Time was that stories were written, and even movies produced, with the storyline of "hometown boy does well."
In this case, it's a hometown girl, and should a movie like this be made, chances are that hometown girl may be behind the camera.
Shannon Lea McIntosh, the daughter of Lynn McIntosh, who is the director of the Chickasaw Regional (Public) Library, was in Ardmore this week speaking at a Kiwanis meeting, and touched on her life since Oklahoma.
McIntosh, who has more than two decades of experience in the movie industry, started her own company, McIntosh Films, LLC, about a year ago. Recently recognized by ShoWest as a "Digital Cinema Pioneer," McIntosh was an early leader in digital cinema, bringing to the screen the first "theatrical exhibition of a movie presented digitally," which was the 1999 remake of the comedic play "An Ideal Husband."
For 20 years, McIntosh worked for film entrepreneurs Bob and Harvey Weinstein, first as executive vice president of Miramax Films, and more recently as executive vice president for the Weinstein Company (TWC). At both companies, McIntosh was heavily involved and oversaw production, broadcast video production, post production and programming.
Among her most recent credits, McIntosh is the executive producer for the Academy Award-nominated "Django Unchained," a Quentin Tarantino movie. She has worked with Tarantino on several movies, including "Inglorious Basterds."
Over the course of her career, McIntosh has been instrumental in the successful Academy Award campaigns for all TWC and Miramax films, highlighted by such movies as "Django Unchained," "Inglorious Basterds," "The Reader," "Chicago," "Shakespeare In Love," "The English Patient," "Pulp Fiction" and "Sling Blade." She has received numerous awards for her broadcast programming, including a Cine Golden Eagle and several Chicago Film Festival Intercom Awards.
Currently, McIntosh is producing "When Angels Sing," a holiday movie starring Harry Connick Jr., Willie Nelson and Connie Britton. Premiered at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, "When Angels Sing" is expected to be in theaters in November. She is also working on the production of "Clerks III" for director Kevin Smith, as well as a host of other projects for the new Miramax Company.
McIntosh was born in Norman, and grew up in St. Louis, New Jersey and Atlanta. She is married, and lives with her two young sons in Los Angeles.
McIntosh says she would like to make films in Oklahoma, her home state, but admits that such hope is slim given the Oklahoma Legislature's defeat of the Oklahoma "Film Enhancement Rebate Program" this past legislative session.