4Hawk and Neboya Collective's THE AUSTIN PENDLETON PROJECT: WHERE THE WORK IS Documentary Begins Production
The Austin Pendleton Project profiles Actor, Director, Writer, and Teacher –Austin Pendleton- and his five-decade journey through the theatrical arts. This intimate documentary film explores the colorful and dramatic life of this unsung artist, who continues to redefine what it means to be successful.
Interviews and insights are shared by Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Olympia Dukakis, Louis Zorich, Laurie Metcalf, Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Gyllenhaal and many others with whom Austin has worked.
Presenting a portrait of the most famous actor you have never heard of, this film documents the path of his esteemed career and his continued gift for reinvention.
The Austin Pendleton Project has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $60,000 to support the completion of this film.
The production team is comprised of working actors and artists in New York, and Austin’s story has a very special meaning to them. The directors of the film met working on an off-Broadway production directed by Austin and have been students and peers of his ever since. This film started with a camera and a simple objective of recording a how-to-video for actors, but has grown to encompass a human story of struggle, passion, and endurance. They have reached out to their network and the theater community to overwhelming response and digital marketing campaign of video clips and interviews has generated thousand of site views in just 30 days. For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com/austinpendleton.
Austin Pendleton is a lauded and award-winning actor, director and playwright. His 50 year career includes performances on stage, in The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance and an Obie Award), The Diary of Anne Frank (Broadway),Grand Hotel, Goodtime Charley,The Little Foxes(Broadway), The Sunset Limited, Fiddler on the Roof(Original Broadway Production), and Up from Paradise. Pendleton served as Artistic Director for Circle Repertory Company and is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Pendleton penned the plays Uncle Bob, Booth, and Orson's Shadow, all of which were staged off-Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes garnered him a Tony Award nomination. Additional directing credits include Spoils of War by Michael Weller, The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt, and The Size of the World by Charles Evered. He has appeared in over 80 movies and television series including, Catch 22, My Cousin Vinny, What’s Up Doc, Guarding Tess, OZ, Homicide:Life on the Street, Finding Nemo, Muppets Take Manhattan. Austin is also an acclaimed Director, currently in rehearsals for Ivanov at the Classic Stage Company starring Ethan Hawke, and has just returned from his London run of the award-winning play Detroit, originally directed at Steppenwolf.
4Hawk Productions is a multi-dimensional company composed of artists and business professionals who strive to push the boundaries of their knowledge and experience in the mediums of film, theater, production, photography and design. The Neboya Collective develops and produces character-driven films through collaboration and community.
More Information is available at www.theaustinpendletonproject.com