Roman Coppola: Multitasking pro drawn to auteurs

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As odd as it may sound, I really enjoy working with my family,” Roman Coppola says.

And what’s not to enjoy? The producer’s father, Francis Ford Coppola, and sister Sofia are Oscar winners, each distinctive and critically acclaimed in the industry.

Having served as second unit director on various productions of Sofia’s, including “Lost in Translation” and “Marie Antoinette,” Roman most recently produced her latest film, “Somewhere.”

“As a kid, Sofia would want to do puppet theater and I would help her, so this is really just an extension of that,” Coppola explains. “She is a director who has a style, point of view and an artistic vision that is all her own, and that’s something that I’m interested in as a producer.”

Coppola, who co-wrote and produced Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited,” is currently working alongside his father, producing Walter Salles’ “On the Road.”

“There are a lot of different types of movies,” Roman says. “The ones I chose to be connected with are the ones that are sincere works coming from genuine film artists.”

Founder and owner of commercial and musicvideo production company the Directors Bureau, president of American Zoetrope, as well as a director, cinematographer, writer and sound recordist, Coppola works in many different capacities, but when it comes to his role as a producer he is clear.

“I’m there to support and serve the director and help them realize what they are trying to do in the smoothest way possible,” he says.

Age: 45
Provenance: San Francisco
Inspired by: Federico Fellini, Pietro Germi, Hal Ashby, Gus Van Sant

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