Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

CHARTOFF & WINKLER LIVE! (w/ guests Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler, Producers)

Year: 2001


During recent years, a new breed of film producer has catapulted into global prominence. This new breed destroys the stereotype of the coarse, fast-talking, cigar-smoking movie moguls who ran roughshod over anything and anyone who dared stand in their way. Among the leaders of this new wave of dedicated and creative filmmakers are Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff.

Chartoff and Winkler are film producers who operate in a most unique fashion. The ideas for their productions usually are self created, carefully nurtured and then meticulously embellished with actors, writers, directors and technicians who are cast for the specific project. They manage to deftly combine cinematic know-how and business acumen - a rare marriage of qualities which ensure that an extraordinary number of the projects which are initiated consequently become screen successes.

"We are primarily interested in entertainment with subjects of timely interest and strong dramatic impact," Robert Chartoff states. Neither Chartoff nor Winkler wait for properties to be brought to them. Unpublished manuscripts, forgotten properties, new novelists, new ideas and undiscovered talents are their forte.

They aim for properties with meaningful content and universal appeal to please audiences of all ages: "Double Trouble" (1967), "Point Blank" (1967), "The Split" (1968), "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1970), "The Strawberry Statement" (1970), "Leo the Last" (1970), "Believe in Me" (1971), "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" (1971), "Thumb Tripping" (1972), "Up the Sandbox" (1972), "The Mechanic" (1974), "Busting" (1974), "The Gambler" (1974), "Peeper" (1975), "Breakout" (1975), "Rocky" (1976), "New York, New York" (1977), "Valentino" (1977), "Comes a Horseman" (1978) and "Uncle Joe Shannon" (1978).

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