I AM I

JENNIFER DUBIN
(Producer)

Jennifer is the co-founder of Present Pictures which produces and distributes television and feature film projects. With partner Cora Olson, producing credits include the feature films, THE BABYSITTERS, starring John Leguizamo, Cynthia Nixon and Katherine Waterston which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; the 2008 Sundance selection GOOD DICK; and the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival selection THE PERFECT FAMILY starring Kathleen Turner and Emily Deschanel. Dubin’s latest film, PRESERVATION, premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival as the Opening Night Film, Midnight section. Born in Miami, Jennifer went to Ransom Everglades School before moving to New York to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She began her career working in film production on such pictures as STEPMOM and YOU’VE GOT MAIL and the independent features CHUTNEY POPCORN, COMING SOON, and INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSASSIN.  In 2000, Jennifer moved from New York to Los Angeles and joined ICM‘s Motion Picture Talent Department before working in feature film development at Cosmic Entertainment, the production shingle for Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, and Oliver Hudson. Jennifer has been producing since 2005; she is a Trans Atlantic Partners fellow for IFP and is also a member of the Producer’s Guild of America.

CORA OLSON
(Producer)

Cora grew up in Washington, D.C., attended the Potomac School in McLean, VA and graduated with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts before moving to Los Angeles. She began her career in the feature literary department of the Gersh Agency and later became Director of Development for Collision Entertainment, where she oversaw projects for Dimension Films, Disney and Focus Features. Since forming Present Pictures, Olson has produced five award-winning independent feature films, including THE BABYSITTERS, which premiered at Toronto and the Sundance sensation GOOD DICK, for which she innovated and executed a hybrid distribution strategy in North America that has since become a model for narrative filmmakers doing self-releases. Now in release are THE PERFECT FAMILY, starring Kathleen Turner and two-time Sloan Grant recipient FUTURE WEATHER, starring Amy Madigan and Lili Taylor. Olson has been invited to speak on new models of content production and distribution at IFP Film Week, The Sundance Film Festival & the Sundance Creative Producing Summit, The Screen Producers Association of Australia, Film Independent and SXSW. She has taught in the graduate program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts and given workshops at FIND and the Canadian Film Center. She is a Trans-Atlantic Partners fellow and a member of the Producers Guild of America. Recent projects include the feature film PRESERVATION from writer/director Chris Denham, which opened theMidnight Section at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

SIMON HELBERG
(Actor)

Simon currently stars in CBS’ smash hit (and People’s Choice Winner for Best TV Comedy,) "The Big Bang Theory", as Howard Wolowitz, engineering genius who prides himself on being the group’s Casanova.  Prior to his success on The Big Bang Theory, Simon was a regular on the sketch comedy show, "MADTv". He was also featured in numerous critically acclaimed series including "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", "Arrested Development", and "Reno 911!" On the big screen he has been seen in such Academy Award nominated films as the Coen Brothers’ "A Serious Man" and "Good Night and Good Luck", as well as "Old School", Christopher Guest’s "For Your Consideration" and "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story". Simon is also well known as one half of the comedy duo "Derek & Simon", with comedy partner Derek Waters. The two most recently starred together in the web series "Derek & Simon: The Show" on the comedy website Super Deluxe, which they created with comedian Bob Odenkirk. He also played the role of ‘Moist’ in the internet cult sensation "Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog". Born and raised in Los Angeles, Simon attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he trained at the Atlantic Theater Company.

JASON RITTER
(Actor)

Jason is currently starring as Sean Walker in NBC's new conspiracy thriller The Event. He will next be seen in the independent film "The Dry Land," opposite America Ferrera, Ryan O'Nan and Melissa Leo. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and recently won the prize for international premiere at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival. He has just completed production on "The Perfect Family," opposite Emily Deschanel and Kathleen Turner. He also recently finished filming the independent features "A Bag of Hammers," opposite Rebecca Hall, and "Morning" opposite Laura Linney and Jeanne Tripplehorn.  Jason was last seen starring onscreen in "Peter and Vandy," opposite Jess Weixler. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. He also starred in and co-produced "Good Dick," written and directed by Marianna Palka, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2008. Among Jason's other film credits are "The Education of Charlie Banks," "Our Very Own," "Happy Endings,"  and "Mumford."  Some of  Jason's television credits include series regular roles on "The Class" and "Joan of Arcadia." Jason starred as the lead in the Lincoln Center production of Wendy Wasserstein's "Third," opposite Dianne Wiest, Charles Durning, Amy Aquino, and Gaby Hoffmann, directed by Daniel Sullivan. His additional theater credits include the off-Broadway production of Tom Donaghy's "The Beginning of August" and the role of Tim in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's play "The Distance from Here" at London's Almeida Theatre (directed by David Leveaux).  Jason is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

ANDRE LASCARIS 
(Director of Photography)

Combining his love for stories and his passion for photography, Greek born cinematographer Andre Lascaris began his career as a reportage photographer traveling around the world on assignment. Having created a significant body of photographic work, he moved to New York City, which led to the inevitable beginning of his career as a cinematographer. A graduate of AFI, Andre’s narrative cinematography ranges from the fast paced, action packed espionage thriller CONTRACT KILLERS to the delicate relationship between two people falling in love in GOOD DICK. Andre currently lives in Los Angeles and frequently shoots both commercial and non-profit projects. (andrelascaris.com)

JOCELYN TOWNE
(Director/Actor/Writer)

Jocelyn Towne was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences and got her B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. She has worked as an actor in theatre and film. In 2001, she got a job as a reader for Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and helped them to find “Little Miss Sunshine.” In 2011, Jocelyn raised funds for her first feature (as director/writer/actress), "I Am I," on Kickstarter and won the Kickstarter Video of the Year for her campaign. "I Am I" premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2013, where she won "Outstanding Achievement in Directing." The film made its international premiere at the Champs Elysees Film Festival. "I Am I" also won a Special Jury prize at U.S. in Progress in 2012. Jocelyn’s 2nd film, “We’ll Never Have Paris,” premiered at SXSW in 2014.

 

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