During her twenty-six years of executive entertainment experience,
Ms. Cutler has participated in every creative and business aspect
of motion picture development, production and distribution. After
graduating Cal Arts Film School, she started her career as assistant
to legendary Agent-turned-Producer Jerome M. Zeitman at 20th Century-Fox
where she assisted in the development of numerous projects including
her first produced feature, the sci-fi thriller DAMNATION ALLEY.
Following 20th-Fox, she held various executive positions including
Director of Literary Acquisitions for Mona Moore & Associates,
Director of the Story Department for Marble Arch Productions,
Director of Literary Affairs for Columbia Pictures Television
and Vice-President, Promotion and Marketing for Connoisseur Video.
on movie set with one of her stars
Always with an eye towards directing, she completed several short
films while still a studio executive, including TEA BREAK FOR
MRS. PENROSE starring Annie Potts (DESIGNING WOMEN). Over the
years she has become an internationally recognized and award-winning
director of stage and screen. She honed her directing skills working
with many notable teacher-directors including Milton Katselas,
Roy London, Ted Post, James Pasternak, Ivanna Chubbuck and Stella
Adler. She observed directors on numerous sets from Hill Street
Blues, Richard Donner on Lethal Weapon 2 to Eddie Murphy's directorial
debut HARLEM NIGHTS. She assisted actor turned director John Saxon
on DEATH HOUSE, which she also co-wrote for Nick Moreno productions.
The film starred John Saxon, Dennis Cole and Tony Franciosa.
Ms. Cutler produced and acted in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE starring
Ed Harris at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. Additionally, she began
directing/producing the first of five plays. All of them were
comedy-dramas and were either world or domestic premieres. Her
productions received critical acclaim: THE CLOSED DOOR won her
the Drama-Logue Critics' Award for best direction. DUSA, FISH,
STAS & VI was lauded by L.A. Times critic Sylvie Drake as
one of the year's ten best productions.
Additionally Ms. Cutler teamed with producer Steven Bakalar to
form H2 Productions which was responsible for four produced films.
H2 produced in association with Live entertainment THE SUBSTITUTE,
a $15 million-feature. Ms. Culter was on board as Executive Producer
for the action-thriller which starred Tom Berenger, Ernie Hudson,
Diane Venora and William Forsythe. The movie garnered the number
two spot its opening weekend. THE SUBSTITUTE was directed by Robert
Mandel (FX, SCHOOL TIES). She was also Executive Producer for
HBO's SUBSTITUTE 2, starring Treat Williams. Ms. Cutler co-wrote
and directed PEACOCK BLUES, a short film for Showtimes' prestigious
Discovery Program starring William Forsythe (THE UNTOUCHABLES)
and Poppy Montgomery (BLONDE) that won Best Film and Audience
Favorite at Moondance International Film Festival 2000.
Following her success with PEACOCK BLUES
she was hired by Academy Award nominee Ross Spears to direct multiple
narrative sequences for the award-winning PBS documentary TELL
ABOUT THE SOUTH. Her film NOT AFRAID TO LAUGH, co-produced with
Emmy award winning producer Roberta Cantow, won an Award of Distinction
from the Communicator Awards 2000.
A respected screenwriter, she has collaborated
with Emmy and Academy Award winning writer-producers Roger Lewis
(THE PAWNBROKER, SHAFT) and comedy veteran Everett Freeman (MARJORIE
MORNINGSTAR, SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY). Her produced credits
include episodic TV where among others she worked with Heather
Locklear and William Shatner on ABC's TJ HOOKER. Her feature and
television projects have been optioned by numerous companies,
including INTERSCOPE COMMUNICATIONS, CHARLES FRIES ENTERTAINENT,
and TRIMARK PICTURES. Most recently she has been hired by Acropolis
Entertainment to write the feature BEST FOR LAST that she is also
attached to direct. Her series HOLLYWOOD TATTOO which she is attached
to write and direct is being packaged by William Morris Agency.
Ms. Cutler has extensive creative and
business relationships within the industry. These include relationships
with acquisitions executives at major and minor distribution companies,
including Dreamworks SKG, Miramax Films, Columbia-TriStar Motion
Picture Company, Twentieth Century Fox-Searchlight, TNT, USA Films,
and HBO among others. Additionally, she travels around the world,
lecturing, speaking and teaching at film festivals and film markets
about the creative and business aspects of moviemaking. Most recently
she has been approached by the Irish Film Industry to teach for
a new government "Development Executive Program."
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