the links to the Internet Movie Database
EvenHand. An original screenplay by Mike Jones, directed by Joseph Pierson. EvenHand stars Bill Sage and Bill Dawes and was produced by Joseph Pierson & Fernando Cano and executive produced by Jon Glascoe. Director of Photography Tim Orr, Edited by Alex Albanese, Music by Joel Goodman, Songs by Mike Doughty.
Filming was completed April 6, 2001 on location in San Antonio, Texas. Having screened at film festivals worldwide, the film premiered on the Sundance Channel on December 6, 2003. Evenhand will also be released by Arts Alliance America in January 2004. Catch up by reading the director's journal on the EvenHand website.
2000NUREMBERG Nuremberg. The most watched miniseries on basic cable ever! A four-hour drama that tells the story of the infamous Nazi war trials. Executive produced by Alliance Atlantis and Cypress for Turner Network Television, from a script by David Rintels (Andersonville), based on the book, Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial by Joseph Persico. Directed by Yves Simoneau and starring Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy, Brian Cox and Christopher Plummer. Nuremberg premiered on TNT in July 2000.
Maze (formerly known as Touched). A romantic comedy about an artist with Tourette's Syndrome. Written by Bradley White and Rob Morrow, directed by Rob Morrow. Starring Rob Morrow, Laura Linney and Craig Scheffer. Executive produced by Cypress and Carlyle Productions. Maze premiered in competition at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival on October 21, 2000, where Rob Morrow received a special jury prize for his direction of the film. Maze also screened at The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, where Rob won the Spirit of Independence Directing Award and Laura Linney won the Spirit of Independents Acting Award for her performance in the film. Congratulations to Rob & Laura for recognition of their fine work!
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Cherry. An independent feature film written by Terry Reed and directed by Jon Glascoe & Joseph Pierson. The film was produced and entirely financed by Cypress Films. It stars Shalom Harlow, Jake Weber, David McCallum, Laurel Holloman, Heather Matarazzo, Aleksa Palladino, Isaach de Bankolé, Gil Rogers, Donovan Leitch and Matt Servitto. For an in-depth look at all the ins and outs of independent filmmaking, visit the Making Cherry website. See the Internet Movie Database listing for complete cast & crew data. As noted above, Cherry is now available on DVD. The film also plays frequently on cable, most recently on Lifetime and Oxygen.
Julian Po aka The Tears of Julian Po. An independent feature film written and directed by Alan Wade, produced by Jon Glascoe and Joseph Pierson and distributed by Fine Line and New Line International. Starring Christian Slater, Robin Tunney (The Craft, Niagara, Niagara), Cherry Jones (The Heiress, Erin Brockovich) and a well-known supporting cast. Variety called Po "a beautifully controlled fable whose profound underpinnings are buoyed by luminous comic timing." Read the whole review here. Julian Po was screened in competition at the Deauville Film Festival and was released in 75 theaters domestically in September of 1997. Visit Hollywood Jesus and see what they have to say about Julian Po! Available on video @ MoviesUnlimited. Julian Po also frequently screens on IFC and other cable channels, so check your local listings.
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Harrison Bergeron. An original movie for Showtime, starring Sean Astin, Miranda de Pencier, Christopher Plummer, Eugene Levy, Buck Henry and Andrea Martin. Directed by Bruce Pittman and written by Jon Glascoe (under the pseudonym Arthur Crimm). Cited as "important as the best work of the sorely missed Paddy Chayefsky" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., the writer of the short story on which the film is based. Read the complete text of Kurt Vonnegut's letter to Jon Glascoe here (Adobe PDF file). Cypress developed the script, deficit-financed the production and, along with Atlantis Films Limited, served as co-producer and co-distributor. Available on video @ Amazon.com.
There is now a remake of Harrison Bergeron, called "2081." Here is a link to the website: www.finallyequal.com. Based on the trailer it looks pretty good--and it stars Julie Hagerty, among others! (10/09)
Sodbusters. An original movie for Showtime, starring Kris Kristofferson, John Vernon and Fred Willard. Directed by Eugene Levy. Its Shane meets Blazing Saddles. Called "hilarious" by Variety. Produced by Atlantis Films Limited. Cypress was majority financier. Available on video @ Amazon.com.
The Sound and the Silence. An original miniseries for TNT on the life of Alexander Graham Bell. Starring John Bach, Elizabeth Quinn, Vanessa Vaughn, Brenda Fricker and Ian Bannen. Directed by John Kent Harrison. Co-produced with Atlantis Films. Multiple award winner, including the CableAce for "Best International Movie or Miniseries." Cypress was producer, minority financier, script doctor and co-distributor. Last time I checked (10/24/03), there was one available at BestPrices.com.
Here's some recent fan mail for the film:
"We just saw The Sound and the Silence for the second time tonight, for a first viewing yesterday left us absolutely charmed and impressed. It was like hearing chamber music! We rarely see American movies, but here was one of such sensitivity and so thoroughly civilized and humanly positive that we could not resist seeing it again. I don't know how it will be received by by public so roughened by what usually appears on screens, it is an antidote against the flood of vulgarity. The actors not only impressed but charmed us on many levels." (7/29/03)
Darrow. An original movie for PBS, starring Kevin Spacey in his first leading role. Winner of six major film awards. Cypress was majority financier and co-distributor.
The Astronomers. An Emmy-winning, six-part documentary series, narrated by Richard Chamberlain, which served as the cornerstone of PBS' summer primetime schedule. Cypress was minority financier and co-distributor.
Lost in the Barrens. An Emmy-winning family movie for The Disney Channel, starring Graham Greene. Cypress and Atlantis co-financed.
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A Child's Christmas in Wales. An original movie for PBS directed by Don McBrearty and starring Denholm Elliott. Jon Glascoe and Peter Kreutzer wrote the screenplay and Joseph Pierson and Michael MacMillan executive produced. Winner of 11 major film awards. Called "picture-perfect" by The New York Times, and "a treasure, a genuine holiday classic" by the Chicago Tribune. Cypress was co-distributor and co-financier. We filmed the interiors in the studio in Toronto and the exteriors on location in Montgomery, Wales (Trefaldwyn). The original music was composed by Lou Natale, a Toronto-based composer.
We now have an Adobe PDF file of the sheet music for Towards Bethlehem, thanks to Dean C. Young (Adobe Acrobat Reader required - download it for free here). For more information about Towards Bethlehem and other music in A Child's Christmas in Wales, please visit our FAQ page.
In the meantime, read the poem, also available at many fine bookstores and in a wonderful audio version read by Dylan Thomas himself.