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Lauren is an award winning filmmaker who also happens to have a B.A. in computer science from Duke University, where she also won the Duke Filmmaker Award. She lived in Los Angeles for a year, assisting film producer Chris Hanley at Muse Productions (The Virgin Suicides, American Psycho, Buffalo ’66). Her award winning short, Dandelion Fall, played at numerous film festivals and was distributed by Wolfe Releasing. In addition to developing the feature version of Cigarette Candy with Jeff Sousa, she is also adapting David Foster Wallace’s short story Little Expressionless Animals into a feature that is in development with Plum Pictures producer Galt Niederhoffer.
Lauren recently graduated with Honors from Columbia University’s Graduate Film School. Her thesis film, Cigarette Candy won the jury award for Best Narrative Short Film at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. In April 2010, Cigarette Candy was awarded the Best Student Film at Cleveland International Film Festival, Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance at Florida Film Festival, and it was an official selection at the Atlanta Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest. Previously, Cigarette Candy was an official selection at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. It won the Humanitarian Award and Best Screenplay Award at 24fps International Shortfest and also screened internationally in Australia at Flickerfest. Cigarette Candy had its world premiere at the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest. It won Best Student Live Action Short Under 15 Minutes as well as a special mention for the Most Promising Student Filmmaker.
Robert Green has worked as an executive in the television, movie and internet content business for over 15 years. His first job was with Chesler/Perlmutter Productions, where Green worked on HBO made-fors and cable shows while the market for such material was still emerging. Green then moved into film development and production, beginning at Red Wagon Productions, where he worked on all aspects of STUART LITTLE, GLADIATOR, and HOLLOW MAN.
Green then shifted his focus into writing business plans, first for Larry Kassanoff of Threshold Entertainment, then later for Bob Cooper, former head of HBO pictures, for the formation of Landscape Entertainment. Landscape raised $35 million USD from CTV/CanWest based on that plan, and Green supervised production on several short form new media properties for Landscape, including Larry Gelbart’s C-SCAM (starring Kelsey Grammar), a burgeoning passion of his and what seemed like a good idea at the time (1999). It wasn’t a good idea. At the time.
After working for so many others, Green branched out onto his own venture, partnering up with internet financier and software developer Paul Fiore to found and fund Media Ventures Pictures, housed and co-owned by Hans Zimmer and Jay Rifkin. While there, Green produced “Waiting”, starring Ryan Reynolds and Luis Guzman. It cost 3 million US and made 17 million at the US box office and has subsequently sold over 3 million DVDs. As well, Green produced “Incident at Loch Ness” directed by Zak Penn and starring Werner Herzog, while also getting “Rescue Dawn” with Christian Bale and Steve Zahn into production. Segueing into TV and the TV made-for business, Green spent two years working with Granada International and Granada America, the former in distribution and the latter in production. While at Granada, Green purchased for distribution 18 made-for TV movies, executive producing 12 of them, including “Life is not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story”, Lifetime’s highest rated movie in ten years. Green managed the remake portion of Granada International’s enormous Rank/ITC/MGM library, and all scripted series development and acquisition was moved under Green’s aegis.
Since everything in Green’s career up until now has been about two (or three, or four, or five) way conversations, getting houses to do the same has become an obsession. Green balances this obsession with his work at Another Green World Productions, a full service production company that produces an enormous volume of online content. To date USR/AGW has produced over 30 episodes of content for Fox Digital Studios, and is heading into another round of production with such talent as Tony Kaye, Josh Gadd, and The Whitest Kids You Know for several different groups at Fox, including FTVS, Fox Mobile Studios, and Fox Interactive Group, and an upcoming project for Warner Premiere.
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