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Susan Ruskin

Faculty: Producing (2009)
Susan Ruskin is a producer and executive who began her film career in development for George Lucas’ LucasFilm. She was head of development for Robert Stigwood at RSO before she went on to associate produce WOMAN IN RED for Orion and Gene Wilder. She then became President of Production for Pal-Mel Productions. She also produced HAUNTED HONEYMOON with Gilda Radner, Gene Wilder and Jonathan Pryce. As head of production, Susan worked on the Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder movie SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, and ANOTHER YOU among others. Ruskin went on to become President of Production for Middle Fork making ANACONDA for Columbia Pictures starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson and Jon Voight. VACUUMS -- a movie directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas ( the creators of the hit show STOMP) -- starring Kip Pardue, Lee Evans and Rose McGowan. Ruskin also oversaw the production for the documentary, GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT with Middle Fork Productions and The Shooting Gallery for American Masters among others. Susan Ruskin was associated with a group of writers and directors at Western Sandblast where she is producing several projects in various stages of development. Ruskin sold a script she adapted to Enigma Productions, A GRACIOUS PLENTY, based on the book by Sheri Reynolds, and she is developing a screenplay with the director Andy Fickman (SHE’S THE MAN, ANOTHER YOU, PARENTAL GUIDANCE). She has also been on the board of the Fountainhead Theatre company where she directed two one-act plays, and served on the nominating committee for the 43rd NAACP foreign film award. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from New York University/Gallatin.

Bob Gosse

Faculty: Producing (2010)
Director/Producer Bob Gosse graduated from the prestigious Film Program at SUNY Purchase in 1986.  He began his professional career collaborating with his cousin Hal Hartley on shorts and two feature films, THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH (1988) and TRUST (1990).  After this, Mr. Gosse started the lauded indie film company The Shooting Gallery in 1991 with a handful of local filmmakers including Michael Almereyda, Nick Gomez and Whitney Ransick. 

Mr. Gosse produced the first film out of The Shooting Gallery, LAWS OF GRAVITY (1992), which went on to a worldwide theatrical release and rave reviews. That same year he produced director Michael Almeryda’s pixelvision feature ANOTHER GIRL, ANOTHER PLANET, which won the National Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Feature. Continuing his efforts as creative director at The Shooting Gallery, Mr. Gosse produced the crime drama HANDGUN (1993) with Treat Williams for director Whitey Ransick, and followed this with collaboration with Spike Lee to produce NEW JERSEY DRIVE (1995) with LAWS OF GRAVITY director Nick Gomez. Deciding to direct was a natural next step, and Mr. Gosse got the job to direct THE LAST HOME RUN (1996) for the Shooting Gallery. After the release of that film, he was to direct the acclaimed NIAGARA, NIAGARA (1998) which was lauded at the Venice International Film Festival in 1997 and won the distinguished Volpi Cup for leading actress Robin Tunney. Mr. Gosse continued developing features for the Shooting Gallery including Billy Bob Thornton’s acclaimed SLINGBLADE (1997) as well as Kenneth Lonigan’s YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (2000).  In 2000, Mr. Gosse adapted Wendy Hammond’s play “Julie Johnson” into a feature film starring Lilli Taylor, Courtney Love and the late Spaulding Gray. 

With the dot com collapse of Shooting Gallery in late 2001, Mr. Gosse turned back to producing films and screenwriting with Tim McCann’s RUNAWAY (2004), Michael Almereyda’s TONIGHT AT NOON (2006) and Carl Evan’s FRAME OF MIND (2007). 

In 2008, Mr. Gosse directed the best-selling Tucker Max novel “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” which was released nationally on Sept. 25, 2009. It has been hailed as “the Godfather of gross-out comedies” and was released by Fox on DVD in January 2010.

Currently Mr. Gosse is co-directing a documentary about The Shooting Gallery with former TSG founder and writer/director Whitney Ransick. He is also writing a screenplay about John Wilkes Booth.

Lauren Vilchik


Faculty: Producing (2010)

Ms. Vilchik is a film producer and production attorney specializing in independent film finance as well as production. In 1998, she started her own company, Tonic Films, LLC, which is based out of Los Angeles. At the helm of Tonic Films, Ms. Vilchik has produced 10 feature films, including the 2003 venerated horror hit CABIN FEVER, purchased by Lionsgate in one of the largest bidding wars in the history of the Toronto Film Festival. Produced for a meager $1.5 million, CABIN FEVER has reached a total gross profit to date of more than $70 million. In addition to CABIN FEVER, which was nominated for a 2004 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film, Ms. Vilchik produced a string of other critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films which garnered her a nomination for the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards Producer’s Award for outstanding achievement for a body of work. Ms. Vilchik was also honored with the distinction of being named one of Variety’s Top 10 Producers to Watch, announced at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Ms. Vilchik’s most recently released projects include BORDERLAND, produced in conjunction with Lionsgate. BORDERLAND was released theatrically in the United States and around the world and was called a “brutally suspenseful crime drama” (Variety) that “mixes the dramatic aspects of a true crime story with elements indicative of modern horror cinema to great triumph” (Bloody Disgusting). CABIN FEVER 2: SPRING FEVER, the long-awaited sequel – which some critics are touting as “better than the first” (Killer Film) was released by Lionsgate on Feb. 16, 2010. Ms. Vilchik is in development on DEATH ANGEL’S SHADOW, featuring dark-fantasy legend Karl Edward Wagner’s immortal anti-hero, KANE. Ms. Vilchik acquired DEATH ANGEL’S SHADOW, a collection of three Wagner short stories, and will produce the film based upon “Reflections for the Winter of My Soul,” which is the first of three short stories comprising the book. The other two short stories, “Cold Light” and “Mirage,” are in development as part of a KANE franchise for Tonic Films. Ms. Vilchik has recently teamed up with the writer/director duo on BORDERLAND to develop a contemporary western thriller called THREE SHADES OF BLACK, scheduled for production in summer 2011.

Ms. Vilchik serves as a mentor, speaker, jurist and panelist at AFI Fest’s “Kodak Connect,” the IFP Independent Producer Series Panel “Running the Set,” Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s “Movers & Shakers” Producers Panel, IFP’s “Foreign and Domestic Incentives for the Independent” panel, SXSW Film Festival “Hot New Horror” and guest of honor at the “Indie Filmmaker Salon” and the “Prospective Investors Dinner” Austin School Of Film. Ms. Vilchik is also post production consultant for the independent distribution company Freestyle Releasing.