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Anne Carey, together with partners Ted Hope and Anthony Bregman, runs the independent New York-based feature film production company This is that. This is that develops and produces a handful of really good projects with very talented writers and directors.
This is that was co-founded by Ms. Carey and was formed in the summer of 2002 out of the production and development arms of the groundbreaking independent film company Good Machine, which Hope had co-founded in 1991 with James Schamus. Ms. Carey joined Good Machine in 1996 and supervised development of the company’s features for the next six years.
In its first year, the company has produced, for release by Focus Features, 21 Grams, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, written by Guillermo Arriaga, and starring Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, and Naomi Watts; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry, written by Charlie Kaufman, and starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, and Kirsten Dunst; and The Door in the Floor.
Next up for This is that is Mike Mills’ feature directorial debut, Thumbsucker. Tilda Swinton, Keanu Reeves, and Vincent D’Onofrio will star in Mills’ adaptation of Walter Kirn’s novel of the same name. Production began in Portland, Oregon in July. Thumbsucker tells the story of an orally fixated young man and his misadventures with his family. This is that’s Anthony Bregman produces with Bob Stephenson. Ms. Carey is executive-producing with This is that’s Ted Hope and with Bob Yari and Cathy Schulman.
Soon to follow is A Dirty Shame, written and directed by John Waters. The stars are Tracey Ullman, Chris Isaak, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, and Paul Giamatti.
Ms. Carey was executive producer, with Hope, of Moisés Kaufman’s multi-Emmy Award-nominated The Laramie Project. The feature screened at the 2002 Sundance and Berlin International Film Festivals, and was subsequently honored with the 2002 Humanitas Award. She associate-produced Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil and John O’Hagan’s documentary Wonderland.
At Good Machine, she oversaw the company’s wide-ranging slate of projects in development, working with a diverse group of filmmakers.
Ms. Carey previously worked at the William Morris Agency, as head of development, with top film and television talent.