"B o u n d B y F l e s h" a f i l m b y L E S L I E Z E M E C K I S
The Film Makers
LESLIE ZEMECKIS Writer, Producer & Director
Zemeckis is the co-author/creator of the one-woman show “Staar.” She wrote and produced the film "Staar: She'd Rather be a Mistress" starring Carrie Fisher, Jefffrey Tambor and Fabio. Her short film "Enfants Terribles," which she produced and stars in opposite Peter Facinelli and Chris Lloyd was a 2005/2006 official selection of the Chicago Film Festival (amongst others). Her acting credits include DETERRANCE for director Rod Lurie, SACRIFICE with Michael Madsen, BLOWBACK with Mario Van Peebles, and POLAR EXPRESS opposite Tom Hanks and BEOWULF with Anthony Hopkins. She wrote/produced/directed the critically acclaimed documentary “Behind the Burly Q” the true story of old-time burlesque. The film aired on Showtime and BskyB in the UK. The film was championed by such publications as USA Today and The New Yorker. Her recently completed book "Behind the Burly Q" with further intimate stories of the golden age of burlesque as told to her by the performers themselves will be published in 2013.
SHERI HELLARD Associate Producer
Sheri Hellard began her directing career in 2000 with the short film “Jack & Jill.” The film went on to win the Audience Award at the prestigious Hampton’s International Film Festival. Hellard made her feature film directorial debut with Porchlight Entertainment’s “Mothers and Daughters” starring Sally Kirkland and Tom Bosley and in 2007 Sheri directed and shot the mocumentary “Staar: She’d Rather Be a Mistress” starring Carrie Fisher, Fabio and Jeffrey Tambor.
Hellard shot the 20 episode web series “Space Lift: Feng Shui Your Home” for 60 Frames and Living Image Entertainment. She recently finished producing and lensing the documentary “Behind the Burly Q.”
ROBERT ZEMECKIS Executive Producer
A "whizkid" with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Back to the Future (1985)). His later films have become more serious, with the hugely successful Tom Hanks vehicle Forrest Gump (1994) and the Jodie Foster film Contact (1997), both critically acclaimed movies. Again, these films incorporate stunning effects. Robert has proved he can work a serious story around great effects, a feat many directors cannot achieve.
Donnalee Austen Associate producer
Donnalee Austen began her film career working on commercials and music videos with such directors as Ridley Scott, Michael Bay, Sofia Coppola and Paul Feig. After working as an Associate Producer for an Emmy nominated series for a gaming company, she moved on to feature films with ImageMovers. She produced the live show "Staar: She's Rather Be a Mistress" starring Leslie Zemeckis and recently she was the Associate Producer on "Behind the Burly Q" for Mistress, Inc. , a pictorial documentary on the complete history of Burlesque. "Behind the Burly Q" was seen at festivals around the world, in theaters, and on the Showtime network.
EVAN FINN Editor
After earning a graduate degree from USC's School of Cinematic art in 2001, Evan Finn has spent the last 8 years as a motion picture editor, primarily in feature documentary and reality - TV formats. He has worked on shows of both critical and commercial success, including, The Bachelor, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, The Amazing Race and Dancing with the Stars. Prior to "Bound By Flesh", he has also cut the documentary Behind The "Burly Q" and "Rock Paper Scissors". His work on The Amazing Race earned him 4 Emmy nominations and 2 wins for editing. Evan currently lives in Los Angeles with his incredible wife and three daughters.
John Dunham Cinematographer
A native of Redlands, California, Jon began making films at age 13. The decision to pursue filmmaking as a career led him to the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts, where he graduated in 2000 and quickly became the protégé of his former film school professor and Academy Award nominated filmmaker Megan Williams. Miss Williams offered Jon his first job in non-fiction film as the cinematographer of “Tell Me Cuba”, a feature documentary exploring the nation’s complex relationship with the United States. The collaboration continued with the award winning “No Distance Too Far”, a film about the 600-mile California AIDS Ride. Serving both as director and cinematographer, Jon next shot “Spirit of the Marathon”, which premiered to sold out crowds at the 2007 Chicago International Film Festival.
Joel Sill Executive Music Producer
Joel Sill began his music career as a music publisher and record producer. He became involved with film as a soundtrack producer for Easy Rider. He oversaw and helped design music for numerous films, which include, Reds, 48 Hours, An Officer and a Gentleman, featuring “Up Where We Belong”, Flashdance, Blade Runner, Purple Rain, The Color Purple and introduced Madonna to the public eye with her performance of the # 1 recording “Crazy for You” in the film Vision Quest,The Fabulous Baker Boys, Forrest Gump, Terminator 3, and Munich. He is a partner in the royalty assurance and management company Music Revenue Data and continues as a consultant to Sony Computer Entertainment of America (Playstation) and The Exclusive Media Film Group.
JACKIE LEVINE Producer
As a producer and the Executive VP of Creative Affairs at ImageMovers, JACKIE LEVINE oversees all development on feature films to be directed by Robert Zemeckis as well as the ImageMovers produced by projects. Levine works with a variety of A-list filmmakers and writers, focused on finding and developing quality film and television projects. Recently Levine oversaw development on Flight, Real Steel, Mars Needs Moms and the Borgias' series on Showtime. Most recently she produced Behind the Burly Q and Leslie’s latest upcoming documentary Bound by Flesh.
Before joining ImageMovers she was a Senior VP of Production and Development at Walden Media. She oversaw Prince Caspian, Narnia 2 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Narnia 3, The Waterhorse, Mr. Mangorium’s Wonder Emporium, Amazing Grace, Sahara, The Game of the Their Lives as well as several others. Before Walden, Levine packaged movies for the foreign financing company Cobalt Media where she helped put together and find financing for Open Range, The House of Sand and Fog and Swimfan, which she developed at Michael Douglas’ Further Films where she oversaw development and production on Don’t Say a Word, One Night at McCool’s as well as other Douglas projects.
Oliver Schnee Composer
A Los Angeles native, Oliver Schnee’s true passion is found in putting music to picture. Determined to make a career in film scoring, he welcomes each new challenge that comes his way. Educated at the University of Southern California, he has been fortunate enough to have interned for such top professionals as James Newton Howard, John Powell, and Henry Jackman. Additionally, he has written music for the likes of Disney, American Express, and Participant Media. He currently lives in Los Angeles and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Voice Over Talent -
Nancy Allen- She has starred in such classics as Carrie, I Wanna Hold Your Hand,Dressed to Kill and RoboCop. She was named Executive Director of WeSpark Cancer Support Center founded by longtime friend Wendie Jo Sperber.
Tim Sack - From Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Tim joined The Groundlings in 1980 after a fateful meeting with the late Phil
Hartman. Small movie roles and TV guest
shots led to Tim getting his first series, “Reggie” in 1983. Then there was “Our Time” in 1985, “Parker
Lewis Can’t Lose” in 1989 and while all of this was going on Tim began
writing. He was able to combine the
two talents in ’94 by co-creating and starring in the talk-show spoof, “Nightstand
With Dick Dietrick”. He then went on to
do the same when he partnered with Howard Stern for the show
“Baywatch” spoof, “Son of the Beach”.
Tim acted on and was a Consulting Producer on the shows, “My Name Is
Earl” and "Raising Hope". He lives in Santa Barbara with
his wife (who he met at The Groundlings) Jano and their two children (both
conceived at The Groundlings) Murphy and Doyle.
Blake Boyd -
from the Lone Star State, Blake has
appeared in over 40 theatre, film and television productions including such
features as Hot Guys With Guns, First Kid, The Cable Guy, Rocketman, and the television series ER,
Pensacola, and The Agency.
Lea Thompson - is best known for her role as the various incarnations of Lorraine McFly in Back to the FutureI, II, and III and as the star of Caroline in the City. Other film highlights include: Some Kind ofWonderful; All the Right Moves; The Trouble with the Truth; Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar; Ping Pong Summer; and Left Behind starring Nicolas Cage soon to be released. Television series include: ABC Family’s hit show Switched at Birth (actor and director; the Hallmark Channel Mystery Movies series, Jane Doe (star and director); and most recently for Disney, the new animated series, Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero. Thompson’s theatre works include: Over 40 ballets including three versions of The Nutcracker; The Little Mermaid; Bus Stop; and her personal favorite, as Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes’ revival of Cabaret on Broadway. Thompson lives in Los Angeles with her husband of almost twenty five years, film and television director, Howard Deutch, and their two talented daughters, Madelyn and Zoey, along with lots of dogs, fish, horses, chickens, a cat, a land tortoise, and a parrot!