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2011 BAFF To Present Honorary Golden Apple Award To Producer Anthony Bregman (Our Idiot Brother, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Oranges, Synechdoche, New York, The Ice Storm, The Brothers McMullen, Darling Companion, Lay The Favorite)

October 3, 2011

The 2011 Big Apple Film Festival is proud to present our honorary Golden Apple Award to acclaimed producer Anthony Bregman.

Anthony Bregman founded Likely Story in the Fall of 2006, bringing along, from prior company This Is That, his associate and CE Stefanie Azpiazu to head development and production.

Likely Story's next movie, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, directed by Jesse Peretz, will be released nationwide on August 26, 2011 by The Weinstein Company after premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film's all-star comedy cast includes Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Adam Scott and Rashida Jones. Big Beach is producing alongside the Likely Story team.

Likely Story is currently in post-production on three films: THE ORANGES, DARLING COMPANION, and LAY THE FAVORITE.

THE ORANGES, written by Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer and directed by Julian Farino, will premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, September 10. The film was featured in various publications including Entertainment Weekly after having come in second on the 2008 Black List of best unproduced screenplays. The film stars Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Leighton Meester. Olympus Pictures is producing alongside Likely Story.

DARLING COMPANION, written by Lawrence and Meg Kasdan and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, marks the writer-director's third installment-following THE BIG CHILL and GRAND CANYON - in his series examining the baby-boomer generation. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the film, which was produced by Anthony Bregman for Likely Story as well as Elizabeth Redleaf for Werc Werk Works.

LAY THE FAVORITE, directed by Stephen Frears and adapted by D.V. DeVincentis from Beth Raymer's memoir of her experiences in the world of Las Vegas sports betting, stars Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Upcoming projects include Andrew Dominik's adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates's novel BLONDE that will star Naomi Watts as Marilyn Monroe, Ross Katz's adaptation of Joel Elmore Saunder's novel THE AMATEUR AMERICAN that Likely Story is producing alongside Aaron Ryder of FilmNation, FOXCATCHER, which Bennet Miller will direct, and FRANK OR FRANCIS, a Charlie Kaufman film that will star Nicolas Cage, Jack Black, and Steve Carell.

In April 2010, Likely Story saw the release of Nicole Holofcener's acclaimed PLEASE GIVE starring Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Rebecca Hall and Oliver Platt. Sony Pictures Classics released the film that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and screened at the 2010 Berlin, Miami and Tribeca Film Festivals.

In July 2010, Likely Story saw the release of THE EXTRA MAN, adapted from a Jonathan Ames novel by Bob Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, who directed the film as well. The film stars Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly and premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. The film had opening night slots at both the Sarasota Film and the Boston Independent Film Festivals in April as well as opening night slots at the Nantucket and Seattle Film Festivals in June.

In its first two years, Likely Story completed three films. SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (written and directed by Charlie Kaufman), starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Catherine Keener, and Michelle Williams, which premiered in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The film was released by SPC on October 24, 2008, topping over 50 critics year end top ten lists and won Best Production Design from the LA Film Critics Association and Best Casting at the Gotham Awards and The Spirit Awards. SYNECDOCHE NEW YORK was named the "best film of the decade" by Roger Ebert. SLEEP DEALER (written and directed by Alex Rivera), which premiered in 2008 at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and was distributed by Maya Releasing in the fall of 2008. Finally, the post-apocalyptic thriller CARRIERS (written and directed by David and Alex Pastor), which Paramount Vantage released in 2009 starring Chris Pine, Lou Taylor Pucci and Piper Perabo.

Bregman's other producing credits include FRIENDS WITH MONEY, his third collaboration with writer/director Nicole Holofcener, starring Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Joan Cusack; the Academy Award-winning ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry; LOVELY & AMAZING, THUMBSUCKER, HUMAN NATURE, THE TAO OF STEVE, THE EX, LUMINOUS MOTION, and LOVE GOD, the world's first digital film. Bregman executive produced THE SAVAGES, and TRICK, and was associate producer on THE ICE STORM, THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN, THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS, and ROY COHN/JACK SMITH.

Prior to Likely Story, Bregman was a partner at This is that for 4 years, and spent 10 years as head of production at Good Machine, where he supervised the production and post production of over thirty feature films, including SENSE & SENSIBILITY, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, WALKING & TALKING, WHAT HAPPENED WAS., THE WEDDING BANQUET, and SAFE. Bregman teaches producing at Columbia University's Graduate School of Film.

For more information on all films and events please visit our program page. 2011 Big Apple Film Festival Program

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