Carolyn Pfeiffer

Producer, Executive, Publicist
A producer and production executive with a textured background, Carol Pfeiffer broke into show business when women rarely did such a thing, and went on to become co-chair of Island Alive, a company responsible for many ... Read more »

Filmography

Producer (20)

Django Lives 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Elvis and Anabelle 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Producer

National Lampoon's Stoned Age 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Cassidy Kids 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Quiet 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Third World Cop 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dancehall Queen 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kla$h 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Silent Tongue 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cool As Ice 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Time of Destiny 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Far North 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Moderns 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Whales of August 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trouble in Mind 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Choose Me 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Return Engagement 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Endangered Species 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Roadie 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Grand Isle (TV Show)

Producer
Executive (1)

A Mighty Heart 2007 (Movie)

CEO(Burnt Orange Productions) (Executive)
Other (3)

Gangland 1988 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Gangland 1988 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

The Duellists 1978 (Movie)

(Production Associate)

Biography

A producer and production executive with a textured background, Carol Pfeiffer broke into show business when women rarely did such a thing, and went on to become co-chair of Island Alive, a company responsible for many films which heralded the new wave of independents in the USA. She has also been associated with director-writer Alan Rudolph, producing six of his films to date: "Roadie" (1980), "Endangered Species" (1982), "Return Engagement" (1983), "Choose Me" (1984), "Trouble in Mind" (1985) and "The Moderns" (1988).<p>Pfeiffer, who has claimed to have a rural background, began her career in Europe, where she translated scripts for dubbing. By 1963, she was working as Claudia Cardinale's personal assistant (during the period the actress made Fellini's "8 1/2"). Pfeiffer worked briefly with actor Alain Delon as an assistant producer, then became assistant to Omar Sharif during the filming of "Doctor Zhivago" (1965). She moved to London in 1966, where she opened her own public relations firm. Eventually her clients included Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Liza Minnelli, the Beatles' Apple Corp., and Paul McCartney and Wings.<p>In 1975, Pfeiffer returned to the USA, to join Shep Gordon's fledgling Alive Enterprises as a producer. Her first effort, Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare" was nominated for a Best Video Album Grammy, and won an Emmy for its editing. Pfeiffer, Gordon and Chris Blackwell formed Island Alive in 1983, with Pfeiffer and Gordon as co-chairs. The company would release such films as Gregory Nava's "El Norte" (1983), "Koyaanisqatsi" (1982) and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985), which earned William Hurt a Best Actor Oscar. Alive Films was formed in 1985 specifically for film production. Through Alive Films, Pfeiffer was producer of Lindsay Anderson's "The Whales of August" (1987) which teamed Bette Davis, Lillian Gish and Ann Sothern, and Nava's "A Time of Destiny" (1988). Some productions did less well, such as "Cool as Ice" (1991), a chance to bring Caucasian rapper Vanilla Ice to the big screen, and Sam Shepard's "Silent Tongue" (1993). Pfeiffer left Island in the early 90s and subsequently co-produced the musical thriller "Kla$h" (1995).<p>Pfeiffer has had a few forays into TV. In 1992, she produced "Grand Isle", the story of an unhappily married woman and her involvement with a younger man. Although made with a theatrical run in mind, the film, which starred Kelly McGillis, eventually found a home on TNT.

Relationships

Shannon

Daughter

Milestones

1995

With Karolyn Ali, co-produced "Kla$h", a musical thriller

1993

Produced Sam Shepard's "Silent Tongue"

1992

Produced "Grand Isle" for TNT

1988

Produced sixth film for Rudolph, "The Moderns"

1987

Produced "The Whales of August" for director Lindsey Anderson

1983

With Gordon and Chris Blackwell, formed Island Alive

1980

Made first film with Alan Rudolph, "Roadie"

1978

Formed film division of Alive

1977

Served as production assistant on "The Duelist"

1975

Returned to USA; joined Shep Gordon's Alive Enterprises

1966

Started public relations company in London

1965

Worked for Omar Sharif during making of "Doctor Zhivago"

1963

Worked as personal assistant to Claudia Cardinale

Began career in Europe translating scripts for dubbing

Left Island Alive

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