Movietime: Caspar von Winterfeldt
We will be interviewing Caspar von Winterfeldt. Wednesday September 23, 2015. We will be talking about fortune films and his work with the AFI along with those distribution and finance questions burning within.
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Caspar has been a successful global professional for over 25 years. His businesses have taken him from the financial sector in Atlanta, New York, London, Frankfurt and Zurich to his most current path in the entertainment business in Los Angeles.
Caspar began his quest for the arts at an early age while growing up in London and continued his education with a magna cum laude degree in Liberal Arts from Vassar College in upstate New York. He developed his sense of business through a rigorous career in investment banking having held senior positions at major financial institutions including Morgan Stanley, Bank of Nova Scotia, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and lastly as a senior executive for J.P. Morgan. During his tenure in the IB world, Caspar raised a total of over US$1.8 billion in equity financing and brought to market some of the largest capital market transactions in the Biotechnology sector, including the highly successful Initial Public Offering of Genetech.
Caspar retired from the financial sector in 2003 to attend the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. From there, Caspar became President of Celebration Pictures where he produced several films with some of today’s top actors under the mentorship of the late Academy Award winning producer John Daly. In 2006 he formed his own production company Fortune Films LLC, under whose banner he has produced a plethora of successful independent Hollywood motion pictures collaborating in the role of creative producer, executive producer, and financier. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s most creative talent on projects such as ‘PLAYED’, ‘MOONPIE’, ‘FIVE DOLLARS A DAY’, ‘HOUNDDOG’, and ‘HACHI.
In 2010 Caspar formed Institutional Media Investments where he served in an advisory capacity to several film funds, including Hemisphere Capital which financed Hollywood Tentpole films including ‘MEN IN BLACK 3’, ‘THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN’, ‘THE SMURFS’ and ‘WORLD WAR Z’.
He serves on the board of several organizations, including the American Film Institute’s (AFI) National Council and the clothing label V-Designs which was recently featured on CNN as one of Atlanta’s hottest young companies to watch. He is also a patron of the Sundance Institute and together with his wife Lisa Firestone von Winterfeldt, resides in Santa Monica, CA. He counts photography and diving to his favorite past times and has served on philanthropic missions for both the Ocean’s Foundation and the African Wildlife Foundation. His most recent mission was to accompany Dr. Silvia Earle on a ‘MISSION BLUE’ expedition in the Sea of Cortez in June 2015.