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Love and Honor (2013)
Opened: 03/22/2013 Limited
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Genre: Romantic Drama
When DALTON JOINER, a young soldier in Vietnam, gets dumped by his hometown girlfriend JANE, he vows to sneak home during the war to win her back. His best buddy, MICKEY WRIGHT, never one to miss out on a wild time, decides to go with him. They must get back to America, change her mind and return to the war without getting caught. The two soldiers end up at the University of Michigan, where they find JANE, now JUNIPER, and her stunning and passionate new friend CANDACE, right in the heart of the counter culture - and the anti-war movement. During one week in July 1969, while the rest of the world focuses on man's first steps on the moon, Wright and Joiner learn the true meaning of love, honor and commitment.
About the Production
When Jim Burnstein and Garrett Schiff wrote Love and Honor (then known as AWOL) the director and most of the stars were still in grade school. The director, Danny Mooney, went on to the University of Michigan, where he met executive producer Eddie Rubin. They both took classes from writer Jim Burnstein, who also ran the Michigan screenwriting program. In his sophomore year, Eddie marched up to Jim and said, "What's your best script that never got made?" Jim said, "Come back when you graduate." So when Eddie and Danny graduated they came back and asked again. Jim and Garrett, who were also active executive producers, then called the film's LA producer, Chip Diggins, who responded, "You want a film student to direct this?!", although in perhaps more floral language. And thus a determined and passionate team started to form.
Enter Pat Olson, another Michigan alum, who had recently sold his very successful publishing company. Jim and Pat were neighbors, but Jim never wanted to hurt their friendship by asking Pat to invest. But Pat was working with Danny and Eddie on another project, and when they kept talking about Love and Honor, Pat asked to read it. He fell in love with the script and soon became the financier. But he also became a genuine producer in every sense, and both led and personified the positive attitude that has persisted the whole way.
Liam Hemsworth, who was simultaneously being cast in The Hunger Games, was everyone's first choice for the lead. Chip had attached him to a movie before and the casting director/associate producer, Barbara Fiorentino, was friendly with both Liam and his manager, Will Ward. But most importantly, Pat gave his daughter Jamie pages of actor names that the filmmakers had supplied, and asked her to circle all the ones she thought would be good. Jamie huddled with her friends and came back with only one name circled: Liam Hemsworth. Luckily, Will and Liam both responded very quickly and auditions began for all the other parts. Sensational actors came in for all the roles and the competition was strong.
Teresa Palmer, hot off I Am Number Four and soon to be in Warm Bodies, directed by Jonathan Levine of The Wackness and 50/50, won the role of Candace, while Austin Stowell, on the heels of his breakout performance in Dolphin Tale, took the part of Dalton. They were joined by Aimee Teegarden, a critics' darling from Friday Night Lights, who was to play Jane, the girl who starts it all. The immensely talented Chris Lowell (of The Help and Private Practice) became Peter and the very popular Max Adler of Glee brought Burns to life in a short but important role. Wyatt Russell, the son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, showed his own thespian gifts as Topher, while Michigan State basketball star Delvon Roe made his entertaining debut as the football player Isaac.
Most of the cast were coming to our Michigan independent from the sets of big studio movies or TV events -- Liam from The Hunger Games, Austin from Dolphin Tale, Teresa from I Am Number Four, Aimee from Prom, Chris from The Help, Max from Glee, Delvon from a top ten basketball program -- but they all immediately bought in to the team concept and no one created any problems, for which the effortlessly efficient independent line producer/executive producer Peter Pastorelli was undoubtedly thankful.
Liam, to his everlasting credit, even showed up a couple of days early to set an example for everyone. Once he did that, both cast and crew knew that egos had been checked at the door and the all-hands-on-deck spirit of independent filmmaking was firmly in place.
No one got paid anywhere near his or her quote, and, between the brutal heat and the shock thunderstorms, the weather in Michigan didn't really cooperate (even though it was otherwise a great place to make a film), but somehow the shoot was charmed. The older filmmakers knew it was something special and the younger ones formed lifetime friendships (they will know how special it was when they look back at the end of their careers). There was even an emergency appendectomy for the intelligently artistic DP, Theo van de Sande. You would think he would want to rest after that, but no, the producers had a harder time keeping him off the set , such was his desire to rejoin the film.
In short, cast and crew came together in a labor of love, understanding that sometimes small independent films, made far from the heavy eye of Hollywood, can find a certain magic all their own.
Love and Honor (aka AWOL) is a film made in Michigan, by mostly Michigan filmmakers, with Michigan money and using a Michigan tax incentive. It is a story of romance set in a time of upheaval that honors the commitment necessary to both love and war.
If the film is about commitment, so too was the filmmaking. We thank you for recognizing that commitment.
About the Cast
Liam Hemsworth (Mickey Wright)
With a strong understated presence, Liam Hemsworth has a quiet intensity that transcends the big screen. Demonstrating versatility and skill in a range of performances, Liam has proven to be one of the most sought-after actors of his generation.
Hemsworth, currently on location in Philadelphia shooting the dramatic thriller Paranoia directed by Robert Luketic and co-starring Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford, was most recently seen starring in this year's box office hit The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross and co-starring Jennifer Lawrence. He will next be seen on the big screen in this summer's highly anticipated action feature The Expendables 2 directed by Simon West and co-starring Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He's completed production on the feature film drama Empire State, for director Dito Montiel, co-starring Dwayne Johnson and Emma Roberts as well as the indie feature Love and Honor (aka AWOL), co-starring Teressa Palmer. This fall Hemsworth will reprise his role as Gale Hawthorne in Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, directed by Francis Lawrence.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Hemsworth landed his first big acting job on Australia's popular TV series Home and Away and from there went on to book a role on Australia's most successful TV show Neighbors. In 2009, Hemsworth moved to Los Angeles. Hemsworth soon began to gain attention throughout Hollywood and beat out a slew of actors for the part of Will Blakee in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Last Song, directed by Julie Anne Robinson and co-starring Greg Kinnear and Miley Cyrus. This performance garnered Hemsworth with the 2010 Young Hollywood Award as well the 2010 Teen Choice Male Breakout Award.
Austin Stowell (Dalton Joiner)
Austin Stowell is making waves as one of Hollywood's most promising up-and-coming actors. Stowells' introduction to Hollywood came with the popular role as 'Jesse' on SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER. This role began as a single episode, but with Stowells' charm and the characters popularity, it became a 17 episode arc spanning two seasons.
Stowell burst onto the movie scene with the compelling portrayal of 'Kyle' in DOLPHIN TALE opposite Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd. From the producers of THE BLIND SIDE, this inspirational true story follows a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to fight for her survival. STOWELL plays a wounded Marine, whose quest for his own rehabilitation and his strong bond with his young cousin, serves as the inspiration for building a prosthetic tail that saves the dolphin's life. In its 2011 release, the Warner Brothers film, was both critically acclaimed and widely received at the box office.
Soon after, Stowell made headlines again, by winning the lead role in LOVE AND HONOR, over many of Hollywood's most sought after young stars. The 1960's drama follows a young soldier in Vietnam who receives a "Dear John" letter from his hometown girl. Together with his best friend (played by Liam Hemsworth), the soldiers go AWOL, returning to the States to win her back. There, they find a changed world and have to make the agonizing choice between love and duty. The film is slated for a 2012 release.
Stowell is currently shooting both the comedy, PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED, opposite Selena Gomez, and Steven Soderbergh's BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, an HBO film based on the life of celebrated pianist Liberace played by Michael Douglas.
Growing up in Connecticut, Stowell was a competitive athlete. After a sports injury sidelined him, he agreed to perform in a local theater production. It was there that Stowell discovered a passion for acting. Thanks to a college recruiter in the audience, he was offered a full scholarship the UConn Department of Dramatic Arts. Shortly after graduating, Stowell moved to LA, where he currently resides.
Aimee Teegarden (Jane/Juniper)
Aimee Teegarden was listed as DAILY VARIETY'S: TYRO TIPPED FOR TAKE OFF in its year-end YOUTH IMPACT REPORT. Its no wonder, in 2011 Teegarden starred in the 1960's period-feature AWOL opposite Liam Hemsworth; Disney's feature film PROM; Dimension's franchise-film SCREAM 4; and the Spike Lee produced indie THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK AND ROLL.
In addition, BENEATH THE DARKNESS, a film Teegarden and Dennis Quaid both starred and co-produced, premiered at the 2011 Austin Film Festival.
In New Media, Teegarden starred in the Warner Bros./Wonderland series AIM HIGH, opposite Jackson Rathbone, which released as the first "Social Media Film" on Facebook.
In television, Teegarden portrayed 'Julie Taylor' for 5 Seasons on NBC's Emmy-nominated series, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. Other TV appearances include the recurring role of 'Rhonda Kimble' on 90210; as well as guest appearances on COLD CASE; Nickelodeon's NED'S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE; and Disney Channel's HANNAH MONTANA.
Born and raised in Southern California, Teegarden began modeling and acting at the age of ten, and since then has modeled for campaigns including Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Alltel, and the national print campaign for Hollister. Aimee was the 2008 National Spokes-Model for YMI Jeans. She also graced the cover of the 2008 COSMO GIRL: PROM ISSUE -- a four-month circulation targeted at high school teens.
Teegarden's other films include: Her first producing venture, BEAUTIFUL WAVE, a coming of age film set in the surf community of Southern California; FOR SALE BY OWNER with Skeet Ulrich and Rachel Nichols; and the family drama CALL OF THE WILD with Christopher Lloyd.
In addition to acting and modeling, Teegarden enjoys surfing, snowboarding, rock climbing, boxing and hanging out with the love of her life, her dog Gizmo.
Chris Lowell (Peter)
Chris most recently starred in the Oscar-nominated DreamWorks film, "The Help" opposite Emma Stone. He was among the cast who won Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards and the BFCA awards. He will next be seen playing the lead in the independent feature "Light Years," directed by Tribeca Film Festival winner and AFI workshop participant, Maggie Kiley. Chris can soon be seen in the indie AWOL, starring opposite Teresa Palmer and Liam Hemsworth.
Chris appeared in the Oscar-nominated feature, "Up in the Air" directed by Jason Reitman and starring opposite George Clooney. His other film credits include "Spin" aka "You are Here" directed by Henry Pincus and "Graduation" directed by Michael Mayer. Chris just wrapped principal photography on his directorial debut, "Beside Still Water," starring Ryan Eggold, Reid Scott, and Britt Lower.
He played the series regular character of 'Dell' opposite Kate Walsh in ABC's "Private Practice." Additional television credits include series regular roles of 'Piz,' Kristen Bell's love interest on the critically acclaimed series "Veronica Mars" and 'Jonathan Fields' in ABC's "Life As We Know It.
Chris has a tremendous passion for photography and has compiled a book of work from his world travels, which can be viewed at chrislowellphotography.com.
Chris was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
Wyatt Russell (Topher)
Wyatt Russell was recently featured in Universal Pictures' COWBOYS AND ALIENS starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. He will next be appearing in the upcoming Judd Apatow feature for Universal Pictures, THIS IS 40 starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Wyatt has also just wrapped Danny Mooney's independent feature AWOL opposite Liam Hemsworth, Aimee Teegarden and Teresa Palmer.
Max Adler (Burns)
Born in Queens, New York, Max Adler lived there only a brief year before his parents moved him to Fountain Hills, AZ. Max and his family relocated to the larger city of Scottsdale, AZ when he was in high school where he attended Horizon High, where he maintained a 4.0 GPA, was the Senior Class Vice President, a member of the National Honor Society and was involved with the school choir as well as the Drama Club. Having his pick of colleges to attend, Max decided instead to pursue his life's dream of acting and he picked up and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18.
After landing in LA, Max did what most new actors to Los Angeles do for work; he waited tables and worked as a valet while looking for his big break. While in LA, Max honed his craft of acting by taking every acting workshop, acting class and reading every acting book could get his hands on. Within the first few months of signing with his first talent agency, Max booked his first real acting role, a PSA Television Commercial for Montana Meth (an anti-meth campaign), which was directed by the acclaimed director Tony Kaye. That one commercial got him his SAG Card. Within weeks of getting his SAG card, he booked a small role on the Television series What About Brian. With his SAG card in hand, and his first Television role under his belt, Max started booking more roles on Television Shows such as Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case, The Defenders, Demons and Viva Laughlin. He was also booking more Television Commercials such as KFC, Monster.com, and Sears and can also be seen starring in the independent horror film Wolf Town.
The fall of 2009 would prove to be a career and life-changing time for Max. He heard that a show called Glee, created by Ryan Murphy, was looking for actors who could sing and dance and had acting experience. After being told he didn't fit their idea of any of the current leads being cast, a few months later, they called him in for a new role they created of Dave Karofsky, the slushie-throwing school bully. It was a small role, only two lines and one scene, but Max jumped at the chance to be a part of this ground-breaking show. By season two of GLEE, Max's role was expanded and Dave Karofsky is now a regular presence on the show.
In addition to his acting, Max is also active with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as well as the campaign ItGetsBetter.org.
Delvon Roe (Isaac)
Delvon grew up playing several sports but took a particular interest in basketball. He ultimately received a scholarship to play basketball at Michigan State University. Delvon played for three years and started in a national championship game before knee injuries forced him to retire. In his Sophomore year, he became fond of acting after enrolling in a theatre class. Delvon began acting in school plays, including a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," and was spotted by Danny Mooney who later offered him a role in Love and Honor. While shooting Love and Honor, a casting director asked him to audition for a small role in another feature film, "Gametime." After an impressive audition for that role, he was then asked to read for the lead role of Malik and was eventually cast in that role. Delvon relocated to Los Angeles, CA, signed with a talent manager, Sean Kurzweil, and is pursuing a career as a professional actor.
About the Crew
Danny Mooney (Director)
Danny Mooney is a jack of all trades in the film world. He got his start acting in improv comedy shows, sketch comedy, and stand-up. Mooney has opened for such talent as actor/comedian Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey, Full House) and Comedy Central's Dane Cook World Tour-opener J. Chris Newberg. On stage he has performed in regional theatre as well as professionally in Moscow, Russia, in the International Chekhov Theatre Festival. To date, Mooney has done numerous animation voice work, has appeared in a handful of commercials, several Web TV pilots and has been cast in over 70 short and feature films. He has acted under several well-known directors including Nick Stoller, C. Thomas Howell, Arnaud Desplechin, Michael Manasseri and George Clooney. Mooney has played across from such acting talent as Drew Barrymore, Jason Segal, Ellen Page, Benecio Del Toro and Ryan Gosling.
Danny Mooney has also been on the production side of over 35 short and feature films over the last few years. He has a full range of credits including Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Writer, and Editor. While in college, Mooney's awards included "Best Silent Film," "Best Cinematography," "Best Editor," "Best Director," "Best in Festival" twice, "Best Screenplay" twice and "Best Actor" four times. In 2006, he was the Cinematography Consultant along with the lead role in the film Dylan, which won "Best in Festival" at the UMEC Film Festival in LA. Also that year, Mooney was one of three students at the University of Michigan to win "The Trueblood Fellowship Award for Film Performance" (in both acting and directing), and one of three to win the award again in 2007. Mooney also received praise from Academy Award-winning Hollywood writer/critic Kurt Luedtke (Out of Africa) for his directing accomplishments in the short comedy Step, My Boy.
In early 2008, he won the "Leo Burnett Award for Film Marketing and Business" for his marketing during pre-production on the Academy Recognized narrative short Fingers, which was declared "subtle and mesmerizing... already a winner" by The New York Film Review. As his senior thesis at Michigan; Mooney wrote, produced, directed, edited and acted in the short. At the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival, the film's premiere went up against Natalie Portman's directorial debut, Academy Award Nominee Don Hertzfelt's most recent film, the 2008 Cannes winner and the 2008 South By Southwest winner. Among the five films, Fingers got the top vote by the festival's audience. The film lived a long life on the international festival circuit, playing at the 2010 Cannes Independent Film Festival and at the first annual Edgemar Film Festival in LA, where Steven Spielberg sits on the board. At Edgemar, the celebrity judging panel nominated Fingers for "Best Short Film," "Best Director," "Best Cinematography," "Best Actor," "Best Ensemble Cast," "Best Screenplay" and "Best Editing."
To date, Mooney has worked professionally under numerous companies including 20th Century Fox, ABC/Disney, MTV Productions, Mandate Pictures, and New Line Cinema. In the 2007 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose Mooney's short piece Do Fainne Sorcas as a Finalist in the Student Alternative Category, exhibiting the film with all Student Category Oscar Nominees at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Mooney has had numerous festival play across the globe including opening the LA International Shorts Festival with a piece titled Little Joy, where he was a Director and Cinematographer, and world premiering Bilal's Stand in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival's NEXT Feature Category, where Mooney was on as an actor, 1st Assistant Director and an additional Director of Photography.
Mooney joined forces with producer Eddie Rubin and formed Deep Blue Pictures while still in college. To date, they have 6 features under the company's belt since Mooney graduated from college in the spring of 2008. Most recently released is the film Mooz-lum, co-produced by Mooney and Rubin, which won "Best Narrative Feature" at the 2010 Urbanworld Film Festival and was the third film to sell out at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival. Mooz-lum, starring Evan Ross, Nia Long and Danny Glover, took its limited release in theaters across the U.S. and Canada in mid-February 2011. Although on a limited number of screens, the film grossed more per screen than any other film in America its opening weekend. RogerAndEbert.com declared "I suspect the Muslim narratives of 9/11 will soon grow into its own genre, and this film is a very good start."
In between features over the last few years, Danny directed a short series for Disney as well as a music video for Kanye West's new Def Jam artist Big Sean, featuring GLC. The video, titled Million Dollars, became the second most viral music video in the world upon its release, right behind Lady Gaga's Bad Romance. Mooney also recently acted in and directed several national spot commercials. Most notably, he helped develop and played the lead role in a viral spec commercial for Mountain Dew, winning the Grand Prize in an international commercial competition held by MOFILM in London. Mooney and Director Marty Stano were presented the award by the U.K.'s Jonathan Ross at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Mooney just finished shooting his feature directorial debut with the film Love and Honor (also known as AWOL, the film's shooting title). The flick is led by The Hunger Games' star Liam Hemsworth along with Teresa Palmer, Austin Stowell and Aimee Teegarden. Love and Honor, penned by Jim Burnstein and Garrett K. Schiff, is executive produced by Deep Blue's Eddie Rubin along with Producer Chip Diggins (former senior executive at both Disney and Paramount and Barry Levinson's former producing partner at Baltimore Pictures). Mooney and Rubin are currently in development on several other projects as well as always being in development on video projects with a number of new music artists.
Danny Mooney received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan with a major in Film Production from the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures concentrating in directing, producing and cinematography. He also received a minor in Acting, Drama and Text to Performance from the Michigan RC Theatre Department.
Jim Burnstein (Writer/Executive Producer)
Jim Burnstein managed to beat the odds and make it as a successful Hollywood screenwriter without moving from his home in Plymouth, Michigan.
Mr. Burnstein's screen credits include Renaissance Man, the 1994 comedy directed by Penny Marshall and starring Danny DeVito; D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996-1997); and Ruffian, the 2007 drama starring Sam Shepard co-written with Garrett Schiff of Los Angeles for ABC and ESPN.
Burnstein and Schiff's latest film, Love and Honor (2012-2013) stars Liam Hemsworth (Hunger Games), Austin Stowell (Dolphin Tale), Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), and Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights). Love and Honor was directed by Danny Mooney and produced by Chip Diggins in association with Pat Olson (Peninsula Films) and Eddie Rubin (Deep Blue Pictures).
Other Burnstein and Schiff scripts in the works include Helicopter Parents for Route One Films, Naked Shakespeare with Patchwork Entertainment, Time of Your Life at New Line Cinema and Basketball Dad written for Two Lefts Don't Make a Right Productions.
Burnstein is also the Executive Producer of the independent film Ocean of Pearls that was released theatrically in Summer 2009 after playing at film festivals around the world.
In 1995 Burnstein returned to his alma mater, the University of Michigan, to build one of America's top undergraduate screenwriting programs in the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures. He served as a member and Vice Chair of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council from 2003-2011.
Garrett K. Schiff (Writer/Executive Producer)
Garrett K. Schiff began his screenwriting career while still in college when he co-created and wrote the situation comedy, "Our Old School", which was produced by Fred Silverman and Viacom TV. After working for CAA, ICM and The Kennedy/Marshall Company as a Story Analyst, Garrett sold his first feature screenplay, "The Finest in the Field" to Universal pictures in a bidding war. After writing sequels to "Angels in the Outfield" and "101 Dalmatians", Garrett partnered with his cousin Jim Burnstein on the feature script "AWOL". Between the time they wrote "AWOL" and it was finally produced in 2011, Garrett and Jim have collaborated on feature films for MGM, Paramount, New Line Cinema, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Disney, ABC and ESPN.
Notably, their script "The Quarterback's Tale", produced by Marc Platt, sold in a multi-studio bidding war to MGM and was developed by David Frankel, the director of "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Marley and Me". "The Richest Man in the World" was sold to Universal with actor/comedian George Lopez attached to star and the project was developed with Tom Shadyac the director of "Liar, Liar" and "Bruce Almighty".
"Ruffian", written for ABC/ESPN Films starred legendary actor/playwright Sam Shepard, who was nominated for a SAG award for his role.
While their career has taken them from the Special Forces in Fort Bragg, N.C., horse racing at Belmont Race Track, the minor leagues of professional tennis, and the high-flying world of Silicon Valley, it all began with their first script "AWOL". With its new title, "Love and Honor", and a stellar young cast led by Liam Hemsworth, Garrett and Jim look forward to the film's release in 2012/2013 around the world.
Chip Diggins (Producer)
Mr. Diggins is a managing partner in the newly formed Route One Films, and has worked in Hollywood for over 20 years. After nearly a decade of success in the commodities trading field, Mr. Diggins held increasingly senior executive positions at Disney for almost seven years. He then ran Baltimore Pictures for Academy Award winning producer/director Barry Levinson. He also served for four years as senior vice president at Paramount Pictures.
Mr. Diggins has worked in different executive and producing capacities on dozens of films. Mr. Diggins was the executive producer, with Mr. Levinson, of the Emmy award winning HBO film, The Second Civil War.
Mr. Diggins recently produced the film Love and Honor (aka AWOL) starring Liam Hemsworth (of The Hunger Games).
Mr. Diggins received a B.A from Pomona College and lives in Los Angeles.
Patrick Olson (Producer)
Patrick Olson is the founder and former CEO of Hayden-McNeil Publishing, Inc., a scientific educational publishing company based in Plymouth, MI. In 2007 Olson sold the business to Macmillan Publishing. Olson remains to consult with Macmillan. The facility, management and primary employee base remains in Michigan. The company thrives, and has expanded employment of Michigan citizens by growing more than 40% since 2008.
President, Peninsula Films, LLC
President, Plymouth AM Rotary.
Member, Board of Directors of the Plymouth Symphony.
Chair, Michigan State Officer's Compensation Commission
In 2007, Olson made a significant ownership investment in the Penn Theatre In Plymouth. The theatre was preserved, and is now leased to a non-profit community theatre organization for $1.00 per year.
In 2006, Olson donated 35,000 new children's books to the Plymouth-Canton Community School District, creating in-class libraries for every elementary class in the District.
Olson has been married to Tricia for 22 years. His son, Casey, is a Junior at the University of Michigan, daughter Jamie is a Freshman at UCLA. Olson has been a resident of Plymouth for 31 years.
Eddie Rubin (Executive Producer)
Rubin produced a myriad of films and received numerous awards while at the University of Michigan from 2005-2009 where he received a B.A. in Film and Psychology. During college, he transitioned to professional work with films such as Nevermore (Judd Nelson), The Rain (Dee Wallace), and the TV pilot Above the Law for New Wave Entertainment. He found his passion for producing while interning for Academy Award-winning director and producer Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) and Marshall Herskovitz (Shakespeare in Love).
Eddie created Deep Blue Pictures his sophomore year, with partner Danny Mooney in 2007. Their first film under the new banner was the academy-qualified, award-winning short film, "Fingers." New York film reviews raved that "Fingers" was "subtle, yet mesmerizing." The film went on to play multiple festivals around the world.
In 2008 Deep Blue produced their first two feature films, Art House, starring Greta Gerwig (Greenberg, Arthur) with rock legend Iggy Pop and Starlight and Superfish.
Along with the features, Deep Blue produced multiple commercials for companies such as Hanson's Cabinets, web advertisement for Best Buy Electronics and a web series for Disney. In 2009 Deep Blue released their music video for Kanye West protege Big Sean. They have continued to produce music video for artist such and Delta Rae, Brilliance, The New Boyz, and ICP.
In 2010, Eddie was an associate producer on "Sucker" with Big Screen Entertainment. He also co-produced the post-September 11th drama Mooz-lum, starring Danny Glover, Evan Ross and Nia Long. The film premiered at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival where it was met with much acclaim. RogerAndEbert.com declared, "I suspect the Muslim narratives of 9/11 will soon grow into its own genre, and this film is a very good start." In 2011 the film went on to be independently distributed through AMC throughout the US and overseas. Indiewire noted it as one of the year's success stories in independent film distribution.
Recently, Peninsula Films, Chip Diggins' Red 56 and Rubin's Deep Blue Pictures, produced Love and Honor (aka AWOL) written by Jim Burnstein and Garrett K. Schiff. Eddie served as Executive Producer. The film stars Liam Hemsworth of the Hunger Games, Teresa Palmer (I am Number 4), Austin Stowell (Dolphin Tale) and Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights). Deep Blue has multiple other projects in development. The company is repped by WME and Gotham Group.
Peter Pastorelli (Executive Producer)
Peter Pastorelli grew up in the film business. Starting in the location department, managing a variety of projects from the independent classic Garden State to the FX hit show, Rescue Me with Dennis Leary, Peter quickly moved into production managing and, most currently, producing. His credits include New York I Love You, Salvation Boulevard, and 2011 winner at Sundance for the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, Another Happy Day. Currently, he is in production on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
Theo Van de Sande (Director of Photography ASC)
THEO VAN DE SANDE graduated from the Dutch Film Academy and worked as a director of photography in the Netherlands until THE ASSAULT was the first Dutch film to win the Academy Award® for Best Foreign-Language Film in 1987. He then moved to the USA where he has shot more than 50 feature films, 9 feature documentaries and over 40 shorts, TV series, music shows and commercials.
In Holland, Theo received the Golden Calf for Best Cinematography twice, in 1972 and in 1978. It is the highest award bestowed upon a DP in The Netherlands.
Theo's work includes THE ASSAULT, which received the Academy Award® and Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Film, COLORS STRAIGHT UP, a feature-length documentary nominated in 1997 for the Academy Award®, DGA Award, and Independent Spirit Award, and THE POINTSMAN, which won the prize for Best Cinematography at the Madrid Film Festival.
In the United States Theo has worked with a variety of film directors, among them: Robert Wise, Gary Marshall, Joan Micklin Silver, Lasse Hallstrom, Mick, Jackson, and Carl Franklin. Theo's first 3D film THE HOLE by Joe Dante, got the first ever 3-D Award (Persol) for the Best 3-D Stereoscopic Film of the Year in August 2009 at the Venice Film Festival.
Karyn Wagner (Costume Designer)
Karyn Wagner is a 3rd generation industry veteran. She has worked as costume designer on many incredible films over the years. Most notably, she was designer for the "The Notebook" and "The Green Mile". She has had the pleasure working with incredible directors from Frank Darabont to Steven Soderbergh.
Ethan Tobman (Production Designer)
Ethan Tobman is a production designer working in film, television, commercials, music videos and photo shoots. Upcoming feature films include The F Word starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, Empire State starring The Rock and Liam Helmsworth. Recent music videos include Madonna's Gimme All Your Lovin, Beyonce's Run The World and Eminem's Not Afraid (VMA Art Direction Nomination). Recent commercials include Johnnie Walker, Nike, Verizon, Dr. Dre Beats and NY Lottery. Photo includes cover stories for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Time and Wired magazines, album covers for Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce, Janet Jackson and campaigns for Loreal, Clairol, Avon and Diane Von Furstenberg. Remote, a short film he wrote, directed and designed was selected for the Cannes International Film Festival.
Alex Heffes (Composer)
Alex Heffes has scored many major award-winning movies including THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, STATE OF PLAY, THE RITE, RED RIDING HOOD, INSIDE JOB, TOUCHING THE VOID and ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER. He also collaborated with Tim Burton on his movie adaptation of SWEENEY TODD.
In 2012 he was awarded the Ivor Novello award for best film score of the year for THE FIRST GRADER and. was named discovery of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2011. He has also been nominated for BAFTA, European Film Academy, ASCAP, NAACP and Black Reel Awards and his music has been performed at concert halls around the world.
Upcoming scores for 2012 and 2013 include EMPEROR starring Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox, THE TOMB starring Silvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and LOVE and HONOR starring Liam Hemsworth, Austin Stowell, Teresa Palmer and Aimee Teegarden.