Fisher Stevens
American actor, director, producer and writer
Fisher Stevens
Fisher Stevens is an American actor, director and producer. His most recent successes include the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film The Cove and 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film Crazy Love.
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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Documentary Packs An Emotional Punch at Palm Springs International Film Festival
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Just weeks after the surprise deaths of mother-daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the soul-stirring HBO documentary "Bright Lights" moved audiences to laughter--and tears--at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), where it played to a packed house earlier this week. Other screenings of the deeply moving endeavor, directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, are on the festival roster, but Wednesday night's screening was shrouded with intrigue and empathy for a number of reasons. For starters, it was one of the very first times people gathered en masse to view "Bright Lights" after the passing of Fisher and Reynolds last month. Fisher died on Dec. 27 from complications of a heart attack (she was 60); Reynolds died of a fatal stroke one day after her daughter (she was 84). Twist of fate or divine timing, the loss of the two famous entertainers left Hollywood and fans stunned and heartbroken. The PSIFF screening morphed into a rare opportunity for a lar ...
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'Bright Lights' directors Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
LATimes - about 2 months
When they pulled into the driveway of the Beverly Hills compound that day in February 2014, filmmakers Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens could only communicate their dumbstruck awe through raised eyebrows. There were twinkly lights on trees. Pink-painted coffee pots hung  from branches. Ice skates...
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'Bright Lights' directors Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
LATimes - about 2 months
When they pulled into the driveway of the Beverly Hills compound that day in February 2014, filmmakers Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens could only communicate their dumbstruck awe through raised eyebrows. There were twinkly lights on trees. Pink-painted coffee pots hung  from branches. Ice skates...
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Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds' Love For Each Other Shines Bright In Trailer For HBO Doc
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Get ready to cry all over again because the first trailer for the HBO documentary about Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, is here.  A week after the “Star Wars” actress and the Hollywood icon died within a day of each other, the network has released a nearly two-minute clip of “Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher,” a documentary about the mother-daughter duo featuring footage shot in 2014 and 2015.  “We started out making a film about Hollywood royalty,” directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens told People. “And we ended up making a film about love.”  “Bright Lights” was originally intended to premiere in March, but HBO moved up the film’s release date after the tragic losses of Fisher and Reynolds.  “Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher” premieres Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. on HBO.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for p ...
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HBO To Premiere Doc About Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Within Days
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Just days after the deaths of mother-daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, HBO has announced that it will move up the premiere of a documentary film about the actresses that was supposed to air in March.  The film, “Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher,” was predominately shot in 2014 and 2015. But following the deaths of the daughter and mother on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28, respectively, the cable channel has pushed up the airdate to Jan. 7 at 8 p.m.  A trailer from May for “Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher” “The story of a family’s complicated love, this documentary is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity,” HBO said in a release. “Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending.” “Bright Light ...
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An Easy Way To Understand Why Donald Trump Is Wrong About Climate Change
Huffington Post - 3 months
“When we talk about climate change, people just tune out,” “Before the Flood” director Fisher Stevens told The Huffington Post over the phone, referring to producer Leonardo DiCaprio’s stance on the climate change crisis. “Before The Flood” debuted just before the election in November to critical acclaim. But now, the documentary is even more necessary, given President-elect Donald Trump’s takes on global warming (hoax invented by the Chinese), the environmental Paris Agreement (bad deal) and his environmental-related cabinet positions (appointing and still considering climate change deniers). If you’ve already seen a few climate change films or read articles about what’s happening, “Before The Flood” probably won’t do much in the way of surprising you about the dire state of the Earth’s environment at the moment. Honorably, that wasn’t the intention, as Stevens sacrificed the chance to make a groundbreaking documentary to instead make one that would educate those who haven’t l ...
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It's A Man's World When It Comes To Climate Change
Huffington Post - 4 months
Leonardo DiCaprio's new documentary, Before The Flood, debuted October 30th on National Geographic. DiCaprio and Director Fisher Stevens should be applauded for completing this excellent and much-needed film. However, there is an elephant in the room regarding the relative absence of women in this and most other media efforts to address climate change. Before the Flood features three women (out of DiCaprio's 28 interviews) whose voices comprise a total of seven minutes of the film. While unintentional in its lack of female representation, Before the Flood illustrates the wider problem of a disturbing gender imbalance at the highest levels of the climate crisis. This week, Glamour magazine exclaimed "climate change is sexist." The headline may be emotive, but evidence shows women are disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of climate change because they are over-represented among the poor and more vulnerable to natural disasters than men. Women also contribute significant ...
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If Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate Doc Doesn't Make You Care About The Planet, Nothing Will
Huffington Post - 4 months
Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t terribly optimistic throughout most of his new project, the climate change documentary “Before The Flood.” “I just want to know how far we’ve gone,” the actor says in the film. “How much damage we’ve done. And if there’s anything we can do to stop it.” He travels to some of the regions where climate change has hit hardest: Greenland’s melting ice, the rising seas consuming Kiribati and the world’s dying coral reefs. DiCaprio paints a dire picture: The world is burning, liquifying and warming faster than anyone expected, and far more quickly than anything humanity can adapt to. The doc is the culmination of a three-year undertaking for DiCaprio and director Fisher Stevens. It will be released on Sunday. The film will stream everywhere for free for a week following its release because of the urgent subject matter, National Geographic announced Monday. DiCaprio said he hoped the move would “make sure as many people as possible see t ...
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HBO's Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Premieres at the New York Film Festival: New Meaning to the Word "Swing"
Huffington Post - 5 months
Carrie Fisher made a wildly entertaining show about her story of growing up the child of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher: Wishful Drinking also became a popular HBO film. A casualty of her parents' divorce with a sharply bracing sense of humor, Carrie Fisher now stars with her mother in a new documentary, aptly named Bright Lights. This week, the movie, to air on HBO, premiered at the New York Film Festival. Now 84 and living in Beverly Hills in a house next to Carrie's, Debbie Reynolds missed this swell night. But she announced on the phone for the Alice Tully Hall audience: "I adore my children, and I'm not going to give up acting." And then, because she loves to, she sang "I've Got You Under My Skin." Fans of Debbie as Tammy or her hoofing it in Singin' in the Rain, or Carrie as Star Wars' Princess Leia, or those eager for details of Eddie Fisher's leaving sweet Debbie for flamboyant Elizabeth Taylor when her husband Mike Todd was killed in a crash, will be dazzled by the intimat ...
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Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Angry And Emotional About Climate Change In 'Before The Flood' Trailer
Huffington Post - 5 months
Leonardo DiCaprio won’t stand idly by while climate change wrecks havoc on our world. Alongside director Fisher Stevens of “The Cove” fame, the passionate environmentalist produced and appears in a new documentary called “Before the Floods,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. DiCaprio appears in a new trailer for the film, surveying the damage climate change has caused and meeting with important world leaders to reverse its effects. “We’re knowingly doing this,” the Oscar-winner says in the trailer. “I just want to know how far we’ve gone and if there’s anything we can do to stop it.” DiCaprio meets with Elon Musk, President Barack Obama and many more in “Before the Flood,” also calling out various U.S. politicians who refuse to acknowledge the reality of climate change. Watch the dramatic ― and all-too-real ― clip above.  “Before the Flood” will appear in select theaters Oct. 21.  -- This feed and its contents ...
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'La La Land' Scores Top Award At 2016 Toronto Film Festival
Huffington Post - 5 months
“La La Land” nabbed the top prize at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, which came to a close on Sunday. The coveted People’s Choice Award is considered a bellwether for the Oscar race, so this helps to crystallize the awards chatter already surrounding “La La Land.” Of the past 20 winners, 11 have gone on to Best Picture nominations, including last year’s “Room.” “La La Land” carried acclaim from the Venice and Telluride film festivals straight to Toronto, where the nostalgic musical-romance starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling earned a standing ovation at its premiere. The distinction marks another triumph for director Damien Chazelle, whose “Whiplash” screened at Toronto in 2014 and later earned a Best Picture nomination.  The second runner-up for this year’s People’s Choice Award was “Queen of Katwe,” and the first runner-up was “Lion.” Other Toronto prizewinners include “I Am Not Your Negro,” which earned the People’s Choice Documentary Award. “Free Fire” garnered th ...
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Leonardo DiCaprio's global warming doc is the most depressing world tour ever
Yahoo News - 6 months
Celebrities are keen on adopting righteous causes, but few are as vocal as Leonardo DiCaprio about his quest to save the planet from ecological collapse. With Before the Flood, DiCaprio is asking us to sample a fraction of his daily burden. Directed by Fisher Stevens, Before the Flood documents DiCaprio as he jet-sets from Greenland, to Indonesia, to Miami and beyond, speaking to world leaders and, per the film’s liner notes, "bearing witness to climate change on a scale that no one should deny." In the vein of An Inconvenient Truth or DiCaprio’s own 2007 eco-doc The Eleventh Hour, Before the Flood is meant as a clarion call for viewers to stand up, take action, change the world, etc.
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In a Fashion Doyenne's Shoes for a Night
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
Michael Stipe, Helena Christensen, Alan Cumming, Fisher Stevens and Griffin Dunne were among the guests at the Cinema Society screening of the new Lifetime movie "House of Versace."
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'Why Am I Still Doing This?'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW YORK — Al Pacino, energized by a conversation that has inevitably turned to the intricacies of acting, is snapping his fingers. "When you get me on the acting trail, I get on that train," he says, punctuating what he calls an improvised "thesis on time" with staccato snaps. The 72-year-old may be gray-haired and a little worn, but he remains, like a dancer, always on his toes, and still enamored of the "crazy, crazy, crazy thing" that is acting: "You're always looking for what's going to feed you, what's going to feed the spirit and get you going." And Pacino is still getting going. Yet the subject of time – how much is needed to find a character (years in some cases, he says) and how it dictates the parts he chooses now – played a large role in a recent interview with the actor at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. "Sometimes I'm tempted to say, `Why am I doing this? Why am I still doing this?'" he says. "Then, after I don't do it for a while, I say: `Oh, ...
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    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 48
    He directed the 2012 crime story Stand Up Guys, starring Al Pacino and Christopher Walken.
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  • 2010
    Age 46
    In June 2010, Stevens made his major theatrical directing debut with John Leguizamo's one-man show, Ghetto Klown (originally called Klass Klown), which eventually ran on Broadway from March to July 2011. The two had appeared together in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Public Theater about 20 years earlier. On July 13, 2012, PBS debuted Tales From a Ghetto Klown, a documentary about the development of the show which prominently features Stevens.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for co-producing The Cove.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 30
    Fisher also has a Broadway and off-Broadway career spanning nearly three decades. He played Jigger Craigin in the 1994 Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel.
    More Details Hide Details He had an early success in the 1982 Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy playing David, the adopted son of the gay protagonist played by the show's writer Harvey Fierstein, and the original Broadway production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, where he succeeded Matthew Broderick in the starring role of Eugene. Throughout his career, he has acted in and directed more than 50 stage productions. In 2010, Fisher co-founded a new media and documentary film company, Insurgent Media, with Andrew Karsch and Erik H. Gordon.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 22
    He co-founded the Naked Angels Theater Company with longtime friends Rob Morrow, Nicole Burdette, Pippin Parker, Charles Landry, Nancy Travis and Ned Eisenberg in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He also co-founded Greene Street Films, a film-production company located in Tribeca, New York City, in 1996. Stevens performed as Edgar Allan Poe on Lou Reed's album The Raven in 2003. He is also an accomplished harmonica player. As an actor, he is known for his portrayals of Chuck Fishman on Early Edition, Seamus O'Neill on Key West, Eugene "The Plague" Belford in Hackers, Iggy in Super Mario Bros. Hawk Ganz in The Flamingo Kid, and Ben Jabituya/Jahveri in Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2. His television credits include Columbo, Frasier, Friends, Law & Order, Key West, Damages, and Lost. He appeared on two episodes of the television series Numb3rs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on November 27, 1963.
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