*I have consulted to more than 400 clients, including producers, directors, writers, actors, cinematographers, editors, attorneys, financiers, distributors, studios and independent production companies. [Please see Appendix A for a partial list of my clients.]
Author *HOW TO PLAN, PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE YOUR INDEPENDENT VIDEO,
co-written with Ryan Kugler, owner of DV&A
*SELLING YOUR FILM: A GUIDE TO THE CONTEMPORARY MARKETPLACE, 2nd Edition, 1999, Acrobat Books
*FRAME BY FRAME: A HANDBOOK FOR CREATIVE FILMMAKING, 1987, Acrobat Books (translated into Spanish and Korean)
*DIRECTING THE FILM: FILM DIRECTORS ON THEIR ART, 1976, Little, Brown & Co.; 1988, ppb, Acrobat Books. (The standard textbook on Film Directing; used in most universities; in its 13th printing; translated into Mandarin, Korean and Japanese.)
*THE DIRECTOR’S EVENT, 1969, Atheneum; 1972, ppb, Signet
*I have been active in filmmaking and television production since 1968, serving as producer, director, cinematographer, writer, editor and actor. [Please see Appendix B for a partial list of titles.]
*My works have won more than 100 awards, including the prestigious Peabody Award for Broadcasting for my 1992 PBS series, FUTURES WITH JAIME ESCALANTE. [Please see Appendix C for a partial list of awards.]
EXPERT WITNESS AND LEGAL CONSULTANT ENGAGEMENTS
*George & Donaldson, Austin, Texas. Consulted and was deposed for the plaintiff in a case regarding an alleged breach of contract by a major studio against a Texas- based producer and writer. Settled.
*Schmid & Voiles, Los Angeles, California. Was deposed on behalf of the defendant regarding a lawsuit brought against a television production company in the name of an individual who claimed injury at work. Settled.
*Cella & Lange, Walnut Creek, California. Consulted to law firm and its client, Musician’s Union Secondary Collection Fund, who claimed non-payment of royalties. Case won.
! *Wagstaff & Cartmell, Kansas City, Missouri. Consulting to law firm that is contemplating a major class action lawsuit. (Details available on request.)
*Gagen McCoy, St. Helena, California. Consulting to law firm about a disputed set of rights between financier and writer. Script based on a life story.
*Lowe Law/Girardi and Keese, Los Angeles, California. Consulting to the plaintiff’s attorneys regarding copyright infringement, agency procedure, etc.. Gave a declaration; deposed.
*Kulik, Gottesman, Mouton & Siegel, Sherman Oaks, California. Declaration given re: revenues to screenplay author’s heir; analysis re: contract, time, DVD versions, etc. Case heard by U.S. Supreme Court in 2014.
*Law Office of Heather Orr, California. Law Office of Margarita Salazar. Provided consultation re film industry.
*Law Office of Margarita Salazar, San Diego, California. Deposed on a case as to the value of intellectual properties and video equipment and computers that had been stolen.
*Lee, Bazzo & Partners, Irvine, California. Provided consultation re music industry.
*GEICO Legal Department. Declarations and deposition regarding value of lost wages due to a car accident.
*Greenberg Traurig, Century City, Attorney Daniel Newman. Consulted and declaration for client Broadcast Urban re intellectual property rights, standard practices re options, etc.
*Blakely Law, Hollywood, California. Intellectual property valuation for Jimi Hendrix documentary. Contract analysis.
*Charles Harder, Century City, California. Two cases: action brought against two principals of a production company for breach of contract regarding Executive Producer credits and fees; infringement of copyright claim against a production company.
*Scott Sandoval, at Marrone, Robinson, Frederick & Foster, Burbank, California. Defended Sony in a labor injury claim. Summary judgment granted in favor of defense.
*Eric Levinrad, Century City, California. Declaration re breach of contract. *Edwin Brown, Orange County, California. Evaluation of production equipment worth.
*Lowe Law, declaration re copyright infringement *Gregory Doll, declaration re copyright infringement
I have consulted to more than 400 individuals and companies.
Paul Haggis, Oscar winner for CRASH; Emmy winner for THIRTY SOMETHING
Art Linson, Producer of CAR WASH, THE UNTOUCHABLES, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
Thom Mount, former president of Universal Studios, producer of BULL DURHAM
Will Aldis and Steven Kampmann, writers-directors of STEALING HOME, starring Mark Harmon and Jodie Foster
Laura Prepon, television star of THAT 70’S SHOW and ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Chris Masterson, television star of MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE Ashton Kutcher, television and movie star Jeremy Joe Kronsberg, author of EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE
[A complete list available on request.]
Film and Television Production
I produced the independent feature film, AFTER FREEDOM, written and directed by Vahé Babaian. Winner of Audience Favorite, MethodFest Film Festival.
I was the director and supervising producer of the PBS series FUTURES WITH JAIME ESCALANTE. Shot at more than 400 locations, and in Mr. Escalante’s classroom at Garfield High in East Los Angeles. (Escalante was portrayed by Edward James Olmos in the Warner Bros. film STAND AND DELIVER.)
I served as a cinematographer and actor for Orson Welles’ last film, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND.
I served as a cinematographer for Peter Bogdanovich’s documentary, DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD.
I directed the television special about Marilyn Monroe’s death, THE MARILYN FILES, hosted by Bill Bixby, presented on Metromedia by Fries Productions.
I directed the home video about Pete Rose’s baseball career, REACH FOR THE SKY.
I directed the television program BABE RUTH--THE MAN AND THE MYTH, for Fries Productions.
I directed the low-budget martial arts film, TRAINED TO FIGHT, which had an international theatrical and video release.
I served as technical advisor on Bill Murray’s first feature film, WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM.
I made more than 150 corporate marketing videos, all of whose scripts were approved by the SEC and NASD.
I have appeared in MAGICIAN - THE LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES, directed by Academy Award-winner, Chuck Workman;
Interviewed by Gillian Armstrong about the great Australian wardrobe director, Orry Kelly [Complete list available on request.]
My work has won more than 100 awards, including:
The Peabody Award for Broadcasting, supervising producer and director for FUTURES WITH JAIME ESCALANTE. This PBS series has been broadcast regularly since the early 1990s, and has been seen by more than 130 million people.
An independent feature film I produced, AFTER FREEDOM, was shown in numerous festivals, including Montreal and MethodFest (Audience Favorite Award).
An independent feature film I produced, PEP SQUAD, was shown in numerous festivals, including Seattle, Fantasporto, Stockholm, Raindance.
A documentary film I directed and photographed, INSIDE OUT, about the Texas Department of Corrections, was shown at numerous festivals, including San Sebastian, Bilbao and Melbourne.
My first documentary, CHARLES LLOYD--JOURNEY WITHIN, about the great jazz saxophonist, was shown at the New York Film Festival, and was reviewed by Variety as “...perhaps the finest film ever made about a jazz musician.”
Here is a partial list of awards:
AFTER FREEDOM - Producer
Avignon Film Festival, 2003. Montreal Film Festival, 2002. MethodFest Film Festival, 2002, Audience Favorite Award.
PEP SQUAD - Producer, Co-star
Seattle International Film Festival, 1999. Fantasporto Film Festival, Oporto, Portugal 1999. Stockholm International Film Festival, 1999. Raindance Festival, 1999.
FUTURES WITH JAIME ESCALANTE - Director, Supervising Producer
George F. Peabody Broadcasting Award, 1990. New York Film Festival, 1990. Certificate of Participation. CINE Golden Eagle, 1990. Birmingham, Oakland, Houston, ACT and other festivals, 1991. Golden Awards, plaques,
certificates. California Society of Professional Engineers, 1990. Plaque.
Crystal Award, 1st prize, 1990. Silver CINDY Award (3), 1990. More than 70 other festival awards.
ASSAULT ON THE GREAT LAKES WITH MICHAEL REAGAN - Director,
Columbus Film Festival, 1986. Certificate. Oakland Film Festival, 1984.
INSIDE OUT - Director, Cinematographer
San Sebastian Film Festival, 1982. Bilbao Film Festival, 1982. Columbus Film Festival, 1982. Chris Plaque. Melbourne Film Festival, 1982. Certificate.
CHARLES LLOYD - JOURNEY WITHIN - Director, Cinematographer, Editor
New York Film Festival, 1969, Special Events Presentation.
Name: Eric Sherman
Lives in: Los Angeles, California