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Morris Ruskin
Over the course of producing over forty-five films, Morris Ruskin has
structured deals that incorporate deferments, soft money and
international co-productions in order to create financially-viable
motion pictures .These productions focus on bankable genre content and
star-driven projects that can secure success in a sometimes-uneven
marketplace. Amongst such productions are Glengarry Glen Ross, The Man from Elysian Fields, Lakeboat, Price of Glory, Marilyn Hotchkiss
Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, The Visit, Everything's Gone Green, The
and Weirdsville.

Morris is no stranger to the festival circuit. Three of his films have
premiered at Sundance; six have premiered at The Toronto International
Film Festival; he's produced the opening night selection at Slamdance;
and High Life was his first production to premiere at the Berlin
International Film Festival last February. Morris' films have been
frequently feted as well: The Visit was nominated for four Spirit Awards and The Signal was nominated for The Cassavetes Spirit Award.

Morris is presently in production on a 3D-animated film based on a comic
book and is in postproduction on Master Harold and the Boys, which is based on Athol Fugard's famous play and stars Ving Rhames and Freddie

By persistently working with prominent writers and directors and by
developing and acquiring projects that are attractive to the major
studios, mini-majors, and foreign markets alike, Morris has ensured for
over seventeen years that Shoreline remains a stable yet versatile and
ever-evolving organization.

Entries by Morris Ruskin

'Freaky Deaky' Tribeca

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 12:59 PM

So often we think of Hollywood kids in unflattering terms: troubled, entitled, squandered potential. This past weekend, however, I was charmed by an interaction between the children of two of Hollywood's greats.

The scene was the Tribeca Film Festival screening of a fun film titled Freaky Deaky,...

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Sweeter Than Wine

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 1:07 PM


The best ideas are the obvious ones and that applies to bringing a film festival to Napa Valley. Who wouldn't want to attend a festival held in the valley with arguably the best restaurants and wine in the world? The inaugural...

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Doing Glamorous Business at the Cannes Film Festival

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 8:37 PM

I did not see Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie but I did hear the crowd roaring from the confines of our sales booth. I did not see the fireworks but I did hear the thunderous explosions outside as we were still busy late at night closing deals inside. There were...

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Coachella 2011

(6) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 3:16 PM

As I arrived at Coachella this year I couldn't help but to reminisce about the US Festival, which took place in 1982 and 1983. Only about 85 miles from each other, both in the blistering heat and both filled with the best indie rock of their time. The 1983 US...

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Investing In The Movies

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 8:37 PM

2010-10-29-morrislemmon.jpgRICKY ROMA
Stocks, bonds, objects of art, real
estate. What are they?
An opportunity. To what? To make
money? Perhaps. To lose money?
Perhaps. To "indulge" and...

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Remembering Tony Curtis

(20) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 4:24 PM

Photo of Me With Tony and Jill Vandenberg
Reminiscent of Some Like it Hot, Tony Curtis was zooming along in a little dinghy to meet me at the dock. It was 1996, during the Cannes Film Festival, and he...

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My Toronto Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 3:44 PM

Ben Stiller, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood and countless other stars attended The Toronto International Film Festival, but I didn't cross paths with any of them. I did, however, share a plane with Aaron Eckhart, and even though he's not exactly a superstar (at least...

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Na'Vi vs. Piranhas ... In 3D

(5) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 5:57 PM

2010-09-01-sharkpiranha_poster.jpgEighteen months ago we started production on an animated film and, believe it or not, there was great debate at that time whether we should make the movie in 2D or 3D. Instinct told us to go with 3D. Ten months later,...

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Rooney Mara is the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

(12) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 5:05 PM

Rooney who? You're telling me that someone who seems to have mixed up her own first and last names gets to play the title role opposite Daniel Craig in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? And she beat out Natalie...

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