Who is Mary aloe and Aloe Entertainment: About Us

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Aloe Entertainment is one of Los Angeles’ most prolific independent production companies. The Los Angeles based feature film/television company was created in 1999 by Mary Aloe. Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment produces and finances individual pictures and slates of movies. Aloe Entertainment specializes in developing/producing independent features, television series, and network and cable event movies. Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment specialize in obtaining 100% financing for features by raising private equity; working with hedge funds, gap financing, top tier foreign sales companies and securing domestic distribution. Producer Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment, along with her development team, have produced a record nine features in six years. As well, Mary Aloe’s vast knowledge of P & A financing was acknowledged by Regent Entertainment, who brought her in to run a 50 million dollar P & A fund backed by Merrill Lynch.

Aloe and her partner, Dan Grodnik are Executive Producers on Screen Media’s US Theatrical Release of Mothers And Daughters, opening May 6th.  Mothers And Daughters stars Golden Globe Winner Sharon Stone, Oscar Winner Susan Sarandon, Golden Globe Nominee Christina RicciCourteney Cox, Oscar Winner Mira SorvinoAshanti, and more.

Aloe and Grodnik are also in production on two movies, including MARA, in Savannah, Georgia starring Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, November Man, Water Diviner). MARA is based upon a real medical condition called “Sleep Paralysis.” Multiple cultures around the world over many millennia have real life stories about a sleep demon aka demonic attacks also known as “Hag Syndrome.” Mara is a well-researched film based upon real life phenomena and is happening to an estimated 40% of humans around the world. It is when a person is in this state of “Sleep Paralysis” that they feel a presence of a supernatural malevolent being which immobilizes the person as if it is sitting on his/her chest. The word “night-mare” or “nightmare” was used to describe this phenomenon before the word acquired its’ modern, more general meaning. Has it happened to you? If not, it just might…when you least expect her.

And they have several films in post-production, including, in Australia, Tiger, a true story boxing bio pic, being sold internationally by The Exchange. Tiger stars Mickey Roarke (Iron Man II, The Wrestler) and Janel Parrish(Pretty Little Liars), as well as newcomer Prem Singh as Pardeep Nagra.

Mary and her team premiered Ten Thousand Saints at the Sundance Film Festival 2015. The movie is a father son picture for the millenniums, starring Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsh, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld. Screen Media released the movie on August 14, 2015 in the top 25 markets.

2015 -2016 is going to be another banner year for Mary Aloe and her staff at Aloe Entertainment. 55 Steps is in production in Cologne Germany, with Sony as it’s worldwide distributor. This is the true story of Eleanor Reise, starring two-time Oscar nominee Helena Bodham Carter (Wings of A Dove, The Kings Speech) as Eleanor, two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry) as pro-bono attorney as Collete, and Golden Globe winner, Jeffrey Tambor as Mort.

An American comedy, Wild Oats starring Shirley Maclaine, Jessica  Lange and Demi Moore came out in theaters with the Weinstein company last Fall.

Simultaneously, Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment’s other film in pre-production, Room 107, starts filming in New York this spring. For the first time since 1942, in Pride of the Yankees, Major League Baseball and Hank Steinbrenner are partners and their official branding is to be used in a motion picture. At the core of the film, it is a magical father and son story. The film is based on the bestselling book of the same name. Iconic producer, Barry Josephson (Enchanted) is producing and Mary Aloe is executive producing. Among its all star cast is Josh Lucas, Luis Guzman and it also includes some of the New York Yankees’ current all stars in cameo roles.

Between 2004 and 2010, Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment produced a record nine films. Partner Mike Dolan and she produced the comedy, Hollywood and Wine, starring David Spade, Chazz Palminteri, Vivica Fox, Kris Kattan and a host of Saturday Night Live alumni. The film took a satirical look into the inner workings of and actress making it in Hollywood. The production was produced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Mike Dolan’s Smithfield Street Productions.

As well, Mary Aloe filmed The Ascent, a mountain climbing thriller starring Josie Davis, David Chokachi, Martin Kove and Joe Estevez. The film was shot in Austin, Texas with Regent Releasing.

Aloe Entertainment and Mary Aloe arranged financing, produced and completed five features with partner, Kirk Shaw of Odyssey Media Inc. Many of these critically acclaimed features were selected for some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals:’ When A Man Falls In The Forest, starring Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton, was selected for main competition at the Berlin International Film Festival and in the main competition for America’sSouth By Southwest Film FestivalNumb, starring Matthew Perry and Mary Steenburgen, was selected to have its world premiere in the Discovery section at the Tribeca Film Festival; and Battle In Seattle, a political action drama written and directed by Stuart Townsend and starring Charlize TheronWoody HarrelsonRay LiottaChanning Tatum, Andre Benjamin (Outkast), Joshua JacksonMartin HendersonConnie Nielsen and Michelle Rodriguez.Battle in Seattle had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in main competition and had the biggest sale at the festival and is being multi-platformed theatrically across America this fall 2008. Aloe’s other films include While She Was Out, a female action thriller starring Kim Basinger and Lucas Haas; executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and jointly produced by Don Murphy(Transformers); and Tortured, starring Laurence Fishburne and James Cromwell , which was released through Magic Box and Sony Pictures. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever with LGE had its theatrical release in the spring of 2009. Aloe’s first feature film endeavor was in 2004 and entitled Downtown: A Street Tale, starred Genevieve Bujold and Domenica Scorsese and was released with American World Pictures.

Mary Aloe’s foray into the business began in television with producing over eight successful national reality and television talks shows. In 2001, Mary Aloe transitioned into long form television with Columbia TriStar and NBC with The Princess and the Marine, a MOW for NBC Television, the project, chronicling the true story of a Middle Eastern Princess who fell in love with an American Marine, generated so much excitement it incited the second biggest bidding war in television history ‘see Mary Aloe’. It then became the highest rated Movie of the Week that year for NBC. Aloe executive produced this made for TV movie with Columbia Tri-Star.

The television division of Aloe Entertainment produced Room 401 jointly with partners Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, premiering on MTV. Mary Aloe is also developing a bevy of reality series The Real Women of NashvilleThe Real Life Coming to America with the Prince of Nigeria, and The Nancy Grace Project with America’s most famous female prosecutor and CNN talk show host with 20th Century Fox television studios.

Mary Aloe and Aloe Entertainment has also affiliated herself with the top organizations in the entertainment industry. She is a member of the following guilds: WEN (Women’s Entertainment Network), American Federation of Women in Television and Radio, CAUCUS, Women in Film and First Weekenders Club.

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