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Boogeyman Filmmakers Biographies

STEPHEN KAY (Director) wrote and directed Two Over Easy, which was nominated for three Cable Ace Awards. His next project was the critically acclaimed, Sundance selection The Last Time I Committed Suicide starring Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, Claire Forlani, Gretchen Mol, Adrien Brody, John Doe and Marg Helgenberger. Stephen also directed the film Get Carter with Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Mickey Rourke, Alan Cumming, Miranda Richardson and Rachel Leigh Cook.

For television, Kay directed the critically acclaimed series The Shield, the award winning MTV Film Wasted and, most recently, The Dead Will Tell with Anne Heche for CBS.

His other work as a writer includes the feature film version of the popular television series, The Mod Squad; The Enthusiast (from a novel by Harry Crews); Instructions For The Drowning (from a novel by Honore De Balzac); 5 Against the House (from a novel by Jack Finney); and The Little Prince (from the classic novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery). He also developed Six Bullets from Now with Scott-Free, based on the legendary heist of the Pierre Hotel.

Kay graduated from Brown University and went on to attend The American Film Institute. He grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Venice, California.



SAM RAIMI (Producer) is the director of the box office blockbusters Spider-Man™ starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe and Spider-Man™ 2, which was released this past summer.

Raimi previously directed the supernatural thriller The Gift starring Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank, Keanu Reeves, Greg Kinnear and Giovanni Ribisi. Raimi also directed the acclaimed suspense thriller A Simple Plan, which starred Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget Fonda, and earned Thornton an Academy AwardÆ nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Additional directorial credits include the baseball homage For Love of the Game starring Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston.

Known for his imaginative filmmaking style, richly drawn characters and offbeat humor, Raimi wrote and directed the cult classic The Evil Dead, which became an immediate favorite when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and spawned the equally impressive The Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn.

Raimi has directed Darkman, starring Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand, which he followed up with Army of Darkness, a comic sword-and-sorcery fantasy starring Bruce Campbell. Raimi served as executive producer for John Wooís Hard Target, and co-wrote (with Joel and Ethan Coen) The Hudsucker Proxy, starring Tim Robbins, Paul Newman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Raimi also directed the western The Quick and the Dead, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe and Gene Hackman.

Raimiís extensive television work includes the hit syndicated series Xena: Warrior Princess, which he executive produced with Rob Tapert. The highly successful series starring Lucy Lawless ran for six seasons. Raimi and Tapert also executive produced the enormously popular Hercules: Legendary Journeys and served as executive producers for the CBS series American Gothic.

Raimiís interest in filmmaking began as a youngster in Michigan, where he directed his own Super 8 films. Later, he left Michigan State University to form Renaissance Pictures with Tapert and longtime friend and actor Bruce Campbell.


ROB TAPERT (Producer) is Sam Raimiís longstanding producing partner. Boogeyman marks the second film for their newly-established Ghost House Pictures, a genre label they formed with distributor Senator International, which is dedicated to producing commercial feature films with horror, sci-fi and fantasy themes. Their first production with Senator was The Grudge.

Tapert and Raimi have worked together since they met at Michigan State University, where they formed the Society for Creative Film Making. After producing the hit horror cult film The Evil Dead, Tapert collaborated with friend and partner Raimi on The Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, Darkman and Army of Darkness.

Tapert went on to become an executive producer of the action features Hard Target and Timecop starring Jean Claude Van Damme, as well as two direct-to-video Darkman sequels.

He was also executive producer of Raimi's theatrical film The Gift, starring Cate Blanchett and Keanu Reeves and executive producer of Raimi's high-action The Quick and the Dead, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman.

Together, Tapert and Raimi executive produced the two-hour series pilot of Fox's M.A.N.T.I.S., the CBS series American Gothic, the ABC series Spy Game, the Fox Kids Network series Young Hercules, Hercules and Xena: The Animated Movie, the telemovie Young Hercules and four Hercules telemovies. In addition, they executive produced the syndicated TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Cleopatra 2525 and Jack of All Trades.



ERIC KRIPKE (Writer / Co-Producer) most recently wrote Animal Control for Fox and did a re-write on Canít Get Arrested for Warner Bros.

In 2003, Kripke was the creator and Co-Executive Producer on TVís Tarzan for the WB. In addition, he has directed the Bud-Light commercial Battle of the Sexes.

Kripke is currently working on a television project for the WB with McG producing.


JULIET SNOWDEN & STILES WHITE (Writers): Boogeyman is among several recent projects for the husband and wife writing team of Juliet Snowden & Stiles White.

Other current writing projects include the supernatural thriller The Waiting for Wes Craven's Dimension-based Craven/Maddalena Films and the thriller Knowing for Sony based Escape Artists.

Snowden and White are also writing the remake of the Korean horror thriller Phone for Focus Features' Rogue Pictures.

Prior to his writing career, White worked for the Academy AwardÆ winning Stan Winston Studio as a special effects coordinator on over 25 films.

Snowden received a master's degree from USC's Graduate Screenwriting Program and White studied screenwriting at Pepperdine University.

Snowden and White live in Los Angeles with their eight month old son.


JOE DRAKE (Executive Producer) is President of Senator International, which is committed to the financing, production and distribution of A-list theatrical feature films, as well as specialized niche features for the worldwide theatrically driven marketplace. He is responsible for the evaluation, acquisition, sales and distribution of the companyís entire film slate. Drake oversees partnerships with the Hollywood film studios on split-rights deals as well as manages Senator Internationalís joint production and financing ventures.

While at Senator International, Drake has executive produced the box office phenomenon The Grudge for Ghost House Pictures (the companyís joint venture with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert), Danny Leinerís outrageous comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and Catherine Hardwickeís upcoming Lords of Dogtown.

Formerly President of Lions Gate Films International, Drake established the division as a premiere supplier of theatrical feature films to the independent world. He oversaw worldwide sales and distribution of Lions Gateís international programming and championed such projects as Nicolas Cageís Shadow of the Vampire, the highly controversial American Psycho, and the Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominee Amores Perros. Before joining Lions Gate, Drake served as Senior Vice President of International Theatrical at Rysher Entertainment and also held positions at Moviestore Entertainment.

NATHAN KAHANE (Executive Producer) has brought established relationships with high-level talent to Senator International and is responsible for overseeing the development and production of the companyís growing feature slate. He also oversees the daily creative operations of Ghost House Pictures, Senator International's joint venture with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.Ü

While at Senator, Kahane has produced or overseen the productions of Trapped, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, and the $100 million box office hit The Grudge. Currently, he is overseeing the projects Stranger than Fiction, starring Will Ferrell, and Scarecrow, which is to be directed by Daniel & Oxide Pang, among others.

Kahane started his career at ICM in their agent-training program after graduating from the Hass School of Business at The University of California, Berkeley. Following that, he worked for four and a half years as the Canton Companyís Executive Vice President of Motion Pictures.

CARSTEN LORENZ (Executive Producer) most recently executive produced NeverWas, starring Ian McKellen, Brittany Murphy, Nick Nolte and William Hurt; and co-produced Donít Come Knocking for Sony Classics, starring Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange and directed by Wim Wenders.

Prior to that, Lorenz was President of Production for Senator International, where he oversaw worldwide production on all Senator features from development to release. This included budgeting and financing activities as well as overseeing relationships with co-production partners. During his tenure at Senator, Lorenz executive produced The Grudge for Sony Pictures and Harold & Kumar go to White Castle for New Line Cinema.

Before Senator, Lorenz served as an independent producer/writer on such films as the Lola Award Winner The Little Vampire, Prince Valiant and Invasion of Privacy for HBO. He also served as Head of US Operations for Senator from 1991-94 and was involved with such films as Heavenly Creatures, The Crying Game, and Fried Green Tomatoes.

STEVE HEIN AND GARY BRYMAN (Executive Producers) are partners in Quality Filmed Entertainment (QFE), a production company that creates feature films, television, and new media. The company has built its reputation by launching the careers of filmmakers and creating media properties through producing short films.

In 2002 QFE closed a multifaceted deal with Doug Limanís (Swingers, Go, The Bourne Identity) Hypnotic. The two companies will work to develop feature and television projects with their filmmakers. The deal also includes Hypnotic representing Quality's available library and Hypnotic will have a first-look deal to co-produce short film and web content with Quality.

Quality works with all levels of filmmakers. Through their partnerships with companies like Hypnotic, Quality is able to create some of the best short form entertainment found and are able to insure that the writers and directors behind those films go on to productive careers in the entertainment industry.

Quality Filmed Entertainment has won over 50 film awards with short films such as Peepshow, Battle of the Sexes, George Lucas in Love, Billy Jones, Da' Sixth Sense, The Sharktank Redemption, Go Sick and Inside. Hein and Bryman served as producers on the 2003 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival and won a Golden Lion at Cannes 2003 for the hit short film and commercial series for Reebok entitled Terry Tate: Office Line-Backer, which premiered on Super Bowl XXXVII.

Hein and Bryman are currently developing, with Imagine Television (24, Arrested Development) and Twentieth Television, a television pilot based on the short film they produced entitled Save Virgil. They have a number of other feature film and television projects in development, including the feature film Animal Control at Twentieth Century Fox.

BOBBY BUKOWSKI (Director of Photography) has worked with director Stephen Kay on three films. Their other collaborations were the critically acclaimed movie The Last Time I Committed Suicide, starring Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, Claire Forlani, Gretchen Mol and Adrien Brody and Wasted for MTV Networks, starring Summer Phoenix, Nick Stahl and Aaron Paul.Ü

Bukowskiís recent films include Saved, starring Macauley Culkin and Mandy Moore; Arlington Road, starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack; and Dogfight, starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor.

Additional credits include Crime and Punishment in Suburbia, Til There was You, The Minus Man, Tom and Huck, The Tie That Binds, and Ethan Frome. His television work includes If These Walls Could Talk, directed by Cher and Nancy Savoca for HBO and Without Warning: The James Brady Story for Enigma/HBO.

ROBERT GILLIES (Production Designer) is one of New Zealandís leading production designers. He has covered a wide range of genres and styles in a career that spans film, television, music video and television commercials.

Gillies has designed many New Zealand independent features including Ruby and Rata, Other Halves, The Legend of Johnny Lingo, and the UK/New Zealand co-production Grasscutter. He is well known for his award-winning work on the international hit television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, for which he won the New Zealand Television Awards best design award four times. He also designed the series Cleopatra 2525 and Jack of All Trades and the Young Hercules pilot movie. His New Zealand television work includes Terry and the Gunrunners and Under The Mountain. Gillies also spent 10 years designing countless television commercials and music videos.

JOHN AXELRAD (Editor): Boogeyman marks editor John Axelradís return to the horror/thriller genre. He was additional editor in 1999 on David Koeppís Stir of Echoes, starring Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Erbe.

Axelradís recent feature film editing credits include Martin Guiguiís indie Changing Hearts, starring Faye Dunaway, Lauren Holly, Ian Somerhalder, and Tom Skerritt. He edited for Dean Paras on Lions Gateís Too Smooth, starring Neve Campbell, Katie Wright, and Rebecca Gayheart. The Auteur Story, starring Natasha Lyonne, Alan Cox, and Rachel True, and winner of Best Feature Film at the 2000 Westchester Film Festival, was edited by Axelrad for director Evan Oppenheimer. Axelrad was additional editor on MGMís feature Whatís the Worst That Could Happen and cut the television movie Countdown to Invasion for Paramount Pictures. In 2002, he edited the television pilot and 11 episodes of the series Hack for CBS.

Axelrad began his career mentored by some of the best editors in Hollywood. He was assistant editor for Anne V. Coates, A.C.E. on Out of Sight, Erin Brokovich,, and Unfaithful. He assisted Debra Neil-Fisher, A.C.E. on Up Close and Personal, and was assistant to Bruce Green, A.C.E. on Home Alone 3 and While You Were Sleeping.

JANE HOLLAND (Costume Designer) has previously worked with Raimi and Tapert on the international hit seriesí Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Young Hercules, Cleopatra 2525 and Jack of All Trades. In addition, Holland has designed the costumes for Sci Fi Channelís Riverworld and the independent US film The Legend of Johnny Lingo. Other credits include the Australian feature Soft Fruit, New Zealand television dramas The Chosen, Duggan, CoverStory and House of Sticks and several short films in New Zealand and Australia, including Cow, Bella and One Manís Meat.

Hollandís early work includes assistant costume designer on Peter Jacksonís The Frighteners, and costume standby on Jane Campionís The Piano and Gaylene Prestonís Ruby & Rata. She recently made her debut as director of the short film A Fish Tale.

MARJORY HAMLIN (Make-up/hair supervisor) spent two years as main unit prosthetics supervisor on the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and was make-up/hair supervisor for Peter Jacksonís earlier films The Frighteners, Heavenly Creatures and Brain Dead. She was make-up artist/prosthetics for Jane Campionís Academy Award winning The Piano, and make-up/hair supervisor for Campionís An Angel At My Table, Vincent Wardís The Navigator, and, more recently for Gaylene Prestonís upcoming Perfect Strangers, starring Sam Neill. She was make-up artist for Mad Max III- Beyond Thunderdome, starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner and Rafaella De Laurentiisí production Kull The Conqueror, starring Kevin Sorbo, as well as make-up supervisor for the New Zealand film The Returning.

Hamlin applied prosthetics for Sam Raimi and Rob Tapertís television series Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, working with renowned visual effects company Weta, and was also make-up/hair supervisor on Hercules for two years. She recently worked on Blood Crime as key makeup artist.

OKTOBOR (Visual Effects) - Since its formation in October 1999, New Zealand 3D animation and design company OKTOBOR has grown from its origins as the post-production arm of Silverscreen Productions, a 30-year-old New Zealand television commercial production company, to a stand-alone company with clients worldwide. It is proving to be an outstanding success in feature film visual effects and animation, becoming known around the world for an innovative and unique style. Oktobor had close involvement with Academy Award winning Weta Digital on Peter Jacksonís The Lord of the Rings trilogy, working on outlandish Middle Earth settings such as Rivendell, Lothlorien and Isengard. Oktoborís more recent film work was for the internationally successful New Zealand movie Whale Rider, written and directed by Niki Caro.

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