ABUNDANCE ENTERTAINMENT - PROFILE
Throughout history, at times of economic recession the entertainment business has always thrived... rather than live in a place of fear and contraction, we choose to live in Abundance.
With the modern day film making process becoming more of a corporate marketing tool than a twenty-first century art form, Abundance Entertainment is one of America's last truly independent film companies. Honoring Hollywood's golden age of cinema with its creation of quality motion pictures filled with integrity and honor, ethics, nobility and character, Abundance Entertainment's films speak to a generation of movie goers desperate for a voice that can still illustrate these values on screen while maintaining the quintessential standard of cool that their body of films have become known for.
ABUNDANCE ENTERTAINMENT (C.E.O)
John Hermansen has produced over 250 episodes of network television and five feature length motion pictures. After earning degrees in film and public relations from Iona College, John attended New York University and then went on to work directly for director Tim Burton on the film Ed Wood. John has also worked with directors Jodi Foster, Peter Yates, Barry Levinson, Christopher Guest, and James Cameron, leading to him becoming one of the youngest members to be accepted into the Director's Guild of America. He began working as an assistant director on such notable studio films as Con Air, The Crucible, Almost Heroes, Waiting for Guffman, Home for the Holidays, as well as a myriad of independent features. In the year 2000, John founded his own television company and went on to produce over 250 episodes of network television including MTV's #1 hit show Taildaters (over 130 episodes), MTV's Burned, GSN's Vegas Weddings Unveiled & Ballbreakers, The Style Networks' Ultimatum, and VH1's Love Songs: SOS. John then went on to produce such notable feature films as Poolhall Junkies, starring Mars Callahan, Christopher Walken, Chazz Palminteri, Rod Steiger and Rick Schroeder, Kickin' It Old Skool, starring Jamie Kennedy and Michael Rosenbaum, Gray Matters starring Heather Graham, Bridget Moynahan, Tom Cavanaugh, and Sissy Spacek and What Love Is starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Matthew Lillard, Gina Gershon, Anne Heche, Sean Astin and Mars Callahan. In 2008, Hermansen teamed up with Callahan yet again to produce their third feature film together Spring Break '83 starring John Goodman, Jamie Kennedy, Morgan Fairchild and Lee Majors as well as their second television series Casting Call which looks to become the new American Idol.
ABUNDANCE ENTERTAINMENT (Producer)
Bours worked as Director of Audio Services for Crest Digital Media for the past 18 years, supervising the completion of hundreds of titles for domestic/foreign theatrical film, DVD, TV and radio markets. His clients have included Buena Vista, Warner Bros., Dreamworks SKG, Anchor Bay and other major studios, working on titles such as Robert De Niro's A Bronx Tale, Michael Mann's Manhunter and The Last of the Mohicans, Ron Howard's Far and Away and Apollo 13, Wim Wender's The American Friend and Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and his Dream. He has also worked on various titles with Dennis Hopper, Werner Herzog, Wes Craven and Peter Fonda.
In 1998, Bours first teamed up with writer/director Mars Callahan, producing his critically-acclaimed short film The Red Bag, which they then followed up with Callahan's first feature, Zig's (a.k.a. Double Down) starring Jason Priestly in 2000.
In 2005, Bours founded Take 3 Productions which has collaborated on a number of projects including an independent film entitled Absurbia: Four Tales, and a music video for Christopher Guest's recent music project, The Beyman Bros. He also directed a behind-the-scenes documentary for blues artist Rod Piazza's latest album, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers: The Chosen Who Sessions, for Delta Groove Productions. He is currently working on the documentary film Voices of Uganda, featuring Martin Sheen, which follows a theater program working with youths in IDP camps in Uganda.
In 2007, Bours produced his third project with Callahan, the independent feature film What Love Is starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sean Astin, Matthew Lillard, Gina Gershon, and Anne Heche. Bours' knowledge and expertise in the production work-flow as well as his history in video and audio production made him the perfect fit for the technical challenges presented by this film, which was shot in only eight days using four Thomson Viper cameras. In his most recent collaboration with Callahan, Bours finished producing the feature film, Spring Break '83 starring John Goodman and Jamie Kennedy as well as the reality television series Casting Call: Spring Break '83.