Cassian Elwes

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Executive Producer, Producer, Agent

Wikipedia calls Cassian Elwes one of the most important figures in independent cinema.

Elwes began his producing career with 1983’s OXFORD BLUES starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and quickly went on to make another 29 films, including MEN AT WORK, with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and THE CHASE with Sheen.

In 1995, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 15 years. His first effort was the long stalled project THE ENGLISH PATIENT which won best picture that year. He financed such indie hits as SLINGBLADE and THE APOSTLE, both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars. MONSTER’S BALL was their follow up, which won the Oscar for Halle Berry.

Elwes is considered an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent.

CassianElwesgroupshotThe Hollywood Reporter recently said that Elwes was “involved in a virtual who’s who of every great independent film of the last ten years” with films such as THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, HALF NELSON, and FROZEN RIVER (the last two of which garnered Oscar nominations for Ryan Gosling and Melissa Leo respectively). “What people lose sight of,” Elwes recently said to Screen International, “is that these films cost a tenth of the films that they competed against at the Academy Awards. The privilege was the recognition.”

Since leaving William Morris Independent three years ago, Elwes has been involved in arranging financing and distribution for 24 films including LAWLESS, directed by John Hillcoat (THE ROAD), starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, and the thriller THE PAPERBOY, directed by Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS), starring Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. Elwes is currently producing period drama THE BUTLER, by Lee Daniels, which features a huge ensemble cast including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams, among others. Additionally, he is also producing DALLAS BUYERS CLUB starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster, and HATESHIP, LOVESHIP which stars Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and Nick Nolte.

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