THE BOURNE IDENTITY
DOUG LIMAN has become acknowledged as one of the most vibrant and
original young voices in American film with his critically acclaimed features Swingers
Born in New York City, Liman attended the International Center of Photography
while still in high school. he attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode
Island, where he helped found the school's student-run cable television station.
Liman began making short films at the age of seven and go into junior high
school. He attended the graduate program of the School of Cinema and Television
at the University of Southern California, where he directed his first feature
project, the comedy thriller Getting In (a.k.a. Student Body), which
starred Stephen Mailer, Matthew Perry, Andrew McCarthy and Christine Baranski.
Liman made a splash with the indie hit Swingers which he produced and
directed. Made on a shoestring budget of $250,000 - money he scraped together
with the help of his father, the late Iran-Contra investigator Arthur Liman, who
also served as counsel to the production. Liman acquired the script from the
film's screenwriter, Jon Favreau and he cast him along with Vince Vaughn, Ron
Livingstone and Patrick Van Horne, to star in the story of the search for love
in and around Los Angeles' retro swing bars.
Liman's adrenaline-driven next effort, Go, was comprised of three separate
but related sections, each focusing on different members of the film's talented
ensemble, including Sarah Polley, Katie Holmes, Taye Diggs, William Fichtner,
Jane Karakowski, Breckin Meyer and Jay Mohr. Imbued with freshness of vision and
execution, Go premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and opened to
overwhelming positive notices. Liman also served as director of photography on
both Swingers and Go. Following Go, Liman produced Sarah
Thorp's See Jane Run, starring Clea DuVall and Kevin Corrigan and helped
produced the critically acclaimed Kissing Jessica Stein.
His projects have proven that Liman has a passion and a unique eye for
spotting new and distinctive talent. The stars of Swingers, Go and Kissing
Jessica Stein have the distinction of having launched their feature film
acting careers and screenwriting voices from a Doug Liman film.
Liman has also directed highly acclaimed and popular commercials including
the Nike Golf commercial starring Tiger Woods effortlessly juggling a golf ball
with his club and foot - a spot which became a national phenomenon.
Liman is a founding partner of the entertainment production company Hypnotic,
which produces, markets and distributes independent film and television
properties. Hypnotic serves as the production entity for all of Liman's film,
television and commercial projects.
His interests outside of filmmaking include working for the LEGAL ACTION
CENTER, which provides pro-bono legal work on behalf of people with addictions,
HIV and convictions and with SAFE SPACE, which does work on behalf of homeless
teens in New York. He works on the campaigns of New York politicians and
supports young New York-based artists by exhibiting their works in his TriBeCa
loft. He is also an avid outdoor enthusiast who guides river trips, climbs,
mountaineers and is an accomplished pilot.
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