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Director/co-writer PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON
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1990 was an important year for director/co-writer PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON whose screenplay for "Field of Dreams," an adaptation of the book Shoeless Joe, earned him both Oscar and Writers Guild nominations for Best Screenplay and a DGA nomination for Best Director. The film itself received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Born in Long Beach, New York, Robinson attended Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he majored in political science and worked in local radio and television news.
Following his graduation, Robinson wrote and directed training films for the U.S. Air Force. He went on to write and direct more than 100 industrial, corporate and educational films, before earning his first commercial assignment in Los Angeles--writing two episodes for the CBS series "Trapper John, M.D."
His screenplay for the romantic comedy "All of Me," starring Steve Martin and Lili Tomlin, brought Robinson both audience and critical acclaim. Later, at the suggestion of Steve Martin, Robinson was hired to direct two episodes of the CBS series "The George Burns Comedy Week."
Following a screenplay assignment from Lorimar about Sonny Wisecarver, aka "The Woo Woo Kid," Robinson's two directing jobs gave the studio enough confidence to sign him as the director of the film as well. The film became "In The Mood" starring Patrick Dempsey.
In 1982, Robinson read the book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella and began a six year effort to adapt it to film. Not only was "Field of Dreams" a great box office success, but the ballfield that was built for the film in Dyersville, Iowa has become a popular tourist attraction for all those who heeded the words, "If you build it, they will come."
"How much is it going to cost us?"
Producers/Co-writers WALTER F. PARKES and LAWRENCE LASKER were once roommates at Yale, but it was their partnership as screenwriters that resulted in the highly successful "WarGames," a box office hit that was the first film to foretell the age of the computer hacker. It also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay in 1984.
Although Lasker and Parkes have continued to write, they have made a successful transition to producing. To date, their credits include "Project X," which starred Matthew Broderick, "True Believer," co-starring James Woods and Robert Downey Jr., and the three-time Oscar nominee "Awakenings," based on Dr. Oliver Sacks' true story.
WALTER F. PARKES majored in social anthropology at Yale, but took up film seriously as a graduate student at Stanford University in 1974.
His first film project, "California Reich," was a documentary about a neo-Nazi group in Northern California produced in collaboration with fellow student Keith Critchlow. The film not only received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, but "California Reich" is still seen in classrooms and educational institutions today.
Born in Bakersfield, California, and raised in Beverly Hills, Parkes worked briefly as a producer and writer for Bud Yorkin Productions. Following the success of "WarGames," he co-produced the Tom Hanks comedy "Volunteers" and then re-teamed with Lasker on "Project X," "True Believer" and "Awakenings."
Born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of actress Jane Greer and producer Edward Lasker, LARRY LASKER's first writing experience was earned on the high school newspaper at Exeter, then on Yale's prestigious magazine, the New Journal. It was followed by several assignments at Esquire magazine.
After graduating from Yale, Lasker returned to Los Angeles to become involved with the American Film Institute. He subsequently worked on independent films as a cameraman and art director.
Following a stint as a story analyst at United Artists and Orion, he teamed up with Parkes and they began to research computer technology for "WarGames."
Among the projects he is developing is the life story of blues legend Muddy Waters.