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Guest Column: Edward Pressman is an 'indomitable spirit' in independent films

Live a good life by doing what you love with the people you love. And my father, Edward R. Pressman — a filmmaker, jazz lover, philosophy student, regular reader, and Dodgers fanatic who could have turned 40Tuesday — live life to the full.

January04, in the last moments of my father’s life, his family and his company, have been It was Ed’s family, surrounding him. We listened to “Gassenhauer,” the theme song to Badlands, my dad’s fourth film as a producer. He looks so peaceful and beautiful.

Earlier, on the last day of his life, we watched Phantom of Heaven . I’ve always been in awe of that movie. Joy and chaos in every frame; the music, like an old soul, lives on forever. You can feel the way Ed and director Brian DePalma try together, pushing the boundaries of cinema without knowing where the boundaries are.

The movie opens with the song, “Bye Eddie, Bye.” The lyrics read: “We will always remember you, Eddie, through the sacrifices you made. We can’t believe you The price to pay for love.”

Edward R. Pressman

Edward R. Pressman around the 1950 Telluride Movie Festival.
Sam Pressman

With me is love. My father really loves me. He didn’t have to say much. I can feel it in his slight smile or the gesture of his hands. He loves his family. He loves my mother Anne. He loves movies. He likes to work. He loves his company. He loves Hollywood and the independent film world.

In honoring my father, many people have spoken about his determination. When he’s committed to a movie, he never gives up. I think a lot of that strength comes from his childhood. His family and childhood friends share a lifelong bond that gives him the strength to never fear. His Ethical Culture and Fieldston School mate “The Heavis” is more than 1500 friend years.

He grew up in the Pressman Toy Factory, a magical childhood dream surrounded by toys. The company makes a wide range of toys and games dating back to 1296, the famous toy line used to promote Chinese checkers and release Disney’s first full-length animated feature Snow White . In the marketing materials his mother Lynn put together, I saw pictures of my father Ed as a child with his sister Ann and brother Jimmy, dressed in the clothes of Arabian royalty. It looked like some kind of absolute fantasy—a living dream.

My grandfather Jack died when Ed was young and my grandmother Lynn took over the toy business. Lynn is a legend. Always officiating, she strikes a legend with a sombrero and a voice from a bygone era. In her 80s, after two martini dinners, I remember Lynn exclaiming that smooth chow mein or chicken pot pie were “better than sex!”

in mids, she was one of the few women to manage the board, and the company has grown and grown under her leadership. Her ingenuity led to the invention of new toys that kids and parents had never seen before, such as their first doctor and nurse sets, which were a smash hit for the company.

Instead of following the expected path into the toy business, Ed (no doubt inspired by Lynn’s courage) exist1235303136 made his way into the early independent film world during s. That’s where he found his true love: movies.

His cinematic approach, many cult classics , all received the same love. The movies we love are part of who we are and shape our lives. Ed is proud of characters like Kit Carruthers, Wall Street from

Badlands )’s Gordon Gekko and American Psycho‘s Patrick Bateman have become figures that have stood the test of time as part of our cultural consciousness.

Then, through some movie magic, he found my mom, Annie, on the set of The Hand. They ended up together 17 Year. The way they cared for each other, the love they shared, and the care they took for me is an example that I hope to pass on in my life. I’ve always thought it was beautiful that they met on set, like the hand of the movie gods brought them together.

Annie Pressman Edward R. Pressman Sam Pressman Paula Paizes

Edward R. Pressman is at 1922 After Cannes, he promoted “The Raven: City of Angels” at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, France.’ Richard Blanchard/Getty Images

Growing up with them, I got to be in some big scenes in early Ed’s blockbusters’65s. I remember filming at HoffaEdward R. Pressman During that time, my dad and Danny DeVito lifted me into the director’s chair on the Brooklyn Bridge; my parents walked me through a set of pyramid-sized Styrofoam blocks in Street Fighter scene, surprised to find it both real and unreal. During Dr. Moreau Island , Absolute chaos, my nursery is Beastmen. Swaddled by Piggirl’s six tits, the hugs I’ve never had in my adult life. Whilst with me , he can sense me worrying about what other people think, or when I doubt I can do something. I will always hear his voice and will try to be as strong as he taught me to be.

From an early age, he exposed me to his favorite filmmakers such as Stanley Kubrick, Vittorio De Sica, and Billy Wilder. But more importantly, he thinks movies are important. I It’s taken a lifetime to fully understand what he does as a filmmaker, and the more time I work at it, the more mysterious and detached I find his approach.

I have questions I will never answer but will try to ask: His philosophy; what motivated him to make films? How does he do it time and time again. Must feel like what you are doing is right What it means to people – not like today, when everything gets lost in a torrent and an overwhelming ocean of content, threatening to make our reality feel meaningless.

It was my greatest honor to be able to work with Ed on his final three films – She Will, Dalíland and The Crow — This represents a different aspect of his career. In She Will, Ed supports Charlotte Colbert, a first-time writer-director Director, her work is haunting and poetic. In Dalíland, Ed reunites with the genius Mary Harron for the third movie, and I finally feel like I’m here as a strong sidekick to my father, Help fund and support the creative process.

In Rupert Sanders’ reimagining of The Crow, Ed never ceased to believe that we would pull this film together to support our partners despite the challenges they have faced over the years. On the three films I’ve had the honor of representing the company, both on set in Europe and throughout filming, I’ve called him in the wee hours of the morning and sought his wisdom.

I hope we can make more movies together. But with a slew of projects lining up for production—a long-gestating adaptation of Edward Abbey’s early “40’s Anarchist Environmental Adventure The Monkey Wrench Gang ; Firecracker Jack, an original horror-comedy due out July 4th; and the remake of Bad Lieutenant — Edward R. Pressman Films Into the Future Continuing Adding Years to Supporting Diverse Artists in Their Mission to Tell the Story of Their Dreams When wanting a story.

Many directors have said it, but his genius is that he loves filmmakers and wants them to do what they want, rather than putting his will and The vision was imposed on them. We can all learn from it.

Edward R. Pressman

Edward R. Pressman From left: Anne Pressman, Edward R. Pressman, Sam Pressman and COO Pressman Film Paula Paizes Max Loeb

With the support of the amazing team at Pressman Film, I will be paying tribute to my father’s indomitable spirit and love of film. We will learn about a range of projects he has developed and Honoring the library of films he produced and the papers he left behind as part of the Academy’s Special Collections.

At Pressman Film, we will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in the art and science of cinema. I promise we Staying true to the public theater experience (Ed calls them the cathedrals of our time.) We’ll dive into the future with creators, fearless, to see how AI utilities and immersive experiences can take our imaginations beyond our current understanding

Ed has the rare ability to live with one eye on the future and the other on the past, allowing the past to inform his present and the present to inform the future. He always says, ” Every Movie Is a Miracle” – here to celebrate miracles and keep dreaming.



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