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					                CHELSEA FILMS
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A Killer Films/John Wells Production in association with Blue Rider Pictures

                           A Hunt/Tavel Picture

        UK RELEASE DATE: July 4th in selected cinemas nationwide

                          Running Time:100 mins


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           APRIL EPNER     Helen Hunt
       BERNICE GRAVES      Bette Midler
          FRANK HARTE      Colin Firth
                     BEN   Matthew Broderick
                 FREDDY    Ben Shankman
          TRUDY EPNER      Lynn Cohen
             ALAN/MAN      John Benjamin Hickey
             DR.MASANI     Salman Rushdie
                   RUBY    Daisy Tahan
             JIMMY RAY     Tommy Nelson
                 STACEY    Stephanie Yankwitt
                  SHEILA   Lilias White
                  GIANNI   David Callegati
                   RABBI   Kenneth Stern
                     TED   Robert Lupone
               ORDERLY     Chris Chalk
             MOTHER #2     Alexa Scott-Flaherty
            ATTENDANT      Marina Durrell
               TRUDY JR.   Sadie Heston
  PRINCIPLE PETTICORD      Stephanie Berry
                   ALICE   Lauren Klein
             MOTHER #1     Cherise Boothe
           BERNICE FAN     Doug Hughes
GIRL (IN FREDDY’S BED)     Chelsea Altman
                   ANNE    Stacie Linardos
      MALE PARTNER #1      Jordan Thaler
      MALE PARTNER #2      Michael Harder
   FEMALE PARTNER #1       Julie Silver
   FEMALE PARTNER #2       Pam Koffler
    WOMAN IN HER 20’s      Geneva Carr
    WOMAN IN HER 30’s      Maryann Urbano
                   LILLY   Maggie Siff
                HERSELF    Janeane Garofalo
                HIMSELF    Tim Robbins
                HERSELF    Edie Falco

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                DIRECTOR Helen Hunt
          SCREENWRITERS Alice Arlen
                         Victor Levin
                         Helen Hunt
      BASED ON THE NOVEL “Then She Found Me” by Elinor Lipman
              PRODUCERS Pam Koeffler
                         Katie Roumel
                         Christine Vachon
                         Connie Tavel
                         Helen Hunt
                         Chip Signore
                         Louise Goodsill
                         Ralph Kamp
                         Victor Levin
                         Walter Josten
                         Jeff Geoffray
                         Howard Behar
            CO-PRODUCER Matthew Myers
    PRODUCTION DESIGNER Stephen Beatrice
        CASTING DIRECTOR Bernard Tesley, C.S.A.
                  EDITOR Pam Wise
       COSTUME DESIGNER Donna Zakowska
       MUSIC CONSULTANT Mary Ramos
               COMPOSER David Mansfield

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                                     ABOUT THE FILM

Adapted from Elinor Lipman’s novel of the same name, Helen Hunt makes her feature directing
debut with THEN SHE FOUND ME, a touching story of schoolteacher April Epner (Hunt) and
her very unlikely path towards personal fulfillment. Following the separation from her husband
(Matthew Broderick) and the death of her adopted mother, April is contacted by her apparent
birth mother (Bette Midler), who turns out to be a local talk show host Bernice Graves. As
Bernice tries to become the mother to April that she was never able to be, April seems to find
solace in the arms of the parent of one of her students (Colin Firth), only to find that the mystery
to life’s questions cannot be solved by a simple revelation.

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                               ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Whether one describes it as a serious comedy or a drama full of laughs,
THEN SHE FOUND ME is a film that simultaneously reveals and revels in the contradictions of
life. Based on the best-selling novel by Elinor Lipman, which was praised by Publishers Weekly
for “raising laughter and tears with acutely observed characterizations and dry, affectionate wit,”
the film is extremely faithful to the author’s bittersweet blend of humor and heart. Starring
Helen Hunt in a role that recalls and rivals her Oscar-winning work in the tonally similar
“As Good As it Gets,” the film also represents her feature directorial debut. Expertly guiding co-
stars Matthew Broderick, Colin Firth and, in a welcome return to the big screen, Oscar-nominee
Bette Midler. Hunt proves herself a quadruple talent, having also co-written the screenplay and
co-produced the project.

In THEN SHE FOUND ME, Hunt portrays April Epner, a 39 year-old schoolteacher whose
rather simple, stable life is about to be turned upside down. A year earlier, April married Ben
(Broderick), the slightly younger “boy from the neighborhood,” who teaches at her school. With
her biological clock ticking loud and fast, April struggles to get pregnant right away, even
though the pressure puts a strain on the relationship. Although her mother points out that she can
adopt, April insists upon having a child of her own. She herself was adopted and has always felt
something missing – something she doesn’t want any child of hers to be denied. But, April’s
attempts at family planning end in disaster, as do all of her plans. First, Ben announces that the
marriage was a mistake and that he wants out. Then, just when she thinks things can’t get worse,
April’s mother suddenly dies, leaving her without parent, man, OR child.

April’s life turns upside down again when, out
of the blue, she is contacted by her birth mother
- someone she has never wanted to meet though,
in a way, has always missed. Bernice Graves
(Midler) is everything April’s adoptive mother
wasn’t, and is everything April herself is not. A
local television talk show host whose stock in
trade is instant intimacy and canned candor,
Bernice makes up for lost time by barraging her
daughter with all sorts of questions and
suggestions. As gregarious as April is guarded,
as talkative as April is taciturn, as larger-than-life as April is life-sized, Bernice arrives like some
character out of a storybook, though April isn’t sure whether she is the fairy godmother or the
wicked witch.

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Just as one mother is replaced by another, so it is with men. Following the sudden departure of Ben,
April just as suddenly meets Frank (Firth), the affable, attractive father of one of her young pupils.
Like April, Frank has recently been abandoned by his spouse, and he too views romance with both
disillusionment and desire. Clearly, he and April are compatible and could make a go of it, except
for one complication: April discovers that she is pregnant, the result of a parting encounter with Ben,
(or, what Bernice refers to as “break-up sex.”) Once again, life is turned upside down and true to
form, it will turn a few more times before the plot of THEN SHE FOUND ME draws to a close.

This sense that life can change in a heartbeat informs both the story of THEN SHE FOUND ME as well
as the story of how the film got made. In fact, Hunt had been trying to get the project off the ground for
a decade, and its gestation was as difficult and delayed as April’s. Lipman’s novel—her first—was
published in 1990, but the film rights had been shopped around to various Hollywood customers a full
year before that, when it was still in manuscript form. In 1989, it was optioned by Sigourney Weaver’s
production company for Weaver to play April. Once the book hit the stands, it garnered extremely
positive reviews, and suddenly there were numerous expressions of interest on behalf of a number of
studios, producers, and actresses. But, Weaver was not interested in relinquishing her rights and
extended her option.

During the Thanksgiving holiday of 1990, Connie Tavel, Helen Hunt’s producing partner (and one of
the eventual producers of the film) was given the novel by her sister. Tavel read the book in one night
and immediately thought it was a perfect vehicle for Hunt. When she herself read the book, Hunt agreed,
but then learned that the rights were in Weaver’s hands. She asked if there were any way she could
have a part in the project, whether as producer or actor but, at the time, the answer was “no.” Weaver
kept reassuring Lipman that she was going to make the film, but nearly a decade had passed since she
took her original option, and no start date had ever been announced. Meanwhile, in 1998, Hunt won the
“Best Actress” Oscar for her performance in “As Good As it Gets,” and was suddenly in a much
stronger position than she had been ten years earlier. She and Tavel took control of the novel and
assured Lipman that THIS time the film would get made, even though the task they set for themselves
was far from easy.

                            In reviewing “Then She Found Me” The New York Times praised
                            Lipman for having “a satirist’s sly knack for succinctly introducing a
                            character along with his moral failings.” This “warts and all”
                            approach was the very quality that attracted Hunt who liked the fact
                            that the characters “are all a little bit crazy.” She continues: “they’re
                            all a little bit awful, they’re all a little bit wonderful, and that makes
                            perfect sense to me.” But, finding the right balance, so that the
                            characters are neither too awful nor too wonderful, was difficult to
                            achieve. In fact, it took Hunt the better part of the next five years to
                            re-write the script, and to address many of the issues that prevented
                            earlier attempts from getting off the ground.

                             While Lipman’s book focuses almost completely on the eccentric
                             relationship between April and Bernice--the Birkenstock-wearing
schoolteacher and the stiletto-heeled talk show host-- Hunt wanted to deal with ALL of April’s
relationships, including those she might have with men. Though the book chronicles Bernice’s attempts

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to get her daughter new clothes, a new life, AND a new man, the “new man” in the novel is barely there,
and takes the form of a shy librarian who works at April’s school. The character, Frank, played by Colin
Firth in the film, was entirely Hunt’s creation, and there is no doubt that having him and April fall in
love, makes her character less of a “loser” and a much stronger protagonist.

Another important ingredient added by Hunt is April’s
longing for a child. Though this would not have been
an important factor had she undertaken the role in 1990,
as a woman nearing forty herself, Hunt felt this would
now be a pressing issue for her character. April’s
negative feelings about adoption, her difficulties with
conception, and the irony of her finally meeting Mr.
Right and discovering she’s pregnant by Mr. Wrong,
form such an important part of the final film that most
people would be surprised to learn that very little of this
is in the novel. And, yet, it all matches seamlessly with
Lipman’s original story which is about the many varieties of love, but which is primarily about what
it means to be a mother and, more importantly, what it takes to be a mother.

To Lipman, these five years of silence indicated that, once again, there would be no movie. When her
book was originally published, her son was in the first grade. Now, he was a college graduate who
had moved to Los Angeles to work in the mailroom of a leading talent agency. One day, he came
across an internal email that bore the heading, “Helen Hunt to produce, direct and star in
THEN SHE FOUND ME.” He called his mother, who checked in with Tavel, who confirmed that
indeed the project had finally come together. The latest development was that Hunt would now be
behind the camera as well as in front of it.

“I’d been wanting to direct for a long time,” says Hunt, who had previously directed several episodes
of her long-running hit television series, “Mad About You.” “I knew that it would take a story I felt
very personally connected to. Some people just want to direct, but to me, who would want the job
unless they really cared about the story? Over the long process of re-writing this movie, I became
more and more married to it, and created characters who were me all over the place. It started to be
true that it would be more tiring to explain to another director what I wanted, than to direct it myself.”
In keeping with project’s many contradictions, she points out that “I always swore I would be smart
enough not to make the mistake that every actor makes, which is to be in the movie they direct.
Finally, it came down to wanting to act in the part.”

Given the difficulty Hunt had getting the film financed, it’s just as well that she doubled up as both
star and director. As she notes, “given the amount of money I had, and the amount of days we had to
shoot, if I had anyone else in there playing the part, it wouldn’t have gotten done.” She continues,
“Getting money to make it was unspeakably hard and took a ridiculously long amount of time.” When
it became evident that the film would have to be made independently, Hunt found herself partnering
with the renowned New York- based production company, Killer Films. “I had met with Christine
Vachon just in general, hoping as an actress that they would think of me for a small movie. Then,
when this screenplay was finished, I knew it would be better as a small film. I thought it was a long
shot that Killer Films would think of it as their kind of movie, but Christine read it right away, and she

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said, ‘We love it. We want to make it.” Eventually the team of producers found funding and scheduled
the shoot for a brisk 27 days. “I ended with a very small check,” says Hunt, “but what that small
amount of money afforded was the right to just make the movie with the actors I wanted without
anybody giving me notes on the script.”

                                            Making the film as a low-budget indie allowed Hunt to
                                            stay true to the distinctive tone of her material “Funny
                                            movies about difficult things appeal to me. That’s a
                                            cocktail that works for me” she admits. Acknowledging
                                            the influence of her “As Good As it Gets” director, James
                                            Brooks, she says, “He holds a big place in my psyche
                                            about the kinds of movies that move me, and something I
                                            think I learned from Jim Brooks is that you have to have
                                            the one sentence that you hang onto when you make a
                                            movie, and everything falls in line behind that. For me it
was: you can’t really fall in love until you’ve made peace with betrayal. This movie is, hopefully, a
funny movie about betrayal, even though it looks like it’s about adoption, or about wanting a baby,
or falling in love, or getting your heart broken. In April’s case, I think betrayal looks like it’s about
the Matthew Broderick character, and it looks like it’s about Colin Firth’s character, and it certainly
looks like its Bette Midler’s character, but for her, in the end, it’s betrayal by God.”

Heavy stuff, to be sure, but Hunt never forgot the “serious comedy/ funny drama” quality in
Lipman’s work that drew her to the project in the first place. “Every movie that has ever moved
me,” she observes, “started by tricking me and making me laugh. I told myself and everybody on
the movie, no matter what happens during the story, we are making a comedy—a comedy about a
woman who was adopted at a very early age, wants to have a baby now, and has it in her mind that
there’s a certain way she is going to have this baby, and that’s the only way she can do it. Along the
way, there are three loves stories—one with Bette’s character, one with Colin Firth’s character, and
one with Matthew Broderick’s character. So, my hope is that, like with the movies I’ve loved the
most, if people are laughing, they won’t be ready when something else hits them and they are moved
by it.”

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                                   ABOUT THE CAST

                             HELEN HUNT (“April Epner”, Director, Co-screenwriter,
                             *See Bio in “Filmmaker” section

                               BETTE MIDLER (“Bernice Graves”)
                               Bette Midler grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she began
                               singing at an early age. After winning several talent shows, it
                               was clear what she had to do -- get the hell out of there!
                               Ironically, playing an extra in the film, HAWAII, she earned
                               enough money to move to New York City. She soon landed on
                               Broadway, playing Tzeitel, the oldest daughter in the hit musical,
                               “Fiddler on the Roof,” and singing “Matchmaker” eight times a
                               week. (Even then, she understood the importance of doing one’s
                               own matinees).

                                 Once she began singing in clubs around town, word reached the
                                 owner of the famed Continental Baths, who immediately offered
her a job. Performing at the baths, she developed the trademark act that would make her one of
the most renowned talents of a generation. Bawdy humor, revealing costumes and a distinctive
voice made for an act that was poignant, tacky and altogether fabulous. "I wouldn't say I
invented tack,” she boasted," "…but I definitely brought it to its present popularity." Her
performances of songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Delta Dawn,”and “Superstar” were
unforgettable and caused audiences to fall in love with the self-anointed "Divine Miss M."

After being discovered by Ahmet Ertugun, the legendary president of Atlantic Records, Bette
recorded her first album, “The Divine Miss M,” which hit #9 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart and
went platinum. In 1973, she won her first Grammy for Best New Artist. After successfully
touring the world and returning to Broadway in the Tony winning, “Clams On The Halfshell,”
Hollywood beckoned. Midler’s first starring role in the feature film, “The Rose,” garnered two
Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy for the film's title song and a best actress Oscar nomination.

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The Oscar itself went to Sally Field, whom Bette has arm-wrestled twice for the statuette but
unfortunately, lost both times.

Midler went on to star in many successful films including “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,”
“Ruthless People,” “Outrageous Fortune,” “Big Business” and her most popular movie,
“Beaches,”of which she says, “Thank God I made the right decision and played the character
who lives!” She also starred opposite Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn in the mega-hit, “The First
Wives Club,” which she enjoyed shooting primarily because she was playing the chubby gal and
during filming, could eat whatever she wanted. She didn’t even need a trailer on that picture
since she never left the craft services table.

Recently, she’s released “Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook” and “Bette
Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Song Book,” which were both nominated for Grammys. Last year,
she debuted “Cool Yule” for the holiday season, which features a special Christmas version of
“From A Distance.” Bette also starred in the 2005 remake of “The Stepford Wives” but is happy
to say that by now, almost everyone has forgiven her.

Forty years, four Grammys, four Golden Globes, three Emmys, a Tony Award and tons of
record-breaking performances since she hit the scene, the "Divine Miss M" is still going strong.
In February, 2008, she opened a brand new show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas,
“The Show Must Go On.”

She recently said that although it’s tough being a living legend, somebody’s got to do it. “In
other words”, she added, “I’m not retiring and you can’t make me!”

                               COLIN FIRTH (“Frank Harte”)
                               A classically trained British theater actor, Colin Firth is a veteran
                               of film, television and stage. Firth has just wrapped production on
                               Universal Pictures’ “Mamma Mia,” a film adaptation of the
                               ABBA musical. The cast includes Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan
                               and Stellan Skarsgard. Phyllida Lloyd is directing the film which
                               features 22 ABBA songs.

                               Firth has also recently wrapped production “Genova” which is
                               being directed by Michael Winterbottom. Firth stars opposite
                               Catherine Keener in the film, which is a horror mystery story
                               revolving around two American girls and their British father who
                               move to Italy after their mother dies.

“And When Did You Last See Your Father” is an independent film starring Firth and Jim
Broadbent, which follows a father and son’s tumultuous relationship. Directed by Anand
Tucker, the film is based on the best selling memoir by Blake Morrison. “And When Did Your
Last See Your Father” is currently in theatres in the UK and will be released by Sony Pictures
Classics in the US in 2008.” The film screened at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year.
Also upcoming is the romantic comedy “The Accidental Husband” starring Uma Thurman. Firth

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portrays Thurman’s uptight fiancée in the film which is directed by Griffin Dunne. “The
Accidental Husband” will be released in Summer 2008.

In 2005, Firth appeared in the film “Nanny McPhee” written by and also starring Emma
Thompson. He also appeared in Atom Egoyan’s controversial film “Where the Truth Lies”
opposite Kevin Bacon. Adapted from the acclaimed novel by the same name, the story is a dark
thriller about the breakup of a celebrated comedy duo surrounding a mysterious murder and the
journalist (Alison Lohman) who seeks to uncover the mystery. The film screened in competition
at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2004, Firth starred in the Universal/Working Title hit “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.”
Firth reprised his role as ‘Mark Darcy’ opposite Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant in the film,
which is based on Helen Fielding’s best-selling novel. The film broke numerous box office
records internationally and grossed over 250 million dollars worldwide.
In 2004, Firth appeared in the critically-acclaimed Lions Gate film “Girl With A Pearl Earring”
opposite Scarlett Johanssen. Based of the best selling novel by Tracy Chevalier, Firth portrayed
the 17th century artist Johannes Vermeer. Firth was nominated for a European Film Award for
his performance in the film. In 2003, Firth appeared in the Universal film “Love Actually,”
written and directed by Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill”). He
appeared in the film with an outstanding ensemble cast including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson,
Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and Keira Knightly. In 2002, Firth was seen starring opposite
Rupert Everett and Reese Witherspoon in the Miramax Film, “The Importance of Being
Earnest.” Prior to that, Firth appeared in the Academy Award nominated film "Shakespeare In
Love" directed by John Madden. Firth portrayed ‘Lord Wessex,’ the evil husband to ‘Violet De
Lesseps,’ played by Gwyneth Paltrow. In 1996, Firth appeared in the multi-Oscar nominated
film, "The English Patient," opposite Kristen Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes. His other film
credits include the Marc Evans thriller “Trauma,” “What a Girl Wants,” “Hope Springs,”
"Relative Values," "A Thousand Acres," with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange, “Apartment
Zero,” "My Life So Far," "The Secret Laughter of Women," Nick Hornby’s "Fever Pitch,"
"Circle of Friends," "Playmaker," and the title role in Milos Forman’s “Valmont" opposite
Annette Benning.
On the small screen, Firth is infamous for his breakout role in 1995, when he played “Mr. Darcy”
in the BBC adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" for which he received a BAFTA nomination for
Best Actor. Firth’s latest television appearance was in 2006 in the critically-acclaimed BBC
television movie “Born Equal” directed by Dominic Savage (“Out of Control”). The film, which
was shot with improvised dialogue, follows a wealthy business man (Firth) as he struggles to
help the less fortunate and finds himself inevitably drawn into their lives. In March 2004, Firth
hosted NBC’s legendary series “Saturday Night Live.” He was nominated for an Emmy Award
in 2001 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the critically acclaimed HBO film "Conspiracy"
and has also received the Royal Television Society Best Actor Award and a BAFTA nomination
for his work in "Tumbledown." His other television credits include "Windmills on the Clyde:
Making Donovan Quick," "Donovan Quick," "The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd," "Deep Blue
Sea," "Hostages," and the mini-series "Nostromo." His London stage debut was in the West End
production of “Another Country” playing Benett. He was then chosen to play the character Judd
in the 1984 film adaptation opposite Rupert Everett.

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Firth is an active supporter of Oxfam International, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty
and related injustice around the world. He is a co-director of Oxfam’s Café Progreso, a chain of
coffee bars founded with the intention of creating fair trade opportunities for coffee cooperatives
in Ethiopia, Honduras and Indonesia.

Colin Firth resides in London, England.

                                MATTHEW BRODERICK (“Ben”)
                                A two-time Tony award-winning stage actor and instantly
                                recognizable film presence, Matthew Broderick was most
                                recently heard in the Dreamworks animated film “Bee
                                Movie,”opposite Jerry Seinfeld. Other upcoming work includes
                                “Margaret” with Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo, and “Finding
                                Amanda” alongside Brittany Snow. He also appears in
                                “Diminished Capacity,”opposite Alan Alda and Virginia
                                Madsen, which made its debut at the 2008 Sundance Film
                                Festival. He recently wrapped production on “Wonderful
                                World”, alongside Sophie Okonedo.

                                In 2005 he starred in the blockbuster Broadway production of
Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” on Broadway. He also starred in the hit off-Broadway play,
“The Foreigner,” at the Roundabout Theatre. Also in 2005, he starred in the feature film version
of “The Producers,” reprising the Tony nominated performance he gave on Broadway in this
smash hit musical.

Broderick starred in the critically acclaimed “You Can Count on Me” opposite Laura Linney.
He also earned considerable acclaim starring opposite Reese Witherspoon in the critically lauded
and Independent Spirit Award winning political satire “Election,” directed by Alexander Payne.

A New York native, he made his professional stage debut opposite his father, James Broderick,
at age 17 in the production of “On Valentine’s Day.” His performance in Harvey Fierstein’s
“Torch Song Trilogy,” won him the Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Broderick won his first Tony Award for Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” and starred in
the play’s sequel “Biloxi Blues.” He won his second Tony for his role as J. Pierrepont Finch, in
the Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Other films
include “Godzilla,” “Addicted to Love,” “The Cable Guy” and “Inspector Gadget.”

Broderick has also starred in such blockbuster movies as, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Glory,”
“War Games,” and Disney’s “The Lion King,” as the adult voice of Simba. Additional credits
include “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,” “Max Dugan Returns,” “Project X,” “Family
Business,” “The Freshman,” “The Night We Never Met,” “ The Last Shot” and “The Stepford

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In addition to his stage, screen and Broadway credits, he has also appeared in the Showtime film
“Master Harold…and the Boys” and received an Emmy nomination for the TNT production of
David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theater” in which he starred opposite Jack Lemmon.

Broderick resides in New York with his wife Sarah Jessica Parker and son, James Wilke

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                            ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

                             HELEN HUNT (Director, Producer, Co-Screenwriter, and
                             “April Epner”)
                             Few actresses have been praised as highly as Helen Hunt. From
                             her earliest work in Community Theater, to the New York
                             Broadway stage, to her film and television performances, critics
                             continuously recognize her for her outstanding performances.
                             Hunt's most recent film appearances include roles in the
                             ensemble cast “Bobby,” the story of the assassination of U.S.
                             Senator Robert F. Kennedy; “A Good Woman” co-starring
                             Scarlet Johansson and Tom Wilkinson; HBO’s mini series
                             “Empire Falls” co-starring Ed Harris and Paul Newman; the
                             Woody Allen film, “The Curse of the Jade Scorpian,” opposite
Charlize Theron, Dan Aykroyd and Allen, himself; the Robert Altman independent feature “Dr.
T and the Women,”opposite Richard Gere; “Pay It Forward,” a Warner Bros. drama alongside
Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment; “Castaway” with Tom Hanks; and “What Women Want”
with Mel Gibson.

Hunt’s portrayal of a single mother / waitress in James Brooks’ “As Good As It Gets” opposite
Jack Nicholson for Sony Pictures garnered her a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild
Award and an Oscar for Best Actress. She previously starred in “Twister,” directed by Jan De
Bont and won a Blockbuster Award for Best Actress in an action/adventure film for her role in
the mega-hit. She was last seen on Broadway, starring opposite John Turturro, in the Yasmine
Reza play, “Life (x) 3.”

Seven times nominated for an Emmy in as many seasons, she won the award four times for best
actress in a comedy series for her role as ‘Jamie Buchman’ on “Mad About You.” Her work on
the hit NBC series has also earned her five Golden Globe Awards (four for acting, one for
producing the series), a coveted Screen Actors Guild Award, and three American Comedy
Awards. Additionally, she has twice been named "Best Actress" by the Viewers for Quality

A native of Los Angeles, Hunt grew up in an artistic environment. Her father, Gordon Hunt, is a
director and respected acting coach and her singing teacher is one of Hollywood's finest voice
coaches, her grandmother, Dorothy Fries.

Hunt made her acting debut on television in 1973's "Pioneer Woman". Her career has spiraled at
a rapid pace since, to encompass over 15 movies for television, including "Bill: On His Own,"
for CBS, "Choices of the Heart" for NBC, "Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart
Story," "Into the Badlands," and one of her most prized roles, Kathy Miller in "The Miracle of
Kathy Miller". Hunt has also received rave reviews for her performance in the telefilm "In the
Company of Darkness" in which she starred with Steven Weber and was directed by David

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Interspersed with her work in feature films, Hunt was a regular in three television series' prior to
successfully making the transition to more adult roles with a two-year stint on "St. Elsewhere"
and guest appearances on the critically acclaimed series "China Beach". Her performance in
HBO's "The Hitchhiker,” earned her an ACE Award nomination.

After shooting “Project X,” Hunt left Los Angeles for New York, determined to break into
theater. Her determination quickly paid off and in 1987, she was cast in the Ensemble Studio
Theater's production of “Been Taken” with Mary Stuart Masterson. In 1989 realizing a dream,
Hunt performed on Broadway in Thornton Wilder's classic “Our Town” at the Lyceum Theater
co-starring with Eric Stoltz and Spalding Grey.

Hunt starred in the PBS American Playhouse series, "Land of Little Rain" in 1988, as 'Mary
Austin', the famed 1900's author. She received rave reviews from critics who considered it to be
a tour de force performance. She also starred in the short-lived but critically acclaimed ABC
series, "My Life and Times," created by Ron Koslow.

Pursuing another strategy, Hunt next accepted the part of a promiscuous country girl in the
feature film, “Miles From Home.” Accepting a smaller role afforded Hunt the opportunity to
work with such notables as Richard Gere, director Gary Sinise, and members of the prestigious
Steppenwolf Theater Group.

In the summer of 1990, Hunt assumed the coveted role of 'Bianca' in the Shakespeare in the Park
production of “Taming of the Shrew” with Tracey Ullman and Morgan Freeman at the
Delacourte Theater. Hunt starred on Broadway in the Lincoln Center production of “Twelfth
Night” in the role of “Viola”. The play was directed by Nicholas Hytner and co-starred Paul
Rudd, Philip Bosco and Kyra Sedgwick. More recently, she starred opposite Tim Robbins in a
Los Angeles production of “The Guys” for The Actors' Gang.

Pamela Koffler is the co-head and founder of Killer Films, which has produced some of the most
acclaimed American independent films, including “Kids,” “I Shot Andy Warhol,” “Boys Don't
Cry,” “Office Killer,” “Happiness,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Far From Heaven,” “One
Hour Photo,” and Robert Altman's “The Company.” Headed with partner Christine Vachon,
Killer celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the honor of a retrospective at the Museum of
Modern Art. Recently, Pamela has produced “The Notorious Bettie Page,” directed by Mary
Harron and starring Gretchen Mol, and Tom Kalin's “Savage Grace” starring Julianne Moore and
Stephen Dillane.

Katie Roumel has played a hand in numerous groundbreaking films since first joining Killer
Films in 1993. During her decade-long tenure at Killer as the Head of Production and eventually
as a partner alongside Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, Katie worked on several of Killer's
most critically and commercially successful achievements, notably “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Far
from Heaven,” as well as producing several notable films including “A Home at the End of the
World,” “Camp,”and “The Notorious Bettie Page.” She most recently produced
“Savage Grace” starring Julianne Moore.

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Christine Vachon produced Todd Haynes's controversial first feature, “Poison,” which won the
Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, she has produced “Far From
Heaven,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “One Hour Photo,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Happiness,
Velvet Goldmine,” “Safe,” “I Shot Andy Warhol,” “Go Fish,” “Swoon, “and others. Along with
partner Pamela Koffler, she runs Killer Films, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2005 and
was honored with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Killer movies have been
nominated for 8 Academy Awards and 11 Emmys, and won the Oscar for Hilary Swank’s
transforming performance in Boys Don’t Cry. Recent Killer releases include “I’m Not There,”
which earned Cate Blanchett an Academy Award nomination, and 2008 will see “Savage
Grace,” and “An American Crime.”In 1994, Christine was awarded the Frameline Award for
Outstanding Achievement in Lesbian and Gay Media and in 1996 was honored with the
prestigious Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement by New York Women in Film
and Television. She received the IFP’s 1999 Gotham Award and, for her work on Far From
Heaven, was honored by the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review.
She is the author of two best-selling books, 1998’s “Shooting to Kill” and “A Killer Life: How
an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond”, which
was published in 2006.

Connie Tavel is both a lawyer and President of Forward Entertainment, a management and
production company based in Los Angeles, which she founded in 1988. Ms. Tavel works with
such clients as actors: Craig T. Nelson, Jon Cryer, Helen Shaver, Annie Potts, Rachel Boston,
and Joanna Gleason. She co-created and Executive Produced the long running CBS drama
“Judging Amy.” She won an Emmy for producing “Summer’s End,” a Showtime movie starring
James Earl Jones. She also Executive Produced “Due East” starring Kate Capshaw and Cybill
Shepherd, “Ride the Wind” starring Craig T. Nelson, and “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,”
starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter.

Ms. Tavel began her career as Director of Television Business Affairs at Marble Arch
Productions and worked as an agent at both Abrams, Harris & Goldberg (now Innovative Artists)
and ICM.

ALICE ARLEN (Co-Screenwriter)
Alice Arlen has written six films and has been nominated for an academy award with
Nora Ephron for “Silkwood.” In addition to also writing for Masterpiece Theater, she has written
a book and was the first woman on the editorial board of the Harvard Crimson. Alice also
spends her time as the President of the Alica Patterson Foundation for Journalists and is a
founding member of Impact, a group which recently performed at the 2008 Oscars.

VICTOR LEVIN (Producer, Co-Screenwriter)
Bio Pending

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BERNARD TELSEY (Casting Director)
Bernard Telsey opened his own casting office, Telsey + Company, in 1988. Recent casting
credits include Julie Taymor’s “Across the Universe,” Peter Hedges’ “Dan in Real Life” and the
upcoming films “Dancing with Shiva,” directed by Jonathan Demme, and Michael Patrick
King’s “Sex and the City: The Movie.” Past films include “Rent,” “Camp,” “Finding Forrester,”
“Pieces of April,” “Keane,” “The Bone Collector,” and “The Grey Zone.” Telsey + Company is
also responsible for many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions that include “Wicked,”
“Rent,” “Hairspray,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Company,” “Grey Gardens,” “The Color
Purple,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Legally Blonde,” “In the Heights,” “The Rocky Horror Show,”
“Talk Radio,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Frozen, Anna in the Tropics,” “La Boheme,” “Aida,”
“Death of a Salesman,” “Electra,” “De La Guarda,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Capeman,”
and “Wit.” Telsey + Company has also cast for many of the leading New York non-profit theater
companies such as MCC Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, and Signature Theatre.
Regionally, they have cast for The Goodman Theatre, The Hartford Stage Company, McCarter
Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse and Peter Seller’s international
productions of “Peony Pavillion,” “The Merchant of Venice” and “I Was Looking at the Ceiling
and then I Saw the Sky.”

In 1983, Telsey co-founded MCC Theater, a non-profit Off-Broadway theater company. As a
not-for-profit theater, MCC has taken risks on tough, engrossing plays that investigate the issues
and morality of our times. They have produced such plays as Bryony Lavery’s “Frozen” (4
Tony nominations including Best Play), Tim Blake Nelson’s “The Grey Zone” (4 OBIE
Awards), Margaret Edson’s “Wit” (1999 Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk Award), Rebecca Gilman’s
“The Glory of Living” (2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist), “Alan Bowne’s Beruit,” Peter Hedges’
“Good As New” (OBIE Award), Russell Lee’s “Nixon’s Nixon” (OBIE Award), and Neil
Labute’s “The Distance From Here,” “The Mercy Seat,” “Fat Pig,” and “In a Dark Dark House.”

PAM WISE (Editor)
Editor Pam Wise, A.C.E. , edited the award winning films “Transamerica,” “Dark Matter,”
“Secretary,” and “Dancemaker.” She began her career editing cinema verite documentaries with
Ricky Leacock, Charlotte Zwerin, and the Maysles brothers. Ms. Wise honed her story-telling
skills and music and dance editing on such films as “Horowitz Plays Mozart,” a Maysles film
which premiered at the NY Film Festival, “Carnegie Hall Gets Plastered,” (co-director), “A
Tribute to Hank Williams,” “John Lennon Live in NY,” and Trisha Brown's “Accumulation
with Water Motor.” Ms. Wise edited music videos by Malcolm McLaren, Cyndi Lauper, Diana
Ross, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Yoko Ono. Ms. Wise is a 1998 A.C.E. Eddie Award Winner for
Best Edited Documentary “Dancemaker.” She is a member of the Board of Directors of the
Motion Picture Editors Guild, and a member of American Cinema Editors.

DONNA ZAKOWSKA (Costume Designer)
Designer Donna Zakowska has designed for film, theatre, circus, opera, music and puppet
theatre, including nine seasons for the Big Apple Circus and a concert tour for Mick Jagger.
Her theatre work has included projects with Fernando Arrabal, Martha Clarke, Eve Ensler,
Richard Foreman, John Kelly, Harry Kondoleon, William H. Macy, Tom O’Horgan, Roman
Paska, Carey Perloff, Steve Reich and Julie Taymor.

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Her designs have been seen at theatres throughout the world, including the Hebbel Theater
(Berlin), the Barbizon and Royal Festival Hall (London), Bobigny, Châtelet and the Théâtre du
Rond-Point (Paris), Teatro Argentina (Rome), BAM, Lincoln Center and the Public Theater
(New York).

She recently designed sets and costumes for Roman Paska’s “Dead Puppet Talk” at the Kitchen,
and for “Souls of Naples,” starring John Turturro, at the Duke on 42nd Street (NY) and the
Teatro Mercadante (Naples).

She began her film work with a Woody Allen movie, John Turturro’s “Mac” and David Salle’s
“Search and Destroy. Other movies and television projects have included “Harriet the Spy,”
“The Pallbearer,” “Polish Wedding,” “Forces of Nature,” “Illuminata,” “One True Thing,”
“Invisible Circus,” “Original Sin,” “Kate and Leopold,” “Empire Falls,” “Romance and
Cigarettes,” and HBO’s upcoming miniseries, “John Adams.”

Son of classical musicians and formally trained as a violinist, David was first signed (by the
legendary Mary Martin), at sixteen, to Warner Bros. Records as a member of "Quacky Duck And
His Barnyard Friends,” along with founding members Dan and Daegal Bennett, sons of singer
Tony Bennett.

At age 18, David joined Bob Dylan's band for four years, starting with the "Rolling Thunder
Revue.” He recorded three albums with Dylan and appears on numerous compilations and live
albums, including "Biograph" and "Bob Dylan Live 1975 The Bootleg Series Vol. 5.” David
appeared in the NBC special "Hard Rain," and the feature film "Renaldo and Clara."

In 1976 David was signed to Arista and released three albums (two of which he co-produced
with T-Bone Burnett and Steven Soles) as a member of the critically acclaimed "Alpha Band."
He later went on to work with Burnett on his solo albums and other projects, including writing
the score for the feature film "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."

David is an award-winning film and television composer with many major scoring credits. His
score for the A&E mini-series “Broken Trail,” co-written with Van Dyke Parks, was nominated
for an Emmy. David’s first film score was for the notorious epic "Heaven's Gate." It led to a
four-film collaboration with director Michael Cimino, which resulted in a Golden Globe
nomination for his score for the Oliver Stone-penned "Year Of The Dragon.”

Other long-standing relationships are with the esteemed Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein, and
with Maggie Greenwald ("Ballad of Little Jo," "Songcatcher"). His score for Ripstein's "Deep
Crimson” (Profundo Carmesi) won David the Golden Ocelot at the Venice film festival (Best
Musical Score); this honor was repeated at the Havana Film Festival. His work with Greenwald
is also highly acclaimed; on her film "Songcatcher" (a music-centric film about song collecting
in the Appalachian Mountains), David not only wrote the score, but researched and supervised
all of the traditional ballad singing and folk music in the film.

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David has written scores in a multitude of styles for many other film directors as well, including
Harold Ramis, Walter Hill, Thomas Schlamme, Frank Pierson, Robert Duvall, and Gavin
O'Connor. Some of the many television directors David has worked with include Glenn Jordan,
Jeff Bleckner, Tim Hunter, and Robert Allan Ackerman.

David produced the soundtrack albums for the films "Heaven's Gate," "Year of the Dragon,"
"The Sicilian," "Desperate Hours," "Ballad Of Little Jo," and “Broken Trail,” among others.
Excerpts from his scores for "Heaven's Gate" and "The Sicilian" have been performed at the
Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall, respectively.

David continues to be a world-class recording and performing musician. A founding member of
"Bruce Hornsby and the Range,” David was awarded an RIAA platinum album and a Grammy
Award for "The Way It Is," as well as RIAA gold albums for Bob Dylan's "Desire" and "Hard
Rain." He performs and records with a wide range of artists, playing a variety of instruments
including electric/acoustic/classical/slide guitars, violin, viola, mandolin, mandocello, Irish
bouzouki, pedal steel guitar, lap steel, banjo and Dobro/National resonator guitars.

ELINOR LIPMAN (Author of the novel Then She Found Me)
Elinor Lipman is the author of nine critically acclaimed books: the novels My Latest Grievance,
The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, The Dearly Departed, The Ladies' Man, The Inn at Lake Devine,
Isabel's Bed, The Way Men Act, and a collection of stories, Into Love and Out Again. She has
taught writing at Simmons, Smith and Hampshire colleges. Her essays have appeared in the
Boston Globe Magazine, Gourmet, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and The New York
Times’ “Writers on Writing” series.

Of her work the Boston Globe has said, “Lipman has been referred to as ‘the master of the art of
screwball comedy,’ but ‘screwball’ doesn’t do justice to her fiction, which renders serious
subjects through a lens of humor and hope.” Faye Weldon wrote of My Latest Grievance in the
Washington Post, “Up there at the top is where this enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious,
exceptionally intelligent, wholly original and Austen-like stylist belongs... " My Latest
Grievance won The Poetry Center’s 2007 Paterson Fiction Prize awarded annually for a novel or
collection of short stories which the judges deem to be the strongest work of fiction published
that year.

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