Posts By: Michael Heimler


U.S. Distributor Netflix Writer/Director J Blakeson Cast Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza Gonzalez, Chris Messina and Dianne Wiest


Distributor Sony Pictures Classics Writer/Director Heidi Ewing Cast Armando Espitia and Christian Vázquez Synopsis An epic love story spanning decades is sparked by a chance encounter between two men in provincial Mexico. Based on a true story, ambition and societal pressure propel an aspiring chef to leave his soulmate and make the treacherous journey to… Read More


Distributor IFC Films Release Date July 24, 2020 Director Dave Franco Writers Dave Franco & Joe Swanberg Cast Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White Synopsis Two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying on them. Before long, what should have… Read More


Writer Brad Ingelsby Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite Cast Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck Synposis Based on the National Magazine Award winning article, OUR FRIEND tells the extraordinary true story of Nicole (Johnson) and Matthew Teague (Affleck) who, after learning that Nicole has just six months to live, receive the unexpected support of the couple’s best… Read More


Writer/Director Casey Affleck Cast Anna Pniowsky, Casey Affleck, Tom Bower & Elisabeth Moss Release Date August 9, 2019 Synopsis A girl (Pniowsky) and her father (Affleck) journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out nearly all the world’s female population. As a father struggles to protect his daughter’s innocence,… Read More


Writer/Director Yuval Adler Cast Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman Synopsis Rachel (Kruger), a rogue spy from Israel’s feared national intelligence force Mossad, vanishes without a trace while attending her father’s funeral in London. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic phone call she places to her former handler Thomas (Freeman), who is then summoned… Read More

Melissa McCarthy’s ‘very graphic’ puppet movie ‘Happytime Murders’ kills at CinemaCon

LAS VEGAS — The clearest, laugh-out-loud reaction for a comedy at CinemaCon thus far has been for The Happytime Murders, an unapologetically raunchy puppet movie starring Melissa McCarthy (coming to theaters Aug. 17). STX Films chairman Adam Fogelson had a twinkle in his eye when he introduced a “very graphic” first look at the R-rated film directed by Brian Henson, the… Read More


Writers Todd Berger (Screenplay & Story), Dee Austin Robertson (Story) Director Brian Henson Cast Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Maya Rudolph Synopsis When the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case. US Distributor: STX Release Date:… Read More

Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee

After 90 long years, another glass ceiling has finally been broken at the Motion Picture Academy. “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history Tuesday by becoming the first female director of photography to receive an Oscar nomination. The recognition comes on the heels of a similar milestone with the American Society of Cinematographers, which nominated Morrison’s… Read More


Writer/Director Peter Hedges Cast Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges US Distributor: LD Entertainment / Lionsgate / Roadside Attractions Release Date: December 7, 2018 Synopsis: 19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben’s mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new… Read More

Netflix Paying $12.5M For Dee Rees-Directed ‘Mudbound’

While the Sundance Film Festival prizes were awarded yesterday, they’ve saved the biggest sale for last. Netflix has paid $12.5 million for Mudbound, the Dee Rees-directed drama that stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Garrett Hedlund, and Jonathan Banks. The deal closing is for U.S. rights and select other territories, after Good Universe sold… Read More

Iggy Pop Song “Gold” Nominated for Golden Globe

Iggy Pop is a Golden Globe nominee for the first time in his career. The music icon’s song “Gold,” which was written for the upcoming film of the same name, is up for the Best Original Song — Motion Picture prize at the 74th annual edition of the awards ceremony. Pop co-wrote “Gold” alongside Brian… Read More


Distributor Netflix Director Dee Rees Writer Virgil Williams with revisions by Dee Rees Based on the novel by Hilary Jordan Cast Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell


Director Vikram Gandhi Writer Adam Mansbach Cast Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane and Ashley Judd. Worldwide Distributor: Netflix Release Date: December 16, 2016


U.S. Distributor Paramount Pictures Release Date October 27, 2017 Director George Clooney Cast Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac Synopsis Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil… Read More

Black Bear Pictures Backs George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’

Just hours before Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest, Hail, Caesar! has its premiere in Los Angeles, the brothers’ next project, which George Clooney will direct, is set up for sale in Berlin. Suburbicon, which will star Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, will be fully financed by Black Bear Pictures, and Bloom has come onboard to sell international… Read More

Weinstein Company Wins 8-Figure U.S. Rights Auction For Matthew McConaughey Starrer ‘Gold’

The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Gold, the Stephen Gaghan-directed film that will star Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez. The deal is in the vicinity of a $15 million minimum guarantee and a P&A guarantee north of $20 million to properly market a release on at least 2500 screens. That is one of the biggest commitments of it kind… Read More

Teddy Schwarzman

Teddy Schwarzman serves as President & CEO of Black Bear Pictures, and oversees all operations of the company, including development, production, finance and strategic planning. Schwarzman has produced a range of content, a sampling of which includes THE IMITATION GAME, Academy Award winner for Best Adapted Screenplay and nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best… Read More

The Imitation Game Gets 8 Nominations Including Best Picture

The Imitation Game Gets 8 Nominations Including Best Picture By Lisa Weseman The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, is a 2015 nominee for Best Picture. The film also received 7 other nominations, including Benedict Cumberbatch for Actor in a Leading Role, Keira Knightley for Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Writing (Adapted Screenplay). In The Imitation Game, as World War II engulfs… Read More

‘The Imitation Game’ For Real: Year’s 2nd-Best Debut Per Theater

The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game proved it’s the real thing, winning the specialty box office this weekend with a spectacular opening. Taking the same Thanksgiving weekend slot as previous TWC Oscar winners The King’s Speech and The Artist, the title bowed with the year’s second-best per-theater average, flying past Birdman‘s mid-October opening. The Imitation Game grossed over $482K in four theaters, giving the feature a whopping $120,518… Read More

Review: ‘Imitation Game’ a crackerjack tale about Enigma buster Alan Turing

The disturbing, involving, always-complex story of British mathematician Alan Turing is a tale crafted to resonate for our time, and the smartly entertaining “The Imitation Game” gives it the kind of crackerjack cinematic presentation that’s pure pleasure to experience. Turing, exceptionally well-played by Benedict Cumberbatch, was a brilliant man, often considered the father of computer… Read More

Toronto: ‘The Imitation Game’ Named Festival’s People’s Choice Winner – Oscar Harbinger?

The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company.The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People’s Choice Winner, AKA, the… Read More


July 22, 2014 .NEWS RELEASE.  2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS ITS  FIRST SLATE OF GALAS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS  TORONTO — Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, announced the first round of titles premiering in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes of the… Read More

The Imitation Game will open the 58th BFI London Film Festival

The 58th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express®, is delighted to announce that this year’s Opening Night film will be The Imitation Game, a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, and one of the world’s greatest innovators. The film will receive… Read More

Take Note, Hollywood: The New Movie Money Is Here

Want film backers with real bona fides? From Russian grocers to Wall Street princes (there’s even the son of the scandal-plagued Sultan of Brunei), there is a fresh crop of high-net-worth individuals with serious designs on the industry. Almost 75 years ago, Howard Hughes spent nearly $4 million of his own money to make Hell’s Angels, upsetting the… Read More

Berlin Record Deal: Harvey Weinstein Pays $7 Million For Alan Turing WWII Tale “The Imitation Game”

In what I am told will go down as the highest price paid ever for U.S. rights on a movie at the European Film Market, The Weinstein Company has locked a deal to pay $7 million for The Imitation Game, the Graham Moore Black List script that Morten Tyldum directed with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing, the genius… Read More

Toronto: New Canadian Distribution Shingle Inks Deal with Black Bear

Veteran distribution exec Laurie May is launching Canadian distribution company Elevation Pictures at the Toronto Film Festival, it was announced Saturday. The company’s first move is a strategic alliance and output deal with Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures, the Gotham production company behind “Broken City,” the upcoming Robert Redford-starrer “All Is Lost” and Sundance hit… Read More

Film Arcade And Paramount Team on Sundance Comedy ‘A.C.O.D.’

The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today the acquisition of the breakout Sundance comedy A.C.O.D. The Film Arcade will release the film theatrically throughout North America and Paramount Home Media Distribution will manage domestic home entertainment, television licensing and digital distribution, as well as all international distribution. A.C.O.D., which comedically explores the… Read More

Black Bear Promotes Ben Stillman, Amanda Greenblatt

Black Bear’s Ben Stillman and Amanda Greenblatt have been promoted to vp and creative executive at the New York-based production and financing company. “I’m beyond appreciative of the creativity, dedication and wisdom Ben and Amanda consistently demonstrate,” said Black Bear founder and principal Teddy Schwarzman. “These promotions are much deserved.” Stillman joined Black Bear as… Read More

Sundance: …’A.C.O.D.’ is the comedy that Adam Scott Fans Have Been Waiting For

Adam Scott has a highly controlled, almost overly impeccable charisma. Handsome, with small facial features that make him look like the son of Liberace, he’s a very regulated personality, with a witty, cut-and-dried, hiply downcast delivery that, on screen, can often turn him into a unit unto himself. (He’d be perfect in a Whit Stillman film, or… Read More

Amy Poehler and Adam Scott Reteam in Excellent Divorce Comedy ‘A.C.O.D.’

Divorce is no laughing matter. Just ask Meryl Streep’s Oscar from Kramer Vs. Kramer. Yes, it is a very serious thing that rips apart families, destroys children, and is disintegrating the moral fabric of this country. Well, that’s what movies always lead us to believe. The funniest thing about divorce comedy A.C.O.D. is that it shows that divorce… Read More

‘A.C.O.D.’ Review: Divorce Has Never Been This Funny [Sundance 2013]

With three days remaining, A.C.O.D. is my favorite film of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by first-timer Stuart Zicherman, it’s about “Adult Children of Divorce” and stars Adam Scott as Carter, a man whose parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) had a brutal breakup on his 9th birthday. Decades later his brother (Clark Duke) decides to take the plunge into matrimony and it… Read More

The Young Moguls

When director Paul Thomas Anderson began working on “The Master,” a thinly veiled critique of Scientology, he proposed shooting it on 65-millimeter film—a costly option that delivers unusual depth and clarity. Rather than seeking clearance from a phalanx of movie studio executives, Mr. Anderson needed to convince only one person: 26-year-old Megan Ellison. Ms. Ellison,… Read More


Distributor Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions Writer/Director J.C. Chandor Cast Robert Redford Synopsis ALL IS LOST follows the exhilarating journey of one man fighting to survive.


Distributor 20th Century Fox Director Allen Hughes Writer Brian Tucker Cast Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones Synopsis An ex-cop trailing the wife of New York City’s mayor finds himself immersed in a larger scandal.


Distributor The Film Arcade & Paramount Pictures Director Stuart Zicherman Writers Ben Karlin & Stuart Zicherman Cast Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clark Duke, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch Synopsis A.C.O.D. is a feature comedy focused on seemingly well-adjusted Carter, who’s been caught in the cross-hairs of his parents’ bitter… Read More


             Distributor Sony Pictures Classics Director Ramin Bahrani Writers Hallie Elizabeth Newton and Ramin Bahrani Cast Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Maika Monroe Synopsis Set in the competitive world of modern agriculture, AT ANY PRICE centers on ambitious Henry Whipple (Quaid), who wants his rebellious son Dean (Efron) to help expand his… Read More

Ben Stillman

Ben Stillman is Senior Vice President of Black Bear Pictures, where he has worked since the company’s formation. Ben has been a part of the creation and production of a number of films while at Black Bear. Most recently, Ben produced BARRY, directed by Vikram Gandhi, which sold to Netflix after premiering at the 2016… Read More

Michael Heimler

Michael Heimler serves as Head of Production & Finance, where he has worked since 2013. At Black Bear, Michael is actively involved with all projects on Black Bear’s slate, focusing on physical production, post production, business & legal affairs, finance, reviewing creative submissions and working closely with Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures. Most recently, Michael Produced J… Read More


Distributor The Weinstein Company Release Date November 28, 2014 Director Morten Tyldum Writer Graham Moore Cast Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance and Mark Strong Synopsis Based on the true story of British mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing. Website


U.S. Distributor TWC-Dimension U.S. Release Date January 27, 2017 Director Stephen Gaghan Writer Patrick Massett & John Zinman Cast Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard Synopsis GOLD is the story of Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey), a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an… Read More

Black Bear Pictures To Finance Mining Scandal Drama ‘Gold’

EXCLUSIVE: Black Bear Pictures has stepped up to finance production of Gold, a script by Patrick Massett & John Zinman that is based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman will produce alongside… Read More

Stalking the Next ‘Paranormal’ Blockbuster

Looking to score with the next “Blair Witch Project”? You might wind up backing the next “con the rich” project instead. Just ask all those investors who put thousands of dollars toward, say, their nephew’s project and even attended a screening—but never got a penny of their money back. Now, firms that help pool investors’… Read More

Black Bear Pictures Wins Graham Moore Black List Script ‘Imitation Game’

EXCLUSIVE: When I was covering Toronto, the big talk was all about deals for completed films. But the one script buyers were talking up was The Imitation Game, Graham Moore’s heralded screenplay about Alan Turing, the English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist who single-handedly helped crack the German “Enigma Code” during World War II… Read More

The Cast and Crew of ‘At Any Price’

Director Ramin Bahrani shares how he came up with the idea for making the movie: “I was interested to know where my food came from, and that let us to Iowa, which is corn country — GMO genetically modified corn. We lived together with farmers researching the project, and we kept hearing the same two expressions over… Read More

Toronto 2012: ‘At Any Price’

Maybe the best picture I’ve seen this year, “At Any Price” signals the arrival of Iranian-American New Yorker Ramin Bahrani in the ranks of major U.S. directors. Switching gears from his neo-realistic slices of New York life like “Chop Shop,” Bahrini turns his laser eye on the surprisingly cutthroat world of Midwestern farming for this… Read More

Coin flowing again to indie features

It is neither the best of times nor the worst, as the climate for indie film financing steadily improves after drying up in the 2008 global financial meltdown. That’s the consensus of panelists who will speak at the Winston Baker Film Finance Forum East presented in association with Variety. Executives say all the components of… Read More

Toronto #2: Victory at any price?

By Roger Ebert Ramin Bahrani, the best new American director of recent years, has until now focused on outsiders in this country: A pushcart operator from Pakistan, a Hispanic street orphan in New York, a cab driver from Senegal working in Winston-Salem. NC. His much-awaited new film, “At Any Price,” is set in the Iowa… Read More

Ramin Bahrani’s ‘At Any Price’ Is My Favorite Film Of Telluride 2012

Ramin Bahrani‘s most accessible film to date ends up being my favorite film of the 2012 Telluride Film Festival (yes, besting Ben Affleck‘s Argo). Ramin has developed a cult following from his three minimalist slice-of-life micro-budget films starring non-professional actors (if you havent yet seen Man Push Cart or Goodbye Solo, put them on your… Read More

At Any Price: Venice Review

VENICE – The characters played by Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron in At Any Price could almost be contemporary American agricultural family counterparts to Arthur Miller’s Willy and Biff Loman. Their conflicts don’t resonate on the same scale as Death of a Salesman, but Ramin Bahrani’s accomplished, well-acted film is an engrossingly serious-minded heartland drama,… Read More

Sony Classics Buys Rights To ‘At Any Price’

New York (August 3, 2012) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American and Eastern European rights, excluding CIS and Russia, to AT ANY PRICE. Ramin Bahrani (GOODBYE SOLO, MAN PUSH CART, CHOP SHOP) directed and co-wrote the film with Hallie Elizabeth Newton. AT ANY PRICE stars Dennis Quaid, Zac… Read More

Cannes 2012: Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid Drama ‘At Any Price’ Makes Market Debut

CANNES — Exclusive Media has acquired all international rights to director Ramin Bahrani‘s Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid drama At Any Price and will launch the project to foreign buyers when the Marche du Film gets underway later this week. At Any Price also stars Kim Dickens (Footloose) and Heather Graham. CAA represents domestic rights. The film, currently in post-production, was written by Hallie Elizabeth Newton, who… Read More

10 Producers Who Will Change Hollywood in 2012

BLACK BEAR PICTURES Teddy Schwarzman Having trained as a lawyer and then served as an apprentice in the packaging department of Cinetic Media, Teddy Schwarzman impressed his colleagues with his willingness to learn the fundamentals, despite being a son of privilege — his father is the Blackstone Group billionaire Stephen Schwarzman. Last year, Schwarzman founded… Read More

Lionsgate nabs Redford starrer ‘All Is Lost’

Lionsgate has picked up U.S. rights to Robert Redford starrer “All Is Lost,” which Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment is selling at the Berlinale. Pic, which is the next feature from “Margin Call” writer/helmer J.C. Chandor, is a man versus nature drama that takes place on the water. Story is set entirely at sea and has… Read More

Berlin 2012: FilmNation sells Robert Redford starrer ‘All Is Lost’ to Universal (Exclusive)

BERLIN — Marking another major Hollywood studio deal here, Universal has struck a multi-territory pact for Robert Redford’s next film, All Is Lost, directed by Margin Call’s J.C. Chandor. Glen Basner’s FilmNation, which is shopping the newly announced project at the European Film Market, has virtually sold out world rights in less than four days,… Read More

Black Bear boards laffer

Black Bear Pictures will produce and finance the indie comedy “Adult Children of Divorce” also known as “A.C.O.D.” The pic, which made the Black List of best unproduced screenplays, centers on a young man caught in the crosshairs of his parents’ bitter divorce. When he begins planning his younger brother’s wedding, he soon discovers he… Read More