WHO IS JEFFREY ROSS?
Dream, Believe, and Never Quit
Mr. Ross has extensive experience in feature film finance, production, screen writing, directing, producing, marketing, and distribution.
During his 40 plus years in the film and television industry, Mr. Ross has been an actor, feature film screenplay writer, script doctor, producer, and director. He has also been an independent acting coach.
In the first 20 years of his career, Mr. Ross worked predominately as a Hollywood Script Doctor at the studio level, and worked on and/or was part of many large productions, as well as authoring hundreds of screenplays. Some of the major companies he has worked for are Cinergi Pictures, Disney, Fox, and Universal. During this time Mr. Ross was also a producer on many major motion pictures. Due to his status as a Script Doctor, he was not able to receive the credits. However, he performed at every level and was involved in every capacity of a film's production. In short, Mr. Ross knows filmmaking and distribution.
After leaving the studio system, Mr. Ross became an Independent Producer, where he had to acquire extensive experience in raising capital to finance films and television productions. As such, Stellaris International Enterprises and Stellaris Entertainment Finance were born. In that vein, as an Executive Producer and Film Consultant to other production companies, Mr. Ross has assisted in raising money and in controlling the distribution of their film to ensure a return on investment.
A sampling of Mr. Ross' feature film experience is as follows:
Producer - "Shadow Conspiracy"
Cinergi Pictures, Inc.: Terry Collis (Producer)
Starring: Charlie Sheen and Donald Sutherland
Producer – “Lost and Found Family”
Writer – “Lost and Found Family”
Collis Bain Productions
Awarded 4 out 5 Doves by the Dove Foundation
Producer - "Street"
Starring - Casper Smart
Producer - "The Broadway Brawler"
Cinergi Pictures: Lee Grant (Dir)
Starring: Bruce Willis
Producer / Production Executive - "Quantum Project"
Metafilmics Productions: Barnett Bain (Exec. Prod.)
First Made for Internet Movie Starring: John Cleese
Producer / Production Executive – “In The Middle”
Disney Productions: Tia Brelis – Director
Starring: Sissy Spacek
Producer / Production Executive - "The Scarlet Letter"
Cinergi Films: Terry Collis Producer
Starring: Demi Moore and Gary Oldman
Director - "Night of Fire"
Pense Productions - Barnet Bain - Producer
Feature Short for Festival Release
Director - "The Making of the Celestine Prophecy"
Celestine Films - James Redfield - Producer
Documentary of the Major Motion Picture - The Celestine Prophecy
As a writer, Mr. Ross has spent many years as a Hollywood Script Doctor and has worked and/or been associated with many major films. (List provided upon request).
Currently, he has written a dozen screenplays, and Co-written several more, with writer Victoria Claibourn, that are getting ready for production. The partial list is provided below under Current Screenplays.
In television, Mr. Ross has written countless commercials, documentaries, and infomercials. In addition, Mr. Ross wrote, produced, directed, and oversaw the distribution and scheduling of the television show: "Las Vegas Up Close," which is now currently airing on the Discovery Channel, and in over 10 different European cities.
Mr. Ross has produced and directed several regional television shows, including: "All Around Town" and "You and Law," and a video magazine called "Toast of the Town."
His education is as follows:
• B.A. - Cinema & Technocultural Studies - University of California, Davis;
• MBA - Specialty - Marketing & Advertising - USC;
• USC Film School;
• Hollywood Film Institute - Specialty - Directing and Producing.
Mr. Ross is the CEO and President of Stellaris International and Stellaris Films. For more information regarding the company, please click on the link below - STELLARIS.
JEFFREY A. ROSS
Writer, Director, Producer
Here are some of the actors and directors I've had the pleasure of working with.
SAMPLE REEL - PAST PROJECTS
Presented below are trailers of a few of the many film projects I have worked on, and ones of which I am allowed to share with you.
Script Doctor / Producer
This film was a political thriller film starring Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton and Sam Waterston, and Directed by George P. Cosmatos, This was the third film I worked on with George Cosmatos. The other two films were Tomb Stone and Rambo First Blood: Part II.
Script Doctor / Producer
THE SCARLET LETTER
This film was directed by Roland Joffé, and starred Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, and Robert Duvall. The film presented a plethora of problems, and at a $46M budget shooting in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, one lesson learned was never to shoot a film in the Fall in locations colder than sin.
Script Doctor / Producer
THE CELESTINE PROPHECY
This film, based on the best selling book by James Redfield, was my second foray into producing spiritual-type films. My first attempt was Lost and Found Family. There's a special technique to writing, producing, and shooting spiritual films, and this film presented all the issues of what not to do. It was challenging to say the least.
Writer / Director
BEHIND THE SCENES: THE CELESTINE PROPHECY
This "Behind the Scenes, Making Of, Documentary", was one of the first of its kind. Using video and film footage, along with interviews and a scripted story-line, provided for a very provocative piece and one from which Sony created a separate revenue source.
Writer / Producer
LOST AND FOUND FAMILY
This film was one of my first attempts at writing a screenplay for entertainment (which is always the first goal - to tell a story), while using the medium of film to deal with a social issue and present a silent protest against the treatment of Foster Kids. It's also an example of how you always want to maintain control of your script unless you're just selling it.
Street is a perfect example of how you don't need millions of dollars to produce a decent film. The original script needed a lot of work. However, the story line was good, and in the end we had a film that catered to a strong market base and made money.
CURRENT SCREENPLAYS & UPCOMING FILM PROJECTS
BORN IN JUNE
As a young man, June Jones aspires to become a pro-athlete. And, although he achieves his goals as a professional football player, somewhere along the way on his upward climb, he has a profound spiritual calling that, in part, transforms him from a mere professional athlete to a head coach. But this achievement and his success at mastering the dynamic “run and shoot” offense and becoming one of the most prolific football coaches in the game today, only sets the stage for his main purpose in life - to be an inspiring life coach and leader to hundreds of young men looking for a second chance, for an opportunity to reach their dreams, and to make a difference in life.
Born In June is the story of June Jones, his impact on both professional and collegiate football, and his impact on the many individuals who truly owe their lives to him.
It is a story of epic proportions. One that will touch your heart, make you cry, leap for joy, applaud, ponder, and profoundly inspire. In the same vein as “Rudy”, regardless of gender or age, Born In June will have an indelible impact on the lives of all who see it for generations and generations to come.
Everything happens for a reason. This is one of several themes that reoccur throughout the movie. It's a story of an eighteen year-old boy named Logan Chance. He is handsome, intelligent, and a star athlete who comes from a happy, well adjusted home. He has everything going for him until one day he discovers that he was adopted and is a half breed: half Lakota Indian and half white.
Hurt and confused, Logan runs away and begins what turns out to be a spiritual journey and eventual quest to find his real mother. The journey is filled with all the lessons and metaphors of life. Along the way he meets several characters, all spiritual guides, who help him grow from a naive boy to a man, and from a human being to a spiritual being. He also learns what it means to be Native American and Lakota.
Logan's journey takes him over miles and miles of some of the most breath-taking scenery in the country, including Mesa Verde and Sedona, AZ.
This movie is for everyone, men and women. Each person who sees it will walk away with something different and apply it to their own life. Its poignant message, combined with incredible cinematography and a beautiful musical score...will make Sedona Sage a movie for the ages.
OUTWITTING THE DEVIL
The film is neither a biopic of Napoleon Hill, or an adaptation of the book Outwitting the Devil. It is a light drama surrounding four friends: Steve, an early thirties bright single man who deals with procrastination and confidence issues; Jared, a self made millionaire who understands positive thinking but whose faith is questioned; Jorde, another millionaire who has inherited all his money but doesn't appreciate its value; and Mathew, a successful, God-fearing man who runs his life and family under the controls of church and perceived social morals.
After one of them suffers a serious accident, all four take an introspective look at their own lives and experience the various messages found in Outwitting the Devil and how those messages, both positively and negatively affect them.
The film opens fifteen years in the future on a sound stage and with the making of a motion picture. Within moments we discover that the film being produced is the making of the book, Outwitting the Devil, with an actor playing Napoleon Hill from 1938 in his study. We view this production from behind the scenes. Along with us, is a mysterious man who is also observing the production.
As Jim, the actor portraying Napoleon Hill, engages the Devil in a cross examination, the mysterious man, while listening to the exchange between Hill and the Devil and hearing the messages being delivered, reminisces to fifteen years earlier when he was one of four friends who, through life altering events, receive the message of Outwitting the Devil and permanently change their lives.
Richard Thomas, convicted for a rape he says he didn’t commit, is sentenced to fifteen years; he makes parole after serving six years at the Louisiana State Prison. Now back on the streets, he’s ready to set the record straight.
One night, two months later, Richard, now settled down into a routine life and working at a neighborhood liquor store, meets a young and beautiful graduate student named Shannon Hart.
There is instantly some sort of attraction and chemistry between them.
That same night as Shannon returns home, a stalker awaits within the dark shadows of a dimly lit, rain-soaked street, watching her every move.
Will Shannon be rescued and, if so, by whom? Is the stalker also the rapist/murderer? Or, perhaps, there is more than one stalker, and, who is stalking whom? Will justice prevail? Time will tell as the clock ticks down.
Filmed against the dynamic backdrop of New Orleans, and in true fashion of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Bleeding Heart is one of the most heart pounding, non-stop thrillers of today, a story that will keep audiences on the edges of their seats…and with a hook that will baffle even the canniest of detectives.
IN THE TEETH OF JUSTICE
Hot-shot young attorney, Lyon Conner, thinks that since he landed a job at the D.A.’s office, he’s now ready to take on the world with his belief that law is justice, and justice is law. However, after losing a case, solely due to his own mismanagement of the facts, where an elderly woman dies after being emotionally and sexually abuse, Conner is rudely awakened to exactly what practicing law truly means, and how many lives can be affected by his choice and his mistakes.
As punishment for his blunder, Conner is assigned a no-brainer case. He is expected to merely stamp it, close it, and file it. However, after studying the case, Conner's instinct tells him that there's something missing and very wrong about the case. He teams up with Detective Crump, an aging black officer with a chip on his shoulder and a wit to match. Together they unlock a cruel and horrific crime that only begins to scratch the surface.
Conner and Crump catch the accused criminals. However, to see them sentenced and put away, Conner is faced with a career-changing decision. Does he choose the law...or does he choose justice?
The Teeth of Justice is based on a true story. It is a legal suspense drama filled with twists and turns, and a hook that no one will expect.
This story is a heart-warming, romantic comedy about a singer, Sheri Goodman, who, because of her pretentiousness and unreliability, finds her career spiraling downward. After her agent books her at a home for the aging in Palm Springs, CA, she quickly leaves in her limo and starts drinking in despair.
While driving around, the limo passes the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa. She decides to check it out.
Upon entering, John Mullippeh, the Casino manager recognizes her, flaunts over her, stroking her ego, and offers her free drinks and a marker of $25,000, all motive driven.
She accepts and proceeds to get plastered while losing over $23,000 at the blackjack table.
Unable to pay the marker, which John was counting on, and being on sovereign soil, Sheri is forced to become a lounge act for two weeks.
This is where the story takes off as Sheri, dejected and angry, causes or encounters one mishap after another until she meets a little Native American girl, named Harmony, who teaches her the meaning of love and forgiveness and changes her life.
Diva is fast-paced, heart-warming, funny, embodies the spiritual beauty of the Native culture, and will include a top-selling soundtrack. It is a family film for all ages.
DIRECTING AND PRODUCING GALLERY
“Jeff is a great example of an actor's director. He gives you what you need direction-wise, but also gives lots of room to DISCOVER. He does not settle and move on and that is a strong trait in making sure the true vision reaches the screen.”
DJ Perry - Actor
“Jeff is now my business partner, and for good reason. Jeff is one of the most ethical people I've met in this business. He walks his talk. Not to mention, he's one heck of a writer and Director, and can keep me in line...that's huge!! He is a visionary and possesses the patience and fortitude it takes to make it in our industry.”
Victoria Claibourn - Producer / Writer
“I was an acting student in Jeffrey's Acting II Class, I found him to be very informative and knowledgeable. He is an excellent Teacher and Director."
Dee Cutrone - Acting Student
“Jeffrey Ross is a true professional in every sense of the word. His incredible talents as a Writer, Producer and Director are accentuated by his keen business acumen and years of experience working in and around Hollywood. I've known him on a personal and professional level for over a decade and I am continually in awe at his depth and understanding of human nature, history, culture - and many other subjects that make him so interesting to work with and so good at what he does. He is an actor's director, a crew member's producer, and ” a story-lover's writer. It is always a pleasure working with Jeff."
Rhett Nielson - Director of Photography