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THE NIGHT VISITOR AND THE NIGHT VISITOR 2 RELEASE DETAILS ANNOUNCED
Blanc/Biehn Productions and Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada will be teaming up to release The Night Visitor (2013) and the upcoming The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s …Read more →
In 2013, award winning filmmaker Mark Gantt and experienced actress Brianne Davis,
launched their own production company – Give and Take Productions.With numerous awards under his belt, Mark is best known for his role as …Read more →
Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions, and Give & Take Productions have announced the new thriller Psychophonia. With a story from Ruhmann and screenplay by Nicholl Fellowship winner Barbara Stepansky, the upcoming film will be helmed by …Read more →
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The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story is a sci-fi thriller that runs parallel to the original The Night Visitor, telling the story of Heather (Carmichael), a special young girl who must protect her family and …Read more →
I don't think you go to a play to forget, or to a movie to be distracted. I think life generally is a distraction and that going to a movie is a way to get back, not go away.Tom Noonan
GIVE + TAKE PRODUCTIONS is a Los Angeles based film and TV production company started in 2013 by award winning filmmaker Mark Gantt and Brianne Davis. Their most recent production, PSYCHOPHONIA, which Brianne directed will have it's world premiere at the Sitges International Film Festival in October 2016. Past projects include THE NIGHT VISTOR and THE NIGHT VISTOR W: HEATHER'S STORY, both have been distributed by Anchor Bay Canada, Slash House films and eOne. They have several film and TV projects currently in development.
Whether lighting up the big screen, or calling the shots behind the scene, actor, director, and producer Brianne Davis is one of the most electric talents to storm Hollywood by force. Starring in one of the most highly anticipated new dramas with History Channel’s military series; “SIX,” is an ambitious drama that follows Navy SEAL Team Six, the best of the best whose mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working as a jihadist fighter with the terrorists. Brianne jumps off the screen as ‘Lena,’ a teacher and wife of lead SEAL Team Six commander ‘Joe Graves’ (Sloane). As the pillar of her family and heart of the series, ‘Lena’ leads her family with strength and dignity as her husband leaves for weeks at a time to complete the world’s most dangerous military operations, while she is never quite sure if he will return to her alive.
Brianne was first discovered at the young age of 12 by an agency that hooked her up with modeling jobs and soon after began booking commercial work. Her first taste of acting was after she booked a small speaking role in the widely successful movie REMEMBER THE TITANS starring an all-star cast that included Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling and Kate Bosworth, just to name a few. From there, Brianne went on to star in hit television show, CW’s “Dawson’s Creek,” and once graduating from high school, she made the decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. Once in LA, Brianne began booking roles in many hit shows including FX’s “Nip/Tuck,” CBS’ “CSI: Miami,” ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” and HBO’s “True Blood.”
Davis has also proved her talent as a big screen actress. Her first lead role came in 2005 with the blockbuster hit JARHEAD, a drama centered on the life of U.S. marine sniper Anthony Swofford, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, during the Gulf War who struggles to cope with being away from home and fears that his girlfriend, played by Brianne, was cheating on him while he was away. She also starred in horror film PROM NIGHT alongside Brittany Snow, Kellan Lutz and Idris Elba, as the flicks somewhat comedic relief.
Not only is an actor, Brianne also an accomplished director and producer. Thriving behind the camera, as much as in front, she has produced five films with her production company Give & Take Productions, and has directed three features: The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story, Psychophonia and Transfer.
When not in front of the camera, or in the director’s chair, Brianne’s undeniable passion is in supporting our troops. She can often be found traveling the world on various USO tours and so far has visited 15 bases. While on tour she has stayed in such places as Iraq and Afghanistan. State side, Brianne champions on behalf of veteran programs, especially in getting the necessary post traumatic stress relief that many soldiers desperately need. This is absolutely something she holds near and dear to her heart. Brianne also helps support the homeless, animal shelters, and volunteering around Los Angeles.
Never one to shy away from adventure, Brianne has also been flying helicopters for 3 years, loves horseback riding, yoga and Pilates.
In September 2015, Lifetime premiered Mark’s feature directorial debut, Murder In Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story.
He recently directed a pilot for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s New Form Digital called Intricate Vengeance, which is currently being pitched as a digital series. Mark’s also directed several award-winning shorts, branded digital series and commercials for GMC, Nissan and ESPN.
Mark is probably best known for co-creating, producing and starring in the award-winning The Bannen Way for Sony Pictures Television. Financed by Sony’s Crackle distribution arm, this unique web series/feature film had a compelling cast which included Michael Ironside, Academy Award nominees Robert Forster and Michael Lerner, and Emmy winner Vanessa Marcil. Within the first 10 weeks of release, The Bannen Way garnered over 14 million views and went on to win 4 Streamy Awards including Best Actor (Mark), Best Drama, Best Director and Best Editor; as well as being nominated for two Webby Awards and a BANFF Award. The film is currently distributed internationally on VOD, DVD, iTunes and Amazon as a feature film.
As a producer, he’s produced three micro-budget feature films in association with Blanc-Biehn Productions that all have been picked up by Anchor Bay and Starz for distribution in 2015 and the fall of 2016. He is currently in development on a feature film, A PLACE APART with eOne Entertainment and and Lifetime, which he will direct and produce.
Mark spent over 20 years in the business on over 100 film, TV and commercial sets, starting as a production assistant and working his way up to prop master, art director, producer, writer and director. He was fortunate to have worked with the some of the top directors and cinematographers in the business: Steven Soderbergh, David O. Russell, Ed Zwick, Sam Raimi, Ulu Grosbard, Brad Silberling, Tony Bill, Gregory Nava, McG, James Foley, Robert Rodriguez, Bill Condon, Roger Deakins, Stephen Goldblatt, John Bailey and John Seale.
Mark’s a very visual person, over the years he’s created in many mediums; painting, photography, graphic design, key art design to art directing. As a director, he loves melding his visual style with his training and experience as an actor to tell complex stories that touch, move and inspire.
He studied under the legendary acting/directing teacher Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and assisted him on over two dozen scenes and plays that Milton directed. It was an incredible experience to learn how to work with actors and the art of storytelling. Mark began teaching acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in 2013.