Newsmaker: Paul Hardart '93 and Tom Hardart '92
perfect alums lead film production
tried to follow Tom wherever he goes," jokes Paul
Hardart '93 when asked how he and his brother ended up
graduating from Kellogg just one year apart. Though the Hardarts
started their careers in different industries, they always
talked about starting a business together. In 2004, the pair
founded Adirondack Pictures, a New York-based film production
and financing company.
film is like a separate company," says Paul, who co-ran
the specialty film division at Universal Pictures before going
into business with his brother. "You're all thrown together
in this thing ... it's a new group of people, new locations,
'92, a former vice president of America Online, adds that
making a movie isn't so different from making the grade: "There
was a lot of focus at Kellogg on study groups, which was really
a bunch of people being thrown together to accomplish a goal."
its inception, Adirondack Pictures has produced or co-produced
a variety of films including "Annie Leibovitz: Life Through
a Lens," a biography of the eponymous photographer, and
"Before the Rains," the English-language debut of
Indian director Santosh Sivan. The former, a co-production
of Adirondack Pictures and PBS's "American Masters"
series, aired in October 2006. The latter debuted at the 2007
Toronto International Film Festival.
film played very well," says Paul. "We got a standing