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Howard Rosenman Producer, Actor and Writer

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Howard Rosenman is best known for the remake of FATHER OF THE BRIDE starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, the cult phenomenon Joss Whedon's BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and THE FAMILY MAN starring Nicolas Cage. Rosenman’s films have won 2 Peabody Awards, an Academy Award and top honors at the Sundance, Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals. With forty films to date, Rosenman’s work ranges from such popular favorites as THE MAIN EVENT with Barbra Streisand, STRANGER AMONG US with Melanie Griffith, and YOU KILL ME with Sir Ben Kingsley to the documentaries, THE CELLULOID CLOSET and the Oscar & Peabody-winning COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT to the TV series JOHN FROM CINCINNATI for HBO. Rosenman remade his first film SPARKLE for Sony Pictures directed by Salim Akil (JUMPING THE BROOM) starring the late Whitney Houston. Rosenman is now preparing a remake of Israel’s successful comedy (2009), “MATTER OF SIZE,” to be directed by Jon Turtletaub (NATIONAL TREASURE I & II; COOL RUNNINGS). Last year he produced his fifth documentary BRAVE MISS WORLD, about the rape of Linor Abergil who was “Miss Israel,” then became “Miss World,” directed by Cecilia Peck (SHUT UP & SING) which they sold to Netflix. It was nominated for an Emmy. He just finished shooting SHEPHERD: A Tale of a Dog in World War II, in Budapest, based on the best-selling Israeli novel with Lynn Roth writing and directing. He is producing OPERATION FOCUS, the story of RAFI SIVRON, the story of the relentless, single-minded military genius who saved his country and changed the world. He was 26 years old. David Ellison’s Skydance is his partner. We bought Michael Oren’s book THE SIX DAY WAR. Rob Eshman and Todd Ellis Kessler are writing. Sam Raimi (SPIDERMAN; RESIDENT EVIL) just commited to direct. In addition he is preparing a Broadway Musical, He Is producing a modern day retelling of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” called EBENEZA. Madison Jones wrote the teleplay and Suzanne DePasse is his producing partner. He is producing THE BLACK CALHOUNS by Gail Horne Lumet Buckley (Lena Horne’s daughter) about Lena Horne and her family - the sweeping history of an African-American family from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Era. Amy Lumet and Debra Martin Chase are producing with him. He produced CALL ME BY YOUR NAME written by James Ivory of “Merchant–Ivory” fame, and the movie was directed by Luca Guadagnino (I AM LOVE & A BIGGER SPLASH) and is based on the hit novel by Andre Aciman. Armie Hammer, Timothy Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg starred in the movie. Peter Spears is his partner. It was nominated for four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Song and Best Adapted Screenplay which James Ivory won. Rosenman made his acting debut in Gus Van Sant’s MILK playing “David Goodstein” (founder of “The Advocate”) opposite the Oscar-winning Sean Penn as “Harvey Milk,” and has since appeared in five more movies. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brooklyn College with a degree in European Literature. Rosenman co-founded Project Angel Food, a lifeline to people affected by HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses in 1989. He and Marianne Williamson were honored for co-founding Project Angel Food twenty-six years ago. The organization prepares and delivers more than 2,000 meals per day. In March of 2016 they will have served their ten millionth meal. Rosenman was recently honored by the film organization Power Up as “one of this year’s ten most amazing men in show business” and two years ago, he received the Humanitarian Award from the first LGBT synagogue in the world, Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles. Rosenman was an adjunct professor at USC. He just returned from New York where he was an adjunct Professor at The Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema teaching an MFA program “Producing” at the Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yards. He was there for six months. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised on Long Island, Rosenman is the son of seventh generation Israelis from Jerusalem. In 1967, Rosenman took a leave from medical school to serve as an extern medic in the Six Day War as a part of the Israeli Defense Forces. There, he met his mentor Leonard Bernstein who encouraged him to go into show business. Several years ago, Rosenman became a Contributing Editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. His articles about his longtime friendships with Leonard Bernstein, Elizabeth Taylor and Diane von Furstenberg can be found on http://www.latimes.com/features/. In addition as an educator, Rosenman has lectured at USC’s Stark Producing Program, UCLA, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Brandeis and AFI.