Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Exit Strategies Films from the International Perspective
BA Northwestern University, Radio, Television, and Film
BiographyIn a 30 year career, Peter Newman has produced over thirty films. They include Wayne Wang’s SMOKE and BLUE IN THE FACE, John Sayles’ THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH, Spalding Gray’s SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA; and Nancy Savoca’s DOGFIGHT and HOUSEHOLD SAINTS. Peter Newman Productions have received a total of 21 nominations for the Spirit Awards-the leading honor in American Independent Film. His films have played in competition at the Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, and Venice Film Festivals, where they have won numerous awards.
Most recently he produced Noah Baumbach’s THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, which won the Best Writing and Directing Awards at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. THE SQUID AND THE WHALE which stars Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, was a co-production with Wes Anderson’s American Empirical Pictures. It was nominated for six Spirit Awards, including Best Picture; three Golden Globes, including Best Film - Musical or Comedy; and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Among the other filmmakers that Mr. Newman has collaborated with, are Robert Altman, Jay Presson Allen, David Anspaugh, Paul Auster, Jonathan Demme, and two-time Academy Award winning screenwriter Horton Foote.
Mr. Newman has been a featured speaker at the Sundance Institute’s Producers Conference in 1991 and 2005; as well as appearing on numerous film festival panels, including Cannes and New York. Additionally, he has lectured on the movie business at Yale, Columbia, and New York University. For the past four years, Peter Newman has been an adjunct professor at NYU in the Graduate Film program at Tisch, and the Graduate MBA program at Stern. In August of 2008, Peter Newman was appointed the Head of the joint MFA/MBA Graduate program at NYU. It is the first program of its kind in the nation.
Mr. Newman is a member of the ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES, the PRODUCER’S GUILD OF AMERICA, as well as the BRITISH ACADEMY OF TELEVISION AND VIDEO ARTS. He is currently preparing a film based on the life of Janis Joplin. Newman is a graduate of Northwestern University, and lives in New York with his wife, Antonia Dauphin, and three children.