BRETT RATNER (Executive Producer) is one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. Ratner began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut with Money Talks, starring Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker. He followed with the blockbuster Rush Hour and its successful sequels. Brett also directed The Family Man, Red Dragon, After the Sunset, X-Men: The Last Stand, Tower Heist and Hercules.
He produced Horrible Bosses and its sequel, Mirror Mirror, and the documentaries Catfish, the Emmy®-nominated Woody Allen – A Documentary for the American Masters series, I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale and Night Will Fall, the story of Alfred Hitchcock’s never released Holocaust documentary. Ratner executive produced and directed the Golden Globe-nominated television series Prison Break, which ran for four seasons on Fox.
Ratner, along with his business partner James Packer, formed RatPac Entertainment, a film finance production and media company, in 2013. RatPac has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. and joined with Dune Capital to co-finance over 75 films including Gravity, The Lego Movie and American Sniper. Internationally, RatPac and Warner Bros. have formed a joint venture content fund with China’s Shanghai Media Group to finance local Chinese content. In partnership with New Regency, RatPac also finances the development and production of Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
Upcoming RatPac projects include Truth, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston, and the untitled Howard Hughes project, written, directed, produced, and starring Warren Beatty.
In addition to strongly supporting ADL, Brett is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance and serves on the Dean’s Council of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He also sits on the boards of Chrysalis, Best Buddies and Do Something.
JACK FISK (Production Designer) is an Academy Award® nominated production designer with over 35 years of experience in the film industry. Fisk has enjoyed numerous successful collaborations with influential American filmmaker Terrence Malick, including: To The Wonder, The Tree Of Life, The New World, The Thin Red Line, Days Of Heaven and Badlands.
Fisk designed There Will Be Blood and The Master for Paul Thomas Anderson and he was the Production Designer on The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive for David Lynch.
Other Production Design credits include Water For Elephants, The Invasion, Heart Beat, Movie Movie, Carrie and Phantom Of The Paradise.
JACQUELINE WEST (Costume Designer) earned Academy Award® nominations for her work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Quills. For Benjamin Button, she also received a BAFTA nomination and a Costume Designer Guild Award nomination. West received another Costume Designer Guild Award nomination for Argo.
After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, West followed in the footsteps of her mother, a popular avant-garde fashion designer in the 1940s and 50s. From 1988 to 1997, West ran her own company and designed a nationally acclaimed line of clothing. West went on to own retail stores in the Bay Area and contemporary departments in Barney’s New York and Tokyo.
West’s first foray into film, as a creative consultant on Henry and June, was the start of a long relationship with award-winning director Phillip Kaufman and led to future projects with such illustrious filmmakers as Terrence Malick, David Fincher and Ben Affleck. She has done five films with Malick starting with The New World and including The Tree of Life, To the Wonder, Knight of Cups, and his upcoming Project V.
She has also designed The Gambler, Water for Elephants, The Social Network, and State of Play amongst others.
West serves on the Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, and spends her time between Los Angeles and her ranch in Deadwood, South Dakota.
RICH McBRIDE (Visual Effects Supervisor) most recently served as Visual Effects Supervisor on Gravity, which won seven Academy Awards®, including Best Achievement in Visual Effects. McBride was honored with two VES (Visual Effects Society) Awards for Gravity: Outstanding Visual Effects and Outstanding Virtual Cinematography, sharing the latter with director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki.
McBride was also visual effects supervisor on The Spirit, Red Cliff II, World Trade Center, and the video game Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. He has worked on an array of movies as visual effects supervisor, compositor, technical director and digital artist, with effects houses such as Industrial Light and Magic and Giant Killer Robots. His many films include Pacific Rim, The Lone Ranger, The Conspirator, Avatar, A Christmas Carol, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Happy Feet, Poseidon, The Producers, Fantastic Four, Blade: Trinity, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The Matrix Revolutions, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Matrix Reloaded, Scooby-Doo, and Obsidian.
STEPHEN MIRRIONE, ACE (Edited by) began his career in the nineties editing the movies Swingers and Go for director Doug Liman. He then went into a long collaboration with Steven Soderbergh cutting Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, as well as The Informant, Contagion and Traffic, for which Mirrione won an Academy Award®.
In 2007, Mirrione received his second Academy Award® nomination for his work on Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s drama Babel, which garnered Mirrione an Eddie Award and the ‘Vulcain Artist-Technical Grand Prize’ at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Other films edited for Iñárritu include Biutiful and 21 Grams.
Another notable collaboration was in 2005 with George Clooney on the Academy Award® nominated drama Good Night, And Good Luck, earning Mirrione both BAFTA and Eddie Award nominations. He has edited all of Clooney's directorial efforts, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Leatherheads, The Ides Of March, and The Monuments Men.
Other films edited by Mirrione include August: Osage County and The Hunger Games.
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO (Original Music by) Bio forthcoming – please check back for updated notes.
ALVA NOTO (Original Music by) Carsten Nicolai is a German artist and musician based in Berlin. For his musical outputs he uses the pseudonym Alva Noto. Born 1965 in Karl-Marx-Stadt he is part of an artist generation who works intensively in the transitional area between music, art and science. With a strong adherence to reductionism he leads his sound experiments into the field of electronic music creating his own code of signs, acoustics and visual symbols. Diverse musical projects include remarkable collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto. For more than 10 years both artists work together, recorded five albums and toured extensively through Europe, Asia, South America and the US. Among others, Nicolai performed as Alva Noto at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London.
His musical œuvre echoes in his work as a visual artist. Carsten Nicolai seeks to overcome the separation of the sensory perceptions of man by making scientific phenomenons like sound and light frequencies perceivable for both eyes and ears. His installations have a minimalistic aesthetic that by its elegance and consistency is highly intriguing. After his participation in important international exhibitions like documenta X and the 49th and 50th Venice Biennale, Nicolai’s works were shown worldwide in extensive solo and group exhibitions.
The Arikara or Ree, known to themselves as the Sahnish people, historically lived by the mouths of the Grand and Missouri Rivers in what is now North Dakota. With a complex ceremonial culture and a rich trading network, they ultimately came to clash with the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, starting what became known as the Arikara War.
Ashley Henry was the fur company founded by William Henry Ashley and Andrew Henry, sometimes called the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. In the 1820s, Ashley Henry revolutionized the fur trade by leaving employees in the field year-round, which led to the creation of the “rendezvous” system – where individual trappers would rendezvous to sell their goods.
Beaver pelts were in massive demand during the 1820s due to the European hat fashions of the day. At that time, a single beaver pelt might sell for $5 and a trapper could yield up to six animals a day. Before the fur trade declined in the 1850s with the advent of silk hats, the beaver was nearly hunted to extinction.
A dry, warm wind that can rapidly change weather conditions in the Rocky Mountains.
An important workhorse for the Missouri River trade, keelboats were cargo vessels designed for shallow water, usually propelled by manpower and sometimes by sail.
One of the largest and most powerful Native American tribes of the 19th Century the Pawnee traditionally lived along the banks of the Missouri River in permanent lodges, where they farmed and hunted.
In the early 19th century, most mountain men would have two bags: a shooting pouch their gun equipment and a “possibles” bag for personal items, so-called because it was supposed to hold anything else possible that one would need.
One who returns after death.