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Goldheart Pictures was co-founded by Lemore Syvan and Ron Kastner in 1995 to develop and produce motion pictures.
Currently, Goldheart is in post production on three independent films, BLUE DINER, directed by Jan Egleson, which is a Latino-American story set in Boston, HEARTBREAK HOSPITAL, directed by Ruedi Gerber and starring Patricia Clarkson, John Shea, Demian Bichir, and Diane Venora, is a funky New York comedy-thriller that blurs the lines between fiction and reality in TV soaps, and recently completed MAZE, directed by Rob Morrow and starring Morrow, Laura Linney and Craig Sheffer. Set in the background of contemporary Manhattan, MAZE is a wonderful and surprising tale of love between three friends.
Goldheart Pictures co-produced SANTITOS, winner of the Latin American Film Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, a mystical comedic drama set in Mexico and Los Angeles, directed by one of Mexico's up-and-coming talents, Alejandro Springall, and executive-produced by director John Sayles. Santitos will be released to the art house market in September 2000.
Goldheart produced BETTER LIVING, a black comedy starring Olympia Dukakis and Roy Scheider (distribution by Lakeshore Entertainment), which will be released theatrically this summer; HARVEST, a powerful drama set in the farm country of Pennsylvania with Mary McCormack, John Slattery, and James Van DerBeek, to be released late Spring 2000; and WALKING TO THE WATERLINE, an off-beat comedy set on the Jersey Shore, and winner of the Jury Prize at the Atlantic Film Festival, starring Matt Mulhern, Hal Holbrook and Matthew Broderick.
Ms. Syvan worked with director Tony Goldwyn as associate producer on A WALK ON THE MOON, also at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. A WALK ON THE MOON was released theatrically by Miramax/Village Roadshow, and was produced by Dustin Hoffman and Punch Productions.
Highlights from upcoming projects include DUANE HOPWOOD, to be directed by Matt Mulhern and starring Matthew Broderick, set in Atlantic City; NAFTA, a Mafia thriller-comedy about the underworld of sports entertainment written by Alice Arlen and directed by Jan Egleson; SIDE MAN, adapted from the Tony Award winning Broadway play by Warrn Leight to be adapted by him.
Goldheart produced THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE,, starring Timothy Hutton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tony Goldwyn and Ron Rifkin, released by Miramax. Kastner and Syvan also produced ANGELA, directed by Rebecca Miller and winner of Filmmaker's Trophy and Best Cinematography at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival; and FEDERAL HILL (co-produced and partially financed by Ron Kastner).
Prior to joining forces with Mr. Kastner, Lemore Syvan produced and worked on independent films such as LIVING IN OBLIVION, directed by Tom DiCilo; GEORGIA, directed by Ulu Grosbard; and LAST SUMMER IN THE HAMPTONS, directed by Henry Jaglom.
Mr. Kastner is a two-time Tony Award winning veteran theater producer: winner of this season's 2000 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for Tom Stoppard's THE REAL THING (co-production with Miramax Films; winner of additional Tony Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress); and last season's 1999 Tony Award for Best Play for SIDE MAN, written by Warren Leight. Mr. Kastner was also nominated this year for his production of Sam Shepard's TRUE WEST, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly. Currently, TRUE WEST and THE REAL THING are running on Broadway, while SIDE MAN is running in London with its original Broadway cast including Golden Globe winner Edie Falco, until June 10th. Other Kastner credits include HONOUR, directed by Gerry Gutierrez and starring Tony Nominee Jane Alexander; THE HAIRY APE, starring Willem Dafoe; the Tony Award winning play ANGELS IN AMERICA; David Mamet's OLEANA; Arthur Miller's THE LAST YANKEE; Ariel Dorfman's DEATH AND THE MAIDEN; and Jon Robin Baitz's THREE HOTELS, recipient of the Helen Hayes Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
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