With his vibrant imagination and dedication to richly layered storytelling QUENTIN TARANTINO (Writer/Director) has established himself as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation.
Tarantino is currently in post-production on THE HATEFUL EIGHT, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, and Bruce Dern. In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, six or eight or ten years after the end of the Civil War, a band of strangers who seek refuge from a blizzard in a mountainside stopover and discover that hidden allegiances and dangerous motives threaten their survival. The Weinstein Company will release THE HATEFUL EIGHT in glorious 70mm later this year.
Tarantino won his second Oscar for Best Screenplay for DJANGO UNCHAINED, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz (in his second Academy Award-winning role), Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, and Walton Goggins. Set in the Antebellum South, DJANGO UNCHAINED chronicles a freed slave’s search for his long-lost wife. DJANGO UNCHAINED was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards (with wins for Waltz and Tarantino for Best Screenplay), five BAFTAS (again, with wins for Tarantino and Waltz and editor Fred Raskin), and five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. DJANGO UNCHAINED grossed over $425 million worldwide.
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Tarantino’s World War II epic, assembled a renowned international cast, including Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender, Melanie Laurent, Til Schweiger, Mike Myers, and Christoph Waltz, who won an Academy Award® for his portrayal of Colonel Hans Landa. First shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS was a critical and boxoffice sensation, garnering numerous awards, including six BAFTA nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and eight Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Achievement in Directing.
Prior to INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Tarantino thrilled audiences with DEATH PROOF, starring Kurt Russell and Zoë Bell. Paired domestically with Robert Rodriguez’s PLANET TERROR on a double bill called GRINDHOUSE, DEATH PROOF was shown in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
In Tarantino’s KILL BILL VOL. 1 and KILL BILL VOL. 2, Uma Thurman, as “The Bride,” enacted a “roaring rampage of revenge” on her former lover and boss, played by David Carradine. Shot in China, Japan, the United States, and Mexico, the film co-starred Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox and Michael Madsen as Carradine’s team of assassins. Tarantino wrote and directed JACKIE BROWN, a crime caper loosely based on Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch, starring Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton. Grier garnered both Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance in the title role. Forster was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor, and Jackson won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival for his performance as Ordell Robbie.
Tarantino co-wrote, directed and starred in PULP FICTION, which won numerous critics’ awards, a Golden Globe and Academy Award® for Best Screenplay, and the Palme D’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. (Tarantino made a return visit to Cannes ten years later to take on the prestigious role of jury president.) The time-bending crime drama stars John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer and Christopher Walken.
Tarantino wrote, directed and starred in RESERVOIR DOGS, which made an auspicious debut at the Sundance Film Festival and marked the beginning of Tarantino’s career as a filmmaker. RESERVOIR DOGS co-stars Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel.
Following the success of RESERVOIR DOGS, the screenplays that Tarantino wrote during his tenure as a video store clerk became hot properties: Tony Scott directed Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in TRUE ROMANCE, and Robert Rodriguez directed George Clooney and Salma Hayek in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. In addition to their collaborations FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and GRINDHOUSE, Tarantino also joined Rodriguez as a special guest director on his hit SIN CITY.
Tarantino joined Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell by directing, writing and executive producing a segment of the omnibus feature FOUR ROOMS. For television, Tarantino directed the season five finale of “CSI.” The episode, titled “Grave Danger” garnered Tarantino an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Tarantino made his television directorial debut in 1995 with an episode of the long-running drama “ER.”
Tarantino’s diverse work as a producer exemplifies both his commitment to first-time filmmakers and his support for his experienced peers and colleagues. Tarantino served as an executive producer on Eli Roth’s HOSTEL, and HOSTEL: PART II, Roger Avary’s KILLING ZOE, and Katrina Bronson’s DALTRY CALHOUN, and Robert Rodriguez’s FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.
The longtime fan of Asian cinema presented Yuen Wo Ping’s IRON MONKEY to American audiences in 2001 and Zhang Yimou’s HERO in 2004.
Two-time Academy Award® nominated film producer RICHARD GLADSTEIN (Producer) is the Founder & President of the Los Angeles based motion picture production company FilmColony.
Gladstein’s two Academy Award® nominations for ‘Best Picture of the Year’ were for his films THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and FINDING NEVERLAND. His other producer credits include; THE TIME BEING, EXPECTING, PAPER MAN, KILLSHOT, MR. MAGORIUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM, THE NANNY DIARIES, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, SHE’S ALL THAT, HURLYBURLY, THE CROSSING GUARD, and 54. In addition, Gladstein has enjoyed a fruitful and extensive collaboration with Quentin Tarantino as Executive Producer on Tarantino’s first three films; RESERVOIR DOGS, PULP FICTION and JACKIE BROWN. Gladstein’s thirty films as either Producer or Executive Producer have received a combined twenty-two Academy Award® nominations and theatrical gross receipts in excess of $1 Billion.
FilmColony was founded in 1995 and was engaged in several multi-year overhead and producing pacts with Miramax Films from 1995-2003 resulting in nine films made together. Prior to the formation of FilmColony, Gladstein was Miramax Films’ Executive Vice President and Head of Production (1993-1995), supervising the company’s development and production activities and staff, resulting in such films as FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, SMOKE, BLUE IN THE FACE, PRET-A-PORTER, FROM DUSK ‘TIL DAWN, THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU’RE DEAD, FOUR ROOMS, and FRESH, among others.
Prior to his tenure with Miramax, Gladstein was Vice President of Production & Acquisitions at LIVE Entertainment (1987-1992), the home-video division of Carolco Pictures, resulting in the financing and distribution of such films as BOB ROBERTS, BAD LIEUTENANT, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, THE KING OF NEW YORK, WEEKEND AT BERNIES, and DRUGSTORE COWBOY.
Before relocating to Los Angeles in 1987, Gladstein lived in New York and worked as: Director of Acquisitions & Marketing at Angelika Films, a Public Relations Executive at Ruder, Finn & Rotman, and a Production Assistant on various films and TV shows. Gladstein began in the mailroom at the Dino De Laurentiis Corp.
Outside of the film business, Gladstein is deeply involved and committed to philanthropic endeavors to greatly reduce the prevalence of Jewish Genetic Diseases through education, awareness and medical and scientific research. He is Co-Chair of the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium and Founder & President of the Bloom’s Syndrome Foundation. Gladstein serves on the National Board of Directors of The Producers Guild of America. He is a graduate of Boston University with a BS in Communications.
STACEY SHER (Producer) is a two-time Academy Award®-nominee, most recently for Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington. She was previously nominated for Steven Soderbergh’s ERIN BROCKOVICH, with Julia Roberts and Albert Finney.
Sher produced BURNT, starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson. Sher’s independently financed feature adaptation of the 2007 Academy Award® winning documentary short, FREEHELD, starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, and Michael Shannon, was released by Lionsgate this fall.
For television, Sher is producing AMC’s upcoming martial arts drama “Into The Badlands,” created by Al Gough and Miles Miller and starring Daniel Wu, Sarah Bolger, and Emily Beecham.
Sher’s film credits include Academy Award® Best Picture nominee PULP FICTION, the 2005 Independent Spirit Award-winning GARDEN STATE, and three films with director Steven Soderbergh: CONTAGION, ERIN BROCKOVICH and OUT OF SIGHT. Additional credits include Zach Braff’s WISH I WAS HERE; Scott Frank’s A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, with Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens; RUNNER, RUNNER starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck; REALITY BITES; ALONG CAME POLLY; GET SHORTY and its sequel, BE COOL; GATTACA; EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES; LOL; CAMP; MAN ON THE MOON; LIVING OUT LOUD; SKELETON KEY; MATILDA; DROWNING MONA; HOW HIGH; FEELING MINNESOTA and the Comedy Central television series “Reno 911,” for which Sher served as an executive producer for all six seasons.
Sher was honored by the ACLU for her commitment to films and television that are empowering, inspirational and thought-provoking, dealing with issues from public safety to education, social justice to censorship. In 2007, FREEDOM WRITERS, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and produced by Sher, was chosen as the recipient of the Humanitas Prize. WORLD TRADE CENTER, starring Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maria Bello, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, directed by Oliver Stone, was chosen for the 2006 Christopher Award, which is presented to those who create films that affirm the highest values of the human spirit. Sher was the recipient of the 2002 Mary Pickford Award from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the 2000 Women in Film Independent Vision Award. She delivered the commencement address at the 2013 USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) graduation ceremony.
Shannon McIntosh (Producer) has been a key player in the entertainment industry for two decades. Now an independent producer, she previously oversaw production, post-production and programming for both The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Miramax Films.
She is currently producing MEET THE BLACKS with Roxanne Avent and Deon Taylor. In previous years, McIntosh produced TUSK for Kevin Smith; ANGELS SING, starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Willie Nelson. McIntosh executive-produced SUPREMACY for Deon Taylor, and the Academy Award®-winning DJANGO UNCHAINED, overseeing production and post-production for Quentin Tarantino. McIntosh served in the same role for INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s GRINDHOUSE. In addition, she spearheaded SOLD OUT: A THREEVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH and the development of faith-based material for TWC.
In her previous role as Executive Vice President of Production, Broadcast /Video Production and Post-production for The Weinstein Company, she enjoyed a wide range of responsibility that included production, post-production, marketing, publicity and home entertainment. McIntosh’s department saw the development, creation and distribution of all collateral broadcast materials for marketing and public relations. DVD Production, including all aspects of content development, was also under her purview as was the versioning of movies for all ancillary markets such as TV/Airline versions, dubbed versions, mastering, duplication and on-demand formatting.
Prior to The Weinstein Company, McIntosh completed a thirteen-year tenure at Miramax films, serving as Executive Vice President of Broadcast/Video Production and Post-production. At Miramax and TWC, she managed staffs of up to thirty people. In her role there, she created an unprecedented system that managed every life stage of a motion picture property – from development through a home entertainment/on-demand release. McIntosh was the first to successfully build a department that has such a comprehensive handle on individual projects.
Over the course of her unparalleled career, McIntosh has been instrumental in the successful Academy Award® campaigns for all TWC and Miramax films highlighted by such movies as Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, The Reader, Chicago, Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Pulp Fiction and Sling Blade. She has received numerous awards for her broadcast programming (including a Cine Golden Eagle and several Chicago Film Festival Intercom Awards) and unique DVD bonus material (including several DVDA Awards).
Prior to Miramax and TWC, McIntosh honed her skills by producing documentaries, commercials, music videos, various PBS programming, corporate training videos and medical education films.
McIntosh and her husband, Jody Rath, live in Los Angeles with their two sons, Rex and Quinn.
ROBERT RICHARDSON (Director of Photography) is a three-time Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography for his work on both Martin Scorsese's HUGO and THE AVIATOR and Oliver Stone's epic tapestry JFK. THE HATEFUL EIGHT marks Richardson’s fifth collaboration with Director Quentin Tarantino, having previously teamed with the influential filmmaker on DJANGO UNCHAINED, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, and KILL BILL: VOLUMES 1 & 2. Richardson has also enjoyed successful long-standing relationship with director Oliver Stone. By cultivating the ability to adopt a wide variety of visual styles as a survival guide, their artistic partnership flourished on a number of films, including NATURAL BORN KILLERS, NIXON, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY and PLATOON, the latter two of which Richardson garnered Academy Award nominations. Richardson has done beautiful work for a number of other prominent directors, including Martin Scorsese (HUGO, THE AVIATOR, CASINO, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD) and Robert Redford (THE HORSE WHISPERER) and Barry Levinson (WAG THE DOG). A native of Cape Cod, Richardson attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the American Film Institute. Richardson has also photographed several documentaries with Errol Morris, including FAST, CHEAP AND OUT OF CONTROL, MR. DEATH and the unflinching Abu Ghraib documentary STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE.
YOHEI TANEDA (Production Designer) established his career through many acclaimed films in the United States, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, in addition to his own country, Japan. Tanade’s credits include Tarantino’s KILL BILL VOL. 1; THE FLOWERS OF WAR, directed by Zhang Yimou; MAN OF TAI CHI, directed by and starring Keanu Reeves; and the Hong Kong-Chinese fantasy film MONSTER HUNT, directed by Raman Hui.
Taneda was the production designer for the animated film GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE, directed by Mamoru Oshii and for WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
Taneda has received many awards and published several books. His work has appeared in art exhibits in several countries.
After studying Costume Design at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Courtney COURTNEY HOFFMAN (Costume Designer) has been fortunate to work with some of the industry’s most legendary Directors and Costume Designers. She worked as an assistant Costume Designer and Costumer on films directed by Terrence Malick, Tim Burton, Stephen Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino, with Designers including Colleen Atwood, Jacqueline West and Sharen Davis.
She then made the leap to Costume Designer on the indie Western DEAD MAN'S BURDEN and her love of the genre was ignited more than ever. Her Costume Design credits include: the soon to be released CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, THE BOY NEXT DOOR, ALEX OF VENICE AND PALO ALTO.
She was named “35 Women in Hollywood Under 35,” featured in Below the Line Impact Report and named Hollywood Reporter’s "Behind the Scenes Costume Queen" after having 3 films she Designed at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.