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200 CIGARETTES

"200 Cigarettes" marks RISA BRAMON GARCIA's (Director) feature film directorial debut. Garcia has previously directed such television projects as "The Hidden Room: The Rogue in the Bathroom" for Lifetime; "Between Cars" for Comedy Central; and "Life Stories: A Deadly Secret" for HBO, a CableACE award nominee.

Garcia is also deeply connected to the theater. She is one of the Artistic Directors of Ensemble Studio Theatre's LA Project through which she worked with HBO to produce and direct a series of one-act plays for The Aspen Comedy Arts Festival. Prior to that she founded and produced two seasons of ACT ONE (in association with Showtime Networks), and a festival of one-act plays which was a success in Los Angeles. She also directed a new Jon Robin Baitz play as part of Naked Angels' (the LA theater troupe) first production. She directed theater in New York for 15 years, working with such theater companies as The Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club and Ensemble Studio Theatre, her artistic home where, as a company member, she produced five years of "The Marathon" and directed numerous plays, working with writers such as David Mamet, Chris Durang, John Patrick Shanley, Tina Howe, Shel Silverstein, Horton Foote and Alan Zweibel.

Garcia started her film career as a casting director with partner Billy Hopkins. Her more than 50 film credits include "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Wall Street," "Fatal Attraction," "The Joy Luck Club," "True Romance," "Twister" and "Flirting With Disaster." She built a relationship with Oliver Stone through casting such films as "JFK," "Born on the Fourth of July," "The Doors" and "Talk Radio" and was subsequently made an associate producer on his films "Heaven and Earth" and "Natural Born Killers."

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