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Fierce People
Directed by
Griffin Dunne
USA / 2005 / 107 minutes

Rated R
Screening Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II
10/14/2006, 9:15PM
Upstate Films II
10/14/2006, 9:15PM
Catskill Mountain Fdn Theater I
10/13/2006, 9:00PM
Upstate Films I
10/14/2006, 6:45PM
A coming-of-age story about the perils of privilege, "Fierce People" examines the deceit and betrayal that erupts when a working-class mother and her son move to a wealthy "country club" suburb where social climbing is a blood sport. Starring Oscar nominee Diane Lane ("A Little Romance, Unfaithful, "Under the Tuscan Sun"), Donald Sutherland ("Cold Mountain," "The Italian Job") and Anton Yelchin ("Hearts in Atlantis"), "Fierce People" is directed by Griffin Dunne and written by Dirk Wittenborn, who adapted the screenplay from his novel.
Griffin Dunne, an accomplished actor and producer, has quickly established himself as a director. Dunne made his foray into directing with the short film "Duke of Groove," for which he received an Academy Award nomination. The film stars Tobey Maguire and Kate Capshaw. His feature directorial debut was "Addicted to Love," starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick. Following that, he directed "Practical Magic" starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

Dunne's career began when he moved to New York City to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He appeared on Broadway in "Search and Destroy" written by Howard Korder. Dunne has received a Theater World Award as well as a nomination for a Drama Desk Award.

Dunne segued into film as a producer and actor on the film "Chilly Scenes of Winter" for United Artists. That led to starring roles in "An American Werewolf in London," directed by John Landis, "Johnny Dangerously" with Michael Keaton, and most notably "After Hours" (Golden Globe nominee), directed by Martin Scorsese, which Dunne also produced.

His other producing credits include, "Baby It's You" directed by John Sayles, and "Running On Empty," which starred River Phoenix. "Running On Empty" was nominated for two Academy Awards. Dunne's next two productions were "White Palace," starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader, directed by Luis Mandoki, and "Once Around," starring Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter, directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

Dunne has also appeared on television. He received an Emmy Award nomination for a Guest Star appearance on the show "Frasier" and has been nominated for two Ace Awards for his work on HBO and Showtime.

Griffin also produced and co-stars in "Game 6" with Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton, which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Cast/Featuring: Diane Lane, Anton Yelchin, Donald Sutherland, Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Perkins
Executive Producer(s): Michael Paseornek, Michael Burns, Dirk Wittenborn
Producer(s): Nick Wechsler, Keith Addis
Director(s): Griffin Dunne
Screenwriter(s): Dirk Wittenborn
Cinematographer(s): William Rexer
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