Part 1 - In Conversation with John Crye, Hollywood Film Producer and Director
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This week we welcome film producer and director John Crye. When he first came to Los Angeles in 95, John had no idea what development was. He had been a stage actor and theater producer in Boston but always had a fascination with film.

John Crye's first job was at Summit Entertainment, first as a script reader and then an assistant in the creative department. It was then he learned the importance of the “gatekeepers,” those hard-working folks on the frontlines who are the first and often last audience that a script ever has. His work at Summit brought him to the attention of two investors who hired him to help them form a new independent production company, Newmarket Films. 

He took the job of creative director and brought in a filmmaker friend as head of the production. In their blissful ignorance, the first film they developed and produced had no stars, half of it was black and white, and the structure was a horseshoe-shaped puzzle box. It was called “Memento,” and it was the second feature of a neophyte auteur named Christopher Nolan. It was bold and daring, and then nobody in the business wanted to distribute it. 

Fortunately, Newmarket Films stood behind the film and built a distribution arm to support it. So began Newmarket’s run of indie classics, including “Donnie Darko - Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore,” “Monster - Charlize Theron,” “The Prestige - Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlet Johansson,” “The Mexican - Brad Pitt & Julia Roberts,” and “The Passion of the Christ - Directed by Mel Gibson, James Caviezel, Monica Bellucci,”  

Crye's latest project - Chance is a 2020 American drama film directed by John B. Crye and starring Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Weeds, Stranger Things). Which is based on the true story of Chance Smith, a teenager from Ohio who took his own life. To learn more click on the link;

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