James Stern has had a varied career. As a documentarian, in addition to directing “American Chaos”, he has directed the Oscar short listed, “Every Little Step” about the creation of “A Chorus Line”, “Michael Jordan to the Max”, “The Year of the Yao”, HBO’s “Sport in America”, and “So Goes the Nation”.Read More
The Academy-Award-winning screenwriter and renowned playwright Aaron Sorkin made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with the military courtroom drama 'A Few Good Men'. In 1993, Mr. Sorkin’s film adaptation of A FEW GOOD MEN was nominated for four Academy Awards, including „Best Screenplay.” In 2011, Mr. Sorkin won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and Bafta for 'Best Adapted Screenplay' for THE SOCIAL NETWORK. In 2012, Mr. Sorkin adapted MONEYBALL along with Steve Zaillian and story by Stan Chervin. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards including 'Best Adapted Screenplay'.Read More
Whether in mainstream or independent film, Woody Harrelson’s charismatic acting talent has the power to impress both critics and viewers alike. Born in Texas in 1961, Harrelson first captured the world’s attention in the U.S. American sitcom CHEERS. He garnered his first Academy Award nomination for his role as Hustler founder Larry Flynt in Miloš Forman’s film THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1997). Harrelson’s unmistakeable acting style, such as can be seen in his role as the alcoholic mentor in the hit series THE HUNGER GAMES, ...Read More
L.A. based producer Donald De Line scored his first major hit with the 2003 heist thriller THE ITALIAN JOB. De Line’s continued success includes Ridley Scott’s BODY OF LIES and John Hamburg’s I LOVE YOU MAN. In addition to his producing career, De Line has held positions as a studio executive, serving as President and Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, and President of Touchstone Pictures. Among the films under his aegis were PRETTY WOMAN, Wes Anderson’s RUSHMORE, Tim Burton’s ED WOOD, and the blockbuster ARMAGEDDON. De Line believes in hard work and the power of keeping oneself well- informed about everything going on in film business. His career proves this philosophy is a key to success.
Harrison Ford ist einer der erfolgreichsten Schauspieler Hollywoods. Seine Karriere startete er in der „New Hollywood“-Ära Ende der 1960er Jahre mit kleineren Rollen in Filmen von George Lucas oder Francis Ford Coppola, bevor er mit der Rolle des Han Solo in George Lucas’ STAR WARS (1977), dem ersten Blockbuster der Filmgeschichte, auf einen Schlag weltberühmt wurde. Mit seiner Darstellung des Archäologen und Abenteurers Indiana Jones in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) und den Nachfolgefilmen der Franchise machte sich Harrison Ford zur Ikone einer ganzen Kino-Generation. An der ZFF MASTERS berichtet Harrison Ford von seinen Erfahrungen als Schauspieler.
Born in 1945, Michael Shamberg began his career as a Time-Life correspondent. In 1970, Shamberg co-founded the pioneering video collective, Raindance Corporation, which published a newspaper-magazine called Radical Software. Raindance Corporation later became Top Value Television (TVTV). Michael Shamberg is a partner in Double Feature Films with Stacey Sher. Shamberg produced the Academy Award nominated films THE BIG CHILL (1983), PULP FICTION (1994) and ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000). Shamberg’s credits as producer include: CONTAGION (2011), WORLD TRADE CENTER (2006), GARDEN STATE (2004), OUT OF SIGHT (1998), GATTACA (1997), GET SHORTY (1995), REALITY BITES (1994) and A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988). He is also the executive producer of Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012), which will be released this Christmas. Michael Shamberg will give us some insight into the day-to-day work of a producer. What makes a good producer? How close does he work with his directors? How does he find and develop a successful project?
Born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, David Flynn began his film career working as a production assistant on BRAVEHEART (1995). He was a founding partner in the LA-based management/production company, Chaos Management, producing SERAPHIM FALLS (2006), starring Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson. Flynn’s other credit’s as producer include Rodrigo Cortés’ BURIED (2010) starring Ryan Reynolds and the critically acclaimed documentary RESTREPO (2010), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Flynn currently works as an agent representing filmmakers, writers and producers, and he currently represents the Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, director of SAFE HOUSE (2012), who will also be appearing at the festival. In the ZURICH MASTER CLASS we want to get an insight into Flynn‘s work as an agent. To what extent does he foster the careers of directors and other filmmakers? How can agents assist and support directors’ careers?