ARI LANTOS (Producer) Remember
is the third film Ari and Robert Lantos have produced together
, others include the award-winning Barney’s Version
in 2010 and The Right Kind of Wrong
in 2012. His genre-bending horror musical Stage Fright
starring Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver premiered to a raucous reception at SXSW in 2014 and was released by Magnolia shortly thereafter. In 2008 he produced the comedy You Might As Well Live
and in 2007 Lantos produced the Slamdance opener, Real Time,
starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel. Ari is currently VP Production where he oversees all aspects of development and production across Serendipity's film and television slate.
PAUL SAROSSY (Director of Cinematography) Remember
BENJAMIN AUGUST (Screenwriter) Seventeen years ago, writer Benjamin August adapted Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” into a high school play. Following the production, the school athletic director came up to Mr. August and told him, “Stick to sports.” Frankly, August says, the athletic director was probably right since it’s taken seventeen more years for him to have his first script produced. August’s path to screenwriting has been untraditional. He wrote Remember while living in Vietnam where he was teaching English. He credits Vietnamese iced-coffee with sweetened condensed milk as the secret ingredient to his scripts. Despite constantly being told he needs to move to Los Angeles, August currently resides in Hanoi with his wife Huyen and their daughter Shayna. He is presently working on a handful of film and television projects. He prefers to use his full name, Benjamin, because it makes his mother happy.
is the latest project in the longtime collaboration of Director Atom Egoyan and award-winning cinematographer Paul Sarossy. The two filmmakers have worked together on the films The Captive, Devil’s Knot, Chloe, Adoration, Where the Truth Lies, Ararat, Felicia’s Journey, The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, The Adjuster, Speaking Parts
as well as the television production of “Krapp’s Last Tape.” Sarossy's other credits include Neil Jordan's “The Borgias”, starring Jeremy Iron's (Emmy nomination), Dover Koshashvili's The Duel
, Nelofer Pazira's Act of Dishonour, Ripley Underground
starring Willem Defoe, Head in the Clouds
starring Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, Charlie Bartlett
, starring Robert Downey Jr. He was also the Director of Photography on The Wicker Man
starring Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn
with Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Schrader's Oscar nominated Affliction
with Nick Nolte and James Coburn, Picture Perfect
starring Jennifer Aniston, Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains
, Vincent Perez's The Secrecy, The Deal
with Meg Ryan and William H. Macy, among many others.
MATTHEW DAVIES (
Production Designer) Since graduating from the National Film and Television School in the UK fifteen years ago, Matthew Davies has designed more than a dozen feature films and a half-dozen television series, garnering him numerous nominations including The Genie Awards, The Gemini Awards and the DGC Craft Awards. Matthew’s career highlights include Sarah Polley’s sophomore feature, Take This Waltz
, starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen; George Hickenlooper’s Casino Jack
, starring Kevin Spacey; and Guy Maddin’s cult masterpiece, The Saddest Music in the World
, starring Isabella Rossellini. His recent feature film credits include, The Samaritan
, starring Samuel Jackson and Tom Wilkinson; and The Art of the Steal
, starring Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel and Terence Stamp.
Matthew’s projects have opened many international film festivals. In 2008 Fernando Meirelles’ adaption of Blindness launched the 2008 Festival de Cannes; in 2007 Jeremy Podeswa’s Fugitive Pieces was chosen as the opening night gala at the Toronto International Film Festival; and in 2006 Marc Evans’ Snow Cake, starring Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, opened the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival.
CHRISTOPHER DONALDSON (Editor)
Christopher Donaldson's work as an editor spans an extensive variety of dramatic and documentary features and television. His recent credits include Jeremiah Chechik’s The Right Kind of Wrong
, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz
, and Kevin McMahon’s Waterlife
. His work for television includes “Penny Dreadful” for Showtime, “Flashpoint” for CBS/CTV, "The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes To Town" for CBC, and "Slings & Arrows" for TMN and Showcase. Christopher received two Director's Guild of Canada awards for his work on "Slings & Arrows" and a Gemini Award for "The Border".
MYCHAEL DANNA (Composer)
won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Original Score for Life of Pi
. He also won the Golden Globe and numerous critics association awards and was nominated for a second Oscar for the film’s theme song, “Pi’s Lullaby.” Danna is recognized as one of the pioneers of combining non-Western sounds with orchestral and electronic elements in the world of film music. Danna has been scoring films since his 1987 feature debut, Atom Egoyan’s Family Viewing
. Hailing from Canada, Danna has won five Genie Awards
, the latest for the Academy Award-nominated foreign language film Water
, directed by Deepa Mehta. His other Genie Awards are for Egoyan’s films Ararat
, Felicia’s Journey
, The Sweet Hereafter
Life of Pi
marked Danna’s third collaboration with Ang Lee, having previously worked with the multiple Oscar-winning director on The Ice Storm
and Ride with the Devil
. Danna’s scores also include the Academy Award Best Picture nominees Moneyball
and Little Miss Sunshine
(for which he received a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack Album); Terry Gilliam’s Oscar-nominated The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
and Tideland; Vanity Fair
, Monsoon Wedding
and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
for Mira Nair; Billy Ray’s Breach
and Shattered Glass
, Marc Webb’s acclaimed romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer,
James Mangold’s Oscar-winning Girl, Interrupted,
Neil LaBute’s Lakeview Terrace
; Sony’s animated Surf’s Up
; Gregory Hoblit’s Fracture
, Istvan Szabo’s Oscar-nominated Being Julia
, Denzel Washington’s directorial debut Antwone Fisher,
Scott Hicks’ Hearts in Atlantis
and Joel Schumacher’s 8MM
, Danna’s recent accolades also include a 2013 Emmy for Best Score for a movie or mini-series for World Without End
. He previously shared an Emmy nomination along with his brother, Jeff Danna, for Outstanding Main Title Theme music for the theme to Camelot
starring Joseph Fiennes. Danna is currently scoring the animated feature The Good Dinosaur
Danna studied music composition at the University of Toronto, winning the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship. He also served as composer-in-residence at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto.
DEBRA HANSON (Costume Designer)
A multi-talented and award-winning designer, Debra moves fluidly and expertly between production design, sets and costume design for film, television, and theatre – most notably for the prestigious Stratford Festival Theatre.
Debra is adept at designing for all genres and periods, including the world of the “near future” for two seasons of “Orphan Black” (designing for multiple characters in the series, by the same actor, Tatiana Maslany). In television, she has also designed for CBC’s “Schitt’s Creek”, the break-out hit starring comedy legends Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara; CTV sitcom “Spun Out”; the World War II period drama “Bomb Girls” (Global); and “The Firm” for NBC and E1 Entertainment, for which she won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Costume Design. Debra designed the Canadian Opera Company’s production of COSI FAN TUTTI for director Atom Egoyan, for which she received a Dora Mavor Award nomination. She also designed and consulted for the film version of the one-man play, BARRYMORE, starring Christopher Plummer and based on the life of John Barrymore.
In 2009, Debra received a Gemini Award for Best Costume Design for CBC’s production of “Othello”, and was previously honoured with a 2004 Genie nomination for Best Costume Design for The Gospel of John, starring Christopher Plummer and Henry Ian Cusick.
Debra’s feature credits include Atom Egoyan’s Queen of the Night; Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey; Chloe and Adoration (also for Atom Egoyan); the science fiction epic Outlander; Sarah Polley’s directorial debut, Away From Her, starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent; Snow Cake, starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss; Don McKellar’s second feature, Childstar; and Clement Virgo’s multi-award-winning contemporary love story, Love Come Down, starring Larenz Tate and Deborah Cox. Hanson received a Genie nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design for her work on the multi-award winning New Waterford Girl. In the television world, movie/mini-series credits also include “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” for Lifetime, “The Man Who Saved Christmas”, “In God’s Country” and Laurie Lynd’s BBC hit, “I Was A Rat” (starring Tom Conti and Brenda Fricker), as well as the television docudrama, “Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen”, starring Paul Soles, Deborah Harry, Sandra Bernhard, and Rufus Wainwright. She designed on the contemporary “Crash & Burn” series (Canwest), and Garth Drabinsky’s performing arts-based show, “Triple Sensation”. In 2007, she won a Gemini Award for her work on the dramatic dance interpretation of Daniel Defoe’s novel, “Roxana”. Debra served as the Stratford Festival’s head of design from 1989 to 1994, and won a Dora Mavor Award for Outstanding Costume Design for her work on the play, TRANSLATIONS.
MARK MUSSELMAN (Executive Producer) is one of Canada’s most experienced film and television executives. A lawyer by training, Mr. Musselman initially worked in as entertainment counsel with the Canadian law firm of Goodmans, LLP, focusing exclusively on the film and television industries, with a recognized expertise in the sourcing and packaging of domestic and international financing via international co-productions.
In 1999, Mr. Musselman left private practice to join Toronto-based production company Serendipity Point Films where he has served as executive producer for over 13 years. Throughout this period Mr. Musselman has been responsible for the oversight of Serendipity's various commercial interests and production activities, along with several ancillary ventures and investments in the domestic and international film and television industries. Mr. Musselman was Executive Producer of, among other motion pictures, Barney’s Version (2010); Eastern Promises (2007); Fugitive Pieces (2007); Where The Truth Lies (2005); Being Julia (2004), The Right Kind of Wrong (2013), and Stage Fright (2013).
ANANT SINGH (Executive Producer)
Born and raised in apartheid South Africa in the eastern coastal city of Durban, Singh began his film career at age 18 when he left his studies at the University of Durban-Westville to purchase a 16mm movie rental store. From there, he moved into video distribution, forming Videovision Entertainment and then progressed into film production in 1984 with Place of Weeping
, the first anti-apartheid film to be made entirely in South Africa.
Anant Singh is recognised as South Africa’s pre-eminent film producer, having produced more than 80 films since 1984. He is responsible for many of the most profound anti-apartheid films made in South Africa, among which are Place of Weeping
, Sarafina!, Cry, the Beloved Country
which received South Africa’s first Academy Award Nomination in the Best Foreign Language Picture category in 2005, the Peabody Award and an Emmy Nomination in 2006.
Nelson Mandela called him “a producer I respect very much…a man of tremendous ability” when he granted him the film rights to his autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom
. The film, titled Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
received Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and a Golden Globe Award win.
A selection of feature films produced by Singh include: Sarafina!
starring Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo and Miriam Makeba; The Road to Mecca
, with Kathy Bates; Father Hood
, with Patrick Swayze and Halle Berry; Captives
, with Julia Ormond and Tim Roth; Stephen King’s The Mangler
, Cry, the Beloved Country
with James Earl Jones and Richard Harris; and Red Dust
directed by Tom Hooper
and starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Notable documentaries produced by Singh are Countdown to Freedom: 10 Days that Changed South Africa; Prisoners of Hope
, about a reunion on Robben Island of 1250 of its former political prisoners led by Nelson Mandela, Hero For All
which documents Nelson Mandela’s farewell visit to the United States; Viva Madiba: A Hero For All Seasons
Birthday tribute to Nelson Mandela) and Obama: People’s President
; as well as documentary features The Journalist And The Jihadi: The Murder Of Daniel Pearl; More Than Just A Game; My Hunter’s Heart
and 2010: Once In A Lifetime
which explores South Africa as the host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
He is the chairman of Cape Town Film Studios, the first ever custom built state-of-the-art film studio facility in Africa and co-chairs the Cape Town based radio station, Smile 90.4FM.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, among which are the Crystal Award of the World Economic Forum; the Lifetime Founder Member Award of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the World Visionary Award from Palm Beach International Film Festival; the inaugural Golden Horn Award for Outstanding Contributor of the South African Film and Television Awards and the KwaZulu Natal Film Commission’s inaugural Simon Mabhunu Sabela Film Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was conferred with honourary doctorates by the University of Durban-Westville; the University Of Port Elizabeth and The Durban University of Technology.
MOISES COSIO (Executive Producer)
is founding partner, producer and development director of Mexican conglomerate Bh5 Group, which is integrated by many production companies, including Detalle Films, Detalle TV, Balero Films, Cacao Production Services and La Rama de Teatro. Moises, personally and/or throughout Bh5 Group, has produced dozens of feature films, including Nos Vemos Papá
by Lucía Carreras (Karlovy Vary 2012), Rezeta
by Fernando Frías (Slamdance 2013 Winner Best Feature Film), La Danza de la Realidad
by Alejandro Jodorowski (Cannes 2013), and feature film Kite
starring Samuel L. Jackson (2014), among others. For the last couple of years
, Moisés has also been involved in some of Mexico's most prestigious live theater productions through Bh5's company La Rama de Teatro
, including, WOMEN DREAMT OF HORSES (2011), CONNECTING PEOPLE (2012), THE INFERNAL COMEDY (2012), MOBILE HORROR (2012), JULIUS CEASAR (2013), MENAGE A TROIS (2013), REASONS TO BE PRETTY (2013), A NORMAL HEART (2013), WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (2014), among many others. He is also founding partner and CEO of Alumnos 47, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to art and culture promotion and Baobab, an editorial. Happy husband and father of two kids.
JEFF SAGANSKY (Executive Producer)
has been a long time investor, producer and executive in the media and entertainment businesses. He serves as Chairman of Hemisphere Film Capital, the leading film and TV finance company behind such pictures at The Smurfs, The Adventures of Tin Tin, Men in Black 3
, and World War Z
. Mr. Sagansky is also the co-founder and board member of Global Eagle Acquisition Corporation, a Nasdaq listed company which is the largest inflight entertainment company. Together with his partner, Harry Sloan, Mr. Sagansky recently raised $325 million to create Silver Eagle Acquisition Company, a Nasdaq listed media acquisition vehicle. Mr. Sagansky has been an active producer having recently executive produced the investigative documentary TWA Flight 800 for Epix and the hit series “Strange Empire” for CBC and “Sex, Lies and Handwriting” for Bell Media and TF1. Mr. Sagansky is also a lead investor in numerous other companies including Content Film, the UK based distribution company, Trifecta, the syndication and media sales company, Stargreetz, the web based personalized messaging company, and GoEuro, the fastest growing travel search and booking company in Europe.
Sagansky began his career in the finance department of CBS and five years later was Executive Vice President and the head of series programming at NBC. Among the series he developed at NBC that brought the network to the top of the ratings were “The Cosby Show” “Miami Vice” “Cheers’ and “St. Elsewhere.”
Sagansky left NBC in1985 to join the startup of TriStar pictures where he began as head of production and ended as its CEO, developing such hit films as Look Who’s Talking, Steel Magnolias
In l990 Sagansky moved back to the world of TV to assume the post of President of CBS Entertainment. There Sagansky returned the network to the top of the ratings developing such hits as “Touched by an Angel”, “The Nanny” and “Northern Exposure”. In l994 Sagansky joined Sony Corporation as its Executive Vice President of Entertainment. There he oversaw the American launch of the Sony Playstation as well as the purchase of Telemundo and the Loew’s Cineplex merger. In l995 Sagansky was named Co-President of Sony Pictures where he was in charge of worldwide television operations. In l998 Sagansky became President and CEO of Paxson Communications. During his four years at Paxson the network distribution grew from 60% of US households to 90% behind such successful shows as “Doc” and “Sue Thomas”.
Mr. Sagansky graduated with a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves on the boards of Scripps Networks Interactive, Starz Entertainment, Global Eagle Entertainment and GoEuro.
D. MATT GELLER (Executive Producer)
is an independent producer specializing in scripted development, film financing (domestic & international), project packaging, and physical production. In 2014, he served as Executive Producer on two feature films. The first picture was Remember
, which starred Christopher Plummer, directed by Atom Egoyan. The second film was a Chet Baker biopic
, Born to Be Blue
, which starred Ethan Hawke, directed by Robert Budreau. Prior to launching his company, Geller Entertainment Group, he previously held executive positions at Six Point Films, Wonderfalls Entertainment, Lightworks Pictures, Focus Features and DLT Entertainment. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television and the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences. Geller is Russian-born and currently resides in Los Angeles, but calls New York City his home.
LAWRENCE GUTERMAN (Executive Producer)
directed the box office smash Cats & Dogs
(B.O. $201 million) for Warner Bros. The BBC said the film “succeeds both as a parody of the spy genre and in stretching the boundaries of what you believe is possible,” and A.O.Scott of the N.Y.Times called it “exuberant fun.” Prior to that he directed sequences in Antz
, (B.O. $171 million) for DreamWorks, starring the voices of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken. He was hired for that film after Steven Spielberg saw his USC Master’s Thesis film “Headless
!”, and brought him into the DreamWorks fold to also direct the company’s flagship computer game, “GOOSEBUMPS
!” had just won the Grand Jury prize for best short at the Houston International Film Festival.
MIKE PORTER (Executive Producer)
In addition to directing New Line’s effects-filled Son of the Mask ($100 mil Theatrical & Ancillary Rev.), Guterman also prepped a live action Curious George for Universal, Artemis Fowl for Miramax, and Auntie Claus for Paramount. He recently developed Valedictorian (described as Rushmore meets The Graduate) to direct for producer Mason Novick (Juno, 500 Days of Summer), and is currently writing and attached to direct Bremen Musicans for Luxor Ent. Guterman studied physics at Harvard where he wrote and illustrated for the Harvard Lampoon after attending MIT his freshman year.
New to the film industry in late 2009, as an Associate Producer, Michael Porter never looked back, quickly establishing himself as a film equipment and services provider/broker for film in Northern Ontario, Canada. Taking on ALM, LM and UPM crew positions and then moving to Co-Producer in mid-2012, the opportunity to work as an Executive Producer with Serendipity Point Films on Remember
in 2014, has certainly planted the passion in him, for the business of film making. Now living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, having experience with over 21 feature film productions, he is now pursuing feature film productions as Producer.
JENS MEURER (Co-Producer)
Berlin‐based producer and filmmaker Jens Meurer has always worked internationally, starting in the Soviet Union in 1989, and co-producing in almost every European territory, as well as the US, Africa and China. His feature films include Oscar‐nominated The Last Station
, Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book, Russian Arc
and critically acclaimed Carlos
, which received a Golden Globe in 2011. He also co-produced Irvine Welsh's Filth
with James McAvoy and Jamie Bell, Ron Howard's glamorous racing drama Rush
and Peter Chelsom’s heart‐warming Hector and the Search for Happiness, Big Game
, starring Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Jalmari Helander, is currently in post‐production and will be released this year. Current co-productions include I Smile Back
, with Sarah Silverman in her feature debut, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Jens is also working on Mandela’s Children
– a feature documentary about Nelson Mandela’s last final interview with his twenty-two grand‐children.
PAULA DEVONSHIRE (Co-Producer)
first features were Unleashed
and The Beginning
, sequels to the critically acclaimed Ginger Snaps
. She produced Real Time
, George Romero’s Survival of the Dead
, Wet Bum
and The Dark Stranger
, co-produced Diary of the Dead
, The Right Kind of Wrong
and Atom Egoyan’s most recent film Remember
. Paula worked at E1 as a Production Executive supervising several TV shows in production and development. Her television producing credits include “Pure Pwnage”, “Men with Brooms” and John Grisham’s “The Firm”. Paula is an active member of ImagineNative (the largest aboriginal film festival in the world) as Treasurer on the Board of Directors.
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Serendipity Point Films
In Association With Distant Horizon and Detalle
In Association With Egoli Tossell Film and Telefilm Canada
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Written by Benjamin August
Produced by Robert Lantos / Ari Lantos
with Dean Norris
and Martin Landau
Executive Producer Mark Musselman
Executive Producers Anant Singh / Moises Cosio
Executive Producers Jeff Sagansky / D. Matt Geller / Lawrence Guterman / Michael Porter
Co-Producers Jens Meurer / Paula Devonshire
a Robert Lantos production
an Atom Egoyan film
Director of Photography Paul Sarossy A.S.C., C.S.C., B.S.C.
Production Designer Matthew Davies
Editor Christopher Donaldson C.C.E.
Music by Mychael Danna
Costume Designer Debra Hanson
Casting by John Buchan C.S.A. and Jason Knight C.S.A.
Associate Producers Brian Cox / Rosalie Chilelli