Anthony Rhulen, founder and CEO of FilmEngine Entertainment, passed away on January 15 at the age of 51.
He died in Pasadena after losing a battle with drug addiction, according to the Times Herald-Record, the upstate New York newspaper where Rhulen grew up in Monticello, New York, and where his family still resides.
Rhulen launched FilmEngine, an independent finance and production company, which has made 13 films including the genre’s hit. Butterfly Effect and his suite, Lucky Number Slevin, Rum Diary, O, The Cleaner, Sleepwalking, Evidence, Season of the Murders and The hunter’s prayer.
Rhulen is survived by his mother, Judy Rhulen; siblings, Erik Rhulen, Harry Rhulen and his wife, Jennifer, and Suzy Loughlin and her husband, Joseph; as well as nieces and nephew, Juliette Loughlin, and her husband, Rob Crawford, Zoe Rhulen and Max Rhulen.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Rhulen came to Hollywood through the Insurance Agency Film Bond Inc., and soon he acquired and produced the 2000 film. O.
The fidgetcube awaits more information from his family, but a memorial service is planned.