Bill Pohlad on Apparition and working with Malick

Posted by · 1:06 pm · September 10th, 2009

Bill PohladOne of the stories I’m tracking most curiously this awards season is the rise of brand-spanking-new distribution company Apparition, whose impressive slate of upcoming titles belies their fledgling status.

“The Tree of Life,” “Bright Star” and, to a lesser extent, “The Young Victoria” are obviously the titles on people’s lips right now, but there are some interesting projects in the pipeline too: Doug Liman’s Valerie Plame/Joe Wilson biopic “Fair Game,” with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, as well as music video director Floria Sigismondi’s “The Runaways” — another biopic, this one about the cult girl band of the title.

Former Picturehouse chief Bob Berney has been the more-discussed name in connection with the outfit, but Variety has a handy little profile of Berney’s Apparition co-pilot Bill Pohlad, whose feature producing career only really started four years ago with “Brokeback Mountain.”

A former writer-director himself, Pohlad is big on fostering creative partnerships with filmmakers, and I was taken by this quote where he alludes to how “The Tree of Life” originated:

We met when he was involved with ‘Che,’ and he pitched me an idea that I thought was crazy, and it turned out to be ‘The Tree of Life,’ which we’re doing together now. So it wasn’t a case of ‘Sure, whatever you want to do.’ It evolved over a period of time — the development of the idea and our personal friendship — and then I felt as strongly about it as he did.

Read the rest here.

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  • 1 9-10-2009 at 2:40 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    watch out for the tree of life i think, itll hit at the last moment probly stealing a spot we think is a lock

  • 2 9-11-2009 at 4:16 pm

    Ronn Burner said...

    For what it’s worth, Bill Pohlad is a really great guy. I worked on “The Runaways” with him and regardless of the inevitable problems that arose he handled them professionally and with class. He’s very soft spoken and truly loves making movies and one day when things were heated on set he asked me how thing were going and I said “Things are great, we’re making movies for a living.” He nodded and said “That’s exactly right. That is the right attitude.”

    I’m rooting for his success.

  • 3 9-11-2009 at 5:27 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Why are these guys releasing The Boondock Saints II? So much for only siding on the side of artists.

  • 4 9-14-2009 at 1:04 am

    j said...

    Hmm, I was reading reviews of Chastain’s first big role, starring in the titular role in Jolene, which say that while the movie’s not that good, she proves to have potential as a star.

    I also remember her as a pregnant rape victim on my #2 show, Veronica Mars, where she was pretty good.

    I’m rooting for her more now for Sup Actress. Along with turns that debuted at fests, Amanda Seyfried in Chloe & Julianne Moore in A Single Man.