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Donald Rosenfeld/Robyn Rosenfeld/Paul Cantelon
with host Tim Carpenter
In her first original screenplay, EFFIE GRAY, Academy Award winning screenwriter Emma Thompson peers inside the forbidden realms of Victorian society through the true story of the marriage of Effie Gray and renowned art critic John Ruskin. Tim Carpenter talks to filmmakers Donald Rosenfeld and Robyn Rosenfeld, and composer Paul Cantelon, about bringing to life onscreen the unrequited passion hidden behind the veil of opulent public life in Victorian England. EFFIE GRAY opens nationwide April 3.
DONALD ROSENFELD (Producer) spent the years 1987 to 1998 as President of Merchant Ivory Productions, in charge of the financing and production of such titles as James Ivory’s “Mr and Mrs Bridge” (1990), Simon Callow’s “The Ballad of the Sad Café (1991), James Ivory’s “Howards End” (1992) and “The Remains of the Day” (1993), Christopher Menaul’s “Feast of July” (1995) and James Ivory’s “Jefferson In Paris” (1995), and “Surviving Picasso,” among others. He produced Chris Munch’s “Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day” (1996), which won Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, for which he recreated the Yosemite Valley narrow Gauge Railroad. Rosenfeld produced Ric Burns’ “New York: A Documentary Film” (1996-2003) and was executive producer of Taran Davies’ film about the people of Chechnya, “Mountain Men and Holy Wars” (2003). He produced the romantic drama “Forty Shades of Blue”, which won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance in 2005. He produced Ric Burns’ first feature film, the four hours long “Andy Warhol” (2006), and he made “Anton Chekhov’s The Duel”, directed by the Georgian director Dover Kashashvili, and the following year he was the sole executive producer of Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” repeating the task on the director’s recent “Voyage of Time”, with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. In-between, he was the executive producer of “Jodorowsky’s Dune”, the story of the Chilean director’s doomed attempt at bringing Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel to the screen. EFFIE GRAY marks Rosenfeld’s third collaboration with Emma Thompson. He looks forward to many great films ahead with Emma.
ROBYN ROSENFELD (Executive Producer) has spent most of her career producing, distributing, and overseeing international sales for feature films and television. Most recently, Rosenfeld Executive Produced the upcoming feature film, EFFIE GRAY, written by Emma Thompson and starring Dakota Fanning, with a notable cast including Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, David Suchet, Derek Jacobi, Claudia Cardinale, Tom Sturridge, and Robbie Coltrane. She also oversaw International Sales for the acclaimed documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE for City Film, which just received a nomination for Best Documentary from the National Board of Review and was also listed on Oscars Documentary Feature Short List for 2014.
From 2006– present, Rosenfeld joined the team of High Line Pictures/Sovereign Films where she has been involved in all aspects of production on films such as ANTON CHEKHOV’S THE DUEL, starring Tobias Menzies and Andrew Scott. Rosenfeld distributed and supervised marketing and advertising for this critically lauded film for its U.S. release in April 2010.
From 1999 to 2001, Rosenfeld Executive Produced CREATURE FEATURES, an original series of HBO Primetime Movies, which premiered Fall 2001 in a two-tiered release on HBO and Cinemax. Rosenfeld also signed a five-picture development deal with A&E Television Networks to create and develop a series of movies entitled GHOST TALES. A&E’s GHOST TALES marked the network’s debut venture into classic horror.
Rosenfeld began her career in advertising and public relations where she produced TV Commercials, Industrial Films, Radio Commercials and Promos for clients such as Landmark Banks, The American Chiropractic Association, Clairol, and NBC. She gradually transitioned into television, where she wrote and produced news segments, news magazine shows, and documentaries. She’s directed and produced segments for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and THE INSIDER, as well as composed and conducted celebrity interviews; Associate Produced the 2005 TV special VOGUE MAGAZINE’s TRENDWATCH; wrote and Field Produced the fashion news segments for the NBC TODAY SHOW; and wrote and Co-produced the 13- episode news magazine show, SECRETS OF THE MASTERCHEFS, which aired on PBS.
Additionally, she’s produced and styled editorial photo-shoots with renowned photographers Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz, including cover stories for Vanity Fair and Traveler’s Magazines, featuring celebrities such as Demi Moore and Rebecca De Mornay; and two album covers for Bruce Springsteen.
PAUL CANTELON (Composer) is a versatile musician and a composer of contemporary classical music who studied at the Geneva Conservatory, New York’s Juilliard School and the Conservatoire de Paris. Born in California, he is a founding member of the American alternative band Wild Colonials, and has recorded and performed with such musicians as Yo Yo Ma, Joe Cocker, The Kinks, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, King Crimson, Everclear, and Ry Cooder. His first feature film score was composed for director Liv Schreiber’s quirky comedy, “Everything is Illuminated” (2005), but it was his work on Julian Schnabel’s four-time Oscar®-nominated “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon)” two years later, which brought him international recognition. “Superheroes” and “Year of the Fish” followed, with Justin Chadwick’s “The Other Boleyn Girl,” starring Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johansson, hitting cinemas in 2008. He supplied the music for Shekhar Kapur’s segment of “New York, I Love You” and then scored Oliver Stone’s presidential biographical drama “W.” Next came “Conviction” (2010), starring Hilary Swank; the touching drama “The Music Never Stopped”; and a documentary about the legendary fashion editor, “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel.” In 2013 he composed the music for the 1940s family drama “Wish You Well,” starring Ellen Burstyn and “Immigrant,” the story of a young Russian in search of the American dream.