"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
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