THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
RICHARD GLADSTEIN (Producer) founded his own production company, FilmColony, in 1995 and has a multi-year, first-look production deal with Miramax Films. FilmColony represents Gladstein's hope to create a company through which like-minded filmmakers can continually collaborate to develop and produce a range of films.
In addition to "The Cider House Rules," FilmColony produced the high school romantic comedy "She's All That," with Tapestry Film's Peter Abrams and Robert Levy. Directed by Robert Iscove, who earned an Emmy nomination for his direction of the ABC update of "Cinderella," the film stars Freddie
Prinze, Jr., Rachel Leigh Cooke, Anna Paquin, L'il Kim, Usher, Kevin Pollack, Kieran Culkin, Jodie Lyn O'Keefe and Paul Walker, and was released in January 1999 by Miramax Films. Gladstein also produced "Hurlyburly," written by David Rabe,
based on his play, which Fine Line Features released on Christmas Day '98. Directed by Tony Drazan, who also serves as producer along with Gladstein and David Hamburger, the film stars Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright-Penn, Chazz Palmenteri, Garry Shandling, Anna Paquin and Meg Ryan. "Hurlyburly" debuted at the Venice Film Festival, where Sean Penn's performance earned him a Best Actor Award. The film follows a group of aspiring Hollywood players whose personal lives threaten to veer into self-destruction as they struggle to find redemption and meaning.
Other films Gladstein produced include "54," under his FilmColony banner for Miramax Films, which was released August 28, 1998. The fictional story of the experience of the prodigal, legendary nightclub, Studio 54, the film starred Ryan Phillipe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell and Mike Myers. He served as executive producer of Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown," starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda, Robert DeNiro, Michael Keaton and Robert Forster, in which Forster received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The character-driven crime drama was written by Tarantino and loosely based on Elmore Leonard's novel, "Rum Punch."
Prior to founding FilmColony, Gladstein served as Executive Vice President of Miramax Films. In that capacity, he executive produced Quentin Tarantino's seminal film "Pulp Fiction," for which Tarantino won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Screenplay. The feature also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Film. Gladstein also executive produced Sean Penn's "The Crossing Guard," starring Jack Nicholson. Additionally, Gladstein supervised the production of Robert Altman's "Ready-to-Wear," Wayne Wang's
"Smoke" and "Blue in the Face," Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Til Dawn," the ensemble-directed "4 Rooms," and Gary Fleder's "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead."
Gladstein's association with Miramax initiated through another Tarantino film, "Reservoir Dogs." Gladstein championed and executive produced "Reservoir Dogs" during his tenure at LIVE Entertainment, where he worked as vice-president of production and acquisitions. LIVE Entertainment sold the film to Miramax at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.
Born and raised in New York, Gladstein attended Boston University's School of Public Communications, majoring in broadcasting and film. After graduation in 1983, he worked in various freelance production-related positions that ultimately led to an administrative post with the Dino DeLaurentiis Corporation. He eventually segued to the Manhattan-based Angelika Films, as director of acquisitions and marketing.
Gladstein lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lauri, who is a singer / songwriter.
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