Alexandre Rockwell

The grandson of noted animators Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker, Rockwell began making short films as a teenager growing up in a suburb of Boston, MA. Eschewing college, he moved to Paris to work with his grandfather and eventually studied filmmaking at the Cinemateque Francais.

Ann Hu

The life of writer-director-producer Ann Hu could easily be the subject of a feature film. Born and raised in China to parents who were academics, she found her life uprooted in the mid-1960s when Mao Tse-tung instituted what has come to be known as "The Cultural Revolution". Separated from her parents (who were sent to labor camps), Hu spent some ten years working at a dingy restaurant just...

Anthony Drazan

"Zebrahead" (1992), the first film of this young independent feature director and writer was produced by Oliver Stone and explored the difficulties of interracial relationships. This striking debut won some critical praise as well as respectable box-office. Prior to "Zebrahead", Drazan had helmed one segment of "The Sunset Gang" (1991), a two-part production for PBS's "American Playhouse". His...

Billy Idol

Billy Idol
A major star in the early days of MTV, Billy Idol's punk pedigree and talent for generating memorably, hook-driven pop-rock hits with a tinge of glam and danger, led to a multi-platinum-selling career highlighted by fist-pumping anthems like "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding" and "Dancing with Myself" before the travails of fame derailed it in the mid-1990s. Idol's sneering visage and spiked, white...

Darlanne Fluegel

Darlanne Fluegel
Blonde, former model whose career in TV and films has seen her play many girlfriends and wives of thugs and cops, as well as cops herself, Darlanne Fluegel was the wife of cop Billy Crystal in "Running Scared" (1986), the exercise instructor who picks up ex-con Kirk Douglas in "Tough Guys" (1986), and the paroled woman bedded by Willem Dafoe as an information mole in "To Live and Die in L. A."...

Denise Di Novi

Denise Di Novi
Producer of offbeat Hollywood hits best known for her association with director Tim Burton. Di Novi began as a print copy editor and segued to on-air reporting and film criticism for "City-TV" in Canada. She entered film in 1980 as a unit publicist on a Canadian feature, "Final Assignment". That year, she also joined Filmplan International, a Canadian production company, where she worked in...