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THE APOSTLE

ROB CARLINER launched his Hollywood career in Russia as an interpreter for director Ivan Passer on the telefilm Stalin, starring Robert Duvall. After production, Carliner finished school at Princeton and the University of Michigan, and asked Duvall for a job at his fledgling production company, Butchers Run Films.

Carliner's rapid rise through the industry ranks began one morning in 1995 after working for Duvall for two years reading scripts. The award­winning actor called to say his producer was leaving the company and Carliner would now take the reigns. As Carliner remembers, Duvall said, "You're in charge and don't screw up." At the young age of 25, Carliner suddenly found himself heading a production company for one of the industry's most esteemed actors.

In his new position at Butchers Run, Carliner immediately entered pre­production on the TNT film The Man Who Captured Eichmann which was nominated for two Emmy Awards. As co­producer, Carliner worked for two months on location in Argentina during filming of the critically acclaimed telefilm. He also helped develop A Family Thing from a script by Oscar­winner Billy Bob Thornton.

After Carliner's successful producing debut, Duvall entrusted him with his long­time personal endeavor, THE APOSTLE. Duvall financed and directed the film. While Carliner oversaw every element of production.

Sharing Duvall's interest in quality projects laden with realism, Carliner is overseeing for Butchers Run the development of a project based on the early days of country music legend Merle Haggard, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson for United Artists. Carliner is also developing a film to be directed by Martha Coolidge (who directed Duvall in the Oscar­nominated Rambling Rose), and several scripts written by Duvall, notably a tango project the company hopes to produce next year.

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