Whether making movies in the commercial mainstream or on the cutting edge, producer Cary Woods is known for his independent thinking. For Woods, independence is more than a film financing strategy. It is about finding success in unexpected ways, from bringing original ideas and fresh talent together, to meshing classic storylines with the unique perspectives of new visionaries.
Early in his career, Woods developed a reputation as a creatively inclined agent by focusing on finding and nurturing new talent and projects. In this capacity, he brought together two of the most critically acclaimed indie features of the 80’s: DRUGSTORE COWBOY, directed by Gus Van Sant, and HEATHERS, directed by Michael Lehmann.
As a producer, Woods has reinforced his commitment to independent filmmaking with the creation of Independent Pictures, an offshoot of Woods Entertainment dedicated to fostering an eclectic mix of artistic innovation and commercial sensibility. KIDS, the first release under the Independent Pictures banner, sets both the tone and the standard for the label by tackling the controversial subject of urban adolescence in an explosively original way. Praised by many for its stark realism and dynamic style, KIDS has been called “a wake-up call to America” by the New York Times and “masterpiece” by Village Voice and Film Comment.
Woods plans to use his innovative, energetic approach to bring two much-anticipated remakes to the big screen: a contemporary version of the sci-fi classic GODZILLA for Sony Pictures, and an update of the Elaine May classic A NEW LEAF for Paramount, with Carrie Fisher writing the adaptation.
Also on Woods’s current production slate are WIDE AWAKE, featuring Dana Delaney and Dennis Leary as the parents of a ten year-old boy searching for proof of the existence of God; COPLAND, a Western-style showdown between a New Jersey sheriff and his constituency—NYPD officers who think themselves above-the-law; and KATE & LEOPOLD, a romantic comedy set to go before cameras in April with Sandra Bullock in the starring role.
Soon to be released are THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU’RE DEAD, directed by Gary Fleder and starring Andy Garcia, Christopher Walken, Christopher Lloyd, Treat Williams, and Steve Buscemi; BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, directed by Ted Demme and starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Rosie O’Donnell, and Tim Hutton; and CITIZEN RUTH, a black comedy starring Laura Dern and Burt Reynolds, with Alexander Payne directing.
From the outset of his career as an agent under the tutelage of the legendary Stan Kamen, Cary Woods has displayed a passion for guiding unseen faces and untold stories to the fore. His dedication to a long-term creative view led to the development of a diverse client list at the William Morris Agency that included actors Timothy Hutton, Tim Robbins, Uma Thurman, and Charlie Sheen; comedians Sam Kinison, Sandra Bernhard, Jackie Mason, and Andrew Dice Clay; and directors Gus Van Sant and Michael Lehmann.
Upon leaving the agency, Woods became one of the first executives brought on board at Sony Pictures under new co-chairmen Peter Guber and Jon Peters. For two years, Woods served as Vice President, Office of the Chairmen, before moving into his own production deal with Sony. Under that deal, he produced SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER, RUDY, and ONLY YOU. He also served as executive producer on the critically praised independent film, THREESOME.
Woods graduated from New York University in 1979 and received a law degree from the University of Southern California in 1982.
As Vice President of Business Affairs at Woods Entertainment, Stephen Chin draws upon an unusual combination of corporate and entertainment legal experience. Chin was educated at Yale College and Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review and a fellow of the Olin Center for Law and Economics.
He began his legal career at the firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, and securities litigation. He participated in major transactions for Bob Bass, Justin Boots, and Republic Waste, and represented numerous corporations, including Chrysler, Ford, GM, DuPont, Thompson Aerospace, and Northrop. He was also a member of the Ivan Boesky defense team.
In 1993, Chin was tapped to serve as a member of President Clinton’s transition team in the Justice Cluster. He has also served as Vice President of the National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association, and has been recognized for his civil rights work in the Congressional Record and by President Clinton.
Chin is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, California, the Central District of California, and before the 9th, 5th, and 2nd Circuits. Immediately prior to joining Woods Entertainment, Chin was General Counsel at Michael Trikilis Productions, an independent video production company, where he was responsible for all corporate and legal matters.