Pound Pictures and Oliwood Films, LLC Present:
A sexy tale of desire and betrayal
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Laura Jean Cronin, 206/323-0557
Laura Jean Cronin
Jean Cronin was born in the Bronx and raised in the Northwest. The move
from the urban environment of her Jamaican relatives in the Bronx to
rural Bainbridge Island gave her a potpourri of experiences from which
to draw inspiration. She learned the art of filmmaking through an eclectic
self fashioned education that includes
a BFA in photography, painting and printmaking, a three year sojourn
of studying art in Florence Italy, an MA in Italian Cinema, and a Ph.D.
ABD in Film Studies at the University of Washington. She also founded
the Pound Gallery, a venue for interdisciplinary art forms which often
makes the critics picks in the local newspapers. She made
her directorial debut with the short film, John Gill, which she also
wrote, produced and edited, in 1999. Her second film, Block Party, 2001,
screened at numerous international festivals in the United States and
abroad. Block Party was chosen for "The Best of Girls' Shorts"
Program for OUTFest's weekly screenings at the Village Theatre, and
won an Audience Award at Seattle's Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Her
third short film, Leave It!, concerning a dog owner sentenced to dog
obedience school, has played in numerous festivals world wide and has
taken home top honors in Seattle and Berlin. She has recently finished
her first feature length script, Princess and Buddha, a sexy tale of
desire and betrayal, which she co-wrote with Cherilynn Brooks. Princess
and Buddha is a winner of the Key West Indiefest and is one of the top
ten finalist in the Washington State Screenplay Competition.
Turner started her film career in 1992 as writer, producer and star
of GO FISH, which was executive produced by Christine Vachon and Tom
Kalin and premiered in dramatic competition at the 1994 Sundance Film
Festival. Turners next project was a role in Cheryl Dunyes
controversial WATERMELON WOMAN, which Alec Baldwin defended in his much-publicized
fight to protect funding for the NEA.
has appeared in films as diverse as Kevin Smiths CHASING AMY and
DOGMA, as well as in LATIN BOYSGO TO HELL and KISS ME, GUIDO. In 1995,
she portrayed an American Dominatrix in PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED with
BAFTA-winning director Stuart Urban. Her credits also include Scott
Kings Treasure Island which was honored for distinctive
creative vision at 1999s Sundance Film Festival.
Most recently, Turner appears in supporting roles in Wash Westmorelands
THE FLUFFER and John Walsh's PIPE DREAM. She stars in the film STRAY
DOGS, director Catherine Crouch's first feature, and is the voice of
a doll in Rose Troche's upcoming feature THE SAFETY OF OBJECTS.
In addition to co-writing GO FISH with director Rose Troche, Turner
collaborated with director Mary Harron on the adaptation of Bret Easton
Ellis' AMERICAN PSYCHO, and in which Turner also had a role. She also
collaborated with Harron on a script about pin-up legend Bettie Page,
which is to be produced by Christine Vachon and directed by Harron.
She is currently a story editor and cast member on Showtimes THE
Brooks, actor, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter, trained at the
Cornish College of the Arts. She has worked with the world renowned
Larry Pisoni and appeared in his production of CIRCUS OF FOOLS in 1998.
She also appeared in VIA SATELLITE, and KATYDIDS in 1997 and starred
as Emily in the premiere production of FRIED RICE AND KETCHUP which
has since been published in THE BOOK OF ESTROGENIUS, 2000. Cherilynn
made her film debut on BLOCK PARTY as the rocker Beth. She also writes
her own music. One of her songs, SLIVER, was chosen to be the end credit
song for BLOCK PARTY. Cherilynn co-wrote LEAVE IT, and also plays the
lead Character, Trish. Her vocals were put to use once again in the
theme song for LEAVE IT, Come Over Here. Her current project is co-writer
on the feature length script, PRINCESS AND BUDDHA, in which she is attached
to play Billy, the charming, but destructive grunge girl. PRINCESS AND
BUDDHA was well received at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
where she read the part for Billy.