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John Mulholland -- Writer and Director
John Mulholland wrote and directed Cooper & Hemingway: the True Gen, a documentary exploring the friendship of two-time Academy Award-winning actor Gary Cooper and Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, narrated by Sam Waterston. John Mulholland is currently working on a documentary on Hollywood’s favorite author Elmore Leonard.
Mulholland also wrote and directed both: Inside High Noon (narrated by Frank Langella), on the behind-the-scenes controversy during the filming of High Noon; and Of God & Country: Sergeant York (narrated by Liam Neeson).
Among his other documentaries: On MacBeth, Eastern European Composers, Charles Dickens and 'A Christmas Carol. Liza Minnelli on Meet Me in St Louis, Reflections on Gaslight, and As Time Goes By: The Children Remember on Casablanca.
John Mulholland is also a popular speaker on a wide variety of subjects and has given lectures and talks on Classic Hollywood, Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway, across the United States. He is also hosted the online program ICONS RADIO HOUR. Added to his portfolio are several articles, chronicles, and bios for major newspapers and magazines throughout North America.
Richard Zampella -- Producer
Richard Zampella is an American producer who has produced and edited several documentaries with writer and director, John Mulholland. Productions include skillful use of archival materials such as film footage, photographs, periodicals and correspondence, narrated by actors including Len Cariou, Sam Waterston, Frank Langella and Liam Neeson.
Like most non-fiction filmmakers, Zampella wears many hats on projects, often serving as cinematographer, editor, broadcast engineer, lighting designer and audio mixer. Production credits include Sergeant York: Of God and Country, Inside High Noon and Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen which was awarded a Crtics’ Pic by the New York Times.
His upcoming projects include a documentary on author/screenwriter Elmore Leonard, the release of the Director’s Cut of Inside High Noon and a BluRay of Margaret Mead’s New Guinea Journal written, directed and produced, written and directed by Craig Gilbert, the creator, writer and director of the landmark PBS series, An American Family.
Richard Zampella is the Owner & Operator of Idylease, a former resort hotel located in Newfoundland, which is an architecturally and historically significant example of early 20th century resort architecture in Northwest, New Jersey.
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by John Mulholland
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Patrick Hemingway -- Consultant
Patrick Hemingway is Ernest Hemingway's second son and the last living son. He was the first born to Hemingway's second wife Pauline Pfeiffer. During his childhood he travelled frequently with his parents, and then attended Harvard University, graduated in 1950, and shortly thereafter moved to East Africa where he lived for 25 years. In Tanzania, Patrick was a professional big-game hunter and for over a decade he owned a safari business. In the 1960s he was appointed by the United Nations to the Wildlife Management College in Tanzania as a teacher of conservation and wildlife. In the 1970s he moved to Montana where he manages the intellectual property of his father's estate. He edited his father's unpublished novel about a 1950s safari to Africa and published it with the title True at First Light (1999).
Maria Cooper -- Consultant
Maria Cooper Janis is an artist with a special interest in parapsychology. She is married to a concert pianist Byron Janis, and together they are involved in several charities, among them Pro Musicis, the American Arthritis Foundation, and the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival. Mrs. Janis has contributed to several television documentaries about her father, including a recent A&E Biography. She and her husband live in New York City.
Peter Calandra -- Musical Arranger
Peter Calandra is a New York City based composer and pianist. He played piano and conducted the original Off Broadway version of Little Shop Of Horrors, played keyboards in the touring company of Les Misérables and was the Principal Keyboardist for the Broadway production of Miss Saigon. For 16 years was the pianist in artist Larry Rivers "Climax Band" where he performed with Allen Ginsberg, Don Cherry. As a composer he has written over 1700 compositions for television including theme songs for most shows on the Big Ten Network, Comcast Sports Net and many shows on the MSG Network. He has and scored 18 films including the award winning "Unknown Soldier and Jellysmoke", ESPN: Unmatched and 2011 release Rise . Played lead guitar in the 1980 punk rock band the BlanX. Calandra grew up in Northport, New York.
Byron Janis -- Score
Byron Janis is internationally renowned as one of the world's greatest pianists. He made his orchestral debut at age 15 with Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra and the following year was chosen by Vladimir Horowitz as his first student. At 18, he became the youngest artist ever signed to a contract by RCA Victor Records. Two years later, in 1948, he made his Carnegie Hall debut which was hailed as an unparalleled success. He has played with every major symphony orchestra in both the U.S and abroad.
Mr. Janis was the first American artist chosen to participate in the 1960 Cultural Exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union and was hailed on the front page of The New York Times as, "an ambassador in breaking down 'cold war' barriers." He was also the first American concert pianist to be asked back to Cuba, 40 years after his last performance there, during which time no American was allowed to perform on Cuban soil.
His many recordings appear on the RCA, Mercury Phillips and EMI labels. In the Spring of 2012, EMI will release a Byron Janis "Chopin Collection," a compilation of his Chopin recordings featuring, for the first time on one CD, two unknown Chopin waltz manuscripts which he discovered at Yale University (the other two versions he discovered in France).
“Among my biggest literary influences would be For Whom The Bell Tolls. Robert Jordan is an inspiration to me.”
- PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
“Gary Cooper was ... a phenomenon – his abil- ity to take something and elevate it, give it such a dignity ... Cooper was such a presence.”
- AL PACINO, actor
“Hemingway. Those sentences just knock me out.”
- JOAN DIDION, author
“In the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, WINGS, we see the future of screen acting in the form of Gary Cooper...He does something mysterious with his eyes and shoulders that is much more like ‘being’ than ‘acting’ .”
- TOM HANKS, actor
“Robert Jordan was everything I ever wanted to be. I was thrilled by him.”
- SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
“High Noon is my favorite movie. Any time you’re alone and feel you’re not getting the support you need, Gary Cooper’s Will Kane becomes the perfect metaphor.”
- PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON
A NEW YORK TIMES
“FOUR STARS...REMARKABLY RICH, DETAILED AND MOVING, A FIRST CLASS, DUAL CELEBRITY BIO-DOC.”
- James Van Maanen, Trust Movies
“ONE OF THE FEW DOCUMENTARIES THAT CAPTURED THE COMPLEX MAN THAT WAS MY FATHER.”
- Patrick Hemingway, son of Ernest Hemingway
- Craig Gilbert, PBS’s An American Family
“SUBJECT MATTER THAT HAS TIMELESS VALUE. IT’S MORE THAN HISTORICAL.”
- Robert Becker, Director,
Ernest Hemingway Foundation
of Oak Park
“GENUINELY GREAT...IN EXPLORING THE LIVES OF TWO LEGENDARY AMERICANS, THE DOCUMENTARY ALSO EXPLORED THE HISTORY OF AMERICA IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY. I WAS ENTHRALLED FROM BEGINNING TO END.”
- Alphie McCourt, author, “A Long Stone’s Throw”