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Matthew Modine selects Workhouse as A.O.R
WORKHOUSE (workhousepr.com) one of the country's leading public relations and integrated creative agencies, today announced that it has been selected by Actor and Filmmaker Matthew Modine as A.O.R.
Matthew Modine ('Birdy', 'Mrs. Soffel', 'Streamers')
Matthew Modine has worked with many of the film industry’s most respected directors, including, Oliver Stone, Sir Alan Parker, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula, John Schlesinger, Tony Richardson, Robert Falls, Sir Peter Hall, Abel Ferrara, Spike Lee, Tom DiCillo, Mike Figgis, Jonathan Demme, and John Sayles. He’s been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and is the recipient of one for Robert Altman’s film Short Cuts. Modine is well remembered for the title character in Alan Parker’s film Birdy which won the Cannes Film FestivalÊπs Gran Prix Award. His work in Alan Rudolph’s Equinox helped earn the film four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Film and Best Actor for Modine. He is the recipient of a Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup and a Golden Lion Award.
Over the past few years, Modine has directed several distinguished short films including I Think I thought, Cowboy, To Kill an American, When I was a Boy, Smoking, and Ecce Pirate which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Each of his shorts have gone on to great critical acclaim and have played in film festivals worldwide including the prestigious Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films. He recently completed HBOÊπs Too Big To Fail, the Edward Zwick-produced Family Weekend and See If I Care opposite Eva Mendes. He is currently filming Christopher NolanÊπs Batman epic The Dark Knight Rises
Modine’s latest short film, Jesus was a Commie, an avant garde dialectial conversation about the world and the prominent issues of modern society, recently won the Founders Prize for Best Short Film at Michael MooreÊπs Traverse City Film Festival is currently playing festivals worldwide. For more information visit www.matthewmodine.com
The youngest of seven children, Modine was born in Loma Linda, Calfifornia, the son of a bookkeeper, and drive-in theater manager. His first film role was in John Sayles' Baby It's You and his performance caught the eye of director Harold Becker who cast him in Vision Quest (Crazy for You) based on the novel by Terry Davis. He also appeared in the sex comedy Private School, co-starring Phoebe Cates and Betsy Russell. He played Mel Gibson's brother in Mrs. Soffel and starred with Nicholas Cage. But it was the director Robet Altman who propelled Modine to international stardom with his film adaptation of David Rabe's play Streamers. He and his fellow castmates won an unprecedented Best Actor prize from the Venice Film Festival for the tragic story of young American soldiers about to be shipped to Vietnam.
For all of his great roles, Modine might best be known for his role as Private Joker, the central character of Stanley Kubrick's 1987 war movie Full Metal Jacket. The film received critical acclaim. The Chicago Reader labeled it "the most tightly crafted Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove. Variety referred to the film as an "intense, schematic, superbly made" drama, while Vincent Canby of the New York Times called it "harrowing" and "beautiful” The film received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Writing for an adapted screenplay and can often be found on lists for the greatest movies of all time.
He played the dangerous young criminal Treat in Alan Pakula's film version of the hugely successful Lyle Kessler stageplay Orphans, and the goofy, earnest FBI agent Mike Downey in Jonathan Demme's screwball comedy Married to the Mob opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. In 1990 he led the cast of Memphis Belle, a fictionalized account of the famous B-17 Flying Fortress. Modine was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performances in And the Band Played On, an HBO TV movie about the early years of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic.
In 2003, he guest starred on The West Wing in the episode The Long Goodbye. He portrayed the character Marco, who went to high school with Cregg (Allison Janney), and who helped her deal with her father's steady mental decline due to Alzheimer's disease. That same year, he played Fritz Gerlich in the CBS miniseries Hitler: The Rise of Evil. In 2005, he appeared in Abel Ferrara's Mary which won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. In the film, Modine portrayed a director recounting the story of Mary Magdalene (Juliette Binoche). Recently, Modine played the corrupt Majestic City developer "Sullivan Groff" throughout Season 3 on Showtime's Weeds. On stage, Modine has appeared in Arthur Miller's Finishing the Picture at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Aruthur Miller's Resurrection Blues at London's Old Vic and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at Connecticut's Hartford Stage. The production became the most successful play in the theatre's 45-year history. In 2010, he starred in the 50th Anniversary Broadway rival of The Miracle Worker at Circle in the Square theatre to great acclaim.
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