BEFORE THE DOOR PICTURES
Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson
Zachary Quinto is best-known as an actor, but the star of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek,” as well as television’s “American Horror Story” and “Heroes,” is also a serious producer.
With “Margin Call,” a 24-hours-in-the-life-of story about investment bankers at the beginning of the financial crisis, Quinto and partners Neal Dodson (above, left) and Corey Moosa proved they’ll take on a challenge.If the topic wasn’t risky enough, add the roll-of-the-dice of writer and director J.C. Chandor, making his feature debut.
In the end, the risk paid off: The 2011 film, starring Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci, was critically lauded; Chandor was nominated for a screenwriting Oscar, and the movie received two Independent Spirit Awards.
Before the Door’s next film will feature an even bigger star: Robert Redford.
Dodson, Quinto and Moosa, who met as drama students at Carnegie Mellon University, are now co-producing “All Is Lost,” about a man (Redford) lost at sea in a sailboat, with Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures. Before the Door is also producing a pilot for TNT and has sold a pilot for the CW network. In addition, they produce graphic novels and provide web design services.
The team is drawn to projects that “are socially relevant, innovative in some way, whether it’s in style or in actual content,” Quinto told TheWrap. “And we’re really interested in working with new voices.”
What Others Say: “They had a real vision for what this movie was,” Eric d’Arbeloff, Roadside Attractions co-president said of “Margin Call.” “A movie that gets made with real stars and feels like a real Hollywood movie but somehow isn’t, is a pretty rare thing, and I think it takes a kind of vision from a producorial standpoint to pull something like that together.”
Upcoming Projects: “All Is Lost,” starring Robert Redford; “The Banshee Chapter”; “The TWV Project.” [x]