Fortress Features is on a mission to establish a distinctive brand, one that will allow the company to have increasing leverage within the marketplace. We strive to work with visionary filmmakers while targeting, developing and producing strong intellectual properties with commercial appeal. The company's operating philosophy is that of a lean, cost-conscious independent company, focusing on the skills of the principals and their experiences of entrepreneurial environments.






Fortress Features is the independent banner formed by Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti in 2004 to develop and produce high quality feature films of artistic and commercial merit.


Hooray for Hedge-fundwood!
By Nicole LaPorte

Outside the valet station of L'Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills on a recent evening, the actor James Woods was bellowing into his cell phone: "Give the guy a hundred dollars! Just give it to him!" Inside at the Writer's Bar, the hotel's softly lit den for after-hours negotiations over $1,400 bottles of Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut, the producer Brett Forbes was slumped back on a plush couch wearing a black T-shirt, jeans and Adidas sneakers, his brown bed-head hair falling in waves over bright blue eyes. Mr. Forbes' producing partner, Patrick Rizzotti, sat alertly in a chair next to him, wearing baggy jeans and a frayed pink polo T-shirt over well-maintained biceps.

The two men, both 29, were quietly celebrating a screening of their first movie, Pride, about an inner-city swim coach in Philadelphia played by Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), which will be released by Lions Gate in March. "It was very surreal," Mr. Forbes said of the experience. "I got choked up."


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