Stephen Bogart and Cass Warner present “An Inside Look At The Titans of Hollywood”
About The Program
This is a multimedia program featuring lecture, film and still pictures. The format is adaptable but in addition to formal remarks by both, key components are Stephen’s 14-minute home movie featuring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and many other stars of the day plus the John Huston eulogy at his father’s funeral.
Cass will show excerpts from her award-winning 2008 documentary, THE BROTHERS WARNER, plus still pictures of her grandfather and his three brothers taken during the course of their career when they were the most powerful men in Hollywood.Except for the documentary footage, all of the material has never been released to the public and is not available anywhere else. It is a treasure trove of memories.
In addition, both Stephen and Cass will do an unlimited Question and Answer session at the conclusion of their program.
About the Participants Cass Warner ...documentary filmmaker, author, and keeper of the Warner Bros. legacy
Cass Warner Sperling has the honor of being a third-generation filmmaker and is President of Warner Sisters, an independent film and television production company. Her grandfather, Harry Warner, was the original President and one of the founders of Warner Bros. studio. Her father was writer/producer, Milton Sperling, who was nominated twice for an Academy Award.
She began her career sitting in on story meetings with her father and wandering the lot observing the magic of movie making. After studying acting with the acclaimed Milton Katselas, and learning screen writing under the mentorship of her father and Howard Koch (the writer of CASABLANCA), she formed her production company, Warner Sisters, which carries on the original Warner Bros. motto--making films that "educate, entertain and enlighten." www.warnersisters.com In 1993, after years of research, Cass’ personal story of her family saga was published in a book entitled Hollywood Be Thy Name (Prima Lifetstyles). She updated it in 2008 as The Brothers Warner (Warner Sisters), which became a non-fiction bestseller.
In between, Cass worked on the Warner Home Video five-part series, “You Must Remember This: The Warner Brothers Story” which was narrated by Clint Eastwood.
In 2008, along with the revised book, Cass completed a feature documentary, THE BROTHERS WARNER, a project that she directed, wrote, produced and narrated. The film is an intimate portrait of the family and a tribute to their legacy. The PBS American Masters series aired an edited 60-minute version for two years. The film has won numerous awards, including the prestigious HBO Films Producer Award for Cass, and she was on the Emmy Directors’ nomination list in 2009. Her interviews in the film included Dennis Hopper, George Segal, Angie Dickinson, Debbie Reynolds, Tab Hunter, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Haskell Wexler, Frank Pierson (Oscar winning screenwriter), Norman Lear, Roy Disney Jr., Sam Goldwyn, Jr., Sherry Lansing (former CEO & Chairman, Paramount Pictures), Mike Medavoy (former President, Orion Pictures and Tri-Star Pictures and current CEO of Phoenix Pictures) and Morgan Spurlock. www.thebrotherswarner.com
A favorite ongoing project is "Conversations With Cass", a series of thoughtful, one-on-one conversations with some of today's most recognized actors and other notable personalities. These video segments are forming an inspirational library for her non-profit, "The Dream Factory." Some of those featured are Matthew McConaughey, Giovanni Ribisi, Cole Hauser, Michelle Stafford (Emmy Award-winning actress) and the voice of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright. Excerpts from the series have been aired on the Starz cable channel. www.conversationswithcass.com
Warner Sisters is proud to have on its slate most of Howard Koch’s (CASABLANCA) unproduced screenplays, plays, short stories and novels to develop into a library. Feature film projects in development are A SHADE OF GREY (Cass’ “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” project); DOG STORIES (a DINER-type coming-of-age story); and several others.
As a presenter, Cass Warner enjoys revisiting history and earns high marks from her audiences. A typical recent comment from the Director of Marketing and Member Services for the Investment Industry Association of Canada stated, “we received very positive feedback about the evening, your film, your comments and the words of wisdom from your grandfather.”
Cass has also done the requisite media appearances over the years including “Good Morning, America” as well as “The Joan Rivers Show.”
On a personal note, Cass is the proud mother of four. One of her sons is talented actor, Cole Hauser, who has been in over 30 films and several TV series.
Cass Warner has had the pleasure and the privilege of sharing her family’s story with many different audiences--film festivals, private gatherings, universities, and big corporate events.
From several decades of research and discovery for her book and documentary, she offers tales of the Warner brothers in depth—their business wisdom and successful actions; history of Warner Bros.’s films; personal history of the brothers; the brothers’ film philosophy; insights from her research and personal observations—all engendering inspiration.
“We received very positive feedback about the evening, your film, your comments and the word of wisdom from your grandfather.” From the Director, Marketing and Miber Services for the Annual Conference for the Investment Industry Association of Canada
"I found, out of all the guest speakers that came to class this term, Cass Warner the most interesting. Before I even saw her film, it was her entire personality that struck me. She was humble and inspiring…” Philip Young - Student at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA
"Cass Warner showed us that behind the glitz and glamour, the soft lights and deep shadows, were real people. People who had an idea and brought that idea to fruition."
Sean Chung - Student at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA
Cass’s love for people has led her to capture and want to share her intriguing and in depth interviews with people like Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Hooper, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Sherry Lansing, Roy Disney Jr., Debbie Reynolds, Giovanni Ribisi, and many others. (Please see attached list.)