TODD TRAINA - BIOGRAPHY
Todd Traina, producer and founder of Red Rover Films, has consistently produced unique and varied product and focused on independent films of all different genres.
Traina recently served as Executive Producer on the Sundance Audience Award-Winning drama Grace Is Gone, starring John Cusack. Grace Is Gone was sold to The Weinstein Company in a lucrative deal and will premiere in Summer 2007. Traina also served as Executive Producer on Ascendant Pictures and Cheyenne Films' feature Timber Falls, a horror/thriller directed by Tony Giglio. Traina is an Executive Producer on Ascendant Pictures/Capitol Films' thriller Black Water Transit, starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. Based on the novel by Carsten Stroud, Black Water Transit is being directed by Samuel Bayer and also features Sophie Okenedo. In 2006 Traina produced the feature film My Suicide, starring Gabriel Sunday, Brooke Nevin, David Carradine, Nora Dunn, Mariel Hemingway, Tony Hale, Joe Mantegna and Harry Shearer. The film is currently in post-production. Traina recently produced Rhino Films' feature film What We Do Is Secret, starring Shane West, Bijou Phillips and Tina Majorino. The film centers on the life of infamous punk-rock icon Darby Crash and his exploits with his band The Germs. Also in 2006 Traina produced Punk's Not Dead, an in-depth feature-length documentary based on the Punk Rock movement. The documentary features music and extensive interviews with over 100 bands, and will be released in 2007.
Traina is in pre-production on the comedy The Woody, which he co-wrote with Frank Dietz. Traina and Dietz also partnered on the comedy spec script Without A Hitch. Traina will produce and has acquired the rights to two novels to be adapted for the screen and directed by George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl, The Mayor of the Sunset Strip, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse.) Those novels include Morning Spy, Evening Spy by Colin MacKinnon and Griffin & Sabine, by Nick Bantock.
Prior to forming Red Rover Films, Traina was president of Lampedusa Films, where he developed and produced Stanley's Gig, a feature film starring William Sanderson, Marla Gibbs, and Faye Dunaway. Stanley's Gig won several film festivals and enjoyed strong success on the Starz Network. Traina also co-produced the feature film Skeleton Woman starring Daphne Rubin-Vega and Serena Scott-Thomas. Traina served as Executive Producer on director Paul Feig's debut feature Life Sold Separately. Traina has also produced a variety of other documentaries and cooking and lifestyle shows, including La Bella Vita, an international food and travel show starring the late Vincent Schiavelli, and most recently Restauranteur, featuring Adolfo Suaya.
Traina began his career with producer Douglas Cramer at NBC Productions working on the Danielle Steel Movies of the Week Secrets, Heartbeat and Palomino. Later Traina was a partner at BigRock Pictures where he developed the comedy spec Woodstuck, written by Frank Dietz, which was sold to John Davis at 20th Century Fox.
In addition to film production Traina is a managing partner in Mombo LLC, a successful Northern California investment company, and he manages Oakville Partners LP, a real estate development company. Traina has served on several boards including Vision of Hope, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and the Veeker LLC Advisory Board. Todd was born and raised in San Francisco and is a graduate of Connecticut College.
MINOR CHILDERS - BIOGRAPHY
Minor Childers began his career at Paramount Pictures as Executive Story Editor for Alan Ladd Jr. That year, The Ladd Company won 5 Academy Awards for Braveheart. Subsequently, he moved to Tristar Pictures where he was a Creative Executive for Wendy Finerman (Forrest Gump) and then to DreamWorks, SKG where Steven Spielberg's office paired him up as a creative executive for Brad Silberling (City Of Angels, Casper, Moonlight Mile). At Silberling's Reveal Entertainment, he rose to Vice President of Production.
After 5 years of working closely with director Brad Silberling in development and TV and feature production (e.g., Moonlight Mile, Judging Amy and numerous commercials), Childers moved intensively into physical production as a producer on the $150 million dollar film, Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events which he also post production supervised. Continuing in physical production, he produced and post production supervised a documentary for the National Endowment for the Arts on wartime writing, which was put into the Library of Congress and is being sent to every public library in the country.
This year, Childers produced and shepherded first time directors in both the documentary, Malika's Burqa, and the feature comedy, Ready or Not. He also post supervised the feature drama, What We Do is Secret and self distributed the critically acclaimed rock documentary, Punk's Not Dead.
Childers is currently co- producing My Suicide and is in preproduction on the documentary, Shrink Me, the comedy The Woody and the drama Morning. Childers was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and is a post graduate of Loyola Marymount University.
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Four days in the life of an American couple following the loss of their child. In a heart breaking but beautiful pas de deux of grief, they circle each other before beginning to come to grips with their shared loss.
A story of the resilience of the human spirit, and the courageous ways of the heart to heal, this film shines a light on the pain that is part and parcel of being human and alive.
This deeply moving and masterful story was written by and is to be directed by Leland Orser (ER, The Good German, Saving Private Ryan) based on his award winning short of the same title, and will star Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love, Basic Instinct, The Firm) in a powerful and award worthy role of vulnerability and grace.