February 2007 | Peter Rader '82 - '83

Rader.jpgPeter Rader '82 - '83 (Writer, Director, Producer, & Cinematographer, WATER WORLD)

By Sean O'Rourke MAT '68

His e-mail moniker says it all: fablemaker. He practices one of the oldest arts on earth, one that satisfies some of our deepest needs. Humans have been doing it for thousands of years, sitting around the campfire, telling and listening to stories. Peter Rader '82/'83 - a writer, director, cinematographer in Hollywood - believes that if Homer were alive today, he'd probably be a filmmaker.

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January 2007 | Hans Canosa '93

Canosa.jpgHans Canosa '93 (Writer, Director, & Producer, CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN)

By Kim Bendheim '81

Hans Canosa's first feature, CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN (starring Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham-Carter), just came out on DVD. The film offers an unusual double perspective on the characters of the two leads. They are in every scene. You can see each of them, their reaction to one another, at the same time on a split screen. That gives their brief, amorous encounter at a NYC wedding another dimension, one that lingers on in the viewer's mind after the closing credits have rolled.

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December 2006 | Marty Bowen '91

Marty Bowen '91 (Producer, Temple Hill Entertainment)

By Kim Bendheim '81

Marty_Bowen.jpgIn January 2006, Marty Bowen '91, then a partner at United Talent Agency, left to start the production company Temple Hill with long-time friend and New Line Cinema creative executive, Wyck Godfrey. The company is named after the house they once shared together with John Goldstone '91 in LA. Godfrey was the odd man out -- he went to Princeton. Bowen and Godfrey's first production, THE NATIVITY STORY, came out a few weeks ago. Another project they are developing is an old-fashioned country-western love story called PAPER WINGS. Their third endeavor, GOD, THE DEVIL AND LUCY, is a love story about the battle between God and the Devil for the affections of a human heart.

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November 2006 | Aline Brosh McKenna '89

Aline Brosh McKenna '89 (Screenwriter, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, 27 DRESSES)

By Kim Bendheim '81

McKenna.jpgAline Brosh McKenna's career has been one slow, delectable rise, like freshly baked bread. An A-list screenwriter, she's now working on her second screenplay, an adaptation of the British bestseller "I Don't Know How She Does It", with director and fellow Harvard alum David Frankel. McKenna's previous collaboration with Frankel on "The Devil Wears Prada" grossed $235 million worldwide and cost $35 million to make.

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October 2006 | Andy Borowitz '80

Borowitz.jpgAndy Borowitz '80 (Writer, Comedian, & Reporter)

By Kim Bendheim '81

Andy Borowitz is a one-man show. You could write a newsletter about him called “Andywood” -- this Harvard grad (’80) produces his own comedy show once a month at Mo Pitkins, writes the award-winning politically satirical “Borowitz Report”, will soon be touring the country with The Moth, acts in films, and writes a “Shouts & Murmurs” column for “The New Yorker”. Oh, and his latest book, “The Republican Playbook”, is now available in bookstores and at Amazon.

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September 2006 | Jane Chen '96

Jane Chen '06 (Producer of RED DOORS, VP of Strategy at AVM)

By Amit Samuel

JaneChen.jpgUnder a blackboard sky, in the light of a chalk white moon, a production caravan travels across three states -- Nutmeg, Empire, and Garden -- in a marathon two-day denouement to a two-year filmmaking odyssey.

Jane Chen's personal journey began a lot earlier. In the halls of Harvard, Jane was like any other second generation immigrant, balancing the import of family and culture with the lure of dreams and ambition. So while Jane concentrated in East Asian Studies, she nurtured her dreams by teaming up with a couple of equally ambitious undergrads: Mia Riverton and Georgia Lee. The self-described "Three Chicks from Harvard" shared an Asian-American heritage, but their background only brought them together; their dream of a future different from the one envisioned by their parents kept them together.

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August 2006 | Ashlin Halfnight '97

Photo courtesy of Ryan Benyi PhotographyAshlin Halfnight '97 (Playwright, Director of Electric Pear Productions)

By Dominique Kalil '00

I’ve been mulling over this for quite a while now, and I still don’t know what angle to take with this former English concentrator from the Class of 1997. What can one do with a former professional hockey player-turned-kindergarten teacher-turned-successful playwright, who happens to be well versed in the obscure (well, obscure to me anyway) Russian literary genius Mikhail Bulkagov? Ashlin Halfnight and I chatted about a lot of random thingsthe metaphorical quality of the Hungarian language (in which Ashlin is conversationally fluent) and its unusual Finno-Ugric origins, for example. I felt very “Harvard”, but not for the reasons one would immediately think. I always tell people that the best thing at Harvard wasn’t the classes I never went to, nor the professors I never saw, not even the striking campus I took for grantedinstead it was the cornucopia of fascinating and budding individuals that seem to blossom all around me. I think I’m now at the age when those very blossoms are starting to flourish in a very public and productive way, and the view is really quite stunning.

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July 2006 | David Frankel '81

David Frankel '81 (Screenwriter, Director, & Executive Producer, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, MARLEY & ME)

By Kim Bendheim '81

David Frankel, an ‘81 Harvard graduate, is now a Miami-based writer-director. His films include Miami Rhapsody and Dear Diary, the latter of which won him the Academy Award for Best Short Film. He directed several episodes of HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy for best mini-series. He also directed two hours of HBO's Emmy-winning Band of Brothers, wrote an episode of Rome and has directed numerous episodes of Sex and The City and Entourage. His current feature, The Devil Wears Prada, is playing in theaters around the country.

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June 2006 | Ron Weiner '95

Ron Weiner '95 (Writer & Producer, 30 ROCK, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT)

By Kibi Anderson '00

By profession Ron Weiner ’95 is a comedy writer. Having worked on several hit comedy TV shows including NEWSRADIO, FUTURAMA and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, he has been darn successful, too. However, if you ask him what he is passionate about, you'll get a different answer – “Writing, for sure, but composing music probably more so.” Accordingly, Ron has spent most of his life working on his two loves, and recently found a way to combine them.

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May 2006 | Keir Pearson '89

Keir Pearson '89 (Writer & Producer, HOTEL RWANDA)

By Sean O'Rourke MAT '68

Most writers work for years before they receive their first option and years longer before their first script is made. The first screenplay by Keir Pearson ’89 was made and nominated for an Academy Award.

Pearson grew up and attended high school in Portland, Oregon. At Harvard he rowed on the heavyweight eight that won the NCAA National Championship in 1987 and the Ladies’ Plate at Henley three years later. Concentrating in East Asian studies, he wrote his thesis on Chinese cinema.

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