- JULIE LYNN
- BONNIE CURTIS
Julie Lynn formed Mockingbird Pictures in the summer of 1999.
Mockingbird’s latest release is Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother and Child for Sony Pictures Classics, starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, closed the San Sebastian Film Festival, won the Grand Prize at Deauville, and was in the Spotlight section at Sundance.
Mockingbird is currently in post-production on Mr. Garcia’s Albert Nobbs, written by Glenn Close, John Banville, and Gabriella Prekop from the short story by George Moore. Ms. Close, Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Janet McTeer, and Brendan Gleeson star.
Recent films from Mockingbird include Mr. Garcia’s Passengers with Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson, Robin Swicord’s The Jane Austen Book Club with Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, and Hugh Dancy, Brad Silberling’s 10 Items or Less with Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega, the Rodrigo Garcia/Jared Rappaport/Rob Spera triptych Fathers and Sons, and Mr. Garcia’s acclaimed Nine Lives with Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Sissy Spacek, and Robin Wright Penn.
Mockingbird Films have played at many festivals, including Toronto, Sundance, Deauville (Grand Prize), San Sebastian (Closing Night), and Locarno (Grand Prize), and have been nominated for multiple Independent Spirit Awards.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Lynn co-produced Steve James’s Joe and Max, as well as HBO’s presentation of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Emma Thompson. That production won The Peabody, The Humanitas, The Christopher, and three Emmy Awards, including “Best Picture.” Ms. Lynn also supervised the horse races on Gary Ross’s Academy Award-nominated Seabiscuit for Kennedy/Marshall, Dreamworks ,and Universal Pictures.
As time allows, Ms. Lynn serves as a story consultant for Pixar Animation Studios, on films including Pete Docter’s UP, as well as for the Film Commission of New South Wales.
Ms. Lynn spent three years as Vice President for the Fresh Produce Company. Prior to that she was Creative Executive for Oscar-winning producer Mark Johnson. Before moving to L.A., Ms. Lynn practiced law at the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her JD from the University of Virginia’s Law School and a BA from its College of Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Lynn is married to Douglas Smith, an author and professor of American History. They have two children, Zoe and Jack.
Bonnie Curtis was born in Texas and graduated as Valedictorian from Abilene Christian University with a BA in journalism. Shc moved to Los Angeles with her first love in mind: film.
Curtis immediately found production work on the films Dead Poets Society and Arachnophobia before being hired as Steven Spielberg’s assistant in 1990—embarking on what would become a fifteen-year professional relationship with the acclaimed director.
After the films Hook and Jurassic Park, Curtis became a Production Associate on Schindler’s List and served as Associate Producer on The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Amistad. In 1998 she Co-Produced the epic blockbuster Saving Private Ryan, for which she received the “Producer of the Year” award from the Producers Guild of America. Next came A.I. Artificial Intelligence followed in 2002 by Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise.
Fulfilling a longtime desire to work with a first-time filmmaker, Curtis produced The Chumscrubber with Lawrence Bender (Good Will Hunting, An Inconvenient Truth) for first-time director Arie Posin in 2005. The film starred Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes and Jamie Bell and was an official selection for both the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest Film Festival as well as winning the “Audience Award for Best Film” at the Moscow Film Festival.
Curtis just wrapped Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Brendan Gleeson, which Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child) directed in Dublin, Ireland. She is producing Nobbs with Close, Garcia’s longtime producer Julie Lynn and Alan Moloney (Breakfast on Pluto).
She has a slate of several films with her Chumscrubber director Posin, and is currently prepping their next project, The Look of Love, which Posin will direct in 2011. Curtis will produce with fellow Albert Nobbs producer, Julie Lynn.
Other future projects include Mark Twain Remembers written by Academy Award winner Ronald Harwood, and Taravella, financed by Jeff Sagansky’s Winchester Fund.
In 2002 Ms. Curtis was featured as one of thirty “Great Women of Film” in Helena Lumee’s best selling book from Watson Guptill Press. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Women in Film Topaz Award from the Dallas chapter. She has co-chaired GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) Respect Awards for the past four years and has served as an Honor Society Member for the organization since 2005 and currently serves on the organization’s National Leadership Council.
Ms. Curtis lives in Los Angeles with her partner of 12 years, graphic artist Kim Lincoln, their daughter Maggie, and their dog Boo.