Wednesday, October 5, 2005 7:30 PM
ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood
* Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald Q&A Following "Men in Black"
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Rating: PG-13 for language and sci-fi violence
Running Time: 1 hr., 38 min.
Like HMS alumnus Jan De Bont, Barry Sonnenfeld was an A-list cinematographer who successfully made the transition to A-List director. His directorial debut, the big screen adaptation of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, revealed a deliciously macabre sense of style and humor that carried forward into MEN IN BLACK, based on the comic book created by Lowell Cunningham. MEN IN BLACK is a playfully hip and hilarious comedy about an unofficial government agency of the same name that protects the Earth from the scum of the universe.
Producer Walter Parkes began his career as the producer/director of the Oscar® nominated documentary THE CALIFORNIA REICH in 1976. He earned his second Academy Award® nomination as the co-writer of the prophetic thriller WAR GAMES in 1982, and then teamed up with HMS alumnus Penny Marshall to earn his third Academy Award® nomination as the producer of AWAKENINGS in 1990. He joined forces with Laurie MacDonald to executive produce the critically acclaimed TV series “Birdland”. Since then Parkes and MacDonald have produced or executive produced over 20 motion pictures and television shows, including MEN IN BLACK, THE MASK OF ZORRO, GLADIATOR and JUST LIKE HEAVEN, which recently opened to rave reviews. In addition to being prolific producers, the husband/wife team of Parkes and MacDonald also serve as heads of production for DreamWorks Pictures.