Jane Alsobrook, a marketing and acquisitions manager who has worked on films such as Eat Raoul, The last emperor, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Rock’n’Roll High School and The Blair Witch Project, is dead. She was 78 years old.
Alsobrook died on December 13 at her Sedona, Arizona home after a long battle with breast cancer, a family spokesperson said.
In 1975, she joined ABC Records as National Advertising Director and worked alongside music legends such as Crosby & Nash, The Pointer Sisters, Steely Dan and Chaka Khan.
She first entered the world of Twentieth Century Fox studios and worked on films such as DA Pennebaker’s. Ziggy Stardust and the spiders of Mars (1979), The gods must be crazy (1980), Eat Raoul (1982) and Ruben, Ruben (1983).
When Fox closed its International Classics arthouse division, she and her friend Charles Lippincott started their own marketing company, and she served as the unit’s publicist on Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), Horror show (1982) – she shared an office with first-time screenwriter Stephen King on it – and The return of the black stallion (1983).
Alsobrook was recruited by Columbia Pictures chief David Puttnam as senior vice president of marketing and distribution, and she did marketing for Spike Lee’s. school stun (1988) and led the Oscar campaign for the Bernardo Bertolucci film The last emperor (1987), which won nine Oscars, including Best Picture, out of nine nominations.
When Puttman was ousted from Columbia, Alsobrook was rehired but soon joined Greg Coote as president of marketing at Island Pictures.
She and her husband, Australian actor and writer Gerard Maguire, moved to her home country in 1995 and she headed the film division of the Becker Group. Under his leadership, the company acquired the Gwyneth Paltrow featuring Emma (1996), Brewed (1996), Scream (1996) and Cate Blanchett’s film, Thank god he met Lizzie (1997).
At the Sundance Film Festival in 1999, Alsobrook heard young women talk about an extremely scary documentary-type film. Without seeing the film, she brought a DVD back to Australia to check it out and then bought the rights to The Blair Witch Project.
She returned to the United States in 2002 and was introduced by producer, distributor and distributor Ira Deutchman to writer-director Amy Waddell, who brought Alsobrook on board as executive producer on A brothel (2008), a horror film set in the ghost town of Jerome, Arizona, not far from Sedona.
Born July 28, 1943, Alsobrook was recruited to help organize the Los Angeles Film Exposition (also known as Filmex) during her graduate studies at USC, which spurred her interest in a film career.
While working for acclaimed independent producer Roger Corman, she oversaw the Oscar campaign for Federico Fellini Amarcord (1973), which received the Oscar for best foreign language film.
Her musical connections proved invaluable when she was tasked with bringing in the Ramones for New World Pictures’ Rock’n’Roll High School (1979), executive produced by Corman.
Alsobrook was involved in the launch of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute, where she was a member of an advisory committee that organized a conference in June 1981 entitled “The Distribution, Marketing and Exhibition of Specialty Films in the Years. 1980 ”.
The conference took place on June 1 at the Filmmakers Lab at the Sundance Resort, which brought together 10 emerging filmmakers for a workshop on their projects. She has continued to support the Institute over the years, participating in panels advising filmmakers and the community on creative marketing and distribution.
In a statement, Michelle Satter, founding director of the Sundance Institute’s feature film program, called Alsobrook “a pioneer in film marketing and deeply dedicated to finding and engaging audiences for the bold and visionary films that defined the ’80s and 90 “.
“Jane has always brought her generosity and creativity to everything she has accomplished and has been a mentor to me and to many others in this premier community of moviegoers, who have made an indelible commitment to what we now call independent cinema. “
Alsobrook’s battle against breast cancer began in 1992. She helped found LABC, an activist group in Los Angeles dedicated to educating, supporting and empowering women while raising awareness. and funding breast cancer research.
She was part of a delegation of women who in 1994 met with First Lady Hillary Clinton and Bureau of Management and Budget Director Leon Panetta at the White House; from there, over $ 200 million has been taken from the military budget and allocated to research into women’s cancer.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her brother Allen, niece Isabella and nephew Forrest.
“As impressive as her film career is, it is her warmth and wisdom that has made her dear to everyone she has met,” said Maguire. “As news of her passing spreads, a common theme of the tributes is her radiance of light that seemed to emanate from her. She was loved very much and we miss her dearly.