Lemore Syvan is an independent film producer and founder of New York-based production company Elevation Filmworks. Since 1990, Syvan has produced 20 independent films and has collaborated with many notable filmmakers in the independent film community. Syvan's films have won the Grand Jury Award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, as well as the National Board of Review, the John Cassavetes Spirit Award and various awards by festivals across the United States and the world. "Sherrybaby," starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and written and directed by Laurie Collyer, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was named one of the top independent films of the year by the National Board of Review. Gyllenhaal received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the film.
Upcoming films include "The Woody," written by Peter Lefcourt, based on his novel, with Emmy Award-winning director Karen Arthur set to direct; and "Human Capital," author Stephen Amidon's adaptation of his own critically-acclaimed novel to be directed by Director's Guild of America Award-winner Noam Murro.
Other recently completed films are the psychological thriller "First Born," starring Academy Award Nominee Elisabeth Shue, with producer Rick Schwartz and Golden Globe-winning producer Graham King; as well as the Israeli/Palestinian film "Forgiveness," written and directed by Udi Aloni, which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2006.
2005 saw the release of the critically acclaimed "Duane Hopwood," written and directed by Matt Mulhern, starring David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival; and Peter Riegert's feature film directorial debut, "King of the Corner," starring Riegert, Isabella Rossellini, Rita Moreno, Beverly D'Angelo, Eric Bogosian and Eli Wallach.
Syvan's continued collaboration with Rebecca Miller has most recently yielded "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," written and directed by Miller. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener, and was released by IFC Films in spring 2005. In 2002, the critically-acclaimed "Personal Velocity," starring Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey and Fairuza Balk, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and the Cinematography Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. It was also awarded the John Cassavetes Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards. Prior to that, "Angela," also written and directed by Rebecca Miller, was awarded both the Filmmakers Trophy and Cinematography Award at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Syvan produced John Sayles' film "Casa De Los Babys," starring Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Susan Lynch, Mary Steenburgen and Lili Taylor.
Syvan continues to collaborate with Mexican director Alejandro Springall, producing Springall's "Santitos," which won the Latin America Cinema Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Their most recent film, "Morirse Esta en Hebreo," is currently in the final stages of post-production. In 1995 Syvan worked on her first adaptation from stage to screen, Jon Robin Baitz' "The Substance of Fire," directed by Daniel Sullivan, with Tim Hutton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ron Rifkin and Tony Goldwyn. Currently in the works are two prominent stage to film adaptations that speak to the world's political climate and the challenges we face today.
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