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JACQUES FANSTEN (Executive Producer) was born in Paris in 1946 and studied filmmaking at IDHEC from 1965-1967. For many years he served as an assistant director, primarily for the illustrious Claude Chabrol. He also wrote a book on the great French actor Michel Simon. CROSS MY HEART, which he wrote and directed, was his first film to be released in America. It won the 1990 Prix Italia and was the winner of the Grand Prix at the Festival de Namur. American audiences also saw one of the films he produced, Robert Altman's acclaimed VINCENT AND THEO. Other films directed by Fansten include LE PETIT MARCEL, starring Isabelle Huppert, ETATS D'AME, and, most recently ROULEZ JEUNESSE. He has also directed a number of short films.
Since 1972, Fansten has worked extensively as a director for French television, doing a number of documentaries and reports. Alternating between feature and television films since 1976, as both writer and director, Fansten was awarded a special Prix de la Télévision in 1986 by the Société des Auteurs for his entire body of work in films made for television. Some of those programs include "Nous Te Mari-E-rons," which won the Critics Prize for Best Drama in 1982; the mini-series "Dorothée, Danseuse de Corde," which won the Special Jury Prize for Best Children's Program in 1983; and "Les Lendemains Qui Chantent," which garnered the Venice Film Festival's Grand Prize for television, among others.
Fansten is currently preparing to film a major retelling of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo.
GENE ROSOW (Executive Producer) represents Belbo Films in the United States. Rosow is a film historian, producer and director.
After completing studies at U.C. Berkeley and UCLA film school, Rosow turned to independent film production where he worked as a film editor, cameraman, writer, producer and director. His prize-winning documentary work has been shown in theaters, film festivals and on television around the world. His experimental films have had special showings at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Over the past twenty years, he has directed and produced over 30 films. His most recent work includes the acclaimed PBS music series "Routes of Rhythm," with Harry Belafonte, and the television special "The Boys: A Tribute to Laurel and Hardy" for Disney. His history of gangster movies Born to Lose is considered the definitive work on the subject.
Rosow is currently working with Belbo partner Ludi Boeken on BEYOND LOVE, the feature based on Dominique Lapierre's best-seller, which Tom Benedek (COCOON) has adapted for the screen.
BILL YAHRAUS (Executive Producer/Editor) edited writer/director Sam Shepard's film FAR NORTH and met him on the film COUNTRY, which Yahraus also edited.
Yahraus began his filmmaking career in 1967, making documentaries for the public television station KQED in San Francisco. Covering everything from Cuba to the social unrest at U.C. Berkeley to dancer Merce Cunningham, Yahraus left in 1970 to form a filmmaking collective. Based in San Francisco, the collective was comprised of four to six artists who, at one point, experienced every aspect of documentary filmmaking. Most of the films the collective produced were political in nature, including a documentary on Wounded Knee and one on the state of the San Francisco jail system that received much attention.
Soon after, Yahraus went to Los Angeles to work on a film that Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden had shot in Vietnam, with cameraman Haskell Wexler. While continuing to shoot documentaries, Yahraus also began to segue into television and movies. He edited a television movie directed by Richard Pearce, which led to his editing Pearce's next project HEARTLAND. He went on to edit four more films for Pearce, THRESHOLD, COUNTRY, NO MERCY and THE LONG WALK HOME, on which he also worked as second unit director. Other film credits include PASS THE AMMO, which he also associate produced and Ulu Grossbard's TRUE CONFESSIONS, on which he served as second editor. Yahraus' television movies include Richard Pearce's "The Final Days," for HBO, as well "Sessions" and "No Other Love," also directed by Pearce. He also edited Jon Avnet's "Between Two Women."