Over the past 25 years, Edward R. Pressman has produced more than 50 motion pictures. He has received achievement awards from the French Cinematheque, the Museum of Modern Art, London's National Film Theatre, Pacific Film Archives, and American Film Magazine, which ranked Mr. Pressman as the best producer of the 1980s based on a nationwide poll of American film critics. A number of Mr. Pressman's productions have received nominations and Academy Awards, including such critically acclaimed films as Das Boot, Plenty, Wall Street, and Reversal of Fortune.
Mr. Pressman was one of the pioneers of the independent film movement, developing strong relationships with talented directors, writers, and actors early in their careers. As a result, Mr. Pressman was able to produce some of the earliest works of Oliver Stone, Terrence Malick, Sam Raimi, David Byrne, Kathryn Bigelow, Alex Proyas, Brian DePalma, Charles Burnett, and Alan Rickman, and actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jon Voight, Sissy Spacek, John Lithgow, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Nick Nolte, Kevin Kline, John Goodman, Alec Baldwin, and Heather Graham. Through his company, Pressman Films, he has maintained these relationships and continues to work with these renowned stars of the industry.
Today independent films, which appeal to a more sophisticated audience and allow creative talent to showcase their abilities, are much in demand. All the major studios are pursuing the independent film market. The 1996 Academy Award nominations reflected this change in tastes.
Because of Mr. Pressman's long-standing relationships and reputation, Pressman Film is uniquely positioned to play a significant role in both the independent and studio film markets, as actors and directors increasingly move back and forth between these two dynamic environments.
Mr. Pressman has always been one of the most internationally minded producers, having made such films as Wolfgang Peterson's Das Boot, the Taviani Brothers' Good Morning Babylon, and Werner Fassbinder's Despair. His reputation in British cinema is well established with films that include Fred Schepisi's Plenty, David Hare's Paris by Night, and Rickman's Scottish drama, The Winter Guest.