Cassian Elwes began his producing career with 1983’s Oxford Blues starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and quickly went on to make another 29 films, including Men At Work, with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and The Chase with Sheen.
In 1994, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 15 years. He financed such indie hits as Slingblade and The Apostle, both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars®. Monster’s Ball was the follow up, for which Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar®, the first African American woman to do so.
Wikipedia calls Cassian Elwes one of the most important figures in independent cinema and an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films, having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent.
Since leaving William Morris Independent 5 years ago, Elwes has either produced or executive produced 40 films including John Hillcoat’s Lawless, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, and David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award™ for Best Feature.
Last year, Elwes produced the hit period drama Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which featured an all-star cast headed by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also executive produced J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost starring Robert Redford and executive produced and arranged financing for the Oscar®-winning hit Dallas Buyers Club directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Garner.
More recently, Elwes executive produced the Kevin Costner release Black and White, directed by Mike Binder, and has produced both Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert and Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, which was played in the Midnight Section of Sundance 2015.
Photo courtesy of Cassian Elwes.