Highbrow was conceived by actor Ronald Guttman who, as a producer, is able to collaborate with talented writers, filmmakers, directors, and actors for stage, screen, and various other productions.

Highbrow was created to serve the arts as a contributor, nurturer, and advocate. Highbrow provides resources and encouragement to film and theatre production during the critical stages of development from concept to completion. While our focus is on independent film and theatre, Highbrow is also interested in sustaining all arts as a means of artist self-expression, cultural representation, geopolitical understanding, education, enlightenment, and entertainment. With a holistic approach to producing, Highbrow is interested in engaging in a full circle process where ideas can be fostered and developed into fully cultivated works that serve both their creators and audiences. Highbrow takes risks to help build a platform for directors and artists from which they can explore their own vision and creation process. We seek to bring an eclectic, introspective, international, understated, and original collection of works to fruition.

President/Head Producer:  Ronald Guttman
Producer:  Amy Guttman
Assistant to the Producers:  Rebecca Tropp

My Name Is Asher Lev: 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Play and John Gassner Award for an American Play (Aaron Posner)

Tickling Leo: 2009 Stony Brook Film Festival Jury Award for Best Feature
 
DAI
: 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show

MASKED: 2008 Drama Desk nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Arian Moayed)
 
Christine Jorgensen Reveals: 2006 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience
 
A Tale of a Tiger: 2005 HELEN HAYES AWARD Nomination for Outstanding Non-Resident Production          
 
Tollbooth: 2005 Jewish Image Award for Female Character in Film (Marla Sokoloff)
 
Milk and Honey: 2003 Jury Award for Best Screenplay at the Atlanta Film Festival (Joe Maggio)

Sound and Fury:       2001 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature
                                      Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
                                      New Directors New Films Official Selection

Ronald Guttman, founder and president of Highbrow, is an actor, producer, and art collector. He has a passion for the arts and a great appreciation for the challenge and beauty of the creative endeavor. With his knowledge of the filmmaking processes, both in front of and behind the camera, Ron is inspired to create opportunities for the director’s vision to grow outside the confines of the corporate reign. This same sense of responsibility to the artist’s process drives Ron’s involvement in theater and other collaborations within the New York creative community as well.
 
Ronald Guttman serves on the boards of a number of organizations in the city and beyond.  As a member of the board of Performa, he has supported projects including Christian Marclay's Screen Play (2005), Xavier Le Roy's Le Sacre du Printemps (2007), and Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed (2011). In addition, through his work on the board of Naked Angels, he has supported emerging playwrights in New York. For the last few years, he has also been a supporter of FilmAid, an organization that uses film and other media to bring information, entertainment, and hope to refugees and others in need around the world. He currently also serves on the advisory committee of Basetrack, an upcoming theatrical collaboration to build bridges between U.S. veterans and society.
 
Ronald Guttman's long list of acting credits includes film, television, and theater. Later this year he will appear in Welcome to New York (dir. Abel Ferrara; Cannes International Film Festival) and Nina (with Zoe Saldana portraying jazz icon Nina Simone), as well as in the PBS three-hour series Mystery of Matter. Recent film credits include Girl Most LikelyPawn, and 13, as well as Green CardThe Hunt for Red OctoberAvalon, and Danton. Recent television credits include ElementaryThe Good WifeMad Men, and the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet. Recent stage credits include the title role in Bauer at the San Francisco Playhouse, Woland (the Devil) in The Master and Margarita at Bard SummerScape 2013, and the narrator Brother Dominic in Arthur Honegger’s oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher at Carnegie Hall. Past New York theater appearances have included Second Stage, Circle in the Square, Long Wharf, and The Mint. Mr. Guttman began his acting career in Brussels, Belgium, where he performed at The National Theatre in plays by Beckett, Schnitzler, Racine, Turgenev, and Camus, among others. 
For a more complete listing of film/TV credits, see IMDB; for video excerpts, see Vimeo.

Eli Wallach, 1915-2014

posted on June 25, 2014

We are deeply saddened to hear of Eli Wallach's passing, and feel only too blessed that we at Highbrow were able to work with him on the film Tickling Leo.

Satchmo at the Waldorf

posted on April 29, 2014

In addition to its Lucille Lortel Award nomination, we would like to congratulate Satchmo at the Waldorf on the following nominations:
 
Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination
Outstanding Solo Performance: John Douglas Thompson
Winners will be announced on Monday, May 12th
Outer Critics Circle nominees
outercritics.org
 
Drama League Award Nomination
Distinguished Performance Award: John Douglas Thompson
Winners will be announced on Friday, May 16th
NOTE: One winner is selected from this category of 50 nominees. The recipient can only receive the award once during his or her career.
Drama League Award nominees
dramaleague.org
 
Drama Desk Award Nomination 
Outstanding Solo Performance: John Douglas Thompson
Winners will be announced on Sunday, June 1st.
Drama Desk Award nominees
awards.dramadesk.org

Satchmo at the Waldorf

posted on April 03, 2014

Congratulations to Satchmo at the Waldorf on its nomination for the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show!

The Lortel Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 4 in New York City. A full list of nominees can be found at www.LortelAwards.org.

Satchmo at the Waldorf

posted on February 27, 2014

Ronald Guttman is proud to be one of the producers of Terry Teachout's play Satchmo at the WaldorfFollowing acclaimed, sold-out runs at Long Wharf Theatre and Shakespeare and Company, Satchmo at the Waldorf began preview performances at Off Broadway's Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street) last Saturday, February 15. Starring John Douglas Thompson and directed by Gordon Edelstein, the show will have its official opening this Tuesday, March 4.
 
For more information or to order tickets, please visit www.SatchmoNYC.com.
 

The Decent One

posted on January 30, 2014

Highbrow is proud to present the world premiere of Vanessa Lapa’s documentary Der Anständige (The Decent One) at the Berlin International Film Festival.
 
Along with copious archive footage, the film sketches a biography of SS commander Heinrich Himmler through previously unreleased private letters, documents, journals, and photographs, initially discovered by U.S. soldiers in the Himmler family home in 1945 and subsequently acquired by Lapa’s father in Israel. A unique portrait of one of the most contradictory figures of the Third Reich—a man who could be a hero in his own eyes and that of his family, and a mass murderer in the eyes of the world.
 
Premiere:
Sunday, Feb 9th, 17:00, International
 
Repeat Screenings:
Monday, Feb 10th, 12:00, CineStar 7
Wednesday, Feb 12th, 17:30, Cubix 7
Friday, Feb 14th, 17:00, CineStar 7
 
As discussed in various articles, including in The Guardian and Die Welt, in anticipation of the film’s premier, the collection of documents and photos held by Lapa’s family are being published over eight days in the newspaper Welt am Sonntag (in German).

Ronald Guttman in Elementary

posted on October 18, 2013

Ronald Guttman guest-starred as Elliot Honeycutt in last week's episode of Elementary on CBS, "We Are Everyone." In case you missed it, you can still watch it on CBS.com
 
Upcoming films include Nina starring Zoe Saldana and Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York, both slated for release in the coming months. 
 

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

posted on September 26, 2013

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is now available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, VUDU, and cable InDemand, including Comcast, Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Bright House, and Cox (check your local cable operator).

www.rickyjaymovie.com
 

Master and Margarita Reviews

posted on July 23, 2013

The Master and Margarita has completed its run, but here are a couple of review highlights for Ronald Guttman's role as Woland (Satan):

"No wonder the party’s host looked so very ennui-ridden. That would be the Devil himself, traveling under the name Woland and played with infinite, entertaining jadedness by the Belgian actor Ronald Guttman."
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"swooning for silver-haired Woland (Ronald Guttman as the seductive Devil) . . . What we're really here to see is the showdown between silken Woland and ragged Margarita, as the wild-eyed Roth Haberle bends herself, shuddering, to Satan's will. . . . it's in the strange waltz between Margarita and the Devil that we finally feel the dark electricity that emanates from the classic itself."
- Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

Ronald Guttman in Girl Most Likely

posted on July 15, 2013

Catch Ronald Guttman as Armando in Girl Most Likely, in theaters Friday! 

The Story: Imogene (Kristen Wiig) is a failed New York playwright awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year’s News. After both her career and relationship hit the skids, she’s forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric mother and younger brother (Annette Bening and Christopher Fitzgerald). Adding further insult to injury, there’s a strange man (Darren Criss) sleeping in her old bedroom and an even stranger man sleeping in her mother’s bed (Matt Dillon). Through it all, Imogene eventually realizes that as part of her rebuilding process she must finally come to love and accept both her family and her Jersey roots if she’s ever going to be stable enough to get the hell away from them.

Ronald Guttman in The Master and Margarita

posted on July 08, 2013

Ronald Guttman will be performing the role of Woland (Satan) in the sold-out world premiere stage adaptation of the famous Russian novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita, as part of Bard SummerScape 2013. Performances begin Thursday, July 11th, and run through Sunday, July 21st.
 

My Name Is Asher Lev

posted on May 13, 2013

Congratulations to My Name Is Asher Lev, recipient of the OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD for best Off Broadway play, and to playwright Aaron Posner, recipient of the John Gassner Award for an American Play!

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

posted on April 18, 2013

After sold-out screenings at last year's New York Film Festival, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is currently playing at Film Forum through April 30th.
Check out the New York Times review HERE.

The Ohmies

posted on April 04, 2013

The Ohmies performed at this year's White House Easter Egg Roll. The event took place on April 1st on the South Lawn of the White House and focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!”

The Ohmies will be performing in New York at the Children's Museum of Manhattan on April 27th at 2pm and 3pm. Tickets are free with admission to the museum and are distributed one hour before each performance. Space is limited. For more details, visit CMOM.

Welcome to the Punch

posted on March 28, 2013

Welcome to the Punch is now playing at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street) in New York. The full schedule of showtimes can be found at www.ifccenter.com.
 
Check out the review on Indiewire.

Welcome to the Punch

posted on March 13, 2013

Welcome to the Punch opens in the UK and Ireland on March 15th. It opens in the US in limited release March 27th and will be available on VOD March 30th.

My Name Is Asher Lev

posted on March 13, 2013

My Name Is Asher Lev has extended its run at the Westside Theatre for the third time. Performances are now scheduled to run through September 1st. 

Further information can be found at OffBroadwayWorld.com.

30 Beats

posted on March 13, 2013

30 Beats is now available on DVD!

Ronald Guttman and My Name Is Asher Lev

posted on November 20, 2012

In addition to co-producing the Off-Broadway show My Name Is Asher Lev at the Westside Theatre—currently in previews, opening November 28th—Ronald Guttman has been busy as an actor. He recently shot an episode of CBS’s The Good Wife (set to air January 13), and just finished shooting the new Nina Simone movie with Zoe Saldana.
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To see more of Ron’s acting credits, please visit IMDB.com.
 
Tickets for My Name Is Asher Lev:
Telecharge.com  |  (212) 239-6200
Groups (10+): (800) 432-7780
 
Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street, NYC
 
AsherLevThePlay.com
Facebook.com/AsherLevThePlay
Instagram.com/AsherLevThePlay

My Name Is Asher Lev

posted on November 08, 2012

Highbrow is a proud co-producer of My Name Is Asher Lev, which begins previews TODAY!
 
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV is a new American play by Aaron Posner, based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok (The Chosen), set in post-war Brooklyn, which tells the coming-of-age story of a boy prodigy who must be a painter at any cost - against the will of family, community and tradition. It is a luminous portrait of a young artist with a universal theme to follow our passion.
 
* Tickets Now On Sale *
Telecharge.com  |  (212) 239-6200
Groups (10+): (800) 432-7780
 
Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street, NYC
 

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

posted on October 03, 2012

After many years in the making, we are excited about tomorrow’s world premiere of Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein’s documentary Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay at the 50th New York Film Festival.
 
The October 4th screening sold out almost immediately, but tickets are still available for the screening on October 10th.

Welcome to the Punch

posted on July 24, 2012

IFC Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Eran Creevy’s action thriller Welcome to the Punch from Worldview Entertainment. The film stars James McAvoy, Mark Strong, and Andrea Riseborough.
 
The full press release can be found on Indiewire.

30 Beats

posted on July 16, 2012

In Theaters and On Demand this Friday!
Experience the sultry summer heat of 30 Beats from the comfort of an air-conditioned movie theater or your own home!

New York City, in the heart of summer: a heat wave transforms the city into a tropical zone. Ten characters are drawn, one after the other, into a ring of love and desire, each one caught beyond his or her control in a chain reaction of seduction, impulses and self-discovery.

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OPEN Presents: SIX by Zohar Tirosh-Polk

posted on June 21, 2012

The Jewish Plays Project, LABA: The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture, and Highbrow are pleased to present three fully staged readings of the 2012 JCC Metrowest Jewish Playwriting Contest Winner.
 
SIX by Zohar Tirosh-Polk
Directed by the New Group's Ian Morgan
Featuring Hani Furstenberg, Daniel Oreskes, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Kate Skinner, Shelly Feldman, and Richard Zakaria
 
** FREE and Open to the Public **
Three Shows Only!
Saturday, June 23rd at 8 pm
Sunday June 24th at 3 pm
Monday, June 25th at 7 pm
 
All Performances at
The 14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue
 
For Reservations:
jewishplaysproject.org/tickets
or Call (646) 395-4322

30 Beats

posted on June 18, 2012

30 Beats will be opening July 20th in theaters (distributed by Roadside Attractions) and on VOD (Lionsgate).

Watch the trailer HERE!


Je fais feu de tout bois

posted on May 25, 2012

Daniel Desarthe's latest film, Je fais feu de tout bois, opens in Paris theaters this Wednesday, May 30th. Watch the trailer, read a review, and go see the film if you are in France.

Sound and Fury

posted on April 20, 2012

An interesting article on cochlear implants recently appeared on npr.org. More than a decade after the release of the documentary Sound and Fury, it is evident that the questions raised in the film regarding the pros and cons of cochlear implants and their potential to destroy deaf culture are still very much alive. Many people chose to comment on the article, from within and outside of the deaf community, creating quite a heated discussion.


The Tollbooth

posted on March 06, 2012

New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) will be screening The Tollbooth on Tuesday, March 27 from 7 to 9pm at Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Avenue, at 2nd Street). There will be a Q&A following the screening, and an after-party with cash bar and complimentary food at Dempsey’s Pub (61 2nd Avenue, between 3rd & 4th Streets). For more information, visit the NYWIFT website.


30 Beats

posted on February 15, 2012

Roadside Attractions has acquired all U.S. and Latin American rights to 30 Beats and will release the film June 1st theatrically and day-and-date on VOD.
 
The news first appeared in Variety earlier today, and the full press release can be found on Indiewire.


Destiny Hills

posted on February 14, 2012

Destiny Hills aired again this month on the French/German TV channel ARTE, and we are pleased to report that it was the highest scoring program of the year in their Terres d’Ailleurs (Faraway Places) slot.


November at Highbrow

posted on November 30, 2011

After a full rebuild, we are finally re-launching the Highbrow website! A big thank you to Amber and Peregrin at Dolphin Micro Inc. for transforming our finicky Flash site to HTML.
Here are a few things that Ronald Guttman and Highbrow have been up to in recent weeks:
 
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BSO at Carnegie Hall
After conducting an orchestra in Mildred Pierce, August Rush, and Law & Order, Ron finally enjoyed his Carnegie Hall debut on Saturday the 19th of November. For this moving performance of Arthur Honegger's 1935 oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake), the baton was actually held by Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra while Ron performed the narrative role of Brother Dominic. A review in The New York Times is available HERE.
 
Highbrow
Welcome to the Punch
In May, Ron and Highbrow signed on as a co-executive producer of the British crime thriller Welcome to the Punch, written and directed by Eran Creevy, and starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong. An exciting larger venture for Highbrow, the film is currently in postproduction and scheduled to be released in 2012.
 
On the Board
Ron proudly serves on the boards of Performa and Naked Angels.
Performa recently finished up its Visual Art Performance Biennial, which ran November 1–21. Ron and Amy were proud co-producers of Guy Maddin’s Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed.










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Destiny Hills

2009 

Synopsis and Credits

Destiny Hills (Gvaot Goral) is a story of a man, a tribe, a culture trapped in time, between tradition and progress, East and West. Muhammad, a contemporary Bedouin, is in search of his vanishing identity. As bulldozers destroy his home and community, the fall of these structures mirrors the shattering of his world and the communal life of his tribe.  Stripped of his former identity, Mohammed looks to Islam to rebuild his life.
 
Director and Cinematographer:  Leeor Kaufman 
Producer: Claudia Levin