Los Angeles – (19 JANUARY 2012) – Producer Alexander Rodnyansky’s AR Films and Geyer Kosinski’s Media Talent Group have announced their formation of a $120 million fund to develop and produce up to six motion pictures in the United States over the next two years.
Rodnyansky and Kosinski have already produced two films. The first, JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR, is co-written by Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson, directed by Thornton and stars an ensemble cast including Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Ray Stevenson and Ron White. It will make its world premiere in competition at the Berlinale on February 13. The second film, THE GOATS (working title), is directed by DJ Caruso, who also adapted the classic young adult novel for the screen. THE GOATS stars Chandler Canterbury, Annalise Basso, Val Kilmer and Radha Mitchell.
AR Films was founded by Rodnyansky in 2009. Through AR Films, Rodnyansky controls one of the biggest film licensing and distribution corporations in Central and Eastern Europe, A-Company; the Russian film production company Non-Stop Production; a major distributor of independent films in Russia, Cinema Without Frontiers; and the most important film festival in Russia, Kinotavr.
Rodnyansky, a renowned documentary director, is also one of the most successful movie producers in Russia. His films have received critical acclaim from the leading international film festivals; the latest – ELENA, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev — received a Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard, as well as more than a dozen international awards, and will screen in the Spotlight section at Sundance 2012.
Geyer Kosinski’s Media Talent Group is a talent management, film and television production company that has been involved with more than 30 movies and TV shows since its inception seven years ago.
Stated Rodnyansky, “I have always respected the voice of the filmmaker in telling stories that resonate with people, and I look forward to continuing to develop projects that have a unique voice, as AR Films reaches out to American audiences and those around the world.”
Kosinski added, “There is a void in the movie industry today that we hope to fill with intelligent, character-driven films in a variety of genres, made within responsible budgets. I look forward to continuing to work with Alexander and the AR team, as well as the gifted writers, directors and actors who are interested in telling compelling stories.”
WME Global reps Rodnyansky.