No, not Batman and Robin. But, close.
With more than 40 feature films, a list of directors and films a mile long, stunning backgrounds and an unstoppable partnership, Joana Vicente and Jason Kliot are more than producers; they are a force to be reckoned with, and an integral part of the 2010 Lake Placid Film Forum, this June 10th through 13th.
Joana Vicente is the Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the oldest and largest organization serving the worldwide independent film community. She has been a producer and executive producer on films by such acclaimed directors as Jim Jarmusch, Brian de Palma, Miguel Arteta, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, Katherine Dieckmann and Todd Solondz.
Among the many films Vicente has produced are such eclectic, high-quality films as Brian De Palma’s Venice Film Festival silver lion winner Redacted; Tony Bui’s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award Winner Three Seasons; Jim Jarmusch’s film Coffee and Cigarettes; Niels Mueller’s The Assassination of Richard Nixon, staring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Don Cheadle, and Academy Award-nominated documentary Enron, The Smartest Guys in the Room, from director Alex Gibney.
Together with Kliot, Vicente is the co-founder of New York based production company Open City Films, as well as the pioneering digital production companies Blow Up Pictures and HDNetFilms. Other co-founders include Marc Cuban and Todd Wagner.
Joana has worked as the head of Lusophone Radio at the United Nations, and at the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg as the press attaché, executive assistant and speechwriter for Parliamentary Delegate Maria de Lourdes Pintassilgo, the former Prime-Minister of Portugal.
Jason Kliot is an Academy Award-nominated producer. Like Vicente, he’s worked along side Jarmusch, Arteta, De Palma, Hartley, Gibney, Soderbergh, Holofcener, and Solondz, both producing innovative works by first time filmmakers and championing the distinctive visions of established directors. His wide variety of films range from auteur-driven projects to successful commercial box-office hits, and award-winning theatrical documentaries.
Kliot is a graduate of Amherst College and was a post-graduate fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He is one of the founders of City Harvest, the nation’s oldest food rescue organization.
Vicente will appear at the Film Forum in June along side actor Parker Posey, director Courtney Hunt, and other guests, as part of a panel discussion focusing on the achievements and new directions of women in film, moderated by Russell Banks. Both Vicente and Kliot are slated to introduce the film “Broken English” (which stars Posey) and to engage in a Q&A after the screening.