My Films

WAKEFIELD

In addition to being the recipient of four Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, I am pleased to announce I am a Producer on my first feature film, WAKEFIELD, starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner, which was an official selection of the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

In their September 4, 2016 review Variety said, “In what may as well be a one-man show, Bryan Cranston plays a husband and father who checks out of his own life, only to spy on the family he abandoned.”

WAKEFIELD has garnered exceptional media coverage from its May 19, 2017 theatrical release and May 26th VOD launch:

  • DEFINITELY ONE OF THE YEAR’S MOST UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES. You are rewarded with a rich, expansive, nuanced performance by Bryan Cranston that explores rare aspects of his talent never seen before.” –Observer. For the full review, please click here.
  • BRYAN CRANSTON IS BRILLIANT AS A MAN DESCENDING INTO MADNESS. If you want to see a smart adult entertainment with food for thought, I say go.” –Deadline. For the full review, please click here.
  • “BRYAN CRANSTON SHINES IN MOODY,

    Bonnie Curtis, Robin Swicord, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Carl Moellenberg and Wendy Federman attend a special screening of “Wakefield” on May 18, 2017 in New York City.

    ESCAPIST WAKEFIELD. Cranston is simply remarkable in the role, a tricky one since his character has precious little dialogue with anyone else. Yet the actor shows everything here – arrogance, sorrow, anger, love, fear. It may bring to mind another superb performance from a man who found himself in exile – Tom Hanks in Cast Away.” –Washington Times. Click here for the full review.

  • “AN INDESCRIBABLY FASCINATING FILM. This film is real, and it is human. It explores the darkest parts of isolation, being alone, mental instability and the hurdles Howard must overcome to live in an attic.”-We Live Entertainment. For the full review, please click here.
  • “CRANSTON TREATS HOWARD LIKE THE TOUR DE FORCE HE IS, man-of-means, solitary philosopher and man-of-action scrambling to avoid detection, asserting himself on ‘the streets,’ losing his humanity but not himself as he descends into bearded madness.” –Rogers Movie Nation.  Click here for the full review.
  • “CRANSTON IS UTTERLY HYPNOTIC AS A CERTAIN KIND OF AMERICAN MALE ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. Bryan Cranston elevates what could have felt like a familiar midlife-crisis caricature into a fresh, living, breathing character.” –Entertainment Weekly. Click here for the full review.
  • “A TOUR DE FORCE OF TOUCHING GRAVITY AND ACHING HUMANISM. IT’S ASTOUNDING TO WATCH, AND AN AWARD-CALIBER PERFORMANCE FROM BRYAN CRANSTON.”Rolling Stone Magazine. Click here for the full review.
  • “WAKEFIELD IS FASCINATING AND PROVOCATIVE.”leonardmoltin.com. Click here for the full review.
  • “CRANSTON’S PERFORMANCE IS A TRIUMPH OF ACTING IMAGINATION: HE MATCHES PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATIONS.”filmcomment.com. Click here for the full review.
  • WAKEFIELD IS KIND OF A WONDER. (Especially at a time when so many American indie films are steeped-to-drowning in the gestalt of the Millennial couch-sleeper.) The frankness of the key performances is consistent and sometimes startling.” –rogerebert.com. Click here for the full review.
  • “BRYAN CRANSTON AS HOWARD WAKEFIELD GIVES THE SORT OF NUANCE HUMANITY THAT CHARACTER-DRIVEN PIECES SHOULD GIVE.” -movie-blogger.com  Click here for the full review.
  • “CRANSTON IS BRILLIANT IN THE LEAD ROLE, CREATING A PORTRAIT OF A MAN WHOSE FUNDAMENTAL INABILITY TO DEFINE THE REASONS FOR HIS UNHAPPINESS CAUSES HIM TO ACT DESPERATELY. You don’t easily shake this film off, which makes it something quite special.” –The Aisle Seat. Click here for the full review.
  • “THIS IS ONE TO SEE FOR CRANSTON’S PERFORMANCE, AS WELL AS FOR MS. SWICORD’S COMMENTARY ON TODAY’S WAY OF LIFE.” –Red Carpet Crash. Click here for the full review.
  • “SWICORD TURNS WHAT COULD BE A DARK OR ONE-NOTE PREMISE INTO A SOMETIMES-CHARMING, SOMETIMES-HEARTBREAKING MEDITATION ON A MAN’S LOSS OF SELF after having set out to conquer the job, wife, house and kids he thought would make him happy.” –Houston Press. Click here for the full review.
  • “WAKEFIELD IS A SMALL GEM, BUT IT SHINES INTENSELY.”The Salt Lake Tribune. Click here for the full review.
  • “IT’S AN IDEAL ROLE FOR ANY ACTOR, BUT STAR BRYAN CRANSTON POSITIVELY SINKS HIS TEETH INTO THE PART, GIVING THE MATERIAL ATTITUDE AND DRAMATIC COMMITMENT, offering his best screen work in some time.” –Blueray.com. Click here for the full review.

Previous reviews from Film Festivals:

Excerpted from DEADLINE.com, September 5, 2016; “Telluride: Amy Adams’ Rocky Mountain ‘Arrival’; Cranston & Gere Plant Flags In Best Actor Oscar Race – For Next Year”,  by Pete Hammond

The 43rd annual Telluride Film Festival is wrapping up today, with all the movies having premiered. As I noted a few days ago, it has been a very good fest for Best Actor candidates — and not just for this year’s nascent 2016 Oscar race. In the case of Bryan Cranston and Richard Gere, you can make them early contenders for the 2017 contest. Both actors appeared to introduce their films, Cranston with co-star Jennifer Garner for acquisition title Wakefield from writer-director Robin Swicord and Gere, on a very quick 24-hour trip to the fest, for Sony Pictures Classics’ terrifically entertaining Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer from writer-director Joseph Cedar.

To see the full article, please click here.

Photos from the Telluride Film Festival


September 4, 2016 – VARIETY.com review of WAKEFIELD, with a personal mention of Wendy’s cameo!

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Excerpted from THE PLAYLIST, August 31, 2016; The 30 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, by Oliver Lyttleton.

“Wakefield” – With an Oscar nomination for last year’s “Trumbo” (which also premiered at TIFF), Bryan Cranston’s now firmly ensconced as not just a multi-Emmy-winning TV star, but a movie actor too, and has thrown off the shadow of Walter White while he’s at it. For his next trick, he’s headlining this film, an intriguing drama based on a short story by E.L. Doctorow. The second feature as director from “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” writer Robin Swicord (her first was the somewhat underrated “The Jane Austen Book Club”), it stars Cranston as a suburban father who disappears from his own life and hides out in his garage attic, observing his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children as they deal with the fallout from his disappearance. It’s an intriguing set-up, one with echoes of Cranston’s most famous role in some ways while arguably pushing him into different territory than something like “The Infiltrator,” and if anyone can pull off a near-one-hander like this, it’s Cranston.
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Excerpted from LATIMES.COM, September 1, 2016; Telluride Film Festival: ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Sully’ and an upbeat year by Rebecca Keegan

Some noteworthy female directors will attend, including… and Robin Swicord, who wrote and directed “Wakefield,” an adaptation of an E.L. Doctorow story starring Bryan Cranston as a man who spies on his wife.
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Excerpted from THE GUARDIAN.COM, September 1, 2016; Telluride to debut Oscar hopefuls including Sully, Moonlight and Una, by Catherine Shoard

Another marital drama playing is Wakefield, with Bryan Cranston as a man who starts to spy on his wife, played by Jennifer Garner.
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Excerpted from TRACKING-BOARD.COM, September 1, 2016; Telluride Film Festival Announces Lineup for Upcoming Weekend, by Anya Crittenton

While Telluride is a decidedly smaller festival than some others, it is still a launching pad for Oscar hopefuls and reactions coming out of the weekend will be a good place to start theorizing about contenders for the February award show. The 43rd annual Telluride Film Festival runs September 2 – 5. WAKEFIELD, Robin Swicord, USA
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Excerpted from TODDMTHATCHER.COM, September 1, 2016; 2016 Early Oscar Predictions: Best Actor, by Todd M. Thatcher
TODD’S EARLY OSCAR PREDICTIONS – BEST ACTOR – Bryan Cranston, Wakefield

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Here is the full text of an article from Variety’s Dave McNary:

Dave McNary, Film Reporter
@Variety_DMcNary
December 1, 2015

Jennifer Garner is starring opposite Bryan Cranston as his wife in the drama “Wakefield” with Robin Swicord directing from her own script.

Production has started in Los Angeles. Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn are producing through their Mockingbird Pictures banner with Broadway producers Wendy Federman and Carl Moellenberg.

The film is based on a short story of the same name by E.L. Doctorow — which is a retelling of a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, also called “Wakefield” — about a man who unexpectedly leaves his wife for an extended period of time.

Cranston revealed the project during a November interview on “The Howard Stern Radio Show,” explaining that he will play a married Manhattan lawyer who sees a raccoon in the attic of his home and winds up staying in the attic for several months due to a nervous breakdown. He also said his character will become romantically involved with a younger woman at some point in the story.

Cranston’s character will depart his family after being left stranded and recalling a fight he had with his wife the previous night. When he arrives at home, he decides not to enter his house but instead climbs the stairs of his carriage house-turned-garage up to the attic space — and lives there for the next nine months, emerging only at night and rummaging through trash cans for food while watching his family adjust to life without him much faster than he expects.

Curtis and Lynn partnered under the Mockingbird Pictures  banner after producing “Albert Nobbs,” which was nominated for three Academy Awards. Mockingbird produced “Last Days in the Desert,” which premiered at Sundance this year, and Rob Spera’s “The Sweet Life,” which is currently in post-production.

Federman and Moellenberg have together won 11 Tony Awards for Broadway productions including “Hair,” “Spring Awakening,” “War Horse,” “Pippin,” “Death of a Salesman” and “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” They also produced last year’s Broadway hit “All the Way,” for which Cranston won a Tony as Lyndon B. Johnson.

“We joyfully supported Bryan on his way to the Tony stage with ‘All the Way,’ and we are looking forward to joining him on this cinematic journey with ‘Wakefield,’” said Federman and Moellenberg.

Red Granite International is handling foreign sales. UTA is handling domestic sales.

Garner is starring in Robbie Brenner’s “The Tribes of Palos Verdes” and will next appear in Columbia’s “Miracles from Heaven” and in Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Nine Lives.”

Cranston is currently starring in “Trumbo” as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, directed by Jay Roach, and will be seen in drug-sting drama “The Infiltrator.” He won four Emmys for “Breaking Bad.”

Swicord’s screenplay credits include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Jane Austen Book Club,” which she also directed.

Photos of BRYAN CRANSTON & JENNIFER GARNER above ©2015 Miguel Aguilar, PacificCoastNews.

To view the original article on the Variety website, click here.


To view the Wakefield promotional image/info deck, click here.


Bryan_Cranston_Looks_Unrecognizable_On_The_Set_of_His_New_Movie_300x177To view the video segment, Bryan Cranston Looks Unrecognizable On The Set of His New Movie — See the Pic!, from Entertainment Tonight, click here.


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To view the Daily Mail Online article, A bearded and disheveled Bryan Cranston is almost unrecognisable as he films Wakefield with Jennifer Garner in LA, click here.