Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man [Redford] wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. read more
Robert Redford (Our Man)
Robert Redford is an Academy Award-winning actor, director, producer, environmentalist and philanthropist whose legendary career has spanned decades. His credits represent one of American cinema’s most renowned bodies of work and include starring roles in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and All the President’s Men. His directorial credits include acclaimed films such as Ordinary People, A River Runs Through It and Quiz Show. He has been honored with numerous awards for his exceptional work both on and off screen.
Most recently, Redford directed and starred in The Company You Keep, alongside Nick Nolte and Shia LaBeouf. He is currently in production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Chris Evans and Scarlet Johansson.
Redford’s first Academy Award nomination was for Best Actor after 1973’s The Sting, opposite Paul Newman. He won the Oscar for Best Director in 1981 for Ordinary People and received an Honorary Academy Award in 2002. In 2005 he was the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors for his distinguished achievement in the performing arts.
Redford’s passion is the Sundance Institute, which he founded in 1981. The Sundance Institute is dedicated to the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors of vision, as well as the national and international exhibition of independent cinema. The Institute’s highly acclaimed screenwriter, director, playwright and producer labs take place at the Sundance Village mountain retreat in Utah.
The Sundance Film Festival is a program of the Institute and is internationally recognized as the world’s single most important showcase of independent cinema. Redford has further expanded the Sundance brand with The Sundance Channel, Sundance Cinemas, Sundance London and Sundance Entertainment.
Redford has been a noted environmentalist and activist since the early 1970s. He has served for almost 30 years as a trustee of the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
J.C. CHANDOR (Director, Writer)
J.C. Chandor has honed his own subtle yet distinct narrative voice and vision over the past 15 years through directing, producing and writing award-winning documentaries, commercials and narrative films.
Chandor was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his debut feature film Margin Call (2011), which he also directed. The film has a star-studded ensemble cast and was awarded Best Directorial Debut by The National Board of Review, Breakthrough Director by the New York Film Critics Circle, Best Original Screenplay by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and won an Australian Academy Award for Best Screenplay. The film, which received the Best First Feature Award as well as the Robert Altman Award (given to one film’s director, casting director and its ensemble cast) at the Independent Spirit Awards, was named one of the top 10 films of 2011 in publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Post, and The Huffington Post.
Chandor’s commercial work over the years has included projects for a long list of clients including Subaru Motors of America, Red Bull Racing, Major League Soccer, BMW-Oracle Racing, America Online, DC Shoes, and Carhartt Outdoor Clothing.
A few of Chandor’s other notable credits include producing a six-part concert film series for AOL/Warner Brothers as well as working with Sting, Elton John, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beck. His debut narrative-film writing-directing credits include the short film Despacito (2004) starring Will Arnett. He is also currently in development on projects with Warner Bros Pictures, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Universal Pictures.
Chandor holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies and film studies from The College of Wooster in Ohio and studied film production at New York University. He grew up in the suburbs of New York City and London, England, and currently lives outside New York City with his wife, painter Cameron Goodyear, and their two children.
NEAL DODSON (Producer)
Neal Dodson is currently producing writer/director J.C. Chandor’s third film, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, which will shoot in the spring of 2014 in New York City.
Neal won an Independent Spirit Award for the first film he produced, Chandor’s MARGIN CALL, which was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, among many other awards. It premiered at Sundance, played the Berlinale, and opened New Director/New Films at MoMA before being released by Lionsgate/Roadside to rave reviews and a ground-breaking day-and-date distribution success. Neal also produced Chandor’s second film, ALL IS LOST, which stars Robert Redford in a solo performance. That film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, played Telluride, and played The New York Film Festival, in addition to dozens of international festivals. It will be released in the fall of 2013 by Lionsgate & Universal. Neal also has two smaller movies in 2013, Victor Quinaz’s comedy BREAKUP AT A WEDDING via Oscilloscope Laboratories and a horror-thriller called BANSHEE CHAPTER through XLrator Media.
Neal and his Before The Door Pictures partners (STAR TREK actor Zachary Quinto & Corey Moosa) were named to the “10 Producers That Will Change Hollywood” by The Wrap and included in the 2012 “Mavericks” issue of Details Magazine. The are currently putting together Camille Thoman’s YOU WERE NEVER HERE, a horror project called ABANDONED from writers Erik Patterson and Jessica Scott, FOREFATHERS from Anna Martemucci and Quinaz, as well as Quinaz’s IMPERIAL PALACE with Christine Vachon’s Killer Films, among many other films in development. Along with the aforementioned projects, they have produced a dozen short films and published two graphic novels through Archaia: MR. MURDER IS DEAD and LUCID (which was optioned to Warner Brothers).
In television, Dodson is working on a new cable drama series and a documentary series, both yet to be announced. He sold a pilot to TNT with Shaun Cassidy and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. He also co-wrote a drama pilot for The CW with actor Matt Bomer and country artist Brad Paisley. Neal previously worked at a Warner Brothers-based production company where he executive produced ANOTHER CINDERELLA STORY, starring Selena Gomez & Jane Lynch. While there, among other film and television projects, Neal was involved in setting up Paramount’s FOOTLOOSE remake & co-producing the recently shot HATESHIP FRIENDSHIP starring Kristin Wiig & Nick Nolte.
As an actor, in addition to work in television, independent film, & at regional theatres (Lincoln Center, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Rep, Utah Shakespeare), Dodson appeared on Broadway in Tom Stoppard’s THE INVENTION OF LOVE, which won two Tony Awards. He earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama. Dodson is a reformed actor & married to television/film/Broadway actress, Ashley Williams. They split their time between New York and Los Angeles.
ANNA GERB (Producer)
“All Is Lost” is Anna’s second collaboration with writer/director J.C. Chandor, the first was “Margin Call” (Sundance, Academy Award Nominee for Best Screenplay). Anna also served as Executive Producer on the feature film “Francine” starring Melissa Leo. In her native Canada, she produced the film “Blood”, directed by Jerry Ciccoritti (Nominated for Genie and Directors Guild of Canada Awards), and the documentary “Me, Myself & The Devil” for CBC with director James Hyslop.
Currently, Anna is producing J.C. Chandor’s third film, “A MOST VIOLENT YEAR”, which will shoot in the spring of 2014 in New York City.
She is also developing an adaption of Irina Reyn's novel, “What Happened to Anna K”, a contemporary version of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, set in New York.
Anna is Executive Producer/Head of Production at Washington Square Films where she oversees feature film, television, & commercial productions.
ALEXANDER EBERT (Composer)
Alexander Ebert is the multi-talented musician and songwriter behind Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The band has toured extensively and spent the spring of 2011 on the Railroad Revival tour with Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. A documentary chronicling that trek, Big Easy Express, earned a Grammy Award® for Best Long Form Video at the 2013 ceremony. A second album, “Here,” was released in 2012 with a double-disc companion album this year.
Ebert’s music has appeared in such films as What to Expect When You’re Expecting and 10 Years.
Inspired by the power of music from a young age, Ebert grew up on the music his father introduced him to as a kid. During long summer road trips through Western American landscapes, Ebert came to understand how music could expand and inform an experience and turn even workaday moments into a revelation.
By the time he was 7 Ebert had moved from Pavarotti to hip-hop and started his first rap group with a bunch of elementary school friends. In his teens Ebert became fascinated by cinema when a teacher showed the class Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. His mother was delighted at her son’s enthusiasm and found him a filmmaking class taught by Jim Pasternak (Cousins), who later founded the Los Angeles Film School.
Set to become a filmmaker, Ebert briefly attended Emerson College but found himself bored by classes and impatient to begin creating. He wrote a screenplay and decided to leave college to direct it. Ebert then formed synth-rock project Ima Robot in collaboration with Timmy “The Terror” Anderson. After five years of self-made albums and unreleased work, the group’s self-titled debut was released by Virgin Records in 2003 and was followed by 2006’s “Monument to the Masses.”
Penning songs away from the spotlight, Ebert regained a sense of joyful expression. He re-emerged with a folk sensibility showcasing a new facet of his songwriting. Ebert then connected with singer Jade Castrinos, his co-pilot on Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Supported by a full band, their first show was in 2007. The group’s debut, “Up from Below,” arrived in 2009 with the hit single “Home.”
Ima Robot’s third disc, “Another Man’s Treasure,” was released in 2010 and Ebert unveiled a solo album, “Alexander,” in 2011.
As he continues to explore the possibilities of sonic expression, Ebert is also writing several screenplays, novels and poetry collections.
FRANKIE DEMARCO (Director of Photography)
Frankie DeMarco is a talented cinematographer whose honors and accolades include Independent Spirit Award nominations for his work on Larry Fessenden’s Habit and John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Throughout his career, he has moved freely between genres, working on documentaries, features, TV shows, commercials, industrials and music videos.
Most recently, DeMarco wrapped production on the forthcoming CBS telefilm “The Ordained,” directed by R.J. Cutler and starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Sam Neill and Hope Davis. Other notable television work includes first-season episodes of AMC/Lionsgate’s “Mad Men,” created by Matthew Weiner, and NBC’s “Kings,” executive produced and directed by Francis Lawrence. DeMarco also lensed “Lady Dior London” and “L.A.-dy Dior,” TV spot/webisodes starring Marion Cotillard that have garnered international attention.
In 2010 DeMarco shot J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Zachary Quinto. That same year he completed his third collaboration with John Cameron Mitchell, Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest.
Other film credits include Beerfest and The Babymakers, both directed by Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar; Jessica Yu’s Ping Pong Playa, an Independent Spirit Award nominee; John Cameron Mitchell’s controversial Shortbus, a 2006 Cannes favorite; Tom DiCillo’s Delirious, with Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt; Jay DiPietro’s Peter and Vandy, starring Jason Ritter and Jess Weixler; James C. Strouse’s The Winning Season, starring Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts and Rooney Mara; and Ryan Shiraki’s Spring Breakdown, starring Amy Pohler, Rachel Dratch and Parker Posey.
It was while studying writing in Florence, Italy, that DeMarco was bitten by the film bug. After working on a TV commercial, he returned home to Baltimore and earned his B.A. in modern languages. DeMarco began his career working on commercials, documentaries and John Waters films shot in the area. After moving to New York, he served as director of photography on numerous features and documentary films including Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey.
An avid environmentalist, DeMarco uses public transportation, lives in a solar-powered home and eats mostly vegetables and seafood. Though he wants to go sailing and surfing more often, he currently resides in New York City with his daughter Hazel.
Peter Zuccarini (Underwater Director of Photography)
Peter Zuccarini’s career as a cinematographer has found him in some unique situations, including swimming across the Amazon River with a floating camera in Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries and plunging into the depths with champion free diver Umberto Pelizzari for Bob Talbot’s IMAX film Ocean Men: Extreme Dive.
Zuccarini’s most recent and forthcoming film credits include Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson; Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer; Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence; and Adam McKay’s Anchorman: The Legend Continues, starring Will Ferrell.
On Ang Lee’s Oscar-winner Life of Pi, Zuccarini served as director of photography on the unit responsible for underwater cinematography and was responsible for plates and reference footage used by the Academy Award-winning visual effects team. Additional film credits include the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Into the Blue, Act of Valor, Into the Wild, 127 Hours, Let Me In and Dolphin Tale.
Under director Bruce Weber, Zuccarini has lensed fashion campaigns for Armani and Ralph Lauren.
In Zuccarini’s early years as a professional, he filmed sharks for Dr. Samuel Gruber’s Bimini Biological Field Station. His love for aquatic wildlife led to his directing and shooting two installments of Disney’s documentary series New True Life Adventures, Everglades: Home of the Living Dinosaurs and Sea of Sharks.
In 2001 Zuccarini partnered with Steve Ogles to form Zuccarini Watershot LLC. Together they design and manufacture state-of-the-art waterproof motion-picture cameras and lighting equipment. Through this partnership, Zuccarini works tirelessly to provide custom equipment to accommodate various films’ unique needs for water photography.
Zuccarini grew up exploring the turtle grass, worm-rock reefs and mangrove estuaries around his home island of Key Biscayne, Florida. After buying his first underwater camera at age 11, he began documenting his surroundings for the purposes of visual storytelling. Zuccarini went on to study art and semiotics at Brown University. He took his photography classes at Rhode Island School of Design.
PETE BEAUDREAU (Editor)
Pete Beaudreau has edited numerous independent films including XX/XY, starring Mark Ruffalo; Sympathy for Delicious, starring Ruffalo and Juliette Lewis; and My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams in an Oscar-nominated role. His first collaboration with J.C. Chandor was on the Oscar-nominated drama Margin Call.
Beaudreau is a B.F.A. graduate of the Film Conservatory at SUNY Purchase. He began editing feature films in 2000 with the cult classic The American Astronaut, which was an official selection at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
In addition to his editing work, Beaudreau is a frequent speaker at media conferences. He has taught editing technique and theory at Harvard University’s School of Film and Visual Studies and Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
RICHARD HYMNS (Supervising Sound Editor)
As supervising sound editor of such films as Saving Private Ryan and A River Runs Through It, Richard Hymns has established and continues a formidable career predicated on building authenticity and subtlety of sound in service of a director’s storytelling vision. From the roar of weaponry to the quiet splash of a fly-fishing lure upon rushing water, a commitment to creative quality is a hallmark of his work.
Hymns has won three Academy Awards with a total of eight nominations. His other honors include four Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Awards and a BAFTA Award. Hymns has worked with Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, James Cameron, David Fincher, Ang Lee, David Lynch, Tim Burton, Peter Jackson and Ron Howard, among many other top directors.
Film credits include The Outsiders, Wild at Heart, Willow, Backdraft, Fight Club, Zodiac, Mars Attacks!, The Frighteners, Hulk, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jumanji, Avatar, Jurassic Park, Munich, War Horse and Lincoln.
At age 16, Hymns got his start at Elstree Studios in North London by running tea service to members of the film-editing crew. His big break came when, after a few months, he found himself working as an apprentice editor on the television series “The Saint.” Hymns rose through the ranks and found his niche in sound editing, primarily at Skywalker Sound in Northern California.
STEVE BOEDDEKER (Sound Designer, Re-Recording Mixer, Supervising Sound Editor)
Steve Boeddeker is a sound designer, mixer and composer based mainly out of Skywalker Sound in Marin and his own studio in San Francisco. He has worked extensively in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York and London, collaborating with many big-name directors.
Boeddeker’s mixing and sound design work can be heard in numerous movies including Now You See Me, The Company You Keep, Killer Joe, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, TRON: Legacy, Alice in Wonderland, Bug, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Hellboy, Daredevil, Rules of Engagement, Fight Club and Contact. His original music can be heard in The Exorcist (re-release), Se7en and The Prophecy 3: The Ascent, as well as in the work of his band, Dogs of Distortion.
Academy Award® winner Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) with a musical score by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), the film is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience.
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition, and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest.
Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.
Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions, Black Bear Pictures and Treehouse Pictures present a Before The Door/Washington Square Films Production. Robert Redford in All Is Lost. The director of photography is Frank G. DeMarco and the underwater director of photography is Peter Zuccarini. Production designer is John P. Goldsmith. Editor is Pete Beaudreau. The music is composed by Alex Ebert. Visual effects supervisor is Robert Munroe. Executive producers are Cassian Elwes, Laura Rister, Glen Basner, Joshua Blum, Howard Cohen, Eric d’Arbeloff, Rob Barnum, Kevin Turen, Corey Moosa and Zachary Quinto. The producers are Justin Nappi and Teddy Schwarzman. Produced by Neal Dodson p.g.a. and Anna Gerb p.g.a. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor.