Eagles owners Christina and Jeffrey Lurie have continued in the film business

Christina and Jeffrey Lurie met while making "I Love You To Death."
Christina and Jeffrey Lurie met while making "I Love You To Death."
Posted: July 21, 2010

Christina Lurie leaves the Eagles conference room at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia, then turns and has one final thought.

"Give a plug for Inside Job," she says.

Inside Job is the most recent documentary that Christina and Jeffrey Lurie, the owners of the Eagles, have executive-produced through their documentary film company, Screen Pass Pictures. They are filmmakers by trade. Jeffrey Lurie made three movies - V.I. Warshawski, Sweet Hearts Dance, and I Love You To Death - before leaving Hollywood to buy the Eagles in 1994. Christina Lurie studied theater at Yale, attended a drama school in England, and was an actress until she stepped behind the camera to produce.

She was an associate producer on I Love You To Death, which is how she and her husband met.

In 2004 Lurie, with two partners, founded Vox3 Films. She executive-produced the films Broken English and Never Forever, which both premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. She also produced Game 6, starring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr.; Feel, starring Billy Baldwin and Kevin Corrigan; and America Brown.

Lurie executive-produced Rage, which had an ensemble cast including Jude Law and Steve Buscemi and Adam, a 2009 love story about a young man with Asperger's syndrome.

Christina and Jeffrey Lurie executive-produced Sergio, based on the book Chasing the Flame by Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power, and are executive producers with Mariane Pearl, Angelina Jolie and Ryan A. Brooks on a forthcoming feature-length documentary called Resilient about four women who, in the face of brutality and injustice, are creating hope in their communities and in the world. Pearl's husband, Daniel, was a Wall Street Journal reporter who was abducted by militant Islamic extremists in 2002, and later beheaded.

The Luries also are contributing to a documentary about the oil industry in Nigeria. "It's a geopolitical nightmare," Jeffrey Lurie said of the crisis in the African nation.

They executive-produced Inside Job, a documentary about the financial meltdown. In May, it was named the best single film at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the only film to earn an A average. It was directed by Charles Ferguson, and narrated by Matt Damon.

"It is a very angry, very carefully argued, brutally clear documentary about how the American financial industry set out deliberately to defraud the ordinary American investor," esteemed film critic Roger Ebert wrote on May 23.

Of their film company, Jeffrey Lurie said: "It's just a way to use your intelligence, hopefully in a different way. It's more my background, really."


Contact staff writer Ashley Fox at 215-854-5064 or afox@phillynews.com.

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