Kevin J. Walsh
Casey Affleck (Lee Chandler) is an accomplished and striking performer who has established himself as a powerful leading man.
Affleck was nominated for an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe® Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award® for his performance in the character drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Written and directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper), the film follows Ford’s (Affleck) sycophantic obsession with Jesse James (Brad Pitt), which quickly turns into growing resentment after he joins the legendary outlaw’s gang.
The actor garnered significant praise for his starring role alongside Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman and Michelle Monaghan in Gone Baby Gone, based on Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name. Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, the film is the story of two Boston detectives’ search for a kidnapped 4‑year‑old girl.
Affleck co‑wrote with and starred alongside Matt Damon in the independent road movie Gerry, directed by Gus Van Sant. He also appeared in Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting and To Die For. Additional film credits include: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, opposite Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway; Out of the Furnace, co‑starring Christian Bale; Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, opposite Rooney Mara; Steven Soderbergh’s Oceans trilogy, alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt; Triple 9, opposite Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet; and The Finest Hours, opposite Chris Pine.
In 2014 Affleck and John Powers Middleton formed the Affleck/Middleton Project, a full‑service production company designed to develop and produce film and television content across a variety of genres. With a mission to produce quality films and television series that connect with audiences, the company looks to develop and produce a new wave of great American entertainment. It was recently announced that the Affleck/Middleton Project secured the rights to Far Bright Star, the second in Robert Olmstead’s book series of the same name. Affleck will direct a script by Damien Ober with three‑time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix set to star. Previously, Affleck directed Phoenix in I’m Still Here, which he also wrote and produced.
On stage, Affleck appeared in the West End debut of Kenneth Lonergan’s award‑winning play This Is Our Youth. He played the role of Warren alongside Matt Damon and Summer Phoenix.
Michelle Williams (Randi) has established herself as one of Hollywood’s most sought‑after and respected talents, earning a Golden Globe® Award, three Oscar® nominations and a Tony Award bid. She starred opposite Ryan Gosling in Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, with her captivating performance receiving an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress as well as Golden Globe®, Broadcast Film Critics Association and Independent Spirit Award nominations. Williams’ performance in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005) earned Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Independent Spirit, SAG, Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Broadcast Film Critics Association awards, as well as an Oscar® bid.
In 2011 Williams played the iconic Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. The role garnered her third Academy Award® nomination, Golden Globe® and Independent Spirit Award wins, and nods at the BAFTA and SAG award ceremonies.
In her first collaboration with filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, Williams starred in the critically acclaimed indie Wendy and Lucy. Her moving and evocative performance was honored with a Toronto Film Critics Award for Best Actress in 2009 and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Williams and Reichardt worked together again in the period drama Meek’s Cutoff, which won the Producers Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards as well as the SIGNIS Award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Their third collaboration, Certain Women, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and was acquired by IFC Films.
Other film credits include Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island; Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful; Saul Dibb’s Suite Française; Sharon Maguire’s Incendiary; Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz; Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York; Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There.; Wim Wenders’ Land of Plenty; Ethan Hawke’s The Hottest State; Thomas McCarthy’s The Station Agent; Sandra Goldbacher’s Me Without You; and Andrew Fleming’s Dick. In 2005 Williams was honored by the Motion Picture Club as its Female Star of Tomorrow.
On television, Williams starred opposite Chloë Sevigny in Martha Coolidge’s HBO movie If These Walls Could Talk 2. She also had a six‑year tenure as Jen Lindley on the WB’s hit series Dawson’s Creek. The series premiered in 1998 and remained one of the WB’s top‑rated shows throughout its run.
On stage, Williams was most recently seen on Broadway starring in David Harrower’s Olivier Award‑winning drama Blackbird, opposite Jeff Daniels, with Joe Mantello directing and Scott Rudin producing. Her depiction of Una garnered her a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Williams made her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in the recent Roundabout Theatre Company production of Cabaret.
Other theater credits include the Off Broadway productions of Mike Leigh’s Smelling a Rat and Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe, as well as the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of The Cherry Orchard.
Kyle Chandler (Joe Chandler) is a highly respected actor whose resume is littered with memorable performances. He is most widely known for his role as Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights, which wrapped its final season in 2011 to both critical and popular acclaim. After his final season playing the coach, Chandler won the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Chandler can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix series Bloodline, produced by Damages creators Todd Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. The drama, which also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Sissy Spacek and Linda Cardellini, follows a family of adult siblings whose secrets come out when their brother returns home. For his work in the first season, Chandler received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
The actor recently co‑starred in Carol, alongside Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Directed by Todd Haynes, the film received many accolades this past awards season.
Previously, Chandler starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. He also appeared in Ben Affleck’s Argo, which won the Academy Award® for Best Picture and the SAG Award for Best Ensemble, among countless other honors. Chandler was also seen in Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s drama chronicling the decade‑long hunt for Osama bin Laden, which also received nominations at all the major awards shows.
Previously, Chandler co‑starred in Allen Hughes’ Broken City, alongside Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta‑Jones; James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, with Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley; J.J. Abrams’ Steven Spielberg‑produced Super 8, alongside Elle Fanning; Scott Derrickson’s The Day the Earth Stood Still, co‑starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly; and Peter Berg’s The Kingdom, with Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner.
Additional film credits include King Kong, Mulholland Falls, Angel’s Dance, Pure Country and The Color of Evening.
Chandler’s small‑screen appearances include a memorable performance on the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, which garnered him an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Guest Performance in a Drama Series. Other credits include The Lyons Den, Homefront, Early Edition, What About Joan, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, Tour of Duty and China Beach.
On Broadway, Chandler starred as Hal Carter in Picnic, opposite Ashley Judd.
A graduate of the University of Georgia’s drama program, Chandler lives in Texas with his wife and two daughters.
Lucas Hedges (Patrick) is a versatile young actor on the rise who has already worked with some of the most respected directors in Hollywood. Most recently, Hedges completed work on Martin McDonagh’s upcoming feature Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, opposite Francis McDormand and Sam Rockwell. On television he recently starred in the NBC event series The Slap, with Zachary Quinto, Peter Sarsgaard and Uma Thurman.
Hedges worked with acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson on two films: Moonrise Kingdom, co‑starring Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, and Oscar® winner The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes. In 2013 he starred alongside Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day and worked opposite Christoph Waltz in Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem. Hedges also appeared in Michael Cuesta’s Kill the Messenger, opposite Jeremy Renner, and Dante Ariola’s Arthur Newman, alongside Colin Firth and Emily Blunt.
Hedges is currently a student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he continues to study and hone his craft. When not in school, he resides with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
Kenneth Lonergan’s (Director) first film, You Can Count On Me (2000), which he wrote and directed, was an Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee for Best Screenplay, and won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, NY Film Critics Circle, LA Film Critics Circle and Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Screenplay, among numerous other accolades. Lonergan’s second film, Margaret (2011) and Margaret ‑ Extended Edition (2012), won the European Film Critics’ FIPRESCI Award at the Vienna Film Festival, the Traverse City Film Festival Founders Prize and became a cause célèbre among many film critics, journalists and cinephiles worldwide. He also co‑wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York (2002 WGA and Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay).
Lonergan’s playwriting credits include This Is Our Youth (1996), which was nominated for the 1996 Drama Desk Award for Best Play and a 2015 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play (Steppenwolf); The Waverly Gallery (2000), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist; Lobby Hero (2001), a Drama Desk Best Play nominee, Outer Critics Circle Best Play nominee, and 2002 Olivier Award nominee for Best Play during its West End run; The Starry Messenger (2009); and Medieval Play (2012). His most recent play, Hold On To Me Darling, an Outer Critics Circle Best Play nominee, was directed by Neil Pepe and premiered at the Atlantic Theatre Company.
He recently completed writing a four‑part television adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End for the BBC.
Lonergan is a resident playwright at the Signature Theatre Company. He lives in New York City with his wife and frequent collaborator, actress J. Smith‑Cameron, and their daughter Nellie.
Kimberly Steward (Producer) is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and producer. In 2013 she formed K Period Media, a company that develops, finances and produces story‑driven, commercially viable and thought‑provoking content spanning media from film and television to digital and interactive platforms. In just a few years, Steward has forged strategic relationships with some of the most prolific producers, distributors and financiers in the entertainment industry. At the same time, it is Steward’s mission to discover diverse new voices and launch the careers of next‑generation talent on both sides of the camera.
K Period Media’s releases to date include the noted documentaries Opposite Fields, about the first entrants from Africa to compete in the Little League World Series; Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, which examines African Americans’ long history with photography; and the forthcoming Looking for Terry, chronicling the efforts of inner‑city students to train for the daunting Fordham Law Moot Court. Also in the pipeline is Conversion, a feature drama whose script made the film industry’s heralded “Black List” of the best unproduced screenplays in 2012.
A native of St. Louis, Steward inherited both a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a gift for philanthropy from parents David and Thelma Steward. Her father founded the highly successful systems integration firm World Wide Technology. Steward gained an appreciation for movies from her mother, a film buff who introduced her to master moviemakers such as Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock.
At age 19 Steward opened her first business, an event and bridal planning service that staged more than 200 events in the Midwest. After college she moved to New York City and worked at magazines, including Women’s Wear Daily, Real Simple, Food Network Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and Elle Décor, along the way transitioning her focus from event planning to fashion, design and marketing. In 2010 she started Kess Agency, which represented creative professionals working in the fashion industry.
In launching the new division Created by Kess Agency, a forerunner to K Period Media, Steward branched out into development and production for clients in the fashion, beauty and entertainment sectors. One of the company’s logo designs was a finalist for a prestigious Clio Award in 2014. During this period Steward met former advertising executive Lauren Beck, with whom she would partner at K Period Media.
Matt Damon (Producer) is considered one of the most revered actors in Hollywood today, both in terms of talent and box‑office draw. His rich and varied career has seen him succeed on both sides of the camera. Damon recently starred in Ridley Scott’s outer‑space actioner The Martian, playing Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars who struggles to survive until he can be rescued. The film opened to stellar reviews, was a huge success at the box office and earned seven Academy Award® nominations including Damon’s bid for Best Actor.
The actor will next be seen in Paul Greengrass’ Jason Bourne, reprising his role as the title character after starring in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Damon is currently shooting Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, alongside Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Christoph Waltz. In November he stars in Yimou Zhang’s The Great Wall, which chronicles the construction of the Great Wall of China.
Though far from an overnight success, Damon catapulted into the public eye in 1997 with his first Academy Award® nomination (and win) for co‑writing Good Will Hunting with his lifelong friend Ben Affleck. The script also earned the pair a Golden Globe® nomination as well as several critics’ group honors. Damon netted Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor.
More recognition followed as Damon earned his third Golden Globe® nomination for his performance in 1999’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, under the direction of Anthony Minghella. In 2009 he received Academy Award®, SAG and Critics’ Choice nominations (Best Supporting Actor) for his portrayal of South African rugby hero Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood’s true‑life drama Invictus. That same year, he garnered a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor for his starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant. The connection with Soderbergh has proven to be a successful one as they have collaborated on seven films including the blockbuster heist films Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, as well as the 2013 HBO telefilm Behind the Candelabra. Starring opposite Michael Douglas, Damon earned Emmy, Golden Globe®, SAG and BAFTA award nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.
Hailing from Boston, Damon attended Harvard University and gained his first acting experience with the American Repertory Theater. He made his feature‑film debut in Mystic Pizza, followed by roles in School Ties, Walter Hill’s Geronimo: An American Legend, the cable project Rising Son and Tommy Lee Jones’ The Good Old Boys. However, it was Damon’s portrayal of a guilt‑ridden Gulf War veteran, tormented by memories of a battlefield incident, in 1996’s Courage Under Fire that truly put him on the radar of both critics and audiences alike.
The following year Damon played the title role in Steven Spielberg’s award‑winning World War II drama Saving Private Ryan and starred with Edward Norton in John Dahl’s poker drama Rounders. He was then reunited with Ben Affleck to star in Kevin Smith’s controversial religious comedy Dogma.
Other film credits include Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy; Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker; Robert Redford’s The Legend of Bagger Vance; Billy Bob Thornton’s All the Pretty Horses; Gus Van Sant’s Gerry; George Clooney’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind; Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm; the Farrelly brothers’ Stuck on You; Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana; Martin Scorsese’s The Departed; Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd; Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone; Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter; the Coen brothers’ True Grit; George Nolfi’s The Adjustment Bureau; Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion; Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret; Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo; Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium; George Clooney’s The Monuments Men; and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
Damon reteamed with Ben Affleck again in 2000 to form the production company LivePlanet, producing film, television and new media projects. LivePlanet produced the documentary Running the Sahara, directed by Oscar® winner James Moll, as well as three seasons of the Emmy®‑nominated series Project Greenlight, chronicling the making of independent films by first‑time writers and directors. That series spawned the features Stolen Summer, The Battle of Shaker Heights and Feast. After airing on Bravo originally, Project Greenlight was resurrected by HBO and premiered its fourth season in September 2015, under Damon and Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions banner.
Pearl Street recently co‑produced Promised Land, which reunited Damon with director Gus Van Sant. The film was written and produced by Damon and John Krasinski.
Working with Jennifer Todd, President of Pearl Street Productions, the company signed a first‑look deal with Warner Bros. Pictures. Currently in pre‑production is Live By Night for Warner Bros. Affleck is set to direct. The company just wrapped the pilot Incorporated for Syfy, which Alex and David Pastor wrote and directed. Other TV projects in development include The Battle of Bunker Hill and Paul the Apostle, which Hugh Jackman is attached to star in.
Damon both executive‑produced and appeared in the History Channel project The People Speak, based on a book co‑written by famed historian Howard Zinn and featuring dramatic readings and performances from some of the most famous names in the entertainment industry.
In 2006 the actor co‑founded H20 Africa. Now known as Water.org, the foundation brings clean water and sanitation to countries around the world that suffer without those simple essentials.
Chris Moore (Producer) has worn a number of hats during his 26‑year career in the entertainment industry. He is currently producing the second season of the award‑winning docu‑series The Chair, which he co‑created for Starz.
In 2010 Moore founded the Media Farm to focus on investing in and managing a portfolio of entertainment brands for exploitation in multiple media. Under this banner, he produced the Gus Van Sant feature Promised Land, written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Other Media Farm credits include Think Tank and The Can.
In 2008 Moore directed his first feature film, Kill Theory, for Element Films and Lionsgate.
Moore received a bachelor’s in American history from Harvard University. He started out as an agent at Intertalent and then at ICM, where he represented writers and directors including Zak Penn, Rich Wilkes, the Weitz brothers and M. Night Shyamalan. During that time he also sold or packaged projects such as The Last Action Hero, PCU, The Stoned Age and numerous others. In 1993 Moore transitioned from representation to producing and his filmography includes the highly successful series of American Pie films, The Adjustment Bureau, Feast, Waiting, Iconoclasts, Best Laid Plans, Reindeer Games, Joy Ride and the Academy Award® winner Good Will Hunting. He is also the co‑creator of HBO’s Project Greenlight. Documentary credits include The People Speak and Pop & Me.
Also an entrepreneur, in 1993 Moore was a founder of Launch Media, an online music business that was ultimately sold to Yahoo! and became Yahoo! Music. In 1999 he partnered with friends and creative collaborators Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Sean Bailey to form LivePlanet, a company dedicated to the creation of multi‑platform entertainment content. Moore served as CEO of LivePlanet for five years, raising the capital for the company and overseeing an annual operating budget of $5 million.
In 2005 Moore segued out of his post at LivePlanet in order to once again concentrate on producing individual film and television properties. During this time he also co‑founded First Tuesday Media to create content for a number of campaigns during the 2006 election cycle.
Moore lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife, Chernin Films and TV President Jenno Topping, and their three children.
Lauren Beck (Producer) is a founding member and producing partner at K Period Media, alongside President Kimberly Steward. K Period Media is an award‑winning Los Angeles‑based production company committed to developing, financing and producing high‑quality multi‑platform films and content. In this capacity, Beck is developing a slate of upcoming projects with Steward and development executive Josh Godfrey.
Beck’s passion for creative narrative began with 35mm film in the darkroom, working as a photographer in New York City. She studied at ICP and The New School NYC, shooting street photography and musicians to document hip‑hop and the music scene globally. This led Beck to working in advertising as producer. She was instrumental in shaping an integrated collective of companies under the boutique label Moondog. While there she opened the doors to a wide array of creative territories and multi‑platform brand strategy including creative development, editorial, VFX and music supervision for brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Burberry and Condé Nast. Beck also began producing shorts and content for up‑and‑coming screenwriters, directors and musicians.
Kevin Walsh (Producer) recently produced the comedy‑drama The Way Way Back for Fox Searchlight Pictures, Sycamore Pictures and OddLot Entertainment. The film was written and directed by Academy Award® winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) and stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and Maya Rudolph. In 2011 Walsh was named one of Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch.”
Walsh is set to produce the political action‑thriller The Beast, with Di Bonaventura Pictures; the Faxon and Rash action‑comedy The Heart; the crime‑noir thriller The Eel, with K Period Media; and an inspirational sports drama based on the life of baseball star Josh Hamilton, with Thunder Road Pictures.
For television, Walsh recently entered into an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to develop and produce series projects. They are set to produce the half‑hour multi‑camera comedy The Leeches, for NBC, and the half‑hour comedy‑drama Lift, for Epix.
In addition to his work as a producer, Walsh has adapted his original comic book The Leaves into a feature film for Lionsgate Entertainment and Liquid Comics. He also adapted a children’s book series, Pyrates, for Summit Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment. Walsh has written screenplays for Working Title Films, Reason Pictures and the Walt Disney‑based brands Mayhem Pictures and The Sports Studio.
Walsh started his entertainment career as an assistant to the chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, Thomas D. Mottola, and was later promoted to production coordinator, where he helped oversee the production of albums for Mottola’s priority artists. Walsh then served as an executive assistant to producer Scott Rudin at Scott Rudin Productions, where he assisted and traveled with Rudin as he produced seven films with a combined spending budget of over $200 million (The Hours, The Royal Tenenbaums, Iris, Changing Lanes, Zoolander, Orange County and Marci X).
Walsh then helped manage the set of three films for Steven Spielberg (The Adventures of Tintin, Munich and War of the Worlds) with budgets of $130 million, $75 million and $132 million, respectively.
The producer is an active volunteer for the Make‑a‑Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. He and his wife live in Santa Monica, California.