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TRIBECA TV 45 Minutes World Premiere
A young mother is overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage and commits a startling act of violence. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what,”—but the “why.” Soon the investigator finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman's buried motive. The Sinner is a riveting psychological thriller, stylishly directed by acclaimed filmmaker Antonio Campos (Afterschool, Christine).

After the episode: A conversation with executive producer and director of the pilot Antonio Campos, executive producer Derek Simonds, executive producer and cast member Jessica Biel, and cast members Christopher Abbott and Bill Pullman. Moderated by Editor in Chief of Entertainment Weekly, Henry Goldblatt.
Drama, Thriller

Antonio Campos

An acclaimed writer, director and producer, Campos is one of the three founding members of Borderline Films, a New York based production company that debuted his first feature film, Afterschool, and premiered it at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Afterschool garnered a nomination for Best First Feature at the 2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards and a nomination for Breakthrough Director at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards that same year. His second feature, Simon Killer, which he wrote and directed, premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and his third feature, Christine, premiered in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Along with Sean Durkin, producer Josh Mond and actress Elizabeth Olsen, Campos won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s New Generation Award. In addition to The Sinner pilot, Campos most recently directed an episode of The Punisher and will be directing the upcoming Omen prequel.

Bill Pullman

Pullman started acting professionally in New York theater in 1983, and shortly after began a film career which currently spans over seventy features and several television series. In the past fifteen years, Pullman has acted in six major theater productions in New York City and has been nominated as a best actor four times. Pullman’s movie career includes the blockbuster comedies Ruthless People, Spaceballs, Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, Casper, and Bottle Shock, and dramas The Serpent and the Rainbow, The Accidental Tourist, and Igby Goes Down. He is also known for his turn as the nation’s President in the action franchise Independence Day, and for roles in the thriller Malice and westerns The Virginia and Wyatt Earp. In addition to The Sinner, Pullman is currently shooting The Ballad of Lefty Brown opposite Tommy Flanagan, Peter Fonda.

Jessica Biel

In addition to appearing in numerous box office hits, Jessica Biel has been noted for her critically-acclaimed performances in films such as Hitchcock, costarring Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Scarlett Johansson, and The Illusionist, where she starred alongside Oscar®-nominated actors Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. Biel received numerous awards for her work in the latter, including Hollywood Life’s Annual Breakthrough Award, the Shining Star Award at both the Giffoni Film Festival and the Maui Film Festival, and the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Most recently, she wrapped production for Rob Reiner’s Shock and Awe, where she stars alongside Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Tommy Lee Jones and Milla Jovovich. Jessica Biel serves as executive producer and stars on USA Network’s upcoming psychological thriller, The Sinner.

Derek Simonds

Derek is a writer and filmmaker and the creator/show-runner of the USA Network series The Sinner, starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman. Derek was a writer on the recent ABC miniseries event, When We Rise, a recounting of the gay civil rights movement created by Dustin Lance Black, as well as ABC’s 2015 limited series, The Astronaut Wives Club. He has also developed television pilots for Universal Cable Productions, ABC Studios and TNT. Derek wrote, directed and composed the score for his feature film, Seven and a Match, and has developed numerous independent film projects as a writer, including the upcoming Sony Pictures Classics release, Call Me by Your Name. When not writing for television and film, Derek is recording music - his first album project as Midnight Choir will be released this year - and teaching acting/performance to artists in Los Angeles and New York.

Christopher Abbott

Abbott is an acclaimed stage, screen, and television actor best known for his role as Charlie in Girls. He starred in Josh Mond’s award-winning film James White which was released by The Film Arcade in 2015 and garnered Abbott Best Actor nominations from both the Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards. Other notable film credits include Whiskey Tango Foxtrot alongside Tina Fey, A Most Violent Year, Criminal Activities, The Sleepwalker and Berma. In addition to The Sinner, Abbott will be seen next in the independent film Katie Says Goodbye alongside Olivia Cooke and Trey Shults’ It Comes at Night alongside Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo and Riley Keough.

Henry Goldblatt

Henry Goldblatt is Editor in Chief of Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly, America’s leading consumer brand for entertainment and popular culture. Goldblatt was named Editor in Chief in 2015, and his appointment marks a return to EW after having worked there from 2002 until 2014; most recently he served as the brand’s deputy managing editor and director of brand development. In 2014, Goldblatt left EW after being named Deputy Editor of PEOPLE. While at PEOPLE, Goldblatt provided editorial oversight to all brand extensions, ran the magazine’s front-of-book sections, and managed staffing, budgets, and publishing/editorial collaborations. As Editor in Chief for EW, Goldblatt is responsible for editorial oversight of EW’s print and digital content.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Antonio Campos
  • Network:
    USA Network
  • Screenwriter:
    Derek Simonds
  • Series Produced By:
    Universal Cable Productions
  • Additional Executive Producers:
    Charlie Gogolak
  • Editor:
    Matthew Hannam
  • Production Designer:
    Scott Kuzio
  • Executive Producer:
    Derek Simonds, Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, Charlie Gogolak, Antonio Campos
  • Producer:
    Randy Sutter
  • Teleplay:
    Derek Simonds
  • Director of Photography:
    Jody Lee Lipes
  • Based on the book by:
    Petra Hammesfahr
  • Casting Director:
    Cami Patton
  • Origination:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Cast:
    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott, Abigail Miller, Dohn Norwood



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