Lemore Syvan is an independent film producer and founder of New York based production company Elevation Filmworks. She has recently completed the psychological thriller FIRST BORN, starring Elisabeth Shue, with Producer Rick Schwartz and Golden Globe winning Producer Graham King, as well as FORGIVENESS, written and directed by Udi Aloni, which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2006. Syvanís other recent films include SHERRYBABY, written and directed by Laurie Collyer, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; the critically acclaimed DUANE HOPWOOD, written and directed by Matt Mulhern, starring David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival; and Peter Riegert's feature film directorial debut, KING OF THE CORNER, now available on DVD after a successful national theatrical release, starring Peter Riegert, Isabella Rossellini, Rita Moreno, Beverly D'Angelo, Eric Bogosian and Eli Wallach.
Throughout her career, Syvan has worked with many notable filmmakers in the independent film community. Ms. Syvan has a long-term collaboration with distinguished filmmaker Rebecca Miller, starting with ANGELA, which was awarded both the Filmmakers Trophy and Cinematography Award at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. Syvan then produced the award-winning and critically acclaimed PERSONAL VELOCITY, written and directed by Rebecca Miller, starring Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey and Fairuza Balk. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the John Cassavetes Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards. Most recently, the two have partnered on THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE, also written and directed by Miller; starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Catherine Keener, which IFC Films released in the spring of 2005. The two are currently in development on Ms. Millerís next project. In 2003, Syvan produced John Saylesí film CASA DE LOS BABYS, starring Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Susan Lynch, Mary Steenburgen and Lili Taylor.
Syvan continues to collaborate with Mexican director Alejandro Springall, producing Springallís SANTITOS, which won the Latin America Cinema Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Their most recent film MORIRSE EST° EN HEBREO is currently in the final stages of post-production.
Upcoming films include GRACIE, to be directed by Davis Guggenheim and produced by Syvan along with Andrew and Elisabeth Shue; this film is scheduled to shoot in the summer of 2006. Projects currently in development include THE WOODY, written by Peter Lefcourt, based on his novel, with Emmy Award-winning director Karen Arthur set to direct; and HUMAN CAPITAL, author Stephen Amidon's adaptation of his own critically acclaimed novel recently published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.