Pressman’s specialty is discovering new talent and bringing new experiences to motion picture audiences. He is known for fostering the careers of young and inspired filmmakers. Director Brian De Palma showed off his early mastery of suspense in the Pressman productions Sisters and Phantom of the Paradise, and Terrence Malick’s visual genius was first brought to the screen in Pressman’s Badlands. Pressman gave Jason Reitman his directorial debut with Thank You for Smoking, and Oliver Stone his major directorial debut with The Hand then produced Stone’s Academy Award-winning Wall Street and Talk Radio. With Stone, Pressman produced Kathryn Bigelow’s early film, the thriller, Blue Steel starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Pressman is responsible for giving Alex Proyas his directorial debut with The Crow, Sylvester Stallone his with Paradise Alley, and David Byrne’s his with True Stories. In John Milius’ Conan the Barbarian, Pressman gave Arnold Schwarzenegger his first starring role. Pressman showcased David Gordon Green’s talents in one of his early films, Undertow, as he did with Sam Raimi in his early film Crimewave written by the Coen brothers. He produced documentarian James Marsh’s first narrative feature The King starring Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt.Read more
Pressman’s international productions include: Michael Apted’s Amazing Grace; Wolfgang Petersen’s Das Boot; the Taviani brothers’ Good Morning, Babylon; Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Despair; David Hare’s Paris by Night; Fred Schepisi’s Plenty starring Meryl Streep; Alex Cox’s Walker starring Ed Harris; Bo Widerberg’s Victoria; Zhang Yimou’s Happy Times; and Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans with Nicholas Cage.
Over the years, Pressman has produced director-driven, high profile projects, including: Mary Harron’s American Psycho with Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Chloë Sevigny; Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant with Harvey Keitel; James Toback’s Black and White and Two Girls and a Guy both starring Robert Downey Jr; Harold Becker’s City Hall starring Al Pacino; Danny DeVito’s Hoffa starring Jack Nicholson; Charles Burnett’s To Sleep With Anger starring Danny Glover; Wayne Kramer’s acclaimed Vegas romance The Cooler starring Alec Baldwin in his Oscar nominated role; David Mamet’s Homicide; and Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons in his Academy Award-winning performance.Read less