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PIERSON - DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
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).
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).
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.
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,
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,
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.
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
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
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ORR - CINEMATOGRAPHER
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.
Kinya, Continuity Dept.
see the press quotes
for Tim's fine work as the cinematographer on George
by David Gordon Green.
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GLASCOE - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Jon with Shalom Harlow (Cherry)
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
EvenHand, which he executive produced, is his third
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CANO - PRODUCER
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
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
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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JONES - WRITER
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.
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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ALBANESE - EDITOR
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).
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
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,
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