Forensic Films

Forensic Films Forensic Films is a New York-based production company founded by producers Scott Macaulay and Robin O'Hara. Forensic Films is a New York-based production company run by producers Scott Macaulay and Robin O'Hara.

Among their producing credits are Peter Sollett’s "Raising Victor Vargas," Harmony Korine's "Gummo" and "julien donkey-boy," Tom Noonan's Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning "What Happened Was...", James Ponsoldt's "Off the Black," Jesse Peretz's "The Chateau," and Bryan Barber's "Idlewild." Additionally, Forensic has partnered on a number of international productions, including two films by Olivier Assayas, "Clean" and "Demonlover," both of which premiered in competition in Cannes. Forensic has also produced or done production service work for a number of commercial clients, including MTV, Canon, L'Oreal, and CNN, among others.

Thank you, Indiewire, for including "The Assistant" on your list of the Best Films of 2020.
12/01/2020
The Best Movies of 2020

Thank you, Indiewire, for including "The Assistant" on your list of the Best Films of 2020.

Even in the bizarre existential crisis of 2020, anyone who thinks this was a bad year for movies hasn't seen enough of them.

As producers, we often get asked, "How do you find a producer." Forensic head Scott Macaulay tackled this issue for Film...
11/25/2020
How to Find a Producer | Filmmaker Magazine

As producers, we often get asked, "How do you find a producer." Forensic head Scott Macaulay tackled this issue for Filmmaker Magazine, interviewing colleagues to reveal some answers.

“How do I find a producer?” It’s a question asked by many first-time independent writer/directors, and there’s good reason this seemingly simple query is so vexing. Screenwriters selling commercial screenplays and directors seeking employment on Hollywood pictures are guided by standard, usu...

A much-loved 2002 Forensic production, Peter Sollett's "Raising Victor Vargas," is screening this week via the Metrograp...
11/24/2020
Raising Victor Vargas – Metrograph Digital

A much-loved 2002 Forensic production, Peter Sollett's "Raising Victor Vargas," is screening this week via the Metrograph. Tune in tonight for a conversation following with Pete and actors Victor Rasuk and Judy Marte.

Live Screening followed by a discussion with the director and cast members Victor Rasuk and Judy Marte moderated by Alfreda’s Cinema programmer Melissa Lyde.

Excited to announce that “The Assistant” has been nominated for Best Feature at the 2020 IFP Gotham Awards.
11/13/2020
First Cow Tops Nominees for 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards; All Best Feature Nominees are Directed by Women | Filmmaker Magazine

Excited to announce that “The Assistant” has been nominated for Best Feature at the 2020 IFP Gotham Awards.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today the nominees for its 30th annual IFP Gotham Awards. Kelly Reichardt's First Cow received the most nominations — Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Breakthrough Actor. Other multiple nominees include Chloé Zhao's Nomadland, Radha B...

"For me, it was really nice to be able to tell a story about the neighborhood where my friends and I grew up, where we a...
10/04/2020
The American Latino Experience: 20 Essential Films Since 2000

"For me, it was really nice to be able to tell a story about the neighborhood where my friends and I grew up, where we all learned about the world, where we had our first love, our first kiss, our first heartbreak." That's Victor Rasuk in Carlos Aguilar's list of 20 Essential Films on the American Latino experience, front page Arts and Leisure of today's New York Times. Grateful that this film receives continued recognition 20 year later. .

In Hollywood, Hispanic stories usually mean ones from other countries. The features and documentaries on this list explore U.S. lives that deserve the spotlight, too.

Very happy to see "Raising Victor Vargas" pop up on Netflix today for a new generation to discover it. Directed by Peter...
09/15/2020
Raising Victor Vargas | Netflix

Very happy to see "Raising Victor Vargas" pop up on Netflix today for a new generation to discover it. Directed by Peter Sollett, story by Sollett and Eva Vives, produced by Sollett, Alain de la Mata, Robin O'Hara, Scott Macaulay. Cinematography Tim Orr, production design Judy Becker, starring Victor Rasuk, Judy Marte, Melonie Diaz and the unforgettable Altagracia Guzman. So many memories making this film. https://www.netflix.com/watch/60027208?

A suave teen sets his sights on a girl who seems beyond his reach. But his game can't be confined to his tiny apartment and family's old-school values.

French friends, "The Assistant" is playing this week at the Deauville film festival, with the final two screenings tomor...
09/11/2020
The Assistant - Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville

French friends, "The Assistant" is playing this week at the Deauville film festival, with the final two screenings tomorrow and Saturday. After "Raising Victor Vargas" won the Grand Special Prize there in 2002, and we couldn't attend because we were in Toronto, we vowed to make it back there. And, now, unfortunately, the pandemic and our U.S. passports makes that impossible. Hope some of you can see the film and report back.

Jane, a recent col­lege grad­u­ate and aspir­ing film pro­duc­er, has recent­ly land­ed her dream job as a junior assis­tant to a pow­er­ful enter­tain­ment mogul. Her usu­al day is much like any oth­er assis­tan­t’s — mak­ing cof­fee, chang­ing the paper in the copy machi...

Tickets for Kitty Green's "The Assistant" are now on sale. Plus, the first 80 theaters announced -- see where the film w...
01/09/2020
The Assistant: Get Tickets | Bleecker Street

Tickets for Kitty Green's "The Assistant" are now on sale. Plus, the first 80 theaters announced -- see where the film will be playing in your town.

Find showtimes near you for The Assistant. In theaters January #TheAssistant

01/08/2020
The Assistant

"The Assistant" opens January 31 in New York and L.A. -- tickets available now.

“Discrimination by a thousand paper cuts. It speaks volumes.” — Rolling Stone

Emmy Award winner Julia Garner stars in #TheAssistant. In select theaters January 31.

12/12/2019
THE ASSISTANT | Official Trailer | Bleecker Street

Excited to share the first trailer for KItty Green's "The Assistant," from Bleecker Street. The pic screens at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and opens in theaters January 31.

Watch the official trailer for THE ASSISTANT. Only in theaters this winter. -- A searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive. A...

We had a fantastic premiere at Telluride, and this review by K. Austin Collins is the perfect capper.
09/04/2019
The Assistant Peers Inside a Very Familiar Mogul’s Office

We had a fantastic premiere at Telluride, and this review by K. Austin Collins is the perfect capper.

Julia Garner stars in this buzzy, fictionalized account of a young woman working for a producer who seems an awful lot like Harvey Weinstein.

"It is discrimination by a thousand paper cuts." "The Assistant" in Rolling Stone.
09/02/2019
‘The Assistant’ Is About Harvey Weinstein — And Much More

"It is discrimination by a thousand paper cuts." "The Assistant" in Rolling Stone.

Writer-director Kitty Green’s portrait of a day in the life of an entry-level female employee at a film production company speaks volumes about gender discrimination and workplace toxicity

We are very happy to be premiering Kitty Green's new "The Assistant" at the Telluride Film Festival tomorrow with our pa...
08/29/2019
Harvey Weinstein-Inspired ‘The Assistant’ To Launch In Telluride; Filmmaker Kitty Green On How And Why She Took On Explosive Topic

We are very happy to be premiering Kitty Green's new "The Assistant" at the Telluride Film Festival tomorrow with our partners at Symbolic Exchange, 3311, Cinereach and Level Forward.

EXCLUSIVE: This does not promise to be a very good holiday weekend for Harvey Weinstein. Ursula MacFarlane’s scathing documentary on the Weinstein scandal, Untouchable, debuts on Hulu on Sep…

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08/21/2019

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06/10/2017
Sheffield Doc/Fest: Sheffield International Documentary Festival

Friends in Sheffield, "Casting JonBenet" screens Tuesday at Sheffield Doc Fest.

A sly and stylised exploration of the world's most sensational child-murder case: the unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey. After twenty years of media speculation and public hysteria, Casting JonBenet presents audiences with a hybrid of fiction and non-fiction filmma...

We had a fantastic week premiering Kitty Green's "Casting JonBenet" at the Sundance Film Festival. And the reviews were ...
01/29/2017
Casting JonBenét review – magnificent provocation to the very notion of truth

We had a fantastic week premiering Kitty Green's "Casting JonBenet" at the Sundance Film Festival. And the reviews were awesome. Here's one of our favorites. The film will be released by Netflix in April.

Kitty Green’s avant garde documentary allows people auditioning to play JonBenét Ramsey and her family to expound their conspiracy theories about the unsolved murder of the child beauty pageant star

We're tremendously excited that Kitty Green's documentary "Casting JonBenet," which we produced with Kitty and her Matri...
12/21/2016
Berlin Festival Unveils First Panorama Titles

We're tremendously excited that Kitty Green's documentary "Casting JonBenet," which we produced with Kitty and her Matricide Pictures and James Schamus and his Symbolic Exchange, will have its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its international premiere the Berlin Film Festival.

Raoul Peck's 'I Am Not Your Negro' and Kitty Green's 'Casting JonBenet' are among the titles that will screen in the sidebar.

Forensic Films's cover photo
12/21/2016

Forensic Films's cover photo

Fantastic piece in Film Comment about Tom Noonan's second film, "The Wife," which we produced pre-Forensic in 1995.
07/09/2014
The Marital Arts | FilmComment

Fantastic piece in Film Comment about Tom Noonan's second film, "The Wife," which we produced pre-Forensic in 1995.

To have, hold, and terrorize in Tom Noonan’s dinner-guest psychodrama The Wife

POV puts together an excellent series of resources -- funding, great and fellowship deadlines -- for filmmakers.
07/08/2014
Resources for Filmmakers | POV | PBS

POV puts together an excellent series of resources -- funding, great and fellowship deadlines -- for filmmakers.

Get news on funding, fellowship, and film festival deadlines, as well as tips on every step in the filmmaking process, from pitching to distribution.

The return of Nick Sutton! "Gummo" co-star is alive and well, we were happy to hear, in this podcast from the BBC. Nick ...
06/27/2014
BBandBC Podcast EP76 - Gummo

The return of Nick Sutton! "Gummo" co-star is alive and well, we were happy to hear, in this podcast from the BBC. Nick tells us what the film meant to him and shares a few production war stories, one of which -- having to do with the actors only -- we didn't even know about.

This week Mike, Iris and guest co-host Jon Cross talk about the Harmony Korine directed Gummo (1997). Our special guest for this episode is Nick Sutton. Nick played the part of Tummler and talks to...

Nice to hear this shout-out from star Romany Malco about one of our favorite films, "The Chateau," directed by Jesse Per...
06/27/2014
WTF with Marc Maron Podcast - Episode 509 - Romany Malco

Nice to hear this shout-out from star Romany Malco about one of our favorite films, "The Chateau," directed by Jesse Peretz. Rom starred with Paul Rudd and Sylvie Testud in an improvised comedy about two American brothers inheriting a chateau in France.

Comedian Marc Maron is tackling the most complex philosophical question of our day - WTF? He'll get to the bottom of it with help from comedian friends, celebrity guests and the voices in his own head. You loved him on Morning Sedition. You kinda liked him on The Marc Maron Show. You tolerated him o…

This interview with Forensic's Scott Macaulay dates to 2010, but still has some relevant thoughts. (Blackberry has been ...
06/04/2014
6½ Questions With: Scott Macaulay « No Film School

This interview with Forensic's Scott Macaulay dates to 2010, but still has some relevant thoughts. (Blackberry has been traded for iPhone, however.)

Scott Macaulay is a New York-based producer (Gummo, Idlewild, Raising Victor Vargas) and the editor of Filmmaker Magazine. Here, we talk about new media, favorite films, productivity tools, and some of the changes in independent film since the ’90s. As always with these interviews, because I can’t d…

06/04/2014
Gummo Trailer (rare)

Mark Romanek cut this trailer for Harmony Korine's "Gummo," which is still the favorite trailer for any film we've been involved with.

trailer edited by Mark Romaneck Film directed by Harmony Korine

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