Susan Sarandon, Thomas Morgan Announce New Company, Reframed Pictures, at 2014 Sedona Film Festival
Actress Susan Sarandon and Filmmakers Thomas Morgan and Jonathan Bricklin announced the launch of their film company, Reframed Pictures, at the Sedona International Film festival today. Reframed Pictures mission is to create and support films that are not only entertaining, but also raise awareness about human rights and social justice issues. But Reframed Pictures plans to take awareness raising one step further by creating opportunities for action associated with each film.
"Film is such a powerful medium. The films we produce and support will be based on their ability to motivate you, the viewer, to make some kind of positive action that we can measure, like donating your time or money, signing a petition to change a law, or voicing your opinion where it counts," said Mr. Morgan.
Ms. Sarandon added, "How you see the world is all about perspective, and how you frame it. Reframed will provide support to talented filmmakers with original visions."
Reframed Pictures also announced its heavy-hitting Board of Advisors. It includes Bob Balaban, Harry Belafonte, Geena Davis, Jonathan Demme, Mary Fisher, Alex Gibney, Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Morgan Spurlock, Fisher Stevens.
In addition to its announcement, Reframed Pictures is premiering its first film, These Storied Streets at the Sedona festival. The film is a stunning look at homelessness in America, telling the stories of the homeless and the formerly homeless and their struggle to survive. The stories are real, raw and haunting. These Storied Streets is directed by Jack Henry Robbins and Mr. Morgan.
The second film to be presented under the Reframed banner will be Silenced, a documentary from Oscar nominee James Spione (Incident in New Baghdad) expected to premiere later this spring. Susan Sarandon and Thomas Morgan serve as Executive Producers on the film.
Susan Sarandon: Susan is an Academy Award-winning actor who has made a career of choosing diverse and challenging projects in both film and television. She is extremely versatile and brings her own brand of sex appeal and intelligence to every role - from her fearless portrayal in Bull Durham to her Oscar-nominated performances in Thelma and Louise, Lorenzo's Oil, The Client, and Atlantic City to her Academy Award-winning and SAG Award-winning role in Dead Man Walking. Other film credits include the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pretty Baby, Stepmom, The Lovely Bones, Enchanted, Little Women, Safe Passage, White Palace, The Witches of Eastwick, and many, many others.
She has also been a featured television actor. In 2008, she received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her role in the HBO film Bernard and Doris, as well as a Golden Globe and SAG nomination. She received an Emmy and SAG nomination for her work in Barry Levinson's You Don't Know Jack with Al Pacino for HBO.
Ms. Sarandon is an activist for many progressive and political causes. In 2006, she received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award. She was honored for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, an advocate for victims of hunger and HIV/AIDS, and a spokesperson for Heifer International. She is also involved with Hope North.
Thomas Morgan: After a life full of unlikely circumstances, Thomas was moved to leave his day job to create documentaries that tell stories of hope when people are faced with unthinkable circumstances. He produced and directed Waiting for Mamu about the life of Pushpa Basnet (2012 CNN Hero of the Year) who removes children from the prisons of Nepal, and These Storied Streets about the real lives of America's homeless.