Meet the Producers

SAT, SEP 26, 2015 (00:00)

Ericka Hampson and Blythe Robertson are both producers in the film industry who had their fair share of hard knocks on the road to success. They talk openly about breaking into the business, budgets, the rolodex, choosing a good script and the joys of having some good luck.

+ BIO: Erika Hampson

Erika Hampson began producing films in 2005, with the debut of the short film _Five Minutes, Mr. Welles_ starring and directed by Vincent D’Onofrio. Since then, she has gone on to produce many projects, including the 2010 Academy Award winning short_ The New Tenants_. In recent years, Hampson produced the feature films _The Love Guide_ with Parker Posey, Robot and Frank, directed by Jake Schreier and starring Frank Langella, _Days and Nights,_ starring Katie Holmes, Allison Janney and William Hurt, as well as _Two Night Stand,_ directed by Max Nichols, produced by Beau Flynn and Ruben Fleischer. Hampson’s most recent projects include _Infinitely Polar Bear_, featuring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, John Slattery’s directorial debut _God’s Pocket_, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, _Tumbledown_ with Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall, _The Runner,_ a political thriller starring Nicolas Cage, Sarah Paulson, Peter Fonda and Connie Nielsen, Reed Morano’s directorial debut _Meadowlands_, starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson, Vincent N Roxxy starring Zoe Kravitz and Emile Hirsch and _The Layover_, directed by William H. Macy.

+ BIO: Blythe Robertson

Blythe Robertson most recently executive produced _Love Is Strange_, Ira Sach’s highly acclaimed film starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei, which premiered at Sundance 2014, was distributed by Sony Pictures Classics and nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards. She also co- produced the revival of Broadway’s _Side Show_ directed by Bill Condon. Previously, Robertson produced _About Sunny_, starring Lauren Ambrose, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Boston IFF 2012. Blythe was line producer on the PBS series, _God In America_, an American Experience/FRONTLINE co-production. Other projects include _The People v. Leo Frank_, winner of the Special Jury Award at History Makers 2010 and The History Channel’s Emmy-nominated, _Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower_. Robertson is currently developing writer/director Emily Abt’s next feature _Audrey’s Run_ starring Paula Patton and Mike Epps which will shoot in Boston in 2016. Blythe is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and the Massachusetts Production Coalition.

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