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Bill Mechanic to receive the ‘Producer of the Year’ Award at the 2016 edition of Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festi

Bill Mechanic the guy who hired me to run Fox in France,here with Teresa Palmer, Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield

 
His Latest Film, ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ To Screen At Fest On December 30th



Hugely successful industry veteran and independent producer Bill Mechanic has been selected by the board of the Capri in the World Institute to receive the ‘Producer of the Year’ Award at the 2016 edition of Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival, it was announced here today by the Institute's Honorary President Lina Wertmuller and its Secretary General Pascal Vicedomini. Mechanic’s award will be presented by iconic Italian actor Franco Nero following the December 30th screening of the entrepreneur’s latest film, “Hacksaw Ridge,” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield, who was previously honored in Capri as 2007 Breakout Actor of the year, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey and Teresa Palmer.


Prior winners of the Capri ‘Producer of the Year’ Award include Jim Gianopulos, Harvey Weinstein, Thamas Langman, Lawrence Bender, Mark Canton and Andrea and Raffaella Leone.

“There is no one more deserving than Bill Mechanic to be named our ‘Producer of the Year’,” said Vicedomini in making the announcement. “His unrelenting 15 year journey in bringing ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ to the screen has paid off big-time thanks to the directorial genius of Mel Gibson and stellar performances by an amazing ensemble cast. We are thrilled to be both honoring Bill and showing this wonderful film at Capri, Hollywood.”

 

Mechanic added: “I am appreciative of the honor being afforded me by Pascal and his colleagues at the Capri in the World Institute. But to me, its the film, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and the amazing team that helped me bring it to the screen that deserves the kudos. While I wish it hadn’t taken so long to make, this film needed Mel Gibson’s genius and Andrew Garfield’s stunning performance to truly bring the story to life.

 

Through his company, Pandemonium Films, Mechanic has been producing high quality motion pictures with some of the world’s best directors. These include Henry Sellick (the Oscar-nominated “Coraline”), Terence Malick (“The New World”) and Walter Salles (“Dark Water”). He has upcoming projects with Paul Verhoeven, David Fincher, John Woo, Gregor Jordan and Ben Lewin. He co-produced the multi-Emmy nominated 82nd Academy Awards with Adam Shankman and currently serves on the Academy ‘s Board of Governors.

Prior to Pandemonium Mechanic was chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment for seven years. During his tenure at Fox the studio produced six of the top ten grossing movies of all time including “Die Hard With A Vengeance,” “Independence Day” and “Titanic,” and earned 42 Academy Award nominations and two Best Picture Oscars (“Braveheart” and “Titanic”).

The 21st edition of Capri, Hollywood, featuring exclusive international premieres and film reviews, is chaired by Oscar-winning screenwriter Barry Morrow, with the Israeli singer Noa as president and will be dedicated to the subject of “mercy,”  including a film contest (Cinema For Mercy) for directors under 35. As previously announced, the festival will honor UK helmer Stephen Frears as 'European Director of the Year', Gianfranco Rosi’s movie “Fire at Sea” (Italy's Best Foreign Language Film entry in the Oscar’s) as 'European Movie of the Year' and will pay a tribute to the iconic Italian producer Dino de Laurentiis. 

The Festival is organized by the Institute Capri in the World and it is backed by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, and of the Campania Region  (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage).

 

 

 

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