Eric Bogosian is the author of the plays Talk Radio, subUrbia, Humpty Dumpty, and Griller, as well as the three Obie Award winning solos Drinking in America, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead. He wrote the screen adaptations of Oliver Stone's film version of Talk Radio and of Richard Linklater's film version of subUrbia, and starred in the former as well as in Robert Altman's The Caine Mutiny Court Martial and, most recently, James Cox's Wonderland. His novel, Mall, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2002. For his work on Talk Radio, he received the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear for outstanding achievement.
Francis Ford Coppola is a five-time Academy Awardwinning writer, director, and producer. He won his first Oscar in 1970 at age thirty-one for the screenplay Patton, which he co-wrote with Edmund H. North. His work includes screenwriting credits for more than twenty filmsamong them epics such as the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He resides in Rutherford, California, where he makes wine and is writing his next film.
Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed the movie Slums of Beverly Hills, which premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for filmmaking, and her short films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art and the Sundance Film Festival, where she received an award for Best Short Film. She also directs public service announcements and works with teenagers in theater and film with such organizations as the 52nd Street Project and Scenarios USA. She is currently writing an original screenplay for This Is That and Universal's Focus Features, which she plans to direct.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has published five story collections and twelve novels, including Heat and Dust for which she won the Booker Prize, and written twenty films, almost all for James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, with whom she has been associated since 1962. Her adaptations of E. M. Forster's Room With a View and Howards End received Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2004, she will publish a short story collection entitled My Nine Lives.
Neil Jordan began his career as a writer, winning the 1974 Guardian Fiction Prize for his book of short stories Night in Tunisia. Since then he has published three novels, The Past, The Dream of a Beast, and Sunrise with Sea Monster. In 1982 he wrote and directed his first feature film, Angel, following it with the award-winning films The Company of Wolves; Mona Lisa; The Crying Game, which was nominated for six Academy Awards and won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay; Michael Collins; The Butcher Boy; The End of the Affair; and The Good Thief. His forthcoming novel, Shade, will be published by John Murray (UK) in the spring of 2004.
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran in 1940 and began making films in the 1970s. His movies have received several international awards, including the 1997 Palme d'Or at Cannes for Taste of Cherry and the 1999 Venice Grand Jury Prize for The Wind Will Carry Us. His most recent feature film is Ten (2002). He is also a photographer, painter, and poet; his poetry collection, Walking with the Wind, was published by Harvard University Press in 2002.
Neil LaBute is a writer, director, and playwright who first came to prominence in 1997 with In the Company of Men, which won the Sundance Filmmakers Trophy and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Feature. Since then, he has written and directed the films Your Friends & Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, and The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his long-running play. A collection of his short stories will be published by Grove/Atlantic in 2004.
Michael Tolkin is the author of the novels Among the Dead, Under Radar, and The Player, which along with his screenplay collection, The Player, The Rapture, The New Age: 3 Screen-plays, are published by Grove/Atlantic. He wrote and directed The Rapture and The New Age, both of which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. Tolkin is the recipient of a Writers Guild Award for his screenplay The Player.
“Who am I?”
I’ve made music videos for bands such as The Strokes, Daft Punk, Phoenix, Moby, and Fatboy Slim. I also direct commercials and completed my debut feature film CQ in 2002. I’m based in Hollywood, and am currently supervising the release of a wine, RC Reserve, as well as a beauty line, Uvavita. In addition to designing this issue of Zoetrope: All-Story, I’m working on a portable filming environment called the Photobubble.