Letters from the Big Man review in The New York Times

Sundance Film Festival review in The New York Times


Sarah Smith, an artist and government hydrologist, sets out on a post-fire stream survey in a remote part of southwestern Oregon. In the course of her journey through this ancient and ecologically diverse land, she unwittingly finds herself interacting with a sasquatch man, and a mutual curiosity ensues. As their friendship deepens, Sarah must take bold steps to protect his privacy as well as her own.


LILY RABE (Sarah) is currently starring opposite Al Pacino in the Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice at the Broadhurst Theater, reprising her critically acclaimed Central Park performance as Portia.  She first played the part in the 2010 “Shakespeare in the Park” production of the play.  Among the many accolades she has received for her performance in the Broadway production is the 2010 Joe A. Callaway Actors’ Equity Award, which she also received in 2006 for her performance in Heartbreak House. On the big screen, Rabe can currently be seen opposite Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst in Andrew Jarecki’s true crime drama All Good Things.  She recently completed work on Michael Melamedoff’s Weakness with Bobby Cannavale.  Rabe’s previous film credits include What Just Happened, Aftermath, The Toe Tactic, No Reservations, A Crime, Mona Lisa Smile, and Never Again.  Her television credits include “Last of the Ninth,” “Saving Grace,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Medium,” “Law and Order: CI,” “Law Order: SVU” and “Law and Order.” Rabe, who was born in New York City and raised on the East Coast, graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Theater. JASON BUTLER HARNER (Sean) is most frequently recognized for his riveting performance as Gordon Northcott in Clint Eastwood’s Oscar nominated film Changeling, opposite Angelina Jolie. He has appeared in recent independent films such as The Extra Man (Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini), and New Orleans, Mon Amour (Michael Almereyda), in Tom Hooper’s acclaimed HBO mini-series “John Adams” (opposite Paul Giamatti), as well as in feature films including Robert DeNiro’s directorial debut The Good Shepherd, the action packed remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Tony Scott), and NEXT (Lee Tamahori, opposite Julianne Moore and Nicholas Cage). Television appearances include “The Good Wife,” “CSI,” “Law and Order,” and the pilots of “Fringe” and “Possible Side Effects” (for Showtime and Tim Robbins). He is currently shooting the pilot for JJ Abrams highly anticipated series “Alcatraz.” ISAAC C. SINGLETON, JR. (The Big Man) has appeared in such blockbuster films as Pirates of the Caribbean, Planet of the Apes, Anger Management, and Charlie’s Angels.  His TV appearances have included “The X Files,” HBO’s “Arliss,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Galaxy Quest,” “The Scorpion King,” and “Charlie’s Angels.”  A native of Melbourne, Florida, Isaac’s signature deep voice can be heard in such award-winning video games as The Lord of the Rings, The Incredibles, and Rainbow Six. JIM CODY WILLIAMS (Barney) is a fourth generation Arizonan, born in rural Cochise County.  He graduated from the University of Arizona, where he studied theatre and ran varsity track.  In and around jobs in regional theatre, Williams worked as a private detective, little league umpire, and projectionist at the world’s largest drive-in.  His most notable film work he considers to be Lies and Alibis and Dark Blue.  He also has memorable roles in Dodgeball,  Pirates of the Caribbean II, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Herbie, Fully Loaded. FIONA DOURIF (Penny) has film credits that include Little Chenier, Garden Party, and Orin Moverman’s Academy Award-nominated The Messenger. On television she has guest starred on “Bored to Death,” “Deadwood,” “Law and Order,” and FX’s “Thief.”  She will next be seen in a recurring role on the HBO series “True Blood.”  A native of Woodstock, New York, Dourif was educated in Dublin, Ireland and later graduated from the William Esper studio in New York City.  She appeared off-Broadway in  Some Americans Abroad at Second Stage Theater.  She is daughter of character actor Brad Dourif  and currently resides in Los Angeles. DON McMANUS (Forest Superintendent) has appeared in dozens of films such as Magnolia, The Shawshank Redemption, Under the Tuscan Sun, National Treasure, Hannibal, Air Force One, and Ocean’s Thirteen.  He will next be seen in the independent film Frenemy.  His numerous television credits include “Seinfeld,” “24,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Frasier,” “Dexter,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Closer,” “CSI,” “Party of Five,” “Mad About You,” and “Ally McBeal.” KAREN BLACK (Sean’s Colleague) gave a breakout performance in 1970’s Five Easy Pieces, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.  She won a Golden Globe for her role in The Great Gatsby and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress for John Schlesinger’s Day of the Locust.  Her other iconic ‘70s films include Easy Rider, Airport 1975, Family Plot, and Robert Altman’s Nashville, which garnered her a Grammy nomination.  In 2010 she won Best Actress at the Female Eye Festival for her role as a dysfunctional mother in Nothing Special, and received raves for her performance as a script guru in The Blue Tooth Virgin.  She also appears in Alex Cox’s upcoming Repo Chick.  On TV she recently appeared on HBO’s “Funny or Die Presents,” and makes routine appearances on “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”


CHRISTOPHER MUNCH is a producer-writer-director whose films include the features Harry and Max (2004, TLA Releasing), about two brothers who are both pop idols; The Sleepy Time Gal (2001), about a dying mother’s search for a daughter put up for adoption at birth, starring Jacqueline Bisset, Martha Plimpton, Nick Stahl and Seymour Cassel; Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996, Artistic License Films), a drama about a young man’s efforts to save a doomed short-line railroad in the 1940s, starring Michael Stipe and Henry Gibson; and The Hours and Times (1992, Good Machine), based on the friendship of Brian Epstein and John Lennon, a lauded work that received jury prizes at Sundance and Berlin.  All four have played in competition at Sundance as well as at other major international festivals.  Munch has been a Guggenheim Fellow,recipient of the IFP’s Someone to Watch Award, and featured in two Whitney Biennial exhibitions, among other honors. ROB SWEENEY (director of photography), a native of Portland, Oregon, is a respected figure both in the world of independent features and quality small-screen drama, most recently the hit HBO series “Entourage,” “Big Love,” and “Six Feet Under.”  His work on Christopher Munch’s Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day was awarded the Best Cinematography prize at Sundance and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.  His other feature credits include the New Orleans drama Waking Madison, the thriller Between, the romantic comedy Kiss the Bride,  the intense family drama Blue Car, The Sleepy Time Gal, Big Eden, If… Dog… Rabbit… (dir. Matthew Modine), I’m Losing You (dir. Bruce Wagner),  and Girl Crazy.  Prior to working as director of photography, Sweeney was an assistant cameraman to such legendary DPs as Robby Mueller, Bob Richardson, and Roger Deakins. LEE ROMAIRE (makeup effects designer) began his art by learning and practicing taxidermy at age six.  After completing college with an advertising degree, he veered away from his chosen major and spent his time sculpting larger-than-life Mardi Gras props in New Orleans.  This hands-on experience led him to learn make-up effects under  legendary make- up artist Dick Smith.  After moving to Los Angeles, Romaire quickly found work with Oscar and Emmy Award-winning studios including Steve Johnson’s XFX, Kevin Yagher Productions, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, and Oscar winning make-up artist Greg Cannom.  His film and TV credits include Scooby Doo, Stuart Little 2, Windtalkers, White Chicks, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Six Feet Under, for which he won an Emmy Award in 2002 for prosthetic design.  He founded Lee Romaire Studios in 2004, which has created  live action creatures and characters for Steven Spielberg’s War Of The Worlds,  What Just Happened, Cats and Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, The Rebound,  and numerous award winning international shorts and  commercials.  Lee Romaire Studios was recently chosen to help redesign Abraham Lincoln,  the very first  human Audio- Animatronics (TM) figure that Walt Disney created for the  classic Disneyland attraction  The Walt Disney Story Featuring Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln. KRISTEN ANACKER (costume designer) began in the field of costume design when her father built a theater and a ticket booth for her and her sisters and she started making all of the costumes for the family productions.  She studied sculpture, painting and fabric design at California College of Arts and Crafts and made costumes for the music world before she came to Los Angeles in 1990.  She has designed costumes for more than 30 movies as well as Operas, Theater and TV. JOSEPH MIDDLETON (casting director) is a veteran of numerous independent and studio features including The Bourne Supremacy, Donnie Darko, The Bad News Bears, Jumper, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Legally Blonde, American Pie, Mulholland Falls, Go, 40 Days and 40 Nights, and many others. ENSEMBLE GALILEI (traditional music),  from its inception in 1990, has redefined the boundaries of chamber music, created new work, seized opportunities for collaborative relationships and consistently pushed the envelope in a series of innovative projects that explore combinations of images, words, and music. STEVEN GATES (author of “Mystery of Constellation”) is an active composer, teacher, and pianist whose work has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Composers’ Forum “Prize for Excellence in Chamber Music Composition”; Austin Peay State University’s “Young Composer’s Competition”; and the 2005 McHugh Composition Prize from the Thornton School of Music.  Through its “First Music” program, the New York Youth Symphony recently commissioned and premiered Gates’ “Among Joshua Trees” in Carnegie Hall. Other commissions have come from the Bennington Chamber Music Conference of the East, L.A Sound Circle, 61/4, and the San Bernardino County Music Educators’ Association.  He received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California.

  • end
  • Copyright © 2022. All Rights Reserved