DUANE HOWARD (Elk Dog) is from Mowachaht/Muchalht first nations, a small community located on Vancouver Island, but over the last 30 years Duane has made his home in Vancouver B.C. Living in the city he has accomplished a lot through education, studying Native Education at Capilano University, and he continues to share his knowledge and education with others in the community.
Howard faced challenges at a very young age. Like many others it was hard to get away from using drugs and alcohol, and he had to experience hard times before he made changes in his life. In the summer of 1986, he changed his life and went to treatment to better his life for himself and for his children.
In 1987 he went back to school and subsequently finished a drug and alcohol counseling degree. Later, he started working with youth and families. He started traveling around Canada doing workshops at conferences and gatherings helping communities be more aware of drug and alcohol issues. Then Howard came to realize that he needed to make a change in his life to move forward to make a career change which he found that passion love to do.
In the 1990’s, Howard began working in the film industry as a background performer. He did that for a few years as part time work, and as the years went on he ventured into special skills extra work. He received a stunt credit on Scarlet Letter and then he worked on a few local shows in Vancouver, including Da Vinci’s Inquest, Supernatural, Peace Maker, Good Night For Justice, Blade, The Collector, Johnny Too Tall, Arctic Air, the mini-series Into The West directed by Steven Spielberg, as well as the feature films The ‘A’ Team, Pathfinder and Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.
Now, Howard mentors students at Capilano University, sharing his experiences in the entertainment industry. He will next be seen in the indie feature The Sun at Midnight, shot in the Yukon. Howard has also performed in live theatre and improv. The arts continue to nourish his confidence and self esteem while contributing to his success as an accomplished stunt/actor.
ARTHUR REDCLOUD (Hikuc) is a full-blooded Navajo who was born in Crown Point, New Mexico and currently lives in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, where he works in the Dallas County Sherrif’s Department and drives trucks part-time. He began his acting career as a Western model and re-enactor and has appeared in several independent films. He was cast as Hikuc in The Revenant – a role he related to at a deep level as the grandson of a medicine man -- following an intensive audition process. It is his first major film role.
Redcloud is also a long-time volunteer with Hawkquest, a nonprofit devoted to promoting the welfare of hawks, eagles, owls and falcons.
GRACE DOVE (Powaqa) is Secwepemc from Canim Lake First Nation, led by family member chief Mike Archie. She moved to Vancouver to pursue her career as an artist. She is a graduate of Vancouver Film School Acting program and is currently auditioning and working regularly in the film industry. When she is not exploring a script, Dove loves the great outdoors and capturing it through her photography, whether ripping down ski slopes or climbing a rock face.
Her career has skyrocketed with the huge learning curve of working alongside artists such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in The Revenant.
This year has brought big opportunities working with the "UnderEXPOSED" team on APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), where she is now going into her 3rd season of production, moving from apprentice to lead host of the show. She has been travelling mainly throughout North America in 13 new episodes per season, including everything from snowboarding, and skateboarding to surfing. This new series has combined her love for TV and photography all in one. Along with plenty of adventure, has come challenges she never expected pushing her to grow physically, mentally and emotionally. She is definitely stoked for a new season.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU (Directed by, Screenplay by, Produced by) is an Academy Award®-winning director, writer and producer and one of the most acclaimed and well-regarded filmmakers working today.
Last year Iñárritu won three Academy Awards® for directing, co-writing and co-producing Best Picture winner Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The acclaimed dark comedy also won Best Cinematography and was nominated for an additional five Academy Awards®. Iñárritu won a DGA Award and a PGA Award for the New Regency/Fox Searchlight film, which starred Academy Award® nominees Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton.
Iñárritu made his feature directorial debut with Amores Perros, a drama that explored Mexican society told through the perspective of three intertwining stories connected by a car accident in Mexico City. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2001 Academy Awards®.
His next film, 21 Grams, was nominated for two Academy Awards® for Lead Actress Naomi Watts and Supporting Actor Benicio del Toro and released by Focus Features. His third film, Babel, released by Paramount Pictures, premiered at Cannes where Iñárritu won Best Director. That same year, Babel subsequently went on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture Drama, and was nominated for seven Academy Awards®, including two for Iñárritu for Best Picture and Best Director. With his two nominations, Iñárritu became the first Mexican filmmaker to ever be nominated for either director or producer in the history of the Academy Awards®. Iñárritu’s fourth film, Biutiful, was his first Spanish-language film since Amores Perros. He directed and produced the acclaimed drama, which he also co-wrote with Armando Bo and Nicolás Giacobone. The Focus Features film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, and Javier Bardem was nominated for Best Actor for his moving lead performance.
Iñárritu first began his career as a radio host and radio director at Mexican rock radio station WFM, which became the number one radio station in Mexico during his time. After working in radio, Iñárritu spent three years studying theater in Mexico City with Ludwik Margules, and then began writing, producing and directing short films and commercials under his Z Films company in Mexico.
MARK L. SMITH’s (Screenplay by) most recent films include The Hole, directed by Joe Dante, Vacancy, directed by Nimrod Antal, and the upcoming Martyrs, directed by the Goetz brothers.
Smith currently has a slate of screenplays in various stages of development, including several being produced by The Revenant’s stars. Endurance and Ruthless are both being developed by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, and Tramps is being produced by and will star Tom Hardy. Other recent screenplays include The Queen of the Tearling, set to star Emma Watson, The Descent, which Robert Redford will direct, Collider for Bad Robot and Edgar Wright, Ghost Recon for Warner Bros. and Michael Bay and Chain of Events, which Morten Tyldum will direct.
EMMANUEL “CHIVO” LUBEZKI, ASC/AMC (Director of Photography) is a two-time Academy Award® winner, winning Oscars® for ‘Best Achievement in Cinematography’ for Birdman and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. He is also a two-time BAFTA Award winner, and a seven- time Academy Award® nominee.
Two of his Academy Award® nominations are also for his collaborations with Cuarón, A Little Princess and Children of Men. His work on the latter brought him a BAFTA Award and awards from the American Society of Cinematographers and the Australian Cinematographers Societies, as well as a number of Critics Associations’ awards, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and National Society of Film Critics. He has enjoyed a long association with Cuarón, beginning in 1991 with SóLo Con Tu Pareja (Love In The Time Of Hysteria) and also including Great Expectations and Y Tu Mamá También.
Lubezki’s other Academy Award® nominations are for his work on Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, and Terrence Malick’s The New World and The Tree Of Life. For The Tree Of Life, he was again honored by the American Society of Cinematographers, Australian Cinematographers Societies, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics, as well as the New York Film Critics Circle, among others.
He has since reunited with Malick on To the Wonder, as well as the upcoming Knight Of Cups and the Untitled Terrence Malick Project.
His long list of film credits also includes Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, The Assassination Of Richard Nixon, Ali, Meet Joe Black, The Birdcage, A Walk In The Clouds, Reality Bites and Like Water For Chocolate.
ARNON MILCHAN (Producer) is widely renowned as one of the most prolific and successful independent film producers of his time, with over 100 feature films to his credit. Born in Israel, Milchan was educated at the University of Geneva. His first business venture was transforming his father’s modest business into one of his country’s largest agro-chemical companies. This early achievement was a harbinger of Milchan’s now-legendary reputation in the international marketplace as a keen businessman.
Soon, Milchan began to underwrite projects in areas that had always held a special interest for him – film, television and theater. Early projects include Roman Polanski’s theater production of Amadeus, Dizengoff 99, La Menace, The Medusa Touch and the mini-series Masada. By the end of the 1980s, Milchan had produced such films as Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.
After the incredible successes of his films Pretty Woman and The War of the Roses, Milchan founded New Regency Productions and went on to produce countless critical and box office successes including J.F.K, A Time to Kill, Free Willy, The Client, Tin Cup, Under Siege, The Devil’s Advocate, The Negotiator, City of Angels, Entrapment, Fight Club, Big Momma’s House, Don’t Say a Word, Daredevil, Man on Fire, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Alvin and the Chipmunks, What Happens in Vegas, Love and Other Drugs, Noah and Gone Girl.
In 1998, Milchan received an Academy Award® nomination for producing the film LA Confidential. He served as producer of back-to-back Academy Award® Best Picture winners 12 Years A Slave (2014) and Birdman (2015).
Along the way, Milchan brought on board two powerful investors and partners who shared his vision: Nine Network and Twentieth Century Fox. Fox distributes Regency movies in all media worldwide, except in international pay and free television where Milchan has taken advantage of the growing television and new media marketplace. Milchan has also successfully diversified his company’s activities within the sphere of entertainment, most specifically in the realm of television through Regency Television (“Malcom in the Middle,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Windfall”) and sports where the company was once the largest shareholder of PUMA, the worldwide athletic apparel and show conglomerate based in Germany, which was later sold after a successful re-branding in 2003.
STEVE GOLIN (Producer) is the Founder and Managing Partner of Anonymous Content, a development, production and management company. Over the past 20 years, he has developed a reputation for cultivating artistic freedom while maintaining commercial viability, working across feature films, television, commercials, music videos, and new media.
He is the producer of over 40 film and television projects, including Babel, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, which was honored with multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award® nominations; and won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, and Best Director at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Other highlights Include Being John Malkovich (1999) directed by Spike Jonze; and Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004).
In 1999, his film with David Lynch, Wild at Heart (1990) won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
Recent credits include the critically acclaimed HBO® series, True Detective, written by Nic PIzzolatto, directed by Cary Fukunaga and starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson; Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, which was written and directed by Anonymous client Lorene Scafaria and stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley for Mandate Pictures. Big Miracle directed by Ken Kwapis for Universal, stars Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson, Dermot Mulroney and Kristen Bell and was released in February 2012. The Last Elvis, written and directed by Anonymous client Armando Bo, screened at Sundance and the LA Film Festival. The Beaver, directed by and starring Jodie Foster, opposite Mel Gibson was released in May of 2011. 44 Inch Chest, the feature debut of acclaimed commercials director Malcolm Venville, opened at the 2009 London Film Festival and stars Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane and Joanne Whalley. 2007's Rendition was directed by Anonymous client Gavin Hood and starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon. Last year, Anonymous produced the family hit, Fun Size, written by Anonymous client Max Werner and directed by Josh Schwartz starring Victoria Justice, Jane Levy and Chelsea Handler.
Additionally, Anonymous Content also represents many A-list clients such as Nicholas Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives), Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike, Behind The Candelabra), Samuel L. Jackson, and Emma Stone and Michael Keaton, just to name a few.
Currently in production is Triple Nine, directed by John Hillcoat and starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ajiofor, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus and Clifton Coollins Jr, and season two of True Detective.
In post now, Golin is producing Len & Company, directed by Tim Godsall and starring, Rhys Ifans, Juno Temple, Jack Kilmer and Kathryn Hahn and his other films awaiting release are The Loft, directed by Erik Van Looy, starring Karl Urban, Wentworth Miller, Isabel Lucas, James Marsden, Rhona Mitra, Margarita Levieva, Rachael Taylor and Eric Stonestreet, and U Want Me To Kill Him? directed by Andrew Douglas, based on the 2005 Vanity Fair article.
Golin's earlier producing credits include: Truth of Dare (1991) with Madonna; Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady (1996); David Fincher's The Game (1997); and Neil LaBute's Your Friends And Neighbors (1998) and Nurse Betty (2000). He also produced such television series as Beverly Hills 90210, The L Word and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
Golin co-founded his first company, Propaganda Films in 1986. It became the largest music video and commercial production company in the world, earning more MTV Video and Palme d’Or awards than any other company. Golin helped launch the careers of David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Michael Bay, Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski, Alex Proyas, David Kellogg and Simon West among others.
Steve Golin is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. He attended New York University and American Film Institute.
MARY PARENT (Producer) is the founder and CEO of Disruption Entertainment, which has a first look deal at Paramount Pictures.
Since starting Disruption Entertainment four years ago, Parent has produced a prolific slate of films. The first three releases, Pacific Rim, Godzilla and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, were all commercial and critical successes generating a combined global box office of over $1.6 Billion.
Parent is currently in production on Kong: Skull Island (directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly and in post production on Monster Trucks (directed by Chris Wedge and starring Rob Lowe, Barry Pepper and Jane Levy) and Same Kind of Different as Me, based on the New York Times bestselling book.
Prior to founding Disruption Entertainment, Parent was CEO and Chairman of Worldwide Production for MGM. Before taking the reins at MGM, Parent co-founded Stuber/Parent, where she produced You, Me and Dupree and Role Models.
Parent also spent nine years at Universal Pictures rising up the ranks to eventually become Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production, where she was responsible for many of the studio's critically acclaimed and commercially successful films.
Prior to Universal Pictures, Parent worked at New Line Cinema starting as a Creative Executive, Director of Development and eventually Vice President of Production, where she executive produced Pleasantville and Set it Off. Parent began her career as an assistant and agent trainee at ICM.
KEITH REDMON (Producer) was born and raised in Livingston, Montana. He earned his B.A. from Pepperdine University before beginning his career in entertainment as a trainee at The William Morris Agency in 1997. He worked at Propaganda Films before joining Anonymous Content as a manager in 2004. Now a partner at Anonymous, some of his producing credits include the films Rendition and Triple 9 as well as the upcoming television series Berlin Station and Counterpart.
JAMES W. SKOTCHDOPOLE (Producer) most recently served as producer on Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s highly-celebrated Birdman, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards® and won four, including Best Picture.
A native New Yorker, Skotchdopole has been making films for some 35 years and worked on 49 feature films in seventeen different countries. He most recently served as executive producer for David O. Russell on the film Nailed and Quentin Tarantino on Django Unchained and Deathproof, as well as four films for director Tony Scott, Man On Fire, Enemy Of The State, The Fan, and Spy Game, during a nine-film association with the director which began in 1988 with Revenge and included Days Of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance and Crimson Tide.
He also had a long collaboration with director Nora Ephron, having worked many times as her executive producer and as an associate producer on Sleepless In Seattle. Skotchdopole has produced commercials for directors Sam Mendes, Oliver Stone and Samuel Bayer.
In 1984, Skotchdopole was the youngest member to be accepted in the Director’s Guild of America. He cut his teeth in the industry by working as an assistant director with Sir Richard Attenborough, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, Richard Donner, John Frankenheimer, Paul Mazursky, Mike Nichols, Frank Oz and John Schlesinger.
DAVID KANTER (Executive Producer) is a producer and manager at Anonymous Content, a leading motion picture, television and commercial production company and talent management company in Culver City, CA.
Kanter is a producer of The End of the Tour, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel, directed by James Ponsoldt, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It was called “The best of the best at Sundance” (Rolling Stone Magazine) and has been acquired by A24 for US and opens on July 31, 2015. His films in production include Bastille Day, starring Idris Elba and Richard Madden, directed by James Watkins for Vendome/Studio Canal/Focus Features.
Kanter produced Fun Size, a co-production with Paramount Pictures that marked the feature directorial debut of Josh Schwartz and starred Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann and Chelsea Handler; In the Land of Women, a co-production with Castle Rock and Warner Independent, starring Kristen Stewart and Adam Brody; the controversial Tony Kaye documentary Lake of Fire, which premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival; and New Line Cinema’s Rendition, directed by Gavin Hood, starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin.
His television executive producing credits include the forthcoming Cinemax series “Quarry,” starring Logan Marshall-Green to premiere in 2016; “To Love and Die” for USA Network; “Law & Order: Crime and Punishment,” a drama series documentary for NBC that he co- created and executive produced; and “Stanley Park” for BBC3/Lionsgate. David currently has pilots and long-form shows in active development at AMC, Showtime, HBO, FTVS, F/X Studios, Lionsgate Television, and Sony Television.
Kanter’s roster of management clients includes John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer), Andrew Baldwin (The Outsider), Donald Margulies (Middlesex and the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Dinner with Friends”), Lesli Linka Glatter (“Mad Men,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Homeland”), Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, Freeheld) and Andrew Fleming (The Craft, Hamlet 2) among others.
Prior to joining Anonymous Content in 2000, Kanter was a founding agent at United Talent Agency and was personally involved with numerous major studio motion pictures.
David started his career in New York in the books-to-movies and television business with Curtis Brown, Ltd., the late Edgar J. Scherick and Sterling Lord Literistic Agency.
JENNIFER DAVISSON (Executive Producer) has been President of Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way since 2007. During her tenure, Jennifer and Leonardo have produced nine feature films under the Appian Way banner: Martin Scorsese’s Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominated The Wolf of Wall Street; Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island; Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson; George Clooney’s Golden Globe® nominated The Ides of March; Jaume Collet Serra’s psychological thriller Orphan; Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood; Brad Furman’s Runner Runner starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck; Dennis Iliadis’ Delirium; and Dan Myrick’s Under the Bed.
Additionally, in October of this year, Jennifer and Appian Way began production of a film adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s critically-acclaimed novel Live By Night written, directed by, and starring Ben Affleck. This upcoming summer, Appian Way will begin production on Otto Bathurst’s Robin Hood, starring Taron Egerton.
Further, under Jennifer’s direction, Appian Way has worked in partnership with Netflix to produce two documentary films: the Academy Award® nominated Virunga directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, and Kip Anderson’s Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. Appian Way is also in partnership with Netflix on two additional documentaries, How to Change the World and Catching the Sun, which are both in post-production and slated for release in 2016.
Davisson currently oversees a number of other projects in priority development at Appian Way: a feature adaptation of the Japanese manga and animated film Akira; and three projects written by Billy Ray – Martin Scorsese’s The Devil In The White City, The Ballad of Richard Jewell starring Jonah Hill, and The Twilight Zone. Multiple television projects are also in the works with HBO, Showtime, FX, Amazon and TNT.
Born and raised in Sparta, New Jersey, Jennifer got her start working with AMG, before it transitioned to The Firm. From there she branched out to LBI Entertainment, where she demonstrated the leadership that would eventually propel her to the helm of DiCaprio’s Appian Way. She currently resides in Los Angeles.