Lianne Halfon Executive Producer

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Lianne Halfon (Executive Producer)
Producer Lianne Halfon joined A&M Films as the Sr. Vice President of Production in 1989. The film arm of A&M Records, the largest independent record label in the U.S., she oversaw seven films in her tenure, leaving in 1994 when the company was acquire by Polygram. Working independently for the next two years, she developed and produced the HBO film A Good Baby, directed by Katherine Dieckmann and starring Henry Thomas and David Strathairn. She also executive produced Terry Zwigoff’s documentary, Crumb, which won the Grand Jury Award at Sundance and was released by Sony Classics, landing on more "10 Best" lists than any other film in 1995. In 1995 she also produced the play Libra with Russell Smith at the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago. Libra was directed by John Malkovich and based on the highly acclaimed novel by Don DeLillo.

The following year, Halfon joined partners Smith and Malkovich in forming the company Mr. Mudd. In 2000, Mr. Mudd produced Ghost World, a live action feature based on Dan Clowes' comic, directed by Terry Zwigoff (Crumb) and starring Thora Birch, Scarlet Johansson and Steve Buscemi. Ghost World was released to critical acclaim and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. It was followed by The Dancer Upstairs, Malkovich’s debut feature starring Javier Bardem, released in May 2003 by Fox Searchlight.

Along with her partners, Halfon served as Executive Producer on the documentary How to Draw a Bunny, a portrait of artist Ray Johnson. How to Draw a Bunny won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and the Prix de Public at the famed Recontre Film Festival in Paris. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best documentary in 2003.

Set in 17th Century London, The Libertine, starring Malkovich, Johnny Depp, and Samantha Morton, was produced in 2004, and tells the true story of the Earl of Rochester (Depp), famed poet and sexual provocateur. Halfon and partners wrapped production on Art School Confidential six months later, reuniting the Ghost World team of Zwigoff and Clowes. The film stars Max Minghella and Sophia Myles along with Malkovich, Angelica Huston, and Jim Broadbent. Both The Libertine and Art School Confidential were released domestically in the spring of 2004. That same year the partners produced John Walter’s second documentary, Some Assembly Required, as part of the Sundance Channel and Court TV’s First Amendment Project.

In 2007, Fox Searchlight released the Mandate/Mr. Mudd produced picture Juno. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, Halfon, Smith and Malkovich produced along with Mason Novick. Juno became the third biggest indie release of all‐time. It received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and a win for Best


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