Michael Benaroya

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Financier & Executive Producer
Benaroya Pictures

Michael Benaroya is the CEO of Benaroya Pictures which he founded in 2006. The company has developed, financed and produced several major motion pictures across a variety of genres and budget sizes. In January of 2012, Michael announced his founding of Also Known As Pictures (AKA). AKA will develop, produce and finance predominately action, thriller and horror films, with budgets ranging from $500k-$3 million. The founding of AKA pictures allows Benaroya to finance films of any size, while maintaining Benaroya Pictures’ reputation for being involved in high quality, well cast, larger films, with both critical and commercial viability.

Benaroya recently launched the new international sales company International Film Trust (IFT), co-founded with Miscellaneous Entertainment principals D. Todd Shepherd and George Waud. The company will represent theatrical feature film productions from their own banners on a non-exclusive basis as well as titles from other producers and third party productions.

IFT launched their slate at the 2013 Cannes Film Market with three high-profile productions from Benaroya Pictures including the comedy KING OF THE KASTLE, starring Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver and to be produced by Benaroya and Jonathan Gordon; THE TOXIC AVENGER, an action comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger with Steve Pink attached to direct and produce alongside Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein, Charlie Corwin and  Stephen Kessler; and CELL, a Stephen King adaptation starring John Cusack financed and produced by Benaroya Pictures and to be directed by Tod “Kip” Williams.

Other titles on the IFT sales slate include the horror thriller EXISTS directed by THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT’s Eduardo Sanchez and written by Jaime Nash, and MAX ROSE starring Jerry Lewis and written/directed by Daniel Noah, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

MichaelBenaroyagroupshotBenaroya’s recent production, John Hillcoat’s LAWLESS, based on the book The Wettest County in the World, stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, was released by The Weinstein Company on August 29th, 2012 on over 2,000 screens. The film, which premiered to a 10 minute standing ovation at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, is set during the prohibition era and tells a mythic tale of three brothers, who, despite extensive efforts to prevent them, run a lucrative bootlegging operation.

Another Benaroya Pictures project, THE WORDS, premiered at Sundance 2012 and was released by CBS Films on September 7th, 2012. The film features an all-star cast including Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, and Olivia Wilde. THE WORDS follows a writer who, at the peak of his literary success, discovers the price he must pay for stealing another man’s work.

At the 2013 Sundance festival, Benaroya debuted KILL YOUR DARLINGS starring Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, Kyra Sedgwick and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The true story revolves around friendship and murder that led to the birth of the Beat Generation at Columbia University in 1944.

In addition to KILL YOUR DARLINGS, Benaroya has recently completed production on THE RAMBLER, a Calvin Reeder film staring Dermot Mulroney and Lindsay Pulsipher, which was a Park City at Midnight selection at Sundance 2013, as well as PARTS PER BILLION, an ensemble film from writer/director Brian Horiuchi starring Rosario Dawson, Teresa Palmer, Josh Harnett and Frank Langella.

MARGIN CALL, another Benaroya production which premiered at Sundance 2011, won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Film. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, this Wall Street thriller takes place over a frantic 24 hours before the crash of the 2008 stock market.  The film was released by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions and stars Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci.

With numerous projects in development, and others already prepping, Benaroya Pictures intends to produce and finance at least 4 major motion pictures per annum.

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