Smart, Agile, Imaginative
Unified Pictures is a Los Angeles-based production company that develops, finances, and produces independent motion pictures including live-action and animated films.
Founded in 2004 by Keith Kjarval and Kurt Rauer, Unified has produced over twenty feature-length films and has rapidly become a dynamic force in the motion picture industry. Titles include David Lynch's Inland Empire, A Single Shot, Trust Me, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, The Driftless Area, Vincent N Roxxy, and William H. Macy's directorial debut and Sundance closing film, Rudderless, along with his latest film The Layover.
Most recently, Unified premiered What They Had at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Elizabeth Chomko, the film stars Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, and Robert Forster. Unified is currently in post-production on Jeremy Ungar's millennium thriller Ride (starring Bella Thorne and Jessie T. Usher) and S. Craig Zahler's crime-drama Dragged Across Concrete (starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn).
The animation division is in production on The Ark and the Aardvark, which tells the story of Noah's Ark from the perspective of the animals. The film is being directed by Academy Award nominee John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda, Shrek) and executive produced by Cecil Kramer (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit). Miles Teller is Gilbert the Aardvark and has recently been joined by comedy A-listers Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate, Craig Robinson, Rob Riggle, and Stephen Merchant in the animated feature.