EXCLUSIVE: Rebecca Miller and Damon Cardasis are launching Round Films, a new production outfit that builds on the duo’s work together on Maggie’s Plan. The new shingle will be repped by Cinetic Media and CAA.
The first project to be released under the Round Films banner, Maggie’s Plan, was written and directed by Miller and produced by Cardasis and Rachael Horovitz. The romantic comedy starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel and Wallace Shawn had its world premiere at Toronto last year. It opens today via Sony Pictures Classics.
Meanwhile, Round Films already has several projects in the pipeline ranging from feature films to television. Among them are Wells Tower’s adaptation of his novel Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned and a multi-part TV adaptation of Miller’s novel Jacob’s Folly. Also inbound, Miller will direct and Cardasis will produce along with Cindy Tolan an HBO documentary about Miller’s father, playwright Arthur Miller. And finally, Round Films is set this summer to begin production on the feature Saturday Church, written and to be directed by Cardasis with Miller producing alongside Spring Picutres’ Mandy Tagger Brockey and Adi Ezroni.
Other projects across multiple mediums are in development.
“We’re thrilled to be starting a company founded on respect for strong writing and singular storytelling in a variety of different genres,” Miller and Cardasis said.
Including Maggie’s Plan, Miller has written and directed five feature films: the Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers Trophy winner Angela (1995); Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Personal Velocity (2002); The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), starring Miller’s husband Daniel Day-Lewis and Camilla Belle; and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009), starring Robin Wright. She also wrote the screenplay for the film Proof and authored two novels and a short story collectiom. She’s repped by CAA and Cinetic Media.
A two-time WGA Award nominee, Cardasis is the co-founder and festival director of the Lower East Side Film Festival, focusing on low-budget films from around the world. He also produced Broadway’s Arthur Miller Centennial, starring Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Alec Baldwin, Laurence Fishburne, Ellen Barkin, Tony Kushner, John Turturro and Peter Sarsgaard. He’s repped by Cinetic Media.