TRANSPARENT, the new comedy series on Amazon featuring Jeffrey Tambor, is shared with the trailer and background by producer Rick Rosenthal, who also talks about his successful filmography. Getting his start with HALLOWEEN II, casting Sean Penn for BAD BOYS and Joaquin Phoenix in RUSKIES, plus his recent collaboration with Patrick Stewart on MATCH (complete with the trailer) are all shared by the veteran filmmaker. Producing films, collaborating with new directors, and what film school doesn’t teach you that you really need to know are explored in this uncensored episode of The Insiders, hosted by Sebastian Twardosz.
Gaining critical notice as a director with the hard-hitting drama Bad Boys, starring Sean Penn, Rick has directed across diverse genres ranging from comedy (American Dreamer) to coming of age (Nearing Grace) to horror (Halloween II – his directing debut - and Halloween Resurrection, one of the franchise’s most successful sequels) while also making his foray into television with the groundbreaking, Emmy-winning ABC series Life Goes On for which he additionally served as the show’s Co-Executive producer for the first two seasons. While continuing his directing career, Rick also launched his Whitewater Films banner in 2003, producing Mean Creek, the directing debut of Jacob Aaron Estes. A surprise hit at Sundance, Mean Creek garnered myriad awards including two Independent Spirit Awards, was invited to the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes and was released by Paramount Classics and Focus Films International. Since then, a combination of enthusiasm and experience has enabled Whitewater Films to produce a slate of films – Fat Kid Rules the World, According to Greta and Kabluey. Whitewater Films productions have been selected to screen at Cannes, Sundance,Berlin, SXSW and Tribeca and have won numerous awards including several Spirit Awards and a Humanitas Award, as well as several Silver Bears, Crystal Bears and Best First Feature Awards. His most recent projects include Match, starring Patrick Stewart and Carla Gugino, Drones starring Eloise Mumford, and Transparent for Amazon.
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00:10 Welcome to The Insiders.
00:40 Trailer for Transparent.
03:20 Introducing Rick Rosenthal, producer and director.
03:30 Why audiences should watch Transparent and how it got started.
05:45 Rosenthal’s early years and breaking into the film industry.
08:30 Rosenthal’s first feature, Halloween II.
12:00 What made Rosenthal want to become a director.
14:40 Casting Sean Penn and Ally Sheedy for Bad Boys.
20:30 The benefits of meeting with actors in person.
24:50 Making American Dreamer and the importance of having a mentor.
32:05 Rosenthal’s willingness to produce with new directors.
34:30 Advice to those looking to apply to film school.
42:40 The difference in directing television and film.
44:30 Making Russkies with Leaf (Joaquin) Phoenix and a lesson on instinct.
49:00 Creating Match with Patrick Stewart and the production team.
52:10 Thank you and goodbye.
52:15 Trailer for Match.