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A. Kitman Ho
A. Kitman Ho (Producer) most recently produced, with director Terry George, Hotel Rwanda, in which Reservation Road star Joaquin Phoenix appeared. The film earned honors around the world, including three Academy Award nominations; Best Picture nominations from the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice, and NAACP Image Awards; and the People's Choice Award at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.
Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Ho emigrated with his family to the United States when he was 5 years old, and grew up in NYC's vibrant Chinatown neighborhood. After graduating from Goddard College in Vermont with a Masters degree in Cinema, he continued his studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
He has been involved in all aspects of film production, beginning his career as a New York-based location manager on such films as Walter Hill's The Warriors. He moved up to production manager on such projects as Richard Benjamin's My Favorite Year, Richard Pearce's Heartland; Robert M. Young's One Trick Pony; and Academy Award winner Warren Beatty's epic Reds, on the New York portion of the shoot. His first credit as producer came with Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montgomery's independent feature The Loveless, starring Willem Dafoe. Some 16 years later, Mr. Ho would reunite with Kathryn Bigelow, as producer on her film The Weight of Water.
He enjoyed a lengthy association with Academy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone, working with the filmmaker on several projects, beginning as co-producer of the Oscar-winning Platoon and Wall Street, starring Academy Award winner Michael Douglas. Their subsequent projects together were produced by Mr. Ho, including Talk Radio; the Oscar-winning Born on the Fourth of July, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and was an Academy Award nominee in the respective Best Picture categories; The Doors; JFK, for which he again earned Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations in the respective Best Picture categories; and Heaven and Earth. The duo also collaborated on the miniseries Wild Palms, which they executive-produced.
Mr. Ho's other credits as producer include Stephen Hopkins' The Ghost and the Darkness, which reteamed him with star Michael Douglas; and Michael Mann's Ali, for which stars Will Smith and Jon Voight received Academy Award nominations. The latter film was named Best Picture at the NAACP Image Awards.