MUSE Productions is an independent film company founded in 1991 by Chris and Roberta Hanley. We are behind Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, American Psycho, Spun, Love Liza, Freeway…

MUSE quickly became a presence in the independent world with its breakout feature entitled FREEWAY, starring Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Amanda Plummer and Danny Hadaya. The film was written and directed by Matthew Bright and Executive Produced by Oliver Stone.

Just two weeks after FREEWAY wrapped production, MUSE began shooting Steve Buscemi’s directorial debut, TREES LOUGE. Buscemi, who also wrote and starred in the project, earned an Independent Spirit nomination for Best Director. TREES LOUNGE boasts an impressive cast of actors including Samuel L. Jackson, Chloe Sevigny, Mark Boone Jr., Kevin Corrigan, Danny Baldwin, Seymour Cassel, and Mimi Rogers.

Then in 1997 MUSE followed TREES LOUGE with the Jim Thompson thriller THIS WORLD, THEN THE FIREWORKS, which made its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival’s with its director, Michael Oblowitz, up for the Camera D’or. Fireworks was adapted by Larry Gross (48 Hours) and stars Billy Zane, Gina Gershon, Sheryl Lee, and has outstanding supporting performances from Will Patton, Seymour Cassel, Richie Edson, and Rue McClanahan.

Next MUSE produced Academy Award nominated James Toback’s TWO GIRLS & GUY. The film starred Robert Downey Jr, Heather Graham, and Natasha Gregson Wagner. The film was co-produced and co-financed by MUSE and Ed Pressman. The US rights were sold to Fox Searchlight.

In 1998, MUSE produced Vincent Gallo’s stunning directorial debut BUFFALO 66. The film went on to compete at the Sundance Film Festival where it boasted an impressive cast including Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, Roasanna Arquette, Mickey Rourke, Ben Gazzara, and Kevin Corrigan.

Next MUSE produced I WOKE UP EARLY THE DAY I DIED, a screenplay originally written by the legendary Ed Wood. I WOKE EARLY went on to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and stars Billy Zane with an amazing supporting cast including Christina Ricci, Johnathon Taylor Thomas, John Ritter, Will Patton, Tippi Hedron, and Ron Perlman. Directed by Aris lliopolis.

With the year 1998 also came Roberta Hanley feature film directorial debut WOUNDINGS. Adapted from a play by Jeff Noon (Vurt, Pollen), the film is set on the Isle of Man and stars Guy Pearce, Jonathon Schaech, Noah Taylor, and Emily Lloyd. WOUNDINGS premiered at the 1998 AFI Film Festival.

In 1999 MUSE produced Matthew Bright’s FREEWAY II: CONFESSIONS OF A TRICK BABY. The film was a twist on the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretle. It starred Natasha Lyonne, David Allen Greer, Michael T.Weiss, Max Perlich and Vincent Gallo.

Next MUSE produced Sofia Coppla’s adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides best selling novel THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. In her directorial debut, Coppla gave a dreamlike depiction of the suicides of five sisters living in the upper middle class suburb of Detroit during the 1970’s. The film starred Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Danny Devito, Kathleen Turner, and James Woods. Co-Produced by Francis Ford Coppola and Danny Halsted.

After years of development AMERICAN PSYCHO opened across the country in Spring 2000 in over 1000 theatres. The film starred Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, Jared Leto, Chloe Sevigny, Samantha Mathis and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Mary Harron.

In 2001 MUSE produced David McKenna and Roger Pullis’ BULLY, a screenplay based on actual events revolving around a group of suburban teens murdering one of their own in Florida. MUSE cast included an ensemble of young actors including Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Rachel Minor, Bijou Phillips, Michael Pitt, Kelli Garner. Larry Clark, whose credits include Kids and Ken Park, directed the film.

In 2002, MUSE released Todd Louiso’s dark comedy LOVE LIZA. Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays Wilson Joel, a man who after his wife’s suicide becomes addicted to inhaling gasoline fumes and fascinated with model airplanes. The film also stars Oscar winning actress Kathy Bates, Jack Kehler, Sarah Koskoff and Stephen Tobolowsky.

In 2003 MUSE produced SPUN, a screwball black comedy that follows a methamphetamine dealer (Jason Schwartzman) over the course of a three-day drug binge. Director Jonas Akerlund brought a highly stylized view of alternate mindscapes in his depiction of a group addicts living in a dysfunctional Oregon community. MUSE cast for SPUN included Brittany Murphy, Mena Suvari, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts and Debbie Harry.

Another 2003 MUSE production was THIS GIRL’S LIFE, a film written and directed by Ash. The story is a slice of life drama about a porn star named Moon (played by Juliette Marquis). The film also stars James Woods, Michael Rapaport, Rosario Dawson and Kip Pardue.

Also in 2003, MUSE produced Adam Goldberg’s I LOVE YOUR WORK. The story is a dark psychological drama about the disintegration of Gray Evans, a movie star who is losing his grip on reality, unable to adjust to his own celebrity, and addicted to romantic fantasies about idealistic love and his once simple life. I LOVE YOUR WORK stars Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson.

In 2004, MUSE produced Asia Argento’s THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS. Based on a JT LeRoy’s novel of the same name, Argento’s adaptation revolves around the tattered relationship between a drug addicted mother and her son. Alongside Argento, the film stars Jimmy Bennett, Peter Fonda and Kip Pardue.

In 2005, MUSE produced the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet’s drama/thriller EDMOND. The film starred William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Debi Mazar, Mena Suvari, Denise Richards, and Bai Ling. Directed by Stuart Gordon.

In spring 2012, Harmony Korine began shooting Spring Breakers in St. Petersberg, Florida with MUSE as producers. We are happy to say that the film came out to rave reviews when it was released widely in spring 2013.