Virginia Madsen, Producer
Virginia Madsen is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and unique actresses. Not only did she receive amazing reviews for her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated performance in Alexander Payne’s hit film, SIDEWAYS, but this Independent Spirit Award-winning actress has an illustrious resume of roles alongside the most notable and respected actors in the business. She can next be seen in RED RIDING HOOD, to be released March 28, 2011. She also recently shot the independent film THE ART OF LOVE slated for a 2011 release. Virginia was recently seen starring on ABC’s comedic drama series SCOUNDRELS based on the New Zealand series “Outrageous Fortune” alongside David James Elliott. She was previously on USA’s final season of MONK alongside Tony Shalhoub and starred opposite Kevin Spacey in the indie comedy FATHER OF INVENTION directed by Trent Cooper and the Lions Gate thriller THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT in March 2009.
Also on Virginia’s slate is her production company with partner Karly Meola called TITLE IX PRODUCTIONS. Their first project is the documentary I KNOW A WOMAN LIKE THAT which previewed at the Phoenix Film Festival in April 2009 and premiered at the Chicago Film Festival in October 2009. The doc was directed by Virginia’s mother, Elaine Madsen, about the lives of extraordinary women ages 64-94. Next in the company’s lineup is the documentary FIGHTING GRAVITY about women ski jumpers’ ongoing battle for the right to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics. TITLE IX will team up with Empire 8 Productions and Vancouver-based Screen Siren on the project. The duo also has several projects in development that they’re shopping around for financing including screenwriters Sebastian Gutierrez’s screen adaptation of Martha O’Connor’s novel THE BITCH POSSE and a remake of the 1984 film ELECTRIC DREAMS in which Virginia appeared.
Virginia’s other films include starring roles opposite Harrison Ford in the action thriller FIREWALL, with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the comedic drama A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, and Forest Whitaker in the existential drama THE RIPPLE EFFECT. She also starred opposite Jim Carrey in New Line’s 2007 psychological thriller THE NUMBER 23, directed by Joel Schumacher, as well as opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the 2006 comedy THE ASTRONAUT FARMER. In 2008, she starred in the Sundance hit DIMINISHED CAPACITY alongside Matthew Broderick and Alan Alda for IFC.
Virginia also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s THE RAINMAKER with Matt Damon in 1997, the cult classic CANDYMAN with Kasi Lemmons, HOT SPOT directed by Dennis Hopper, HBO’s first feature LONG GONE and David Lynch’s DUNE. Virginia’s versatility was seen in the independent film, ALMOST SALINAS, opposite John Mahoney and in AMERICAN GUN, opposite Academy Award winner James Coburn.
It was destiny for Virginia to become a star as her determination and talent quickly paid off. When a Polaroid landed on the desk of the famed director David Lynch, he instantly cast her in his film DUNE. Immediately following, Virginia landed a role in the first “computer” film, ELECTRIC DREAMS in 1984.
When Virginia became pregnant with her son, Jack, she put her successful career on hold. It wasn’t until Jack was in pre-school that the actress had notions of reentering into her Hollywood career. Upon hearing of Virginia’s desire to act again, Francis Ford Coppola asked her to audition for his latest project, the film version of John Grisham’s legal thriller, THE RAINMAKER, a role that reestablished Virginia’s dynamic career. From there, her career began to soar again. And with the critical acclaim she received for her portrayal of “Maya” in SIDEWAYS and her roles in FIREWALL, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, THE ASTRONAUT FARMER, THE RIPPLE EFFECT and NUMBER 23, it is clear that her hiatus to raise a family did nothing to hinder this go-getter from resilient success.
Virginia comes from a very talented family. In addition to her Emmy award winning mother, Elaine Madsen, her brother is the gifted actor, Michael Madsen. Virginia lives in Los Angeles with her teenage son.
Elaine Madsen, Director
Elaine Madsen is an Emmy Award winning writer producer, director, playwright, poet and documentary maker. Her award-winning documentary “Better Than It Has To Be” aired on both NBC and PBS. She is now in the post-production phase of a new documentary titled “I Know a Woman Like That” which her daughter Virginia Madsen’s production company Title IX is producing.
Madsen is the author of “The Texan and Dutch Gas, Kicking Off the European Energy Revolution” which was recently published and is available on Amazon.com. Her newest book “Crayola Can’t Make These Colors” from the palette of a life in Verse is now available on Amazon.com as well.
Vist Elaine’s website at www.elainemadsen.com.
Karly Meola, Producer
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Karly Meola graduated from Stonehill College with a Major in Communications and a Concentration in Film: Media Criticism. She also went on to complete Boston Universityâ€™s BU in LA Program in the Fall of 2004, where she worked for Morgan Freemanâ€™s Revelations Entertainment in development, and on several independent productions.
Karly officially moved to California in the spring of 2004, where she started working as a Casting Associate/Director for reality television. She soon transitioned into film production and worked as an assistant on a Weitz Brotherâ€™s film, â€œAmerican Dreamzâ€ and on a Fox Searchlight trailer in the art department for â€œPsychic Driving.â€ She met renowned actress Virginia Madsen on the set of â€œThe Number 23â€³ and found that they shared a like-mindedness for stories they wanted to tell through film, and for creating opportunities for women in the industry.
Karly came aboard as Virginiaâ€™s personal assistant, and they have worked together ever since.
Karly and Virginia recently partnered to form Title IX Productions during the production of â€œI Know A Woman Like That,â€ which the two women are producing and Virginiaâ€™s mother, Elaine Madsen, is directing. Other projects on the company slate include a remake of 80â€²s classic â€œElectric Dreams,â€ and â€œThe Bitch Posse,â€ based on the novel by Martha Oâ€™Connor.
TJ Rozsa, Cinematographer/Editor
TJ is a Los Angeles based film maker who had the honor of filming andÂ editing the documentary film â€œI Know A Woman Like Thatâ€.
TJ has been working as a cinematographer for the last 7 years, filming everything from extreme sports movies to political documentaries with music videos mixed inbetween. If TJ is not filming movies, he is working on them in other ways. Editing, writing or directing.
â€œMaking movies is my life. And I especially love making documentary films. There are so many amazing true stories out there, and being able to share these stories to a wider audience is extremely fulfillingâ€.
When not working on films, TJ finds himself racing motorcycles or photographing the world in his travels.
Ryu Kodama, Photographer
Ryu Kodama, was born and raised in Japan. He was graduated from the University of Japan with a major in Physics. He moved to the United States to pursue his creative passion at USC, where he was graduated with a Masterâ€™s Degree in Computer Science with a specialty in Robotics. He is skilled in a variety of multi-media techniques, including video and internet, with special gifts in candid photography. He has been documenting the Raw Food Restaurant in New York City for two years for their upcoming book and is on location in Japan. He was the location photographer for the movie â€˜I Know a Woman Like Thatâ€™ throughout the production. He is based in New York. His work can be viewed @ ryukodama.com