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John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York.

From a script by Jim Strouse that is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking, John Krasiniski’s second feature is a poignant look at the bonds of family and friendship.


THE HOLLARS is a film that has long been a part of my life, and as my role in making it evolved from actor to director, so too did my connection to this story. I fell in love with Jim Strouse's script and the honesty with which he looked at this family at this particular moment in time. For me, the movie struck a very personal chord, as I was about to start a family of my own, but my sincere hope for this film and the reason I am so drawn to this kind of human story, is that it will resonate differently with every person who sees it. Whatever your background or experience, big family or small, the family you were born into or the one you've created, The Hollars can be at once universal in its themes and uniquely personal in its heart and sense of humor. One of the greatest challenges here was to navigate those hairpin turns between humor and emotion in all the ways that make real life as joyful and funny as it is tragic – and often, most surprisingly, at the same time. I am so thrilled to bring this story to life, and to do it with this cast is simply surreal.

– John Krasinski


John Krasinski

John Krasinski

Director & Producer

John Krasinski has established himself as an actor, writer and director, engaging audiences on the big, the small screen and on the stage.

Krasinski recently starred as a Navy SEAL in Michael Bay’s 13 HOURS: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi alongside James Badge Dale.

Krasinski notably starred on NBC’s Emmy®-winning smash hit “The Office” for nine seasons, where he portrayed the charming boy-next-door Jim Halpert.

His recent film credits include the Gus Van Sant directed PROMISED LAND, which he also wrote with Matt Damon; Disney Pixar’s MONSTER’S UNIVERSITY in which he lent his voice; legendary Japanese filmmaker Hiyao Miyazaki’s latest animated film THE WIND RISES; and Cameron Crowe’s ALOHA. His additional film roles include performances in the uplifting family film BIG MIRACLE; SOMETHING BORROWED; Nancy Meyers' IT'S COMPLICATED; Sam Mendes’ AWAY WE GO; the animated smash hits MONSTERS VS. ALIENS and SHREK THE THIRD; George Clooney's LEATHERHEADS; Ken Kwapis' LICENSE TO WED; Christopher Guest's FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION and Bill Condon's KINSEY.

Krasinski previously adapted and directed the David Foster Wallace book Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. The independently financed film screened at Sundance in 2009, and was released by IFC later that year. He also co-wrote an untitled action-adventure script with Oren Uziel, which was sold to Warner Bros. in 2013 that he will produce alongside Uziel.

This year he received rave reviews for his performance in The Public Theater production of “Dry Powder” by Thomas Kail with Claire Danes and Hank Azaria.

Through his own Sunday Night banner, Krasinski executive produces “Lip Sync Battle” on Spike TV alongside Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant, based on the popular segment on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” which he created with Merchant and Fallon in 2013. The hit show is currently airing its second season and was recently picked up for a third. Sunday Night recently made an overall producing deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television. Krasinski notably starred on NBC’s Emmy®-winning smash hit “The Office” for nine seasons, where he portrayed the charming boy-next-door Jim Halpert.

Krasinski graduated from Brown University as an honors playwright and later studied at the National Theater Institute. Born and raised in Newton, Mass., Krasinski currently resides in New York.

Sharlto Copely

Sharlto Copley

Sharlto Copley is a South African actor, director and producer. He launched his acting career with his acclaimed performance as “Wikus van de Merwe” in 2009's Oscar nominated DISTRICT 9. He has subsequently starred as “Howling Mad Murdoch” in THE A-TEAM (2010), “Agent Kruger” in ELYSIUM (2013) and “King Stefan” in MALEFICENT (2014) and “Chappie” in CHAPPIE among other films. Upcoming projects include “The Colonel” in HARDCORE.

Charlie Day

Charlie Day

Charlie Day’s comedic talent in both film and television has garnered him a loyal following among critics and fans all over the world.

Day currently stars as the hapless Charlie Kelly on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” for which he also writes and executive produces. He created the show in collaboration with friends and co-producers Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton. The series will return for its 11th season in January on FXX.

Before “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Day had a recurring role on NBC’s “Third Watch” and also appeared on the Fox comedy “Luis.” Other television credits include “Drunk History,” “Law & Order SVU,” “American Dad,” “Reno 911,” “Mary and Rhoda,” “Madigan Men,” “Campfire Stories,” and “Unsupervised.”

In film, Day is best known for his roles in GOING THE DISTANCE, HORRIBLE BOSSES, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, PACIFIC RIM, THE LEGO MOVIE, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 and VACATION. Charlie will next be seen in FIST FIGHT starring opposite Ice Cube.

In 2015, Charlie was nominated for a MTV Movie Award for his role in HORRIBLE BOSSES 2.

Day began his acting career onstage and participated in the Williamstown Theater Festival for four years. He went on to play the lead role in Dead End at the Huntington Theater in Boston.

Charlie was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in Rhode Island. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mary Elizabeth, and their son.

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Academy Award nominated Richard Jenkins is one of the most in-demand character actors in Hollywood, having made over sixty films.

Jenkins was just nominated for an Independent Spirit award for his work in BONE TOMAHAWK.


Jenkins has also starred in acclaimed TV shows including “Olive Kitteridge,” which he received an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series, and “Six Feet Under”.

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick has a variety of accomplishments that showcase her impressive range of talent. She was the lead in PITCH PERFECT 2, which broke the record as the highest grossing musical of all time. The song Cups, which she performed in the first PITCH PERFECT went multiplatinum, and was one of Billboards’ top songs of 2013. She starred in the film adaptation of the musical, INTO THE WOODS, directed by Rob Marshall, where she plays “Cinderella” opposite Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

Kendrick just wrapped several films which include the wedding comedy TABLE 19, the actionthriller THE ACCOUNTANT, opposite Ben Affleck, MR. RIGHT, alongside Sam Rockwell, and directed by Paco Cabeza and she is currently working on TROLLS, a DreamWorks Animation feature and MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, opposite Zac Efron.

Kendrick’s other recent credits include the film adaptation of the musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS, indies CAKE, HAPPY CHRISTMAS, DRINKING BUDDIES, which she starred opposite Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston, the comedy-drama 50/50, with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and David Ayerʼs intense crime-drama, END OF WATCH, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Kendrick was also in the blockbuster TWILIGHT SAGA franchise, including NEW MOON, ECLIPSE, and BREAKING DAWN PART 1.

In 2010 Kendrick starred opposite George Clooney and Jason Bateman in the lauded film UP IN THE AIR, directed by Jason Reitman, for which she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and was honored by The National Board of Review for Best Supporting Actress and by the MTV Movie Awards for Best Breakout Star. She also earned nominations from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, The Golden Globes, BAFTA, and the Screen Actors Guild.

Kendrick notably starred in ROCKET SCIENCE, directed by Jeffrey Blitz. Her performance as an ultra-competitive high school debate team member garnered critical acclaim and the film received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Anna was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film.

Anna made her feature film debut in director Todd Graffʼs CAMP, a favorite at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Her performance in the cult classic earned her an Independent Spirit Awards nomination, as well as a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Annual Chlotrudis Awards.

An accomplished theatre veteran, Kendrick began her career as Dinah Lord in the 1997 Broadway musical production of High Society, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. At just 12-years-old, the honor made her the second youngest Tony nominee in award history. Kendrick also garnered Drama League and Theatre World awards, as well as Drama Desk and FANY award nominations.

Kendrickʼs additional theatre credits includes a feature role in the New York City Operaʼs production of A Little Night Music, starring Jeremy Irons, My Favorite Broadway/The Leading Ladies: Live at Carnegie Hall, and Broadway workshops of Jane Eyre and The Little Princess.

Margo Martindale

Margo Martindale

Award-winning actress Margo Martindale's impressive career includes work in film, television and theater.

Martindale has been seen in countless major films directed by some of the finest directors of the past few decades including MILLION DOLLAR BABY, DEAD MAN WALKING, TWILIGHT, NOBODY’S FOOL, LORENZO’S OIL, THE HOURS, PRACTICAL MAGIC, WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY, SECRETARIAT, PARIS JE T’AIME, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, WIN-WIN, and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.” Martindale can also be seen in the upcoming feature film SOPHIE & THE RISING SUN (alongside Julianne Nicholson & Lorraine Toussaint), which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Martindale’s work as “Claudia” on the acclaimed FX series “The Americans” garnered two Emmy Nominations and a win for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.” Martindale also received an Emmy Award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” as well as a Critics Choice TV Award for her intense role as the diabolical yet maternal family crime boss, “Mags Bennett” in the FX series “Justified.” She was also awarded a Critics’ Choice TV Award for Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama series for her portrayal of “Ruth Eastman” CBS show “The Good Wife.”

Her past television work includes stand-out performances on series such as “The Millers”, “Bojack Horseman”, “A Gifted Man”, “Suits”, “Persons of Interest”, “Smash”, “New Girl”, “Medium”, “Dexter”, and “Hung.” Her new television show for Amazon – “Sneaky Pete” – begins shooting its first season in February of 2016.

Tony nominated for “Best Featured Actress in a Play” for her portrayal of “Big Mama” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Martindale began her career on the New York stage. She originated the iconic role of “Truvy” in Steel Magnolias and has appeared in other such notable shows as Always…Patsy Cline and The Sugar Bean Sisters.

Josh Groban

Josh Groban

Josh Groban is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter, and actor whose baritone voice is instantly recognizable and unparalleled among his peers. He has entertained fans across the globe with his multiplatinum albums and DVDs (selling more than 30 million worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. Groban is the only artist who has had two albums land on Billboard’s list of 20 best-sellers of the last 10 years.

The 34-year-old Los Angeles native first broke through in 2001 with his self-titled doubleplatinum debut, followed by 2003’s multi-platinum Closer, and 2006’s double-platinum Awake. In 2007, he became the best-selling recording artist of the year thanks to sales of Awake and his blockbuster Grammy-nominated Christmas album, Noel — the best-selling album of 2007. At the end of 2010, Groban released the Rick Rubin-produced, platinum-certified Illuminations. All That Echoes followed in 2013, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, Groban’s first No. 1 debut and third chart-topper. All That Echoes racked up a host of positive reviews from major media outlets, including The New York Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and USA Today. His global arena tours routinely sell out, including his 2013 All That Echoes tour, which included 60 shows in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and North America.

On April 28th, Groban released his seventh studio album, Stages — a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs of all time, which Groban describes as “gorgeously arranged songs that have stood the test of time,” and which he was drawn to because of their combination of “incredible melody with an incredible story.” Recorded with producers Humberto Gatica and Bernie Herms in both Los Angeles and London’s Abbey Road (with a 75-piece orchestra), Stages features songs from Les Misérables (“Bring Him Home”); Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (“You’ll Never Walk Alone”); Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George (“Finishing the Hat”), Sweeney Todd (“Not While I’m Around”), and Into the Woods (“Children Will Listen”); The Fantasticks (“Try to Remember”); A Chorus Line (“What I Did For Love”); Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera (“All I Ask of You”), The Wizard of Oz (“Over the Rainbow”), and others. Stages has been nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In February, Groban will release a CD/DVD package, entitled Stages Live, featuring performances recorded at the historic Los Angeles Theater in downtown L.A. for his all-new PBS special Josh Groban: Stages Live. In July 2016, he will embark on an extensive North American tour to support Stages, entitled “Josh Groban: On Stage.”

In addition to his numerous musical achievements, Groban has enjoyed a second career as an actor, having appeared on “Glee,” “The Simpsons,” “The Office,” “CSI: NY,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The Crazy Ones,” as well as in the feature films CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE, COFFEE TOWN, and MUPPETS MOST WANTED. Last year, he hosted ABC’s unique singing competition “Rising Star”. Groban is also a popular television talk-show guest, appearing in various late-night comedic sketches with Jimmy Kimmel, co-hosting “Live with Regis and Kelly” with Kelly Ripa, and paying tribute to Oprah Winfrey during the final week of her longrunning show.

An active arts education philanthropist and advocate, Groban is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee, on whose behalf he testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior on the value of the arts during Arts Advocacy Day in 2009. In July 2011, Groban established the Find Your Light Foundation, which helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness. It covers a wide array of possibilities, from providing instruments and funding for arts programs in schools to introducing people to the arts and culture around them through the use of technology.

Randall Park

Randall Park

As an actor and writer, Randall Park is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in both film and television.

Park can currently be seen in the second season of the ABC comedy series “Fresh Off The Boat” as Louis Huang, the patriarch of a Taiwanese family adjusting to a new life in Orlando in the 1990s after moving from Washington D.C. Based on the memoir of chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang, the half-hour, single-camera comedy is the first network television show to focus on an Asian American family in 20 years.

In July 2015, Park starred in the Netflix original series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” based on the cult classic 2002 film of the same name. Park starred alongside Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, and Elizabeth Banks.

On the big screen, Park recently appeared in TRAINWRECK, directed by Judd Apatow and starring opposite the film’s writer Amy Schumer, Tilda Swinton, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Brie Larson and Ezra Miller.

Previously, he portrayed “Kim Jong-un” in THE INTERVIEW, opposite James Franco and Seth Rogen. The comedy followed a celebrity tabloid TV show host (Franco) and his producer (Rogen), who, in trying to legitimize themselves as real journalists, land an interview with Kim Jong-un after discovering he is a fan of their show. While preparing to travel to North Korea for the interview, the CIA recruits them to assassinate the dictator.

Park’s previous film credits include the box-office hit NEIGHBORS, alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron; SEX TAPE, opposite Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel; THE MEDDLER, THEY CAME TOGETHER; THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT; DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS; LARRY CROWNE; THE GOOD DOCTOR; AND FRAGMENTS. Park’s other TV credits include “Veep;” “The Office;” “New Girl;” “Curb Your Enthusiasm;” “House;” “The Mindy Project;” “Cold Case;” “CSI;” “Reno 911!;” “Wild N Out;” and “The Sarah Silverman Program”.

Park won a ‘Best Actor Award’ at the 2010 NBC’s Short Cuts Film Festival for the short BLUEBERRY, which he also wrote. He also is the recipient of the 2011 CAPE ‘New Writers Award’ for an original pilot he wrote entitled “Erasists”. Park is a constant presence on the web and is a frequent contributor to the monthly web series showcase and competition Channel 101, created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program). His work can be found on Park currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead began her career in performing arts at a young age in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was in these adolescent years that her exceptional talent in dancing and acting earned her the opportunity to study dance at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Soon after, she was appearing on Broadway and singing in the International Children’s Choir. Winstead’s passion for the arts has segued into a successful career in TV, Film and Music.

She be seen in “Mercy Street,” produced by Ridley Scott, alongside Josh Radnor and Gary Cole. the drama follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War. Winstead is also set to star in J.J. Abram’s upcoming thriller VALENCIA opposite John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr., Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert’s drama SWISS ARMY MAN alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, as well as the CBS drama “Braindead” opposite Aaron Tveit.

Winstead recently starred in several notable independent features. These have included Riley Stearns’ cult-themed drama FAULTS, which premiered at South by Southwest in 2014 and Chris Messina’s ALEX OF VENICE, which world-premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in April 2015. As if that wasn’t enough, she also had a starring role in the A&E television series “The Returned,” producer Carlton Cuse’s riveting drama adapted from the French series of the same name.

Prior, she could be seen in the Focus Features film KILL THE MESSENGER, directed by Michael Cuesta and starring alongside Jeremy Renner. The film is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, who became the target of a vicious smear campaign after exposing CIA secrets in the nineties.

She was nominated for the Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in James Ponsoldt’s critically acclaimed SMASHED, opposite Aaron Paul. She reteamed with the filmmaker for his sleeper hit THE SPECTACULAR NOW, with Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.

Her other film credits include A.C.O.D, an acronym for “Adult Children of Divorce,” which also stars Jessica Alba, Amy Poehler and Jame Lynch; the period vampire adventure ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER in the role of ‘Mary Todd’, based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith; in THE THING; opposite Michael Cera, Chris Evans and Anna Kendrick in the hit Universal action-comedy-fantasy film SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. The movie is based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley and was directed by Edgar Wright.

Winstead could also be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s film DEATH PROOF of the GRINDHOUSE double-feature, where she starred alongside Kurt Russell and Rosario Dawson. It was in this film that she also got to share her vocal skills when she sang “Baby It’s You.” She also starred in Emilio Estevez’s Golden Globe nominated film BOBBY, alongside William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Elijah Wood, Sharon Stone and Anthony Hopkins just to name a few. The film also earned her a SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble Cast. Prior she starred alongside Bruce Willis in the role of his daughter LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, part of the hugely successful Die Hard series.

Returning to song, Ms. Winstead’s debut album Got a Girl, in collaboration with Dan “The Automater” Nakamura, was released in July 2014. A chance encounter during the filming of SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD – which featured several songs by Nakamura – led the pair to an unexpected meeting of minds and musical tastes. Distilling and decanting the spirits of John Keats and Charlotte Corday, Chopin and nouvelle chanson, Got a Girl serves up a sweet and sharply carbonated cocktail of the epic, the baroque, and the absurd.


Tom Rice


Tom Rice produced the Sundance hit THE WAY, WAY BACK, shortly after producing the Academy Award-nominated live action short KAVI. THE WAY, WAY BACK was the first film at Sycamore Pictures, a company he launched with partner Ben Nearn in 2011.

Rice also produced Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s MISSISSIPPI GRIND, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, and just completed production on SPEECH & DEBATE, directed by Dan Harris, based on Stephen Karam’s hit play.

Other projects include the musical themed BEGIN AGAIN, the Robin Williams comedy A MERRY FRIGGIN’ CHRISTMAS, and the upcoming COLLIDE starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones.

Rice attended New York's School of Visual Arts as the Presidential Scholar and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Allyson Seeger


In 2013, Allyson Seeger joined John Krasinski at production company, Sunday Night, where she currently serves as Head of Development and Production. Alongside Krasinski, she produces the hit show “Lip Sync Battle” on Spike TV, which is currently airing its second season and was recently picked up for a third, and TV series “Dream Corp, LLC” for Adult Swim. Allyson is also in development on a slate of film and TV projects including an untitled action-adventure script co-written by John Krasinski and Oren Uziel, which sold to Warner Brothers, and a variety of network and cable projects under Sunday Night's overall deal at Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Prior to joining Sunday Night, Allyson was Vice President of Film at The Mark Gordon Company. She co-produced the 2013 CBS Films comedy, The To-Do List starring Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Connie Britton, and Clark Gregg. She also developed and will executive produce the upcoming feature adaptation of the Tony Award winning musical, Memphis.

Allyson began her career while still in school at Boston University, working for Fine Line Features, Focus Features, Producer Linda Obst and former production company, Section Eight at Warner Brothers. Born and raised in New York, Allyson currently resides in Los Angeles.

Ben Nearn


Ben Nearn, a former Ernst & Young accountant, left a twelve-year career as an investment banker to co-found Cross Creek Pictures. During his tenure as CFO and COO, Cross Creek Pictures produced Darren Aronofsky's Academy Award-nominated BLACK SWAN, George Clooney's THE IDES OF MARCH, and THE WOMAN IN BLACK starring Daniel Radcliffe.

In 2011, Nearn co-founded Sycamore Pictures with his partner Tom Rice and Executive Produced the Sundance darling THE WAY, WAY BACK, John Carney’s BEGIN AGAIN, and produced the holiday film A MERRY FRIGGIN' CHRISTMAS starring Robin Williams, and last year’s critically acclaimed Sundance film MISSISSIPPI GRIND starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn.

Most recently, Sycamore Pictures wrapped production on SPEECH & DEBATE based on Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam's award-winning play, and in partnership with IM Global will soon release the action thriller COLLIDE starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones.

Nearn lives in Memphis, TN with his wife and two kids.

Jim Strouse

Screenwriter/Executive Producer

Born in Indiana in 1977, James C. Strouse received an MFA for fiction writing at Columbia University. While at Columbia, he wrote LONESOME JIM (2005), which starred Casey Affleck and was directed by Steve Buscemi.

After the success of LONESOME JIM at Sundance, Strouse began working on his next screenplay, which he was inspired to direct after working with Buscemi on his previous film. That next project, GRACE IS GONE (2007), debuted at Sundance two years after LONESOME JIM. Well-received, GRACE IS GONE told the story of a father, played by John Cusack, who had to figure out how to tell his children that their mother was killed in Iraq. It won an Audience Award as well as the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance that year. Strouse’s next movie THE WINNING SEASON (2011) was more light-hearted, and starred Sam Rockwell as a divorced dad who becomes the coach of a high school girls’ varsity basketball team.

His next work as a writer and a director was PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS (2015), which premiered at Sundance to love letter reviews. The film stars Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall and Jessica Williams.

Mike Sablone

Executive Producer

Mike Sablone is a dramaturg and producer, who for the last four years has worked as Director of Development at John Krasinski’s production company Sunday Night. While at Sunday Night he served as the co-producer for the film PROMISED LAND, directed by Gus Van Sant, written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski and released by Focus Features. Before working for Sunday Night he spent seven years as a dramaturg for Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre and Kirk Douglas Theatre). While there he was the dramaturg for Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and saw the musical through its development including productions at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and Public Theater to its run on Broadway at the Jacobs Theater. The script for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book, and won Best Book of a musical at the Drama Desk Awards. Other theatre world premieres include David Henry Hwang’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Yellow Face (Mark Taper Forum); Matt Sax and Eric Rosen’s hip-hop musical Venice (Kansas City Rep, Kirk Douglas Theatre), which Time Magazine called “The year’s best musical”; Culture Clash’s Palestine, New Mexico (Mark Taper Forum); John Belluso’s Henry Flamethrowa (Trinity Rep), and Paul Grellong’s Radio Free Emerson (Gamm). He has developed work by Frank Basloe, Bash Doran, Kate Fodor, Nick Jones, Storm Large, Itamar Moses, Ken Weitzman and Alex Woo at CTG, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Repertory and the Denver Theatre Center. Other film credits include the development of the screenplays for John Krasinski’s adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous

Eric Alan Edwards

Director of Photography

ERIC EDWARDS has been behind the camera on dozens of iconic films, beginning with director Gus Van Sant's seminal MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, for which he garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

In 1996, two films shot by Edwards premiered at the Cannes Film Festival: Gus Van Sant’s TO DIE FOR, starring Nicole Kidman and Matt Dillon, and director Larry Clark's first feature effort, the highly controversial KIDS.

The following year, Edwards’ natural, edgy photographic style returned to Cannes with David Russell’s quirky comedy FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, starring Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette and Téa Leoni.

Eric moved on to shoot COP LAND with director James Mangold and starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta. His gritty, handheld camera work illuminated ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, with Melanie Griffith, James Woods and Joaquin Phoenix. Likewise, his handsome visual flourishes told the story of CLAY PIGEONS, starring Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix.

Edwards moved to a wide screen format, for the ‘big sky’ Montana indie THE SLAUGHTER RULE, for the provocative filmmaking twins Alex and Andrew Smith, which competed at the Sundance Film Festival.

Eric broadened his horizons to larger budget comedies with KNOCKED UP, the blockbuster comedy for director Judd Apatow, starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl, and THE BREAK UP directed by Peyton Reed starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston.

Edwards continued to work with interesting filmmakers on movies such as MANAGEMENT, directed by Stephen Belber, starring Steve Zahn, and Jennifer Aniston, LOVE HAPPENS, for director/writer Brandon Camp starring Aaron Eckhart, and WHAT'S WRONG WITH VIRGINIA for director/writer Dustin Lance Black (Academy Award winner for the script of MILK), starring Ed Harris and Jennifer Connolly. Edwards also reteamed with David Dobkin for THE CHANGE UP, starring Ryan Reynolds.

More recently, Eric has shot a string of acclaimed festival films, including Elmore Leonard’s LIFE OF CRIME (Toronto), WELCOME TO ME starring Kristen Wiig (Toronto), and LOVELACE, directed by multiple Oscar winning directors Jeffrey Freidman and Rob Epstein (Sundance).

Edwards has also just wrapped two studio comedies, New Line Cinema’s FIST FIGHT and the Robert De Niro, Zac Efron comedy, DIRTY GRANDPA.

In addition to his film work, Edwards is highly sought out for his clean, clear images for television, commercials and music videos for the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Donna Summers, Alanis Morissette, Paul Simon and the Red Hot Chili Peppers whose video “Under the Bridge” won MTV’s best music video of the year. And his beautiful work has been praised on Amazon’s highly acclaimed “Bosch” series based on the Michael Connelly novels of the same name.

Daniel B. Clancy

Production Designer

Daniel Clancy recently finished AMERICAN PASTORAL, Ewan McGregor’s directing debut for Lakeshore Entertainment. He also collaborated with Gabriele Muccino for the upcoming FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS starring Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried as well as with Chuck Russel for the upcoming I AM WRARTH. Additional production designer credits include THE DILEMMA, PROMISED LAND, NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS, SO UNDERCOVER, Starz “Boss” and numerous commercials and television shows.

Clancy has a unique perspective as a designer having worked previously as an accomplished set decorator for over 20 years collaborating with some of the great designers of film. Richard Sylbert, Dennis Gassner, Alan Cameron are among some of the greats he has worked with. His experiences have taught him, “The secret to design is in the details, and as a decorator you have to make sure every set, every piece of furniture, drapery, wall color etc. every prop is perfect. A great set decorator is so under appreciated and being one really does prepare you to learn design inside and out and make sure all sets are unique and correct.” Learning that attention to detail has taught him how to design sets based on the character and script. He brings his unique perspective and passion to every project and every set he creates.

He has worked with some of the most talented and accomplished directors working today including Ron Howard, Gus Van Sant, Sam Mendes, Christopher Columbus, Ewan McGregor and now John Krasinski.

His list of credits as a set decorator include COUPLES RETREAT, RED DAWN, THE INFORMANT, TROPIC THUNDER, THE PROMOTION, FRED CLAUS, THE NUMBER 23, THE BREAK UP, DERAILED, THE WEATHER MAN, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS, ROAD TO PERDITION, PAYBACK, MY BEST FRIENDS WEDDING, ROSEWOOD, PRIMAL FEAR, HOFFA, HOME ALONE and HOME ALONE 2. He also worked on BIG FISH and ROAD TO PERDITION as an assistant decorator. Raised on Chicago’s northwest side, Clancy graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Art, advertising and graphic design. He set out to conquer the Ad world before getting the film bug working on his first film Brian De Palmas “The Untouchables” and then with the great John Hughes on over seven films including such classics as “Uncle Buck,” “Home Alone 1” and 2 among others.

His philosophy is simple he likes to say, “I just want to work with nice, intelligent creative people on projects with good scripts and great directors that excite me or make me laugh. Hopefully both. Life is too short not to laugh often and have fun. If you are not having fun and enjoying the creative process then hang it up.”

Heather Persons


Heather Persons began her career apprenticing for Dede Allen on director Barry Sonnenfeld’s, THE ADDAMS FAMILY and later assisted on several films including FLESH AND BONE; SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, starring Julia Roberts; AMERICAN RHAPSODY, starring Scarlett Johansson, and the Emmy Award winning HBO movie, IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK II, 1972, starring Michelle Williams and Chloe Sevigny.

With Mia Goldman she co-edited THE IN-LAWS, starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks and the sleeper hit MY BIG, FAT, GREEK WEDDING which grossed over 368 million, becoming one of the top romantic comedies of the 21st century.

In recent years she edited the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated TNT movie, THE RON CLARK STORY for director Randa Haines. She received an A.C.E. nomination for that project. She also edited several features including STARTER FOR 10, starring James McAvoy and Rebecca Hall; SUNSHINE CLEANING, starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt and FATHER OF INVENTION, starring Kevin Spacey. Heather edited two series for HBO: season 2 of producer Mark Walberg’s “How To Make It In America,” with director Miguel Arteta, among others; all three seasons of “Getting On.”

Caroline Eselin-Schaefer

Costume Designer

Caroline studied film at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. She started her film career in New Orleans and made her way to Los Angeles where she has been a member of the Costume Designer’s Guild since 2006.

Her first works include collaborations with directors Wim Wenders and Charles Burnett for the PBS series “The Blues.” She continued with Wim Wenders on his 2005 film DON’T COME KNOCKING starring Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won several European film awards.

Caroline continued forward on projects with directors Tim Blake Nelson, Hany Abu-Assad, Tim Disney and Udayan Prasad. She then designed the 2008 Sundance multi-award winning BALLAST for director Lance Hammer.

In 2011 Caroline designed the Cannes Festival premiering 1960’s period film THE PAPERBOY for Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConnaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack.

2012 marked the beginning of a collaboration with James Franco on his period films AS I LAY DYING and THE SOUND AND THE FURY. She has recently finished designing Barry Jenkins’ MOONLIGHT to be released in 2016.

Caroline’s television credits include the HBO series “Family Tree” directed by Christopher Guest, “Hand of God” pilot for Marc Forster and Amazon and most recently the Sundance premiering “The Girlfriend Experience” for directors Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan for Starz Network.

Caroline divides her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans and anywhere else on location.

Josh Ritter


Josh Ritter is a songwriter from Moscow, Idaho. The son of two neuroscientists, he was on his way to follow in their footsteps when he discovered Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" in high school. He has since released several studio albums and has been recently named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil Young. Joan Baez has covered one of his songs; the author Stephen King named one of Ritter's albums the best of recent years and he has performed on late night TV, including David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Jimmy Fallon. His debut novel, Bright’s Passage, was published by Random House to wide acclaim. His new record is called Sermon on the Rocks.




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