Filmmakers

About the Filmmakers

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ROB KUHNS, WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR

Birth of the Living Dead is Rob’s first feature length documentary as a Director. He Co-Directed/Edited two broadcast documentaries, Enemies of War (PBS, 2001) and This is a Game, Ladies (PBS, 2003, Audience Award – AFI Silverdoc Festival). His many editing credits include Moyers and Company (2011 – Present), the dramatic television series Sleeper Cell (Showtime, Golden Globe nomination, 2005), and Adam Clayton Powell (Academy Award nomination, 1990). Rob Wrote and Directed the short comedy, King’s Day Out, (1993 Sundance Film Festival). This year he received an individual artist grant from the New York State Council of the Arts. Rob lives in Brooklyn with his wife and producing partner, Esther Cassidy.

 

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ESTHER CASSIDY, PRODUCER

Esther produced and directed the documentaries: Enemies of War broadcast nationally on PBS, and in Spain, Portugal, and Denmark, and The Wrong Man: The Case of Edward Lee Elmore for Court Television. She was Coordinating Producer of American Dream, Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award-winning documentary feature, and also produced with Ms. Kopple: With Liberty And Justice For All; Justice For All; and Civil Rights: The Struggle Continues. She was Consulting Producer on the Peabody award-winning broadcast documentary A Healthy Baby Girl (2006); and the 2007 theatrical documentary Sacco and Vanzetti, which has been shown in theaters and film festivals in the U.S., Holland, and Italy.

 

LARRY FESSENDEN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Larry Fessenden, winner of the 1997 Someone to Watch Spirit Award, is the writer, director and editor of the award-winning art-horror movies Habit (Nominated for 2 Spirit Awards), Wendigo and No Telling. His most recent film, The Last Winter (Nominated for a 2007 Gotham Award for best ensemble cast), starring Ron Perlman, Connie Britton and James Le Gros, premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, was distributed by IFC FirstTake and is now available on DVD through Genius Products. Fessenden recently directed Skin and Bones, starring Doug Jones, for NBC TV’s horror anthology show FEAR ITSELF.

 

SUPROTIM BOSE, CINEMATOGRAPHER

Suprotim Bose has over twenty years of experience in international film and television production. He has shot and produced live, studio and remote shoots all over the US and the world, including England, France, Spain, Germany, Japan, Canada and India. Credits include, Mahakumbh, a 23-minute, 16-mm documentary about a religious event attracting 15 million people – the largest such event in the world – who gather every 14 years for two weeks of prayer and festivities on the banks of the river Ganges in India. He has also shot documentaries and PSAs for UNICEF about children who work as paramedics in the slums of Bombay and preventative health solutions in the developing world.

 

MICHAEL GRIPPO, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Michael Grippo is a Gemini Award-winning, and Emmy nominated cinematographer, who has worked on Canadian and international productions in over 30 countries. He has done it all – from covering war zones to shooting beautifully recreated dramas. He works for American news networks and for independent documentary producers. Grippo has DOP credits on numerous award winning films, including Faith Without Fear (NFB/PBS, Emmy nomination) Sex Slaves, a multi-award winning documentary feature (NFB /CBC/PBS), House Calls (NFB), Shinny (NFB), Unwanted Soldiers (NFB), Bosnian War Criminals in Canada (CBC), and Living with Disabled Adults.

 

GARY POZNER, COMPOSER

Gary Pozner has had a long and fascinating career in music. As a teenager he played piano in the Catskill Mountain resorts for such luminaries as Joel Grey, Mel Brooks, Henny Youngman and Chubby Checker. He moved on to Rock n Roll opening for The Grateful Dead and sharing a bill with Keith Richards and U2 as a member of the Tom Tom Club. He continues to tour all around the world with his African-Celtic-Gospel rock band, EO. In the early nineties, Gary began composing for television. He has since created over two hundred sound scores for HBO, Cinemax, Lifetime, PBS, FOX, Court TV and many others. While his image spot for ThrillerMax (1997) and his 25th Anniversary (1999) Logo for PBS, garnered Silver Promax Award, his music for ESPN’s International Sports Center won a BDA Award. Additionally, Gary was the first American composer commissioned to write music for Singapore National Television. Gary has worked on a number of films with Rob Kuhns, including Enemies of War and Russia: Land of the Tsars for which he was nominated for an Emmy in 2004.

 

DALE ROBBINS, ART DIRECTOR

Dale is currently Creative Director for the weekly PBS series Moyers and Company, for which she oversees all things visual, providing art direction for on-air, online and print. She first started working with the Moyers on Earth on Edge in 1999 and continued on other productions including America’s First River, NOW with Bill Moyers, Becoming American and Bill Moyers Journal. Dale’s company, Pie Design, has been challenged by a range of projects from a series of trading cards for the National Basketball Association to a museum installation for the Newseum in Washington DC.

 

GARY PULLIN, ILLUSTRATION AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

“Ghoulish” Gary Pullin is an award-winning freelance artist residing in Toronto Canada and has steadily carved out his own unique niche within the genre he loves – horror. In 2009 he was voted artist of the year at the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. For over ten years he made his mark as Art Director at Rue Morgue Magazine, the world’s leading genre publication. He has worked with many notable contemporaries such as musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie, artist Mike Mignola (Hellboy), and horror icons Clive Barker and Basil Gogos. Gary’s recently been creating film posters with MONDO, Skuzzles, IFC Midnight, Fright Fest Originals and vinyl designs with Death Waltz Recording Company and WaxWork Records. His work has hung in galleries across the globe and has been published in publications such as Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue Magazine, HorrorHound Magazine, FangoriaRoyal Flush and the heavy metal magazine Revolver. Gary is Rue Morgue’s resident art columnist for The Fright Gallery and has been interviewed for several genre-related documentaries, the latest being Why Horror.  For more of Gary Pullin’ artwork, please visit: http://www.ghoulishgary.com/