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Caroline Baron was an Academy Award nominee as producer of the Best Picture Oscar nominee Capote, directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Academy Award for his unforgettable portrayal of author Truman Capote. The movie was also Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Dan Futterman). Ms. Baron was also nominated for a Producers Guild of America Award and an Independent Spirit Award, among other honors.
She began her career as the production manager on Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman’s cult classic The Toxic Avenger. Over the years, she has served as associate producer of the Emmy Award-winning television series The Wonder Years; and was co-producer of, among other features, Griffin Dunne’s Addicted to Love, Nicholas Hytner’s Center Stage, Kenneth Bowser’s PBS documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer, andTribeca Productions’ Flawless, directed by Joel Schumacher. Also for Tribeca, Ms. Baron produced the miniseries Witness to the Mob, based on the life of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano and starring Nicholas Turturro for director Thaddeus O’Sullivan.
She produced Mira Nair’s sleeper hit Monsoon Wedding, the winner of the top prize, the Golden Lion Award, at the 2001 Venice International Film Festival, among other awards worldwide. She previously worked with Ms. Nair as co-producer of Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, starring Indira Varma and Sarita Choudhury.
In 1999, motivated by reports of families who fled their homes in Kosovo to seek refuge in crowded camps in Macedonia, she founded the non-profit organization FilmAid International. FilmAid’s programs provide life-saving information on HIV/AIDS, land mine awareness, health and hygiene, women’s rights, and conflict resolution. The programs ease psychological suffering, foster understanding, engage the mind, and spark the imagination. FilmAid currently reaches hundreds of thousands of refugees and other vulnerable populations in Africa, Asia and Haiti. Through her work with FilmAid, Ms. Baron has traveled to Kenya, Tanzania, Guinea, Kosovo, Macedonia, Afghanistan, and Haiti; and has worked with several branches of the UN as well as numerous NGOs in the field.
She won the Emerging Produceraward at the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards and a 2006 Vision Producer of Excellence Award. She has received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Chapman University and the 2008 Alumni Achievement award from Brandeis University, from which she graduated with a BA in English.
In 2005, Ms. Baron founded A-Line Pictures with her husband and producing partner Anthony Weintraub. A-Line is developing a slate of films, including adaptations of two non-fiction books; Blackwater, an alarming look into the country’s largest private military contractor, and the bestselling novel Bel Canto. She recently produced the Untitled Jersey City Project, a branded entertainment micro-series sponsored by Audi.