VOLTAGE PICTURES – Company Biography
Founded in 2005, Voltage Pictures has emerged as one of the most distinguished international finance, production and distribution companies in the industry. Founded by veteran sales agent and Academy Award winner Nicolas Chartier, Voltage has built a library of over a hundred films in its short nine year history.
In March 2010, Voltage produced and financed The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, and Guy Pearce. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning six, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
In January 2014, Dallas Buyers Club, also produced and co-financed by Voltage, was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, and won three for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Make-Up. The film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, starred Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. It also won 2 Golden Globes for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
To date, Voltage’s films have been nominated for 15 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes, and won 9 Academy Awards and 2 Golden Globes. Several films were also nominated or won PGA, DGA, SAG, BAFTA, Independent Spirit awards and other prizes.
In January 2011, Chartier partnered with longtime Hollywood Gang executive Craig Flores to form Voltage Productions, an offshoot of Voltage Pictures aiming to generate films in the $15M-$40M budget range. In his role at Hollywood Gang, Craig Flores previously served as the executive producer of films such as 300 and Immortals. Zev Foreman is responsible for producing Voltage Pictures' in-house financed slate. Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose completes the Voltage Executive team having previously run International Distribution and Sales for Lakeshore Entertainment.
Over the years, Voltage has financed and produced numerous films such as The Company You Keep, directed by and starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper, Stanley Tucci and released by Sony Classics; Killer Joe, directed by Billy Friedkin and starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, released by LD Entertaiment; Don Jon, directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson & Julianne Moore, released by Relativity; and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman directed by Fredrik Bond, starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen released by Millennium Entertainment.
Voltage’s upcoming releases include Playing It Cool, directed by Justin Reardon and starring Chris Evans & Michelle Monaghan; Good Kill, directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz and Jake Abel which will be released by IFC Films; The Cobbler, directed by Thomas McCarthy and starring Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Dan Stevens and Dustin Hoffman.
Additionally, Voltage has a number of projects in post-production including; Prisoner of War, directed by Joe Miale and starring Lee Pace and Berenice Marlohe; Good Kids, written and directed by Chris McCoy and starring Nicholas Braun, Zoey Deutch, Mateo Arias and Israel Broussard; Pay the Ghost, directed by Uli Edel and starring Nicolas Cage; and A Tale of Love and Darkness, written/directed by and starring Natalie Portman.
Recently completed productions are Fathers & Daughters, directed by Gabriele Muccino, starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Quvenzhané Wallis, Octavia Spencer, Diane Kruger and Bruce Greenwood; Burying the Ex, directed by Joe Dante starring Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene; Home Invasion, produced by Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman; and Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton and Melanie Thierry.
Winter 2014 will see the production of the high-tech thriller I.T., directed by John Moore, written by Dan Kay and Bill Wisher and starring Pierce Brosnan; Lady Bloodfight, directed by Chris Nahon and starring Amy Johnston; and The Secret Scripture, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave.
Recently, Voltage also co-financed or sold international rights to Life on the Line with John Travolta, Kate Bosworth and Sharon Stone; Return to Sender with starring Rosamund Pike and Nick Nolte; Eli Roth's Cabin Fever: Reboot;Accidental Love with Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal; Wild Horses with Robert Duvall and James Franco; Blunt Force Trauma with Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke; Standoff with Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane; Knock Knock with Keanu Reeves; Shelter with Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Connelly; American Heist with Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody; Fire with Fire with Bruce Willis; Frozen Ground with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack; Hours with Paul Walker; The Longest Week with JasonBateman; Magic of Belle Isle with Morgan Freeman; Empire State with Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth; Thanks for Sharing with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo; Girl Most Likely with Kristen Wiig; Drive Hard with John Cusack.
Voltage’s film library also includes films with Keanu Reeves, Ashton Kutcher, James Franco, Clive Owen, Sam Jackson, John Malkovich, Annette Benning, Demi Moore, Kim Basinger, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jane Fonda, Juliette Binoche, Sharon Stone, Selena Gomez, Kyra Sedgwick, Lindsay Lohan, Catherine Keener, Kate Mara, Brendan Gleeson, Simon Pegg, Anthony Mackie, Oscar Isaac, Chris Pratt, Taylor Kitsch, Tim Robbins,Mads Mikkelsen, Melissa Leo, Ellen Barkin, Famke Janssen, Kathy Bates, Thomas Haden Church, George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead & Survival of the Dead, Matt Dillon, Steven Seagal, Wesley Snipes, Christian Slater, Kellan Lutz, Val Kilmer, Cuba Gooding Jr, Doph Lundgren, David Strathairn, Ian McKellen, Laurence Fishburne, Thomas Jane, Ed Harris, Jean Reno, Harvey Keitel,David Bowie, Chloe Sevigny, Asia Argento, Amy Smart, Brittany Murphy, JulieDelpy, Ron Perlman, Bill Pullman, Christopher Lloyd, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox, among many others.
In addition to feature films, Voltage is also involved in financing, producing and selling televisions projects.
Looking to the future, Voltage plans to continue its history of partnering with the most respected talents in the industry and to continue producing, financing and selling a diverse array of films that connect with audiences around the world.