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Ford Wheeler

Production Designer

Ford Wheeler (Production Designer) was most recently production designer on writer/director James Gray's We Own the Night, starring Joaquin Phoenix of Reservation Road.

His other credits in this capacity include the independent features Sleeping Together (written and directed by Hugh Bush) and Into My Heart (written and directed by Sean Smith and Anthony Stark); and the television series Queens Supreme.

As set decorator, Mr. Wheeler has worked extensively with production designer Kevin Thompson. Their features together include James Gray's Little Odessa and The Yards (the latter also starring Joaquin Phoenix); Marc Forster's Stranger than Fiction; Jonathan Glazer's Birth; David O. Russell's Flirting with Disaster; Ismail Merchant's The Proprietor; Cindy Sherman's Office Killer; and Larry Clark's Kids.

Mr. Wheeler has also worked as set decorator or art director on such features as Philip Haas' The Music of Chance (which was his first movie project) and The Blood Oranges; Spike Lee's She Hate Me and Bamboozled; Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday; and Nigel Finch's Stonewall.

For director Jonathan Demme, he has worked as set decorator, on Beloved; as set dresser, on Philadelphia; and as art director, on The Truth About Charlie.

Mr. Wheeler hails from the Southern California coastal town of Corona del Mar. He studied fine art at Brigham Young University. Prior to beginning his motion picture design career, he owned and operated a major retail wholesale store in Manhattan's SoHo that was the largest importer of traditional African utilitarian items in the U.S., supplying stores, museums, and dealers worldwide.