Joseph Pierson, president of Cypress Films, Inc., founded the New York-based independent production company in 1987. Mr. Pierson’s most recent producing and directing credit is Bearing Witness, a dramatic film about the Siege of Sarajevo, starring Zrinka Cvitešić and Rade Šerbedžija. Filming was completed on location in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in June 2017 for an anticipated fall 2018 release.
Mr. Pierson is also developing a musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man for the Broadway stage, written by Jonathan Glascoe.
Cypress has produced several award-winning feature and television films, including EvenHand, directed by Joseph Pierson and starring Bill Sage (Sundance Channel); Julian Po, starring Christian Slater, Robin Tunney, and Cherry Jones (Fine Line); Cherry, starring Shalom Harlow, David McCallum, and Heather Matarazzo (Sundance Channel); A Child’s Christmas in Wales starring Denholm Elliott (PBS); and Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron, starring Sean Astin and Christopher Plummer (Showtime).
Mr. Pierson majored in studio art at Middlebury College, graduating with departmental honors. He also has an avid interest in historic preservation, serving on the emeritus council of the Olana Partnership, the director’s council of the Historic House Trust of New York City, and the trustees’ council of the Preservation League of New York State. In addition, Mr. Pierson serves as president of Abeyton Lodge, Inc. He also serves as fire police captain with the Stockport Volunteer Fire Company in Columbia County, New York.