About Mockingbird Pictures

 

Mockingbird Pictures was formed in the Spring of 1999.

The name is inspired by three things. First, Harper Lee’s novel and the film starring Gregory Peck entitled “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The subject is integrity, and the execution of both pieces pure artistry. It is the marriage of those two concepts that we aspire to achieve. Second, the mockingbird is the only songbird that regularly changes his tune. We feel it is important to flow with our circumstances: to live, and learn, and be open to the people and opportunities surrounding us. Finally, the mockingbird is a fierce defender of its nest. This is how we feel about our projects, as well as the many individuals who work with us on each of them.

We have comedies and thrillers amidst our slate, as must every company with an eye towards diversification in the marketplace. There is great value in entertainment. And yet, many of our projects – indeed, the ones that we feel most committed to – reflect our desire to tell stories that will impact our audiences in ways that stay with them well beyond their time in the theatre.

We want the process of filmmaking to be rewarding. Our goal is to have every filmmaker, crew member, and financier that works with us want to repeat the experience. This means being responsible to the budgets, and yet flexible enough to meet the constantly changing needs of artistic enterprise.

So, the goal remains the same: artistic integrity in product and process.

Julie Lynn formed Mockingbird Pictures in the summer of 1999, with Bonnie Curtis joining in 2011. 

Mockingbird is currently in post-production on Rodrigo Garacia’s “Raymond and Ray” for Apple+.  The film stars Ewan McGregor, Ethan Hawke, Maribel Verdu, and Sophie Okonedo.

Mockingbird is in production on its first animated film: “My Father’s Dragon,” based upon the beloved children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett Kahn, which will be directed by Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey for Netflix.  Ms. Lynn and Ms. Curtis are in pre-production for director Tom Harper’s “Heart of Stone,” starring Gal Gadot for Skydance Media and Netflix.

Recent productions through Mockingbird’s first-look deal with Skydance include the well-reviewed Tim Miller-directed “Terminator:  Dark Fate,” as well as the AMC television series “Dietland,” created by Marti Noxon and based upon the novel by Sarai Walker, and Daniel Espinosa’s Sony feature “Life.”

Mockingbird productions include Marti Noxon’s “To the Bone,” Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield,” Rob Spera’s “The Sweet Life,” Rodrigo Garcia’s “Last Days in the Desert,” Vic Levin’s “5 to 7,” Mr. Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs,” Arie Posin’s “The Face of Love,” Mr. Garcia’s “Mother and Child,” Ms. Swicord’s “The Jane Austen Book Club,” Brad Silberling’s “10 Items or Less,” and Mr. Garcia’s  “Nine Lives.” 

Mockingbird Pictures have played at many festivals, including Toronto, Sundance, Telluride, AFI, SXSW, Tribeca, LAFF, Deauville (Grand Prize), San Sebastian (Closing Night) and Locarno (Grand Prize), and have been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards, as well as Oscars.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Lynn co-produced HBO’s presentation of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “WIT,” and supervised the horse races on Gary Ross’s “Seabiscuit.” 

As time allows, Ms. Lynn serves as a story consultant for Pixar Animation Studios.

Ms. Lynn started in Hollywood as Creative Executive for producer Mark Johnson. Before moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Lynn practiced law at the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her JD from the University of Virginia’s law school and a BA from its college.  Ms. Lynn serves on the board of the Virginia Film Festival, the board of The Thomas Jefferson Center, the LA Advisory Committee for Americares, and is active within both the PGA and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Ms. Lynn is married to Douglas Smith, an author and professor of American History. They have two children, Zoe and Jack.

 

Bonnie Curtis was born in Texas and graduated as Valedictorian from Abilene Christian University with a BA in journalism. She moved to Los Angeles with her first love in mind: film.

Curtis immediately found production work on the films “Dead Poets Society” and “Arachnophobia” before being hired as Steven Spielberg’s assistant in 1990 embarking on what would become a 15-year professional relationship with the acclaimed director. After the films “Hook” and “Jurassic Park,” Curtis became a Production Associate on “Schindler’s List” and served as Associate Producer on “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” and “Amistad.” In 1998 she Co-Produced the epic blockbuster “Saving Private Ryan,” for which she received the Producer of the Year award from the Producers Guild of America. Next came “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” followed in 2002 by “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise.  

Fulfilling a longtime desire to work with a first-time filmmaker, Curtis produced “The Chumscrubber” with Lawrence Bender (“Good Will Hunting,” “An Inconvenient Truth”) for first-time director Arie Posin in 2005. The film starred Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes and Jamie Bell, was an official selection for both the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest Film Festival, and won the “Audience Award for Best Film” at the Moscow Film Festival.

Next up was “Albert Nobbs,” starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Brendan Gleeson, which Rodrigo Garcia (“Mother and Child”) directed in Dublin, Ireland. She produced the film with Close, Garcia’s longtime producer Julie Lynn and Alan Moloney (“Breakfast on Pluto”). The film received three Academy Award nominations.

Following “Albert Nobbs,” Curtis partnered with Lynn under Lynn's production company label: Mockingbird Pictures. They have gone on to produce ten films and currently have a first look deal at Skydance Media for both features and television.

Recent productions through Mockingbird’s first-look deal with Skydance include the well-reviewed Tim Miller-directed “Terminator:  Dark Fate,” as well as the AMC television series “Dietland,” created by Marti Noxon and based upon the novel by Sarai Walker, and Daniel Espinosa’s Sony feature “Life.”

Mockingbird productions include Marti Noxon’s “To the Bone,” Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield,” Rob Spera’s “The Sweet Life,” Rodrigo Garcia’s “Last Days in the Desert,” Vic Levin’s “5 to 7,” Mr. Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs,” and Arie Posin’s “The Face of Love.”

Curtis and Lynn are currently in post-production on Rodrigo Garacia’s “Raymond and Ray” for Apple+.  The film stars Ewan McGregor, Ethan Hawke, Maribel Verdu, and Sophie Okonedo.

Mockingbird is in production on its first animated film: “My Father’s Dragon,” based upon the beloved children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett Kahn, which will be directed by Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey for Netflix.  Curtis and Lynn are in pre-production for director Tom Harper’s “Heart of Stone,” starring Gal Gadot for Skydance Media and Netflix.

In 2002 Curtis was featured as one of 30 “Great Women of Film” in Helena Lumee’s best-selling book from Watson Guptill Press. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Women in Film Topaz Award from the Dallas chapter. She has co-chaired GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) Respect Awards and has served as an Honor Society Member for the organization since 2005 and currently serves on the organization’s National Leadership Council. In March 2015, Curtis was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in Austin, Texas.

Curtis lives in Los Angeles with her wife, Kim Lincoln, and their daughter Maggie.

Lindsey Palmer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Haverford College with an undergraduate degree in Religion. Upon her graduation, she interned at the Middle East Institute, a foreign policy think tank in Washington, DC, before moving to Los Angeles. She worked first at William Morris Endeavor and then Creative Artists Agency before writing an original screenplay for Walt Disney Studios. In the spring of 2019, she joined Mockingbird Pictures, led by principals Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis.