Cineville Inc. has hired former New Line director of creative affairs Nancy Moss as VP of production and development and former Columbia TriStar Intl. director of operations Frank Evers as senior veep of business affairs.
Currently, the Santa Monica-based Cineville is in post-production on Allison Anders’ second feature, “Mi Vida Loca” (My Crazy Life).
The pic will be presented to potential domestic and foreign distributors at the Cannes Film Festival.
Founded in 1989 by Carl-Jan Colpaert, Daniel Hassid and Christoph Henkel, Cineville previously produced the 1990 release “Delusion” and the 1992 release “Gas Food Lodging.”
Typically, Cineville finances its movies through pre-sales and homevideo deals with such units as Columbia TriStar Home Video, Home Box Office Showcase and New Line Home Video. In-house development is financed by company partner Henkel.
Cineville partner Hassid expressed confidence that Moss will help the company expand its production slate.
At New Line, Moss was involved in such acquisitions as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,””Let Him Have It” and “London Kills Me.”
Over the last two years, she was involved in the development of “Frida and Diego,” a production canceled at the last minute by New Line Cinema.
A former executive at Disney and Sony Pictures, Evers will contribute to the company’s production efforts, as well as shepherding Cineville’s effort to develop a foreign sales operation by the end of this year.
On the forefront of Cineville’s plans are production of three movies budgeted at between $ 2 million and $ 4 million in 1993, including director Anders’ “Paul Is Dead,” company co-founder Colpaert’s “The Crew” and screenwriter Marcus DeLeon’s “Bakersfield.”
“Paul Is Dead” is an autobiographical story about director Anders’ 1960s experiences as a teenager in Kentucky and California. Casting is set to begin in April and the pic is skedded for production in June.
“The Crew,” written by Colpaert and Lance Smith, is about five professionals who take a boat trip in the Caribbean and help smuggle a Columbian refugee into the United States.
In Hollywood parlance, “The Crew” shapes up as “‘Something Wild’ on a boat,” Colpaert said. Casting is set for March with production skedded for May.
“Bakersfield” is the true story of Offord Rollins IV, an African-American track star currently incarcerated for murder.
Screenwriter DeLeon will direct “Bakersfield,” which will mark his third directorial effort behind “Kiss Me a Killer” and the upcoming HBO production “Roosters.”
Production start for “Bakersfield” is tentatively scheduled for the end of the year.