American Zoetrope

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American Zoetrope is located in the Sentinel Building

American Zoetrope is a privately run film studio, centred in San Francisco and founded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.

Opened on 12 December 1969,[1] American Zoetrope was an early adopter of digital filmmaking, including some of the earliest uses of HDTV. The studio has produced not only the films of Coppola (including Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Tetro), but also George Lucas's pre-Star Wars films (THX 1138), as well as many others by such cutting-edge directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, Wim Wenders and Godfrey Reggio.

Four films produced by American Zoetrope are included in the American Film Institute's Top 100 Films. American Zoetrope-produced films have received 15 Academy Awards and 68 nominations.

Formation[edit]

The company's headquarters is in the historic Sentinel Building, at 916 Kearny Street in San Francisco's North Beach neighbourhood.

Coppola named the studio after a zoetrope he was given in the late 1960s by the filmmaker and collector of early film devices, Mogens Skot-Hansen. The company was also known as Zoetrope Studios from 1979 until 1990. "Zoetrope" is also the name by which Coppola's quarterly fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, is often known.

American Zoetrope is now owned entirely by Coppola's son and daughter, directors Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola.[2]

Zoetrope Virtual Studio[edit]

It also administers the innovative Zoetrope Virtual Studio, a complete motion picture production studio for members only.

Launched in June 2000, the culmination of more than four years work, it brings together departments for screenwriters, directors, producers and other filmmaker artists, plus new departments for other creative endeavours, offering powerful e-collaborative tools. Filmmaker members can workshop a wide range of film arts, including music, graphics, design and film & video.

Filmography[edit]

American Zoetrope / Zoetrope Studios filmography
Date Film Director Company Credit Notes
2015 Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral American Zoetrope Production Company
2014 Life After Beth Jeff Baena
2013 The Bling Ring Sofia Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Roman Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company
2012 On the Road Walter Salles American Zoetrope Production Company
2011 Twixt Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2010 Somewhere Sofia Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company
2009 Tetro Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2007 Youth Without Youth Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2006 Marie Antoinette Sofia Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2006 The Good Shepherd Robert De Niro American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2004 Kinsey Bill Condon American Zoetrope Production Company (uncredited) [3]
2003 Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2003 Jeepers Creepers 2 Victor Salva American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2002 Pumpkin Anthony Abrams and Adam Larson Broder American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2002 Assassination Tango Robert Duvall American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2001 Jeepers Creepers Victor Salva American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2001 No Such Thing Hal Hartley American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
2001 Suriyothai Chatrichalerm Yukol American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1999 The Florentine Nick Stagliano American Zoetrope Production Company
1999 The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1999 The Third Miracle Agnieszka Holland American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1999 Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1998 Moby Dick Franc Roddam American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1997 The Rainmaker Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1997 Buddy Caroline Thompson American Zoetrope Production Company (as An American Zoetrope Production) [3]
1997 The Odyssey Andrei Konchalovsky American Zoetrope Production Company (as American Zoetrope San Francisco) [3]
1996 Jack Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1995 Haunted Lewis Gilbert American Zoetrope Production Company
1995 My Family Gregory Nava American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Kenneth Branagh American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1994 Don Juan DeMarco Jeremy Levin American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1993 The Secret Garden Agnieszka Holland American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1992 Wind Carroll Ballard American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1991 Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Fax Bahr, Eleanor Coppola, and George Hickenlooper American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1990 The Outsiders Francis Ford Coppola Zoetrope Studios Production Company
1990 The Godfather Part III Francis Ford Coppola Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1989 Wait Until Spring, Bandini Dominique Deruddere Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1987 Tough Guys Don't Dance Norman Mailer Zoetrope Studios Production Company
1987 Gardens of Stone Francis Ford Coppola Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1987 Barfly Barbet Schroeder Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married Francis Ford Coppola Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1985 Seven Minutes in Heaven Linda Feferman Zoetrope Studios Production Company
1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Paul Schrader Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1984 The Cotton Club Francis Ford Coppola Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1983 The Outsiders Francis Ford Coppola Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1983 Rumble Fish Francis Ford Coppola Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1983 The Black Stallion Returns Robert Dalva Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1982 The Making of 'One from the Heart' Tony St. John Zoetrope Studios Production Company
1982 Hammett Wim Wenders Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1982 One from the Heart Francis Ford Coppola Zoetrope Studios Production Company/Distributor [3]
1982 The Grey Fox Phillip Borsos Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1982 The Escape Artist Caleb Deschanel Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1980 Kagemusha Akira Kurosawa Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1980 Sauve qui peut (la vie) Jean-Luc Godard Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3]
1979 Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola Zoetrope Studios Production Company [3][4]
1974 The Conversation Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1974 The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Production Facilities Furnished Through (as American Zoetrope San Francisco) [3]
1971 THX 1138 George Lucas American Zoetrope Production Company [3]
1969 The Rain People Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Production Company [3][5]
Cafe Zoetrope at ground level of the building

Cafe Zoetrope[edit]

In the building lobby Coppola operates a popular small Italian café, Cafe Zoetrope, featuring Inglenook Estate wine and memorabilia from his films.[6]

The neighborhood is well known for its cafes and its writers. Coppola wrote much of the screenplay for The Godfather in the nearby Caffe Trieste and Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books is located across the street from the Sentinel Building.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fog City Mavericks. Starz, Englewood, CO, USA. June 15, 2011. Television.
  2. ^ Coppola stated this in an interview with Harry Knowles for Ain't It Cool News published on May 8, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw "American Zoetrope: Films", zoetrope.com. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  4. ^ Zoetrope Studios [us]
  5. ^ American Zoetrope [us]
  6. ^ Cafe Zoetrope

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