, Nelson financed and produced the psychological thriller CHAINED directed by Jennifer Lynch (SURVEILLANCE) staring VincentD'Onofrio, Julia Ormond, Jake Weber and Gina Phillips. In will be released in 2012 by Anchor Bay Films. Myriad Pictures is handling international sales.
Nelson also provided financing and Executive Produced the feature film JANIE JONES, which received a standing ovation after its Gala World Premiere as an Official Selection in the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. The film stars Abigail Breslin (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), Allessandro Nivola (FACE/OFF) and Elisabeth Shue (LEAVING LAS VEGAS).
On the TV side, Nelson is developing a half-hour comedy pilot for Nickelodeon called Undercover Millionaire written by Rich Amberg (BEST PLAYER). In 2007 Nelson Executive Produced the TV pilot Fair Game with Bloody Bill for the History Channel and A&E Television Network.
Also in 2007, Nelson Exec Produced the feature film PATHFINDER for 20th Century Fox. The film starred Karl Urban (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), and was directed by Marcus Nispel (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE).
In 2004, EMA filmed the 'Legends Sequence' for the blockbuster feature film, NATIONAL TREASURE starring Nicolas Cage (WORLD TRADE CENTER, LORD OF WAR, 8MM) and Diane Kruger (THE HUNTING PARTY, TROY).
In 2003, under a five-picture deal with Mike Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures, Nelson co- produced the feature film BASIC, starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, which was directed by John McTiernan, (DIEHARD, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR). The first feature film Nelson Produced was the award winning THE SEVENTH COIN in 1993, starring Peter O'Toole.
In 2004, Nelson launched Canvas Advertising, Inc., as Managing Partner and Chief Creative Officer. Canvas created award-winning campaigns for Marshall Fields, the Minneapolis based retailer with annual sales in excess of two and a half billion dollars. From 2004 to 2007 Canvas generated 100% of the broadcast TV commercials for this retail powerhouse. Other clients include: The Russian Federation, Macy's, Express, Maribelle Chocolates and Sol Moscot Opticians.
Nelson moved to Los Angeles from New York in 1986 as a screenwriter and independent film producer. Among his early credits as producer are SPUD, an award-winning film funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and NORMALITY, a film produced for Italian television.
Nelson graduated from Bard College with a degree in history and received a certificate in French civilization from the Sorbonne in Paris.
David Lanzenberg came up through the ranks as a camera assistant under distinguished DPs like Philippe Rouselot, Christopher Soos, Checo Varese, Aaron Schneider, Daniel Pearl and Nicola Pecorini. During that time, he was able to work on multiple features, not only as a camera assistant, but also as the 2nd Unit DP. This includes, but is not limited to, working closely with Philippe Rouselot on the prep and all the test shoots for Tim Burton's PLANET OF THE APES produced by Zanuck Company and 20th Century Fox; shooting 2nd Unit for THE SENSATION OF SIGHT starring David Strathairn; VACUUMS based on the Academy Award® nominated short BROOMS that also screened at Cannes Film Festival and stars Chevy Chase and Rose McGowan; and the festival favorite PARK directed by Kurt Voelker.
Now shooting for over six years, Mr. Lanzenberg is highly sought after to shoot music videos and commercials, working with directors such as Ruben Fleischer, Henry Alex Rubin, Derek Cianfrance and Francois Vogel. He also was the cinematographer on the feature length documentary LENNY KRAVITZ MINISTER OF ROCK & ROLL. Mr. Lanzenberg recently finished shooting the feature film CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER directed by Lee Toland Krieger, starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg.
Gorskaya received theAmerican Cinema EditorsEddie award for her work on the Academy® Award nominated SPELLBOUND, which follows eight children on their way to the National Spelling Bee.
Other award winning documentaries include LUCKY, SEEDS, SONNY BOY and IN THE NAME OF LOVE, produced by Sidney Pollack.
Gorskaya's fiction credits include the dark comedy ROCKET SCIENCE, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won a directing prize for long time collaborator Jeffrey Blitz. She also worked on the Sundance World Competition feature EAGLE VS. SHARK, and SMART PEOPLE, with Dennis Quaid,Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Page.
She frequently consults on both documentary and fiction films. Most recently, she served as consulting editor on the Sundance World Narrative Competition entry BOY, written and directed by Taika Waititi. BOY became the highest grossing native film of all time in New Zealand, and swept the Qantas awards, including best editing.
She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her MFA from USC, both with numerous honors. She also holds an honorary degree from Whittier College.
Ian Phillips was born in Los Angeles California where he attended Chatsworth High School and participated in the LAUSD drama festival winning first place in theater design. He then traveled to Durango Colorado to attend Fort Lewis College where he received his bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in art. During this time he participated in a work study program designing sets for the college theater department.
After returning to Los Angeles he art directed such films as A SINGLE MAN and TWILIGHT, and has art directed television shows such as Bones, C.S.I: Las Vegas and Mad Men. In 2011 Phillips began designing in long format with CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER. Currently he designs the television show Parks and Recreation for NBC and resides in Los Angeles.
Julia Caston's film credits include: WILD CHILD, SEX AND DEATH 101, EUROTRIP, BOILER ROOM, IDLE HANDS, Her television credits include: The Middle, Roommates, Surviving Suburbia, Day Break, Commander in Chief, 8 Simple Rules and If These Walls Could Talk 2.