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Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most respected talents in the entertainment business.
Best known as a five-time Academy Award-winning director, writer, and producer, he won his first Oscar at age 31 for the screenplay of Patton, which he co-wrote with Edmund H. North.
Mr. Coppola’s impressive body of work includes directorial credits for 24 films, including such epics as the Godfather trilogy; Apocalypse Now; The Conversation; The Outsiders; Rumble Fish; and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Throughout his career, he has always searched for better tools for filmmakers and is considered the pioneer of electronic cinema. Many of the techniques he developed have become the industry standard.
His days of being a pioneer continue, as Mr. Coppola has returned full circle to the aspirations of his younger self: writing and directing personally meaningful films. He once again made an unorthodox choice: to regain expressive freedom by returning to the ethos of his early years – making movies of modest budget, far from a Hollywood sound stage, with a small crew and actors who are passionately committed. Youth Without Youth was the first of these projects and Tetro quickly followed.
American Zoetrope, the company that Mr. Coppola began over 40 years ago, has produced some of the most important films in American cinema, including American Graffiti; The Godfather (Parts II and III); The Black Stallion; The Outsiders; Rumble Fish; Peggy Sue Got Married; Barfly; The Conversation; Apocalypse Now; Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Don Juan DeMarco; Mi Familia; The Virgin Suicides; C.Q.; Lost in Translation; Youth Without Youth, and Tetro. The company is currently in production with On the Road, based on Jack Kerouac’s book and directed by Walter Salles.
American Zoetrope films have received 17 Academy Awards and 75 nominations. 4 of the company’s films were included in the American Film Institute’s ranking of the Top 100 American Films. Mr. Coppola’s cornucopia of honors overflows with Oscars, Golden Globes, Palmes d'Or, and Writers and Directors Guild Awards.
American Zoetrope has constantly embraced the creative possibilities of technology, and has pioneered many of today’s cinema technologies: video assist, pre-visualization, electronic editing, and sound design. Under Mr. Coppola’s leadership, and now that of his children Roman and Sofia, American Zoetrope continues to be known for developing alternative approaches to filmmaking.