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Joey (Kevin Kline) tries to explain to his wife, Rosalie (Tracey Ullman), why she has to spend yet another night out on the town instead of staying home with the family in the comic love story "I LOVE YOU TO DEATH," a Tri-Star Pictures presentation of a Chestnut Hill Production of a Lawrence Kasdan Film. Kasdan directed the film, which was produced by Jeffrey Lurie and Ron Moler and written by John Kostmayer. The executive producers are Charles Okun and Michael Grillo.
Screenwriter JOHN KOSTMAYER was born in New Orleans and spent the first five years of his life in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. His parents then moved to New York City, where he grew up and attended school. After a brief stint at the University of Pennsylvania, Kostmayer held a series of jobs as a newspaperman, commercial fisherman, stevedore on the docks in Brooklyn, seismic engineer on a dynamite boat exploring for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, bartender, waiter and freelance writer.
Throughout this period, Kostmayer raised a family and wrote fiction and poetry when he had the time. After giving up writing for about six years, he was asked to write a play by some friends who were actors. Though never produced, the play landed him an agent at the William Morris Agency.
He then went to work for a children's documentary television series, "Big Blue Marble," as a writer/producer/director. The Emmy-winning half-hour weekly series was telecast in 75 countries.
Kostmayer directed several films for the series, including "The First All Children's Theater," a documentary about a theater group in New York City, and a film on the National Theater of the Deaf.
During this time, Kostmayer wrote the play "On the Money," based on his experiences as a bartender in New York, which was produced at St. Clement's Theater in New York City. When the play moved to the Victory Theater in Burbank, Calif., in 1983, Kostmayer went to Los Angeles to oversee the production. The Los Angeles cast included James Gammon (who portrays Detective Schooner in "I Love You to Death"), James Whitmore Jr. and Bruno Kirby.
The play opened to good reviews and won the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Award, the Drama-Logue Award and the Otis R. Guernsey Prize as one of the 10 best regional plays of the year.
Remaining in Los Angeles, Kostmayer wrote for television and penned a feature entitled "Where's the Body." The idea for "I Love You to Death" was then brought to him by producer Ron Moler and co-producer Patrick Wells.
Director Lawrence Kasdan kept Kostmayer completely involved through all the phases of production of "I Love You to Death," including casting, location scouting, rehearsals and being present on the set during filming.
Kostmayer has recently completed his third script, "Dead Cowboys and Old Comedians," which he plans to direct himself, and is writing the screenplay for "Silverado II."
CHARLES OKUN, executive producer/unit production manager, grew up in New York City and taught school briefly following his graduation from NYU. On a dare he began working weekends in the film business, then he gave up teaching and worked full time, first as an electrician on the many commercials, documentaries and industrials being made in New York in the '50s.
In 1961, Okun became an assistant director. His first feature in that capacity was Frank Perry's "Diary of a Mad Housewife," followed by a number of films, including "Such Good Friends," for Otto Preminger; "Death Wish," directed by Michael Winner; "Handle With Care," directed by Jonathan Demme; and "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot," Michael Cimino's first feature.
Okun moved to Los Angeles in 1975. He made good use of his "New York street smarts" on assignments in locales as diverse as the jungles of Thailand and the plains of Montana.
"For somebody who grew up in Brooklyn, I've done more than my share of Westerns," laughs Okun.
These include "Loving Molly," directed by Sidney Lumet; "The Lone Ranger," directed by William Fraker; "Rancho Deluxe," for Frank Perry; Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate"; and Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado."
Okun met Kasdan while perparing the director's first feature film, "Body Heat," and again worked with Kasdan on "Silverado" as executive producer/production manager. Okun served as producer/production manager on "The Accidental Tourist" and as co-producer on "Cross My Heart," directed by Armyan Bernstein and produced by Kasdan.
Additional screen credits include the Academy Award-winning "The Deer Hunter" as well as "Fun With Dick and Jane," "Moment by Moment," "Vision Quest" and "Lovesick."