Ron Yerxa

Ron Yerxa

Highest Rated: 98% Blow the Man Down (2019)

Lowest Rated: 27% The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (2013)

Birthday: May 18, 1947

Birthplace: Not Available

Along with partner Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa produced a number of quality films in the independent spirit of the seventies that translated well not just with fans of indie cinema, but for people who just love good movies. Working together since the early nineties, Yerxa and Berger produced a remarkable body of work. Ronald Paul Yerxa was born on May 18, 1947, and attended UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University. Before becoming a producer, Yerxa was a teacher at a program called Upward Bound in L.A., which helped under-privileged kids get into college. He also taught at an alternative school, and worked as a journalist. Yerxa moved into the entertainment business working for CBS and Sovereign Films. He then became partners with Albert Berger and formed a partnership, Bona Fide Films, in 1991. Their first film together was "King of the Hill" (1993), directed by Steven Soderbergh. Yerxa and Berger first met Soderbergh at Sundance when the producing team was trying to get a movie version of the Tobias Wolff novel "This Boy's Life" off the ground. While that movie was later made by another director and producing team, when they read the novel "King of the Hill," they were eager to make it with Soderbergh, and the project got set up at Universal. After "King of the Hill" came the acclaimed documentary "Crumb" (1994), about underground comics artist Robert Crumb; Alexander Payne's comedy "Election" (1999); the adaptation of the best selling Civil War novel "Cold Mountain" (2003); Academy Award winner "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006); and another film with Payne, "Nebraska" (2014), which generated serious Oscar buzz for Bruce Dern. Yerxa and Berger were fond of adapting literary properties; "Election" was an adaptation of an unpublished book by novelist Tom Perrotta. They also had the passion to get "Cold Mountain" made after every major studio passed on it. Working on tight budgets and schedules, like the great filmmakers of the '70s, Yerxa and Berger were able to make smaller, more personal films with greater potential profit margins. They were also willing to go the long haul for projects they believe in. It took ten years to get "Nebraska" made, and they also took a big risk shooting the film in black and white. Other Yerxa credits include another film based on a novel by Perrotta, "Little Children" (2006); "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" (2002), a documentary about the band Wilco; the Steve Coogan comedy "Hamlet 2" (2008), a documentary on legendary drummer Levon Helm, "Ain't In It For My Health" (2010); and "Ruby Sparks" (2012), a romantic comedy starring Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
63% 37% The Last Shift Producer $790K 2020
98% 76% Blow the Man Down Executive Producer - 2019
96% 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon Producer $20.5M 2019
83% 74% Juliet, Naked Producer $3.4M 2018
86% 83% What They Had Producer $254.4K 2018
34% 50% The Only Living Boy in New York Producer $623K 2017
73% 52% Back Home Producer $163.2K 2015
89% No Score Yet The Man Who Saw Too Much Executive Producer - 2015
50% 50% Low Down Producer $44.5K 2014
27% 49% The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman Producer $8K 2013
91% 83% Nebraska Producer $17.6M 2013
79% 75% Ruby Sparks Producer $2.5M 2012
52% 44% The Switch Producer $27.8M 2010
87% 76% Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm Executive Producer $94.8K 2010
62% 56% Hamlet 2 Executive Producer $4.9M 2008
80% 82% Little Children Producer $5.5M 2006
91% 91% Little Miss Sunshine Producer $59.9M 2006
43% 35% Bee Season Producer $1.2M 2005
47% 43% The Ice Harvest Producer $8.8M 2005
71% 77% Cold Mountain Producer $95.6M 2003
37% 56% Pumpkin Producer $305.7K 2002
92% 79% Election Producer $14.9M 1999
61% 92% The Wood Producer $25M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spree Executive Producer - 1998
91% 84% King of the Hill Producer $879.6K 1993

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