Bruce Dern Launches Production Company

Bruce Dern Publicly Private Production Company
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'Coast' to be first project

On the heels of starring in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” Bruce Dern has launched Los Angeles-based production company Publicly Private with his long-time business partner Wendy Guerrero.

Dern is set to receive an AFI Tribute on Nov. 11 at the AFI Festival. He received the lead actor award at Cannes for his role in “Nebraska.”

“I created Publicly Private because I missed movies about the people,” Dern said. “Publicly Private is a name that says what it means. We want to work with actors, writers and filmmakers who have the ability to start from their heart and therefore, publicly expose their hearts to audiences in all mediums. In other words, every project will involve essences of the human condition and why we make the choices we make, particularly in times of crisis.”

Publicly Private’s first production will be “Coast,” which is directed by AFI graduate Stephanie Martin and shot entirely on location in the coastal farming town of Santa Maria, Calif. The story follows a troubled 15-year-old girl who struggles with the breakdown of her family and dealing with small town life.

“Young women and ethnicity are not seen enough on the big screen,” Dern said. “There are stories out there that need to be told for a newer America.”

Martin has worked on “World War Z” and “Eat, Pray, Love.” Her short film “Wild Horses” won Best Short at The Palms Springs Film Festival.

Both “Nebraska” and “Wild Horses” are being screened during the AFI Fest.

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  1. Mariaha says:

    I’m a 19 year old woman who has lived in Santa Maria, CA her pretty much my whole life. I feel I can really connect with this movie. It’s also very nice to hear that there is a movie being filmed here. I can’t wait to see this film.

  2. Say, Mr. Dern,

    I’m currently a 57 year old man. Back in 1972 I was a 15 year old teenager when the “Cowboys” came out. I remember telling my friends, “someday I’m going to meet that I guy and I’m going to tell him…”You killed John Wayne.”

    Well, the years are going by fast. I still would like the privilege of meeting you. I’m sure you have received your fair share of comments about killing the “Duke.” He must have liked you as an actor and I can only assume, you where his friend based on other movies. He seemed to have a stable of the same actors in his movies.

    Anyway… the clock is ticking, I probably won’t be able to give you s’hit about killing the Duke. You won’t see or respond to this message but it sure makes me fell good typing it.


    Roy L. Goodin

  3. Kevin Kunkel says:

    I can’t wait to see What Bruce and Wendy do with this company.

  4. Just saw his hour with Charlie Rose. What a fascinating, intelligent, passionate, artistic man Bruce is.

    • BklynHotniss says:

      I’ll have to check the Charlie Rose interview out. He gave a haunting interview to a female host on NPR (the show and her name escape me) this month. You should def. check it out. It was indeed fascinating.

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