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JOSEPH PIERSON               DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
TIM ORR                             CINEMATOGRAPHER
JON GLASCOE                  EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FERNANDO CANO                             PRODUCER
MIKE JONES                                       WRITER
ALEX ALBANESE                                  EDITOR


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JOSEPH PIERSON - DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

Joseph Pierson, President of Cypress Films, founded the New York-based production company in 1987 in partnership with Jon Glascoe. Together they produced and co-financed several award-winning television films, including A Child’s Christmas in Wales; (Denholm Elliott) (PBS) and Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron (Sean Astin, Christopher Plummer) (Showtime).

In 1998, Joseph and Jon made their feature film debut, producing Julian Po, a Cypress Films production of a Fine Line film starring Christian Slater, Robin Tunney, Michael Parks and Cherry Jones.  Julian Po was released nationwide on 75 screens.

EvenHand, an independent feature film about cops shot on location in San Antonio, Texas, marks Joseph Pierson's first solo directorial outing. After screening at more than 25 film festivals worldwide (including Tribeca, Edinburgh, Deauville, SXSW, AFI Fest, Atlanta - winner, Best Director), EvenHand is currently airing on the Sundance Channel and is available nationwide on video and DVD (Arts Alliance America).

Prior to that Joseph produced Cherry, along with Jon, which also marked his and Jon’s directorial debut.Cherry (Shalom Harlow, Jake Weber, David McCallum, Heather Matarazzo) aired on the Sundance Channel and was released on video exclusively at Blockbuster Video stores nationwide.

Before joining Cypress, Joseph worked as a freelance location manager in New York on several films, including Five Corners (Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, John Turturro), Broken Vows (Tommy Lee Jones) and Choices (George C. Scott, Jacqueline Bisset).

Joseph’s first job in film was working as a production assistant for Woody Allen on A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy. He then worked as a P.A. on Mr. Allen’s next three films, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose and the Purple Rose of Cairo. Other AD credits include Splash (NY shoot), The Flamingo Kid (NY shoot), Moscow on the Hudson (NY shoot) and and the fabulous 80's cult classic, The Last Dragon, starring Taimak.

Joseph majored in Studio Art at Middlebury College, graduating with departmental honors. He has an avid interest in historic preservation, serving as a charter member of the board of the Historic House Trust of New York City, the Trustees Council of the Preservation League of New York State and co-chair of the Heather Garden Trust of Ft. Tryon Park. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Friends of Film.

A resident of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Joseph lives with his wife, two daughters and an eclectic collection of clocks, antiquarian books and arcane office machinery.

      
The badge on the left was a gift from my buddy Frank Longoria, a Patrol Deputy in the Liberty County, Texas Sheriff's Office. It was custom made by Ron Edgington, the guy that makes badges for the Texas Rangers and other law enforcement personnel. The badges are made from vintage Mexican Five Peso silver coins. Click on my badge to see how he does it (these two links are translated from the original Swedish versions).

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TIM ORR - CINEMATOGRAPHER

A native of North Carolina, Tim studied cinematography at the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. He has served as a Director of Photography on numerous documentaries, short subjects, and commercials. His feature credits include EvenHand and George Washington (2001), for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.


Tim with Kinya, Continuity Dept.

Also see the press quotes for Tim's fine work as the cinematographer on George Washington, directed by David Gordon Green.

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JON GLASCOE - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Jon with Shalom Harlow
Jon with Shalom Harlow (Cherry)

Vice President of Cypress Films, Jon founded the New York-based production company in 1987 in partnership with Joseph Pierson. His most recent producing and directing credit (shared with Mr. Pierson) is Cherry, a romantic comedy starring Shalom Harlow, Jake Weber and David McCallum.  In 1997, Mr. Glascoe and Mr. Pierson produced Julian Po, a Cypress Films production of a Fine Line film starring Christian Slater, Robin Tunney, Michael Parks and Cherry Jones.

In addition to his extensive background as a producer, Mr. Glascoe is also an accomplished and experienced writer. Many of the projects Cypress has produced, including A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Sound and the Silence, Harrison Bergeron and Cherry, were either written, co-written or re-written by Mr. Glascoe.  He has recently completed his first original theatrical screenplay, In the Pines.

Prior to joining Cypress, Mr. Glascoe was Executive Producer for National Programming at WTTW in Chicago, the nation's largest public television station, where he oversaw numerous productions, including Bud Greenspan's hugely acclaimed film 16 Days of Glory.

Earlier in his career he was a Senior Producer and Head Writer for Nightcap, a literary roundtable hosted by Studs Terkel and Calvin Trillin which aired weekly on A & E; a writer for the short-lived Satellite News Channel (a precursor of CNN), producer of the highly successful Dr. Ruth Show for Lifetime; and an associate at The Nation magazine.

Mr. Glascoe is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College. He is a rotisserie baseball fanatic, a farm owner, an avid poker player, a scotch drinker, a dog lover and an enemy of fashion.

After a decade in Manhattan, he, his wife and their fearsome city pooch live in the outer boroughs of Montclair, New Jersey.
EvenHand, which he executive produced, is his third feature film.

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FERNANDO CANO - PRODUCER

Fernando has been involved in the film industry for over nine years.  Starting off at UCLA then making a move to the University of Texas at Austin, Fernando was fortunate to be involved in a film program that not only taught the technical side of things, but touched on the theoretical/ethical and business sides as well.

Fernando recently wrapped production on a feature film, Speeder Kills, a digital feature about a female punk rock band in San Antonio, directed by Jim Mendiola (the second project that Fernando & Jim had teamed up to do). Currently, Fernando is producing a project which is Jesse Borrego's big-screen directorial debut, a feature-length film entitled Once Upon a Bullet... Having already attracted the talented Danny Trejo and Enrique "Kiki" Castillo to play the leads, they are now in negotiations with a number of banks, distribution, and completion guarantee companies to pave the way for production within the year.

Fernando is also fortunate to have worked on several "Hollywood" films which came through the Central Texas area, the most notable of which include: Selena, The Newton Boys, All the Pretty Horses and Miss Congeniality. These experiences allowed Fernando to work alongside some big-named talent and directors, from Edward James Olmos and Matt Damon to Billy Bob Thornton and Gregory Nava, to name a few.

While at the University of Texas in Austin, Fernando co-founded Yerba Buena Productions (YBP), a film production company formed to produce films by, for, and about Latinos. After producing a few shorts, including El Diablo, El Baile, and El Sueño de Simon, YBP produced the feature film Pain Flower. Around this same time, while at the CineSol Film Festival in South Padre Island, actor/director Jesse Borrego coined the term "La Nueva Onda" to refer to the flurry of independent Latino filmmaking in South Texas, of which YBP had become a major player.

One of YBP's projects, Barbacoa….The Movie, directed by Mike & Gibby Cevallos, has been recently picked up by the Nickelodeon Channel and made into a new TV series entitled The Brothers Garcia. More recently, YBP has developed programs for the non-Spanish speaking U.S. Latino television audience. From this, Skits-O-Frenia, a Saturday Night Live Latino-style comedy variety show, was born. Skits-O-Frenia has had an incredibly successful "live practice run," including performances in the BIG STINKIN' Improv Festival (sponsored by Comedy Central) in Austin and the LATINO LAUGH Festival in San Antonio.

Fernando has served on various film panels, is a noted speaker at universities both domestic and foreign, and continues to give back to the community through his associations with a number of school and youth organizations.

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MIKE JONES - WRITER

A native of South Texas, Mike Jones studied cinematography at NYU film school, which he pursued following graduation. He later shifted gears to directing and writing, shooting several short films and industrials while also serving on the senior editorial staff at Filmmaker Magazine. He has been a regular contributor to several other magazines and online publications, and has been a contributing editor at indieWIRE since its formation. Mike was recently hired as the executive editor for indieWIRE and The Independent Film Channel's new print publication, ifcRANT.

In addition to EvenHand, Mike's work as a screenwriter includes Automata (Columbia Pictures / Stan Winston Productions) and City of Ghosts (MGM/UA).  He will direct his screenplay Miller in Fall 2003, starring Chris Cooper (American Beauty, Lone Star) and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock).  He is represented by The Gersh Agency and The Firm.

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ALEX ALBANESE - EDITOR

Alex Albanese's first movie job involved picking up garbage on the set of Crocodile Dundee. Recently he directed, produced and edited the documentary feature Carnauba, A Son's Memoir. Alex was also a producer and the editor of Seed, an experimental feature that has been picked up for distribution by the Independent Film Channel. Seed took third place at the 1999 Galway International Film Festival and screened at the 2000 LA Independent Film Festival (LAIFF).

Additionally, Alex cut the dramatic feature Row Your Boat starring Jon Bon Jovi and Bai Ling, and created three short films for an installation at the EAA Museum. He is a former film critic for Boxoffice Magazine, was first assistant editor on Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, Hal Hartley's Amateur, and worked on the Coen brother's Barton Fink and Miller's Crossing.

Alex studied filmmaking as an undergraduate at Northwestern University and later received his MFA from USC's Cinema School. His commercial work includes over a dozen PSA's for the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, including spots featuring Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Kiss, and Everclear.

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