Coming & Going
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Edoardo Ponti – writer, director, producer
Edoardo Ponti graduated from the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinema and Television with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production. He went on to write, produce and direct the successful short film "Liv" which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. His first feature film, “Between Strangers”, which he wrote and directed, featured an all-star ensemble cast including Mira Sorvino, Gerard Depardieu, Sophia Loren and Malcolm McDowell. The film earned five Genie Award nominations and festival accolades. His directing career includes the romantic comedy "Coming & Going" starring Rhys Darby ("Flights of the Conchords") and Fionnula Flanagane, an opera composed by the renown Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner entitled ”Requiem for my friend” for which Warner Bros. awarded Ponti a platinum record, Eugene Ionesco’s play “The Lesson” in Los Angeles and a successful run of the theatrical adaptation of Nick Bantock's epistolary best selling books "Griffin & Sabine" performed at the Spoleto Theatre Festival. Mr. Ponti’s other film credits include an acting starring role in the film “Aurora” directed by Maurizio Ponzi, for which Edoardo Ponti earned a “Nastro d’Argento” nomination, Italy’s prestigious film critics prize. Mr. Ponti also worked in close collaboration with master filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni for the last years of his life. Mr. Ponti is attached to direct the black comedy “Payment Deferred” starring Malcolm McDowell and the comedy “Just Desserts, an US- Italian co-production. Mr. Ponti has also co-founded a premiere on line service named where A-list actors, directors and producers share invaluable knowledge and experience on the craft of acting and filmmaking.
Scott Rosenfelt, producer
Scott Rosenfelt's career as a producer led the upward growth of the commercially successful independent feature during the 1980's and 1990's. His greatest hit, Home Alone, one of the highest grossing films of all time, generated over $1 billion worldwide. Teen Wolf, starring Michael J. Fox, was the highest grossing independent film of 1985, while Extremities, starring Farrah Fawcett, and Mystic Pizza, which launched the career of Julia Roberts, both received high critical acclaim in addition to commercial success. At ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Rosenfelt produced Smoke Signals and The Book of Stars, as well as serving as executive producer on Getting to Know You. Smoke Signals became the second highest grossing independent film distributed in 1998 and is considered a filmmaking subculture landmark because it was the first film written, directed and performed by Native Americans that earned a national release, critical acclaim and commercial success. Smoke Signals was the winner of the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Miramax Films. Getting to Know You was accepted into the Dramatic Competition of the 1999 Sundance Film Festival as well as in the International Week of Film Critics at the Venice Film Festival. It opened at the Film Forum in New York in June of 2000 to rave reviews. Getting to Know You was directed by Lisanne Skyler, written by Lisanne Skyler and Tristine Skyler, and stars Heather Matarazzo and Bebe Neuwirth. Rosenfelt recently announced the formation of PicturePlay Films with independent producer Janet Harrison. Their bi- coastal production company specializes in projects budgeted in the $5-to-$20 million range. The duo has a diversified slate of films they are shepherding through development and financing, including the highly anticipated adaptation of the award-winning Broadway hit City of Angels. Barry Levinson will direct.
Dewayne Darian Jones, co-writer
Dewayne Darian Jones has written for television and film. He wrote his first play at the age of 13 and attended USC Film School receiving a BA in Film Production. In 2000 he wrote, produced and directed the documentary feature "Wonderland", about the parallels between urban gay culture in the late 70’s to that at the turn of the millennium. He has written a variety of features and television specs tackling different genre’s and formats, including sit-coms, single camera comedies, dramas, musical comedies, or hybrids of each. He has been a finalist in several prestigious competitions including Moviebytes Spec Script Competition for his Will Grace spec “Invasion of the Booty Snatchers” and in the Warner Brothers Writer’s Program for his MadMen script “Their Only Hope Lies in Corruption”. He most recently wrote for the network drama “Hidden Palms” created by Kevin Williamson and co-wrote the feature “Coming and Going” with Edoardo Ponti. He is currently working on two other features in development.


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