FILMMAKERS OF DOLPHIN TALELearn more about the people who got Winter's amazing story onto the big screen. Click on each filmmaker's name for more information about their projects, awards, and future filming endeavors.
Charles Martin Smith, Director
Charles Martin Smith is a veteran filmmaker and actor with a broad range of credits on both sides of the camera.
He most recently directed and wrote the historical drama "Stone of Destiny," for which he won the Best Director Award at the 2009 Palm Beach International Film Festival. The film was also chosen to be the Closing Night Gala at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, and went on to earn a BAFTA Scotland Award nomination for Best Picture, and six Leo Award nominations, including three for Smith for Best Director, Best Screenwriting and Best Picture.
Smith first came to prominence as an actor, as part of the ensemble cast of George Lucas' seminal 1973 film "American Graffiti." His early film credits also include "The Buddy Holly Story," Sam Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid," John Carpenter's "Starman," and Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables." Smith also earned praise for his portrayal of Farley Mowat, the real-life researcher who braved Canada's frozen tundra to study wolves, in Carroll Ballard's 1983 dramatic adventure "Never Cry Wolf."
In 2003, he wrote and directed the feature "The Snow Walker," based on Mowat's book Walk Well My Brother and starring Barry Pepper. In addition, he directed the family hit "Air Bud," and directed and co-starred in both "Fifty/Fifty" and the 1986 satirical horror film "Trick or Treat."
Smith has also helmed a number of television projects, including the two-hour inaugural episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which launched the hit series; multiple episodes of the Canadian series "Da Vinci's Inquest," in which he also had a regular role; and such telefilms as "Icon" and "Roughing It." He also wrote and executive produced the telefilm "The Clinic."
His additional acting credits include such films as "I Love Trouble," "Deep Cover," "Speechless," "Perfect Alibi," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Deep Impact," "Touching Wild Horses" and "Lucky You," as well as the indies "Dead Heat" and "Here's to Life," which he also executive produced.
On television, Smith has appeared on dozens of series over the past 40 years, recently including "Psych," "Fringe," "Leverage," "Drive," "Law &Order: SVU" and "Ally McBeal." He has also been seen in such longform projects as "Still Small Voices," "The Triangle," "The Apartment Complex," "P.T. Barnum," "The Beast," "Streets of Laredo," "And the Band Played On," and "Roswell," among many others.
Karen Janszen, Screenwriter
Karen Janszen previously wrote Carroll Ballard's family feature "Duma," which received great critical acclaim, including being named the best film of 2005 by the Los Angeles Times on the paper's top-10 list. It was also honored with a Genesis Award by the Humane Society of the United States.
Her additional credits include the sports-themed "Gracie"; Adam Shankman's romantic drama "A Walk to Remember," based on the book by Nicholas Sparks; Timothy Hutton's "Digging to China," which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival; "The Matchmaker"; and "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home," which was her first produced screenplay.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Janszen holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Masters from Harvard and an MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI). She began her career writing documentary films and developing children's programming for public television and, in 1999, was named by Variety as one of ten screenwriters to watch.
Janszen also teaches screenwriting at the AFI, and recently adapted the bestselling young adult novel Savvy.
Noam Dromi, Screenwriter
Noam Dromi counts "Dolphin Tale" as his first produced screenplay, although he has produced a variety of projects.
A native of Israel, Dromi is a founding partner of NoCo Media Group, a production company and creative agency. Under that banner, he has produced the documentaries "A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square" and "Mad Skills: Rhys Millen is the Kiwi Drifter." He also directed and produced the video short "Becoming Ugly: A New Face for Television," and more recently produced another short, entitled "Starting Over." He is also the co-host and executive producer of the online talk show "MIPtalk – Conversations with the World's Most Interesting People."
Dromi previously served as Senior Vice President of New Media for Mandalay Entertainment Group. He has also been a consultant for Alcon on digital media strategies.
Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Producers
Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson are Oscar®- nominated producers, as well as co-founders and co-CEOs of Alcon Entertainment, which has financed and/or produced a wide range of films. The partners have served as producers on all the films released under the Alcon banner.
The company's upcoming films include "Joyful Noise," starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, which is slated for release in January 2012. Alcon also has a wide range of projects in development.
Kosove and Johnson received an Academy Award® nomination as producers of the 2009 Best Picture nominee "The Blind Side," which earned more than $300 million at the worldwide box office. Based on a true story, the film was written and directed by John Lee Hancock and starred Sandra Bullock, who received a number of Best Actress honors for her performance, culminating in an Academy Award®.
In 2005, Alcon produced Ken Kwapis' ensemble hit "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," which catapulted the careers of its stars, America Ferrara, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel. The four actresses reunited in the 2008 sequel "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2."
Alcon's recent projects also include the post-apocalyptic action drama "The Book of Eli," directed by the Hughes brothers and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis, and Richard LaGravenese's romantic sleeper hit "P.S. I Love You," starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Kathy Bates, Lisa Kudrow and Harry Connick, Jr.
Among Alcon's earlier film releases are: the Richard Donner-directed action thriller "16 Blocks," starring Bruce Willis; the family film "Racing Stripes," which blended animation and live action; Christopher Nolan's thriller "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank; and Jay Russell's acclaimed family film "My Dog Skip," starring Diane Lane and Kevin Bacon.
Richard Ingber, Producer
Richard Ingber makes his feature film producing debut with "Dolphin Tale," inspired by a story he discovered and brought to Alcon. With more than 30 years' experience as a senior-level marketing and distribution executive, he is now the President of Worldwide Marketing at Alcon Entertainment.
On behalf of Alcon, Ingber recently oversaw the creation and implementation of the marketing campaigns for such films as the romantic comedy "Something Borrowed," starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin; "The Book of Eli," starring Denzel Washington; and "The Blind Side," which received an Oscar® nomination in the category of Best Picture. His work on the last earned him a place on Ad Age's Entertainment Alist for 2010.
He previously helped spearhead the campaigns for such Alcon films as "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and its sequel; "P.S. I Love You," starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler; "16 Blocks," starring Bruce Willis; "Racing Stripes"; Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia"; and the family hit "My Dog Skip."
Prior to joining Alcon in 2008, Ingber was one of the industry's leading marketing consultants, collaborating with filmmakers and studios as the head of his own company, Richard Ingber Entertainment. The company included a behind-the-scenes creative content division, which serviced studio needs for electronic press kits, DVD extras, NCMs, viral internet videos, and television specials.
Earlier in his career, Ingber held marketing posts at Columbia Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Largo Entertainment, and Walt Disney Pictures. As a creative advertising executive, he worked on campaigns for such memorable titles as the Oscar®-winning "Kramer vs. Kramer"; the "Star Wars" blockbusters "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi"; "9 to 5"; "Jewel of the Nile"; "Porky's"; "While You Were Sleeping"; "Mr. Mom"; "Point Break"; and "Unlawful Entry," among many others.
Robert Engleman, Executive Producer
Robert Engleman has worked on more than 50 film and television projects in a career spanning over three decades. His list of film credits as a producer or executive producer encompasses major studio releases and smaller independent fare, as well as documentaries.
He recently won an Emmy Award as a producer of the HBO documentary "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project," directed by John Landis. His film credits as a producer or executive producer include "The Mask," starring Jim Carrey; "Mortal Kombat"; Mike Figgis' "One Night Stand"; "Blade," starring Wesley Snipes; the Adam Sandler comedy "Little Nicky"; "Scooby-Doo"; "Alone with Her"; "Driftwood"; and the Landis-directed short "The Great Sketch Experiment." He more recently produced his first animated film, "Foodfight!," as well as the Danish film "Love at First Hiccup."
Engelman made his first film as a student at UCLA, winning the Jim Morrison Film Award. He began his career as an apprentice to the late cinematographer John Alonzo. He went on to become an assistant director, working with such directors as Herbert Ross, on the films "Pennies From Heaven," "Footloose" and "Steel Magnolias"; Tony Richardson, on "The Border"; Arthur Hiller, on "Teachers"; and Tim Burton, on "Pee Wee's Big Adventure." Engelman segued to producing as a co-producer and first assistant director on Wes Craven's films "The Serpent and the Rainbow" and "Shocker."
Steven P. Wegner, Executive Producer
Steven P. Wegner is Executive Vice President of Development for Alcon Entertainment, overseeing the company's entire slate, which includes a wide range of future film projects in a variety of genres.
Wegner has been heading motion picture development for Alcon for the past 13 years. The first project that went into production during his tenure was the Christopher Nolan-directed film "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank, on which Wegner was an associate producer, marking his producing debut.
He later served as executive producer on the family film "Racing Stripes," which merged live action and computer animation. Wegner also received story credit on the film about an orphaned zebra that dreams of becoming a racehorse.
Wegner has also co-produced or executive produced such Alcon releases as "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and its sequel, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2"; the romantic drama "P.S. I Love You," starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler; "The Blind Side," starring Sandra Bullock, which was Oscar®-nominated for Best Picture; "The Book of Eli," starring Denzel Washington; "Lottery Ticket"; and "Something Borrowed," starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin.
Prior to Alcon, Wegner worked as a freelance script reader for such production companies as New Line Cinema, Largo and Summit Entertainment. He is a graduate of the Critical Studies Film Program at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television.
Karl Walter Lindenlaub, Director of Photography
Karl Walter Lindenlaub, a native of Germany, studied at Munich's Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (Academy of Television and Film), before earning a scholarship to England's renowned National Film and Television School.
While still in film school in Munich, he first collaborated with filmmaker Roland Emmerich, with whom he co-wrote the 1980 television movie "Altosax." Lindenlaub went on to enjoy a long association with Emmerich. He served as the cinematographer on the director's sci-fi mega hit "Independence Day"; "Stargate"; "Universal Soldier"; "Moon 44," for which Lindenlaub won a German Camera Award; and "Ghost Chase." He also lensed "Eye of the Storm," which Emmerich executive produced.
Lindenlaub has also worked multiple times with such directors as Michael Caton- Jones, on the features "City by the Sea," "Rob Roy" and "The Jackal"; Wayne Wang, on "Because of Winn-Dixie" and "Maid in Manhattan"; Garry Marshall, on "Georgia Rule" and "The Princess Diaries"; and Jon Avnet, on "Red Corner" and "Up Close &Personal."
His additional film credits include James McTeigue's "Ninja Assassin"; "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," for director by Andrew Adamson; Paul Verhoeven's World War II drama "Black Book"; Bob Dolman's "The Banger Sisters"; and Jan de Bont's remake of "The Haunting."
Michael Corenblith, Production Designer
Michael Corenblith has been honored with two Academy Award® nominations, the first for his work on Ron Howard's true-life drama "Apollo 13" and another for the imaginative creation of Dr. Seuss' Whoville in Howard's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." He also won a BAFTA Award for "Apollo 13" and received an Art Directors Guild (ADG) Award nomination for "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." He earned another ADG Award nomination for his work on Howard's "Frost/Nixon." His other collaborations with Howard include "Ransom" and "EDtv."
Corenblith recently served as the production designer on the Jay Roach-directed "Dinner for Schmucks" and Roach's upcoming HBO movie "Game Change." He is currently reunited with Roach on a new political comedy, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
Corenblith also designed John Lee Hancock's Oscar®-nominated hit drama "The Blind Side." He previously worked with Hancock on the historical drama "Alamo," for which he won an award from the Alamo Battlefield Association in recognition of his recreations of San Antonio de Bexar and the Alamo, the largest standing sets ever built in North America. His additional feature credits include "Wild Hogs," "Be Cool," the remake of "Mighty Joe Young," "Cool World," and "He Said, She Said."
For television, Corenblith won an Emmy Award in 1983 for his work as a set designer on the 55th Annual Academy Awards® show. He has also worked on a number of longform and series projects, including "Eerie, Indiana" and the pilot for Showtime's acclaimed hit series "Dexter."
A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Corenblith studied design at UCLA and entered the entertainment industry as a television lighting designer. Segueing to films, he started out as a set designer or art director on such films as "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," "Cat People," "Red Heat" and "Die Hard 2: Die Harder."
Harvey Rosenstock, Editor
Harvey Rosenstock has earned two American Cinema Editors' Eddie Award nominations, for his work on Martin Brest's "Scent of a Woman" and Stephen Gyllenhaal's "Paris Trout." He had previously received an Emmy nomination and won an Eddie Award for his work on Gyllenhaal's telefilm "A Killing in a Small Town."
His additional feature film credits include Gyllenhaal's "A Dangerous Woman" and "Losing Isaiah"; "Tombstone"; "Grace of My Heart," produced by Martin Scorsese; Albert Brooks' "Mother"; "Kiss the Girls"; "My Dog Skip"; "The Emperor's Club"; "Radio"; "Stay Alive"; "Repo! The Genetic Opera"; and "Lottery Ticket."
Rosenstock began his career as an apprentice for editor Dede Allen after graduating from New York University's Film School and The School of Visual Arts.
Hope Hanafin, Costume Designer
Hope Hanafin has designed for stage, screen and television. Her most recent film work includes the indie features "Cedar Rapids," "Our Family Wedding," and Marc Webb's hit "(500) Days of Summer," for which she earned her sixth Costume Designers Guild (CDG) Award nomination.
She had previously won a CDG Award and also received an Emmy nomination for her costume designs in the television movie "Geppetto." She also garnered both Emmy and CDG Award nominations for her work on the HBO movie "Warm Springs," and that same year earned another CDG Award nomination for the HBO movie "Lackawanna Blues." She had earlier been honored by her peers with CDG Award nominations for the HBO telefilms "A Lesson Before Dying" and "Winchell."
Hanafin's additional film credits include John Sayles' "Honeydripper"; Wayne Wang's "Because of Winn-Dixie"; "Bean," starring Rowan Atkinson; Paul Mazursky's "Faithful"; "A Simple Twist of Fate," starring Steve Martin; Paul Michael Glaser's "Kazaam" and "The Air Up There"; and Alan Rudolph's "Mortal Thoughts." She also designed the costumes for such longform television projects as "Sweet Nothing in My Ear," "A Painted House," "Normal," "When Billie Beat Bobby," "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story," "Running Mates," "Witness Protection" and "Vendetta."
Raised in New York and California, Hanafin earned her BA with Honors from Santa Clara University and her MFA from New York University. She was an award-winning designer for ballet, opera and theatre before segueing to motion pictures. In 2005, she received New York Women in Film &Television's Designing Hollywood Award.
Mark Isham, Composer
Mark Isham is an Oscar®-nominated composer, who has also been honored with Grammy, Emmy and Clio Awards, as well as a Golden Globe nomination. He has worked on over 130 film and television titles, spanning 30 years, and, in 2006, was given ASCAP's Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Isham earned his Oscar® nod for his score for Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It." He has since reunited with Redford to compose the music for "Quiz Show," "Lions for Lambs" and, most recently, the historical drama "The Conspirator." He has also worked with director Gary Fleder on four films, "The Express," "Kiss the Girls," "Don't Say a Word" and "Imposter."
His music will next be heard in the drama "Warrior," directed by Gavin O'Connor. He previously collaborated with O'Connor on the films "Pride and Glory" and "Miracle." His credits over just the past decade also include "The Mechanic"; "The Secret Life of Bees"; Richard Loncraine's "My One and Only"; Frank Darabont's "The Mist" and "The Majestic"; Paul Haggis' "In the Valley of Elah" and the Oscar®-winning "Crash"; Richard LaGravenese's "Freedom Writers"; Emilio Estevez's "Bobby"; "Invincible," starring Mark Wahlberg; Wayne Kramer's "Crossing Over," "Running Scared" and "The Cooler"; Brian De Palma's "The Black Dahlia"; Frank Marshall's "Eight Below"; Curtis Hanson's "In Her Shoes"; David Mamet's "Spartan"; and Garry Marshall's "The Princess Diaries."
Isham earlier received a Golden Globe nomination for his score for "Nell," and won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award for "The Moderns." Among his other credits are "Men of Honor," "Rules of Engagement," "October Sky," "Varsity Blues," "Blade," "Fly Away Home," "Home for the Holidays," "The Net," "Losing Isaiah," "Reversal of Fortune," "The Hitcher" and "Never Cry Wolf."
For television, Isham won an Emmy Award for his music for the series "EZ Streets. He has also created music for such series as "Crash," "The Black Donnellys" and "Chicago Hope," as well as the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon."
In addition to being an award-winning composer, Isham is an accomplished trumpet player, whose solo albums have received critical acclaim all over the world. He received a Grammy Award for his eponymous release, Mark Isham, and Grammy nominations for his albums Castalia and Tibet. London's The Times named Isham's Miles Remembered the Best Jazz Album of 1999, and Blue Sun was chosen by Downbeat Magazine as one of the Top 100 Jazz Albums of the Decade. Isham has also collaborated with some of the top talents in the music business, bringing his trumpet sounds to the works of such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ziggy Marley, Joni Mitchell, the Rolling Stones, Chris Isaak, and Van Morrison.