Member Profile: Harlene Freezer
Harlene Freezer, President of Capstone Entertainment, is a film, television and theater producer, as well as a former NYWIFT President. Her most recent production, Frost/Nixon, opens on Broadway this month, following a successful run in London. Starring Frank Langella, the play explores how David Frost, the famous British talk show host with a playboy reputation, got former President Richard Nixon to apologize for Watergate. The play is by Peter Morgan, who wrote the screenplays for The Queen and The Last King of Scotland.

Her other London investments/co-productions, through the Green Room Company LP, a quasi-mutual fund which develops, produces and invests in theater production in the United Kingdom, have included the 2005 Oliver Award-winning musical version of the film Billy Elliot (due on Broadway in 2008), The Woman in White, A Voyage Round My Father, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and ABSOLUTELY! (perhaps), directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

Harlene produced the documentary, Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation under a Groove featuring interviews with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Flea, Rick James and Dr. Dre. The documentary was the premiere episode of the 2005/2006 season of PBS’ Independent Lens. She also was the Senior Producer for American Masters, PBS’ award-winning arts biography series. In this capacity, she supervised the production and broadcast of over seventy documentary profiles of leading figures in the arts.

She was Director and Programmer for First Look — a distribution platform and talent showcase for promising new American independent films and filmmakers — sponsored by Tribeca Film Center, CAA and The Eastman Kodak Company. First Look premiered first features or documentaries by M. Night Shyamylan (The Sixth Sense); Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water); and Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor).

Harlene is the Vice Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, East Coast. The British Academy is the United Kingdom’s leading organization in promoting and rewarding the best in film, television and interactive media.

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