Producer, Animal Kingdom
In July 2012, Joshua Astrachan co-founded ANIMAL KINGDOM, a new film and television production company. Under the ANIMAL KINGDOM banner, Astrachan produced Short Term 12 by writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton. The film stars Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr, Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek and Keith Stanfield – and premiered at SXSW in 2013, where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. Since its premiere it has won awards at the Little Rock Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Maui Film Festival and the Nantucket Film Festival. The film’s internation premiere will come at the Locarno Film Festival this summer. The movie opens theatrically in the U.S. in August.
In 2007, Astrachan founded LOCOMOTIVE, a film and television production company, with producing partner Lucy Barzun Donnelly. With LOCOMOTIVE, Astrachan produced Jennifer Westfeldt’s celebrated ensemble comedy Friends with Kids. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was theatrically released by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions in March, 2012.
Prior to LOCOMOTIVE, Astrachan was a producer for the better part of a decade for the great American film director, Robert Altman. He produced Altman’s last film, A Prairie Home Companion (2006), written by Garrison Keillor and starring, among others, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson and Kevin Kline. Astrachan also produced The Company (2003), Altman’s narrative feature set in the world of dance, starring Neve Campbell, James Franco and the company members of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.
Astrachan co-produced the critically-acclaimed, Academy Award-winning and seven-time Oscar-nominated Gosford Park (2001), for which Altman received the Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle Award as Best Director.
Prior to working in film, Astrachan was co-founder and Artistic Director of NEW ARTS, a not-for-profit theater production company that developed and presented new plays by American writers in New York City.