Joseph Pierson


President of Cypress Films, Joseph founded the New York-based production company in 1987 in partnership with Jon Glascoe. His most recent producing and directing credit is EvenHand (Sundance Channel, Arts Alliance America), shot on location in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that he co-directed and co-produced (with Jon Glascoe) Cherry (Showcase Entertainment), a romantic comedy starring Shalom Harlow, Jake Weber and David McCallum.  In 1997, Joseph and Jon produced Julian Po, a Cypress Films production of a Fine Line film starring Christian Slater, Robin Tunney, Michael Parks and Cherry Jones.

Prior to joining Cypress, Joseph worked as a freelance location manager in New York, managing several films, including Five Corners (Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, John Turturro), Broken Vows (Tommy Lee Jones) and Choices (George C. Scott, Jacqueline Bisset).

Joseph's first job in film was working as a production assistant for Woody Allen on A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy. He then worked as a production assistant on Mr. Allen's next three films, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose and The Purple Rose of Cairo. Other AD credits include Splash (NY shoot), The Flamingo Kid (NY shoot), Moscow on the Hudson (NY shoot) and the fabulous 80's cult classic, The Last Dragon, starring Taimak.*

Joseph majored in Studio Art at Middlebury College, graduating with departmental honors. He has an avid interest in historic preservation, serving on the Trustee's Council of the Preservation League of New York State and as a charter member of the board and Director's Council member of the Historic House Trust of New York City. Joseph is also on the board of the Fort Tryon Park Trust.

Joseph greatly enjoyed collaborating with Mr. Glascoe on their directorial debut, Cherry, although he is terrified of Jon's dog. EvenHand marks his first solo directorial outing.

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Jon Glascoe


Jon founded Cypress Films in 1987 in partnership with Joseph Pierson. Jon's most recent script, Stonecliff, was optioned by . In the spring of 2004, Jon sold his spec script, Premonition, to Bedford Falls Productions. Jon also wrote In-Between, a thriller commissioned by Morgan Creek, and a feature script entitled Home Team for Larry Gordon (48 Hours, Field of Dreams) and HBO Films.

Many of the projects Cypress has produced, including A Child's Christmas in Wales, The Sound and the Silence, Harrison Bergeron and Cherry, were either written, co-written or re-written by Jon.

In addition to his extensive experience as a writer, Jon is also an accomplished producer. Most recently, he executive produced EvenHand (Sundance Channel, Arts Alliance America), directed by Joseph Pierson. He also shares a producing and directing credit with Joseph on Cherry, a romantic comedy starring Shalom Harlow, Jake Weber and David McCallum.  In 1997, Jon and Joseph produced Julian Po, a Cypress Films production of a Fine Line film starring Christian Slater, Robin Tunney, Michael Parks and Cherry Jones.

Prior to joining Cypress, Jon was Executive Producer for National Programming at WTTW in Chicago, the nation's largest public television station, where he oversaw numerous productions, including Bud Greenspan's hugely acclaimed film 16 Days of Glory.

Earlier in his career he was a Senior Producer and Head Writer for Nightcap, a literary roundtable hosted by Studs Terkel and Calvin Trillin which aired weekly on A & E; a writer for the short-lived Satellite News Channel (a precursor of CNN), producer of the highly successful Dr. Ruth Show for Lifetime; and an associate at The Nation magazine.

Jon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Middlebury College. He is a rotisserie baseball fanatic, a farm owner, an avid poker player, a scotch drinker, a dog lover and an enemy of fashion.

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Tim at Cypress HQ


Tim graduated from Amherst College with honors in English, and studied filmmaking at Hampshire College. He also studied in the Graduate English program at UCLA. His first feature-length screenplay, a screwball comedy titled Arts & Crafts, was optioned in 2004 by Firefly Pictures and producer David Rubin. He wrote and continues to promote three additional screenplays, including Good Bones (aka Summer Rules), part of the development slate at Cypress Films.

As an actor, Tim has worked with and learned from a long list of distinguished directors. He has worked commercially with Stephen Daldry, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jesse Dylan, Phil Morrison, and Michael Cuesta. In feature films he has acted for P.J. Hogan, Joel Schumacher, John Madden, and Jon Glascoe & Joseph Pierson. On television, Timís guest-starring credits include the comedic: the Friends episode fans voted their all-time #1 Favorite - The One with the Prom Video, the dramatic: Law and Order: SVU, and the really dramatic: "One Life To Live."

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* A fan contacted me with the obsessive mission of listing all of the locations for The Last Dragon. I went through all my old call sheets and the results can be seen HERE.