Barbara De Fina

Producer, Post-production supervisor, Production coordinator
This producer of high-toned genre films of the late 1980s and 90s usually worked in collaboration with Martin Scorsese (her husband from 1985-91). After dropping out of Barnard College, De Fina got her start in the ... Read more »
Born: 12/27/1949 in New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Producer (22)

Hugo 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lymelife 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nyfes 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mesmerist 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Voyage to Italy 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

You Can Count on Me 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kicked in the Head 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kundun 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Casino 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mad Dog and Glory 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Grifters 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

("Life Lessons") (Producer)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Michael Jackson... The Magic Returns 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Producer

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

The New Kids 1984 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Spring Break 1983 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Production Management (8)

Spring Break 1983 (Movie)

(Unit Production Manager)

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

(Post-Production Supervisor)

Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

(Unit Manager)

Gilda Live 1980 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Happy Birthday, Gemini 1980 (Movie)

(Production Coordinator)

The Chosen 1980 (Movie)

(Unit Manager)

Interiors 1978 (Movie)

(Production Coordinator)

The Next Man 1975 (Movie)

(Production Coordinator)

Biography

This producer of high-toned genre films of the late 1980s and 90s usually worked in collaboration with Martin Scorsese (her husband from 1985-91). After dropping out of Barnard College, De Fina got her start in the industry as a production assistant on such films as "Little Murders" (1971), "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3" (1974) and "An Unmarried Woman" (1978). She swiftly climbed the industry ladder to executive producer by working in a variety of capacities, such as production coordinator ("The Next Man", 1976; Woody Allen's "Interiors", 1978), assistant director ("Gilda Live", 1980) and unit manager ("Prince of the City", 1981), on over twenty films. De Fina was also an associate producer on staff for comedian Alan King.

De Fina got her first credit as an associate producer on "Spring Break" (1982) and "The New Kids" (1985), both low-budget genre productions of exploitation auteur Sean S Cunningham (best known as the producer-director of "Friday the 13th" 1980). She first worked with Scorsese in 1983, as post-production supervisor on "The King of Comedy", and followed up with a succession of Scorsese projects. De Fina was co-producer of the poolroom drama "The Color of Money" (1986), Michael Jackson's music video "Bad" (1987), the controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988), Scorsese's "Life Lessons" segment of "New York Stories" (1989) and the dark thriller "Cape Fear" (1991).

De Fina graduated to executive producing with Scorsese's commercial breakthrough "GoodFellas" (1990). That same year, she executive produced Stephen Frear's "The Grifters", the first feature from Scorsese's production company and the English filmmaker's first film shot in the U.S. Although De Fina and Scorsese split up personally in 1991, they continued working together professionally. The two co-produced John McNaughton's gangster comedy "Mad Dog and Glory" (1993), and--under the newly-formed Cappa/De Fina Productions--De Fina co-produced the Scorsese-directed "The Age of Innocence" (1993) and "Casino" (1995).

Relationships

Martin Scorsese Actor

Husband
Met while filming "The King of Comedy" (1983) Married Feb. 8, 1985 She executive produced his film "GoodFellas" (1990) Divorced in 1991 Continued working together in "The Age of Innocence" (1993) after they split

Milestones

1993

First "Cappa/De Fina Productions" picture, "The Age of Innocence", released

1991

She and Scorsese broke up personally

1990

Co-produced "The Grifters" with Scorsese

1990

Served as executive producer for Scorsese's "GoodFellas"

1987

Produced Scorsese's "Bad" video for Michael Jackson

1986

Produced Scorsese's "The Color of Money"

1985

Married Scorsese

1983

Worked as post-production supervisor on "The King of Comedy"; first collaboration with Martin Scorsese

1982

Served as associate producer on Sean S. Cunningham's "Spring Break" (also worked as unit production manager)

1981

Worked as unit manager on Sidney Lumet's "Prince of the City"

1980

Served as 2nd assistant director on "Gilda Live"

1976

Worked as a production coordinator on "The Next Man"

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