Joan Weidman, president of production at International Film Guarantors, died of cancer Sunday in Los Angeles.
Weidman oversaw all production and financial aspects for the completion bond company. A key player in the financing and production of movies, her expertise and judgment were respected by many creative talents and financial figures in the industry.
“Joan was a valued colleague and a true friend of film,” said Steven Mangel, prexy-COO of IFG. “She was a great champion of the independent film production community, and her experience, insight, candor and support will be missed by all who knew her and worked with her.”
Weidman graduated from UCLA’s motion picture program and began her career as a cinematographer on productions such as docus “The Other Half of the Sky: a China Memoir,” “That Our Children Will Not Die” and “Broken Rainbow.” She also worked as a production manager and independent producer.
From 1994 to 1996, Weidman served as a production executive at IFG, where she supervised the film productions bonded by IFG. In 1996, she joined LIVE Entertainment as head of physical production where she supervised LIVE’s theatrical film production, from initial budgeting through post-production. Projects she oversaw included “Critical Care,” “Suicide Kings,” “Permanent Midnight” and “Wes Craven Presents Wishmaster.” Weidman rejoined IFG in 1998 as senior VP of production and was promoted to president of production in 2002. At IFG, she was involved in bonding films including “The Aviator,” “Ray” and “Downfall.”
Donations may be made to Cedars-Sinai Hospice Program at 200 N. Robertson Blvd., Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90211.