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NOTE: MOST PEOPLE LISTED ARE DIRECTORS BUT WE HAVE INCLUDED SOME WHO ARE SOLELY PRODUCERS AND SOME WHO ARE
PRODUCER/DIRECTORS d. 7/5/69 Director and screenwriter, he directed 153 films from
1917 to 1949...almost all of them westerns. Wrote screenplays for 48 films, most of which he directed.
- Kacy Andrews
- b. Indianapolis, IN 2/27/69
- A graduate of Ball State University, Andrews was placed in
an internship position in Los Angeles during her senior year. She has now been involved in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years. She spent nine years in production and project development
at Hyperion Studio. She moved from Hyperion to become Vice President of Development at Blue Focus Management where she worked
on several projects for MGM, Disney and Sony. In 2003 her consulting work at Bigfoot Productions in Asia led to the
creation of the International Academy of Film and Television and Bigfoot Entertainment. As founder and CEO she has overseen
the development of operations and production facilities in the Philippines and investment in several feature films. She has served
as Executive Producer and Producer for such films as The Curiosity of Chance, Irreversi, Hui Lui, Within the Midnight Movie as
well as several documentaries shot in Belgium, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. She was recently named a Distinguished Graduate of
Ball State University.
- David Anspaugh
- b. Decatur, IN 9/24/46
- Notable films: Hoosiers, Rudy, directed TV
- Street Blues" and "Miami Vice".
- Jeffrey Bell
Television and motion picture script writer and director. Was the writer and director for the 1997 motion picture, Radio
Inside. Scriptwriter for The Ex files, Angel and Alias. Executive producer for the short-lived Taye Diggs
TV series, Daybreak. Executive Producer and Showrunner for Harper's Island.
- Glenn Belt
- b. Macy, IN 1890
- d. Hollywood,
- Assistant Director on 5 films from 1925 to 1928.
- Production Manager on 4 films during same
- Eddie Beverly, Jr.
- b. Indiana
- Director of 3 films 1983, 1989 and 1998, the last
Viewer Discretion Advised.
- William Bindley
- b. Indianapolis
- Directed several TV films...
Freeze Frame in 1992, Johnny and CLyde in 1995 and The Eighteenth Angel in 1997. He directed Madison
in 2000. His brother Scott has been his co-writer on many of his films. Madison was shot primarily in Madison,
- George Daugherty
- b. Pendleton,IN
- Director, Producer, Composer, Writer.
Emmy in 1996 for "Outstanding Children's Program" (Peter and the Wolf). Was also Emmy-nominated for
"Outstanding Individual achievement in Music Direction." The Writers Guild of America nominated
him for "Childrens Script" for Peter and the Wolf. Also directed The Magical World of Chuck
Jones in 1992. Composed score for Chariots of Fur in 1994.
- b. Clark's Hill, IN 1909
- d. 1993 Mostly a TV director he directed such series as,
"Police Woman", "Cannon", "The High Chaparral", "Mission Impossible", "Rat Patrol", "Star Trek"
and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". He directed the Disney film, A Light in the
Forest" in 1958. (Carol Lynley's film debut) Served as "dialogue
director" in at least 13 films from 1944 to 1951. Films included, "Passage to
Marseille", "Mildred Pierce", "Humoresque" and "Life With
- Frank T. Davis
- b. Richmond, IN 1890
Directed two films...So This is Marriage and Fancy That, both in
- Ray Enright (Raymond E. Enright)
- b. Anderson, IN
- d. Hollywood, CA 4/3/65
- Directed 72 films from 1927 to
1953. Lots of westerns. Notable films: Dames (1934),
We're in the Money (1935), On Your Toes (1939), Wagons
Roll at Night (1941), The Spoilers (1942), Gung Ho
(1943). Also wrote screenplays for 4 films in the early 30's.
- Rusty Gorman
- b. Marion, IN
- Gorman and fellow Hoosier Bill Bindley graduated from Northwestern University
film school in 1984. Gorman put his first film together shortly after he received his degree. It was 27 minutes long. He
continued to shoot short films and commercials. In 1993 and 1994 he co-produced three short comic films for actor Chris Elliott.
These were aired on The David Letterman Show. Gorman managed to receive a Master's Degree in film production at USC. He worked
with his old friend Bindley on the film "Madison," shot in Madison, Indiana. He finally got his chance at a big budget film with
Home of the Giants released in 2007 and screened at The Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Gorman wrote and directed
- Nathan Gotsch
- b. Fort Wayne, IN, 1983
- Oldest of three children, attended St. Paul's Lutheran school in Fort Wayne and then Concordia Lutheran high school. Started shooting movies in high school. He entered the Indiana state video competition and won first, second and third prizes. His first prize video was A Change of Plans for which he also served as the cinematographer. It was awarded the Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart in the Heartland Film Festival. He is currently enrolled in the University of Southern California.
- Mark W. Gray, Jr.
- b. Indianapolis
- Director/Cinematographer/Writer. Shot and directed a number of films starting in 1991. Mostly television features.
- Christopher Gregory
- b. Albany, IN
- Worked about 10 years in L.A. in various movie and TV-related jobs. Wrote screenplay for Not Tonight, Darling in 1972. Began making a film in Indianapolis and Muncie in September, 2000. Partially financed by the Hooters restaurant chain...tentatively entitled Baggers.
- Joan Grossman
- b. Indianapolis
- Graduate of North Central High School and Northwestern University. Chief credit is a 79 minute documentary, The Port of Last Resort, shot in 1998. She was the writer, editor and director. The film was based on Indianapolis writer Ernest G. Heppner's book about the nearly 20,000 jews who fled to Shanghai in 1938.
- John Guedel
- b. Portland,Indiana, 1913
- d. Los Angeles 12/15/01
- Grew up in southern California. His first writing job was on the Laurel and Hardy film comedies, as well as on the Our Gang series. His association with Art Linkletter began in 1941 and they debuted People Are Funny in 1942. Over the years, Guedel and Linkletter produced eight different game shows, including one hosted by a young Johnny Carson. Guedel also launched radio's Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in 1944. He was the creator and producer of House Party, and You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx.Mostly active in television as a producer/writer. Other programs he produced... Life with Linkletter (1950) and Anybody Can Play (1958).
- Dan T. Hall
- b. Indianapolis
- Owner of Video Media Services in Indianapolis, he wrote, produced and directed Old No. 587: The Great Train Robbery in 2000. It was screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and distributed in Europe and Turkey. It was his first feature film. He has directed and produced several short films.
- James Hill
- b. Jeffersonville, IN 8/1/1916
- d. Santa Monica, CA 1/11/2001
- More of a producer than a director, James Hill was also a screenwriter and a short story author. He was a partner with Burt Lancaster in Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions. Among his credits as a producer were, Vera Cruz 1954, Trapeze 1956, Sweet Smell of Success
1957 and The Unforgiven 1960. He wrote the screenplay for His Majesty O'Keefe in 1954. He met Rita Hayworth during the production of Separate Tables and married her in 1958. They were divorced in 1961.
- b. South Bend, IN 7/8/1889
- b. Indiana 1860
- d. New York, NY 11/5/17
- Directed 24 silent films from 1913 to 1917, most of them shorts. Wrote screenplays for two films in 1914 and 1915.
- b. Goshen, IN 8/12/1898
- d. 1/2/30 (plane crash)
- Directed three films in 1929 and 1930
- Wrote screenplays for two films in 1927 and 1928.
- Was editor on one film in 1928.
- Married to Mary Astor at the time of his death.
- b. Indianapolis
- Graduate of Tech High School and Herron Art Institute, he became an Animator/Director for Disney. Began his career with Disney in 1937 and received film credit as an animator for Fantasia, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and others. He developed Thumper, Chip and Dale and directed such acclaimed shorts as "Jack and Old Mac", "Noah's Ark", Symposium on Popular Songs." In 1965 Walt Disney moved him to WED Enterprises where he programmed Audio-Animatronics figures for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Pirates of the Carribean, Haunted Mansion, the Hall of Presidents and others. He retired in 1979. He was part of a contingent of Indiana natives who worked for Disney...Bill Peet, Cornet Wood and Victor Haboush.
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- b. Lafayette, IN 7/22/36
- Mostly a TV director from 1964 to present. Directed made-for-TV movies including, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Movies include, Who are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?, Twice Upon a Time, Oliver's Story. Wrote screenplays for Oliver's Story, Twice Upon a Time and others. Was Cinematographer on several films in the late 60's and early 70's.
- b. Chicago, IL
- A graduate of Ball State University, Liston won a David Letterman Scholarship and
went to Los Angeles, serving an internship as a production assistant for "Seinfeld." He has since been an actor, writer, producer,
and miscellaneous crew member on a number of film productions. After producing several TV series, he co-wrote, directed and produced
Chasing October released in 2007. The film is a docu-comedy about a man who believes he can will a winning season for the
2003 Chicago Cubs. It received a "bases-loaded review from the Chicago Sun-Times." Check it out at...www.cubsmovie.com
Tom Moore (Thomas R. Moore)
- b. Indiana
- d. Portland, IN 6/17/67
- Assistant Director on three films in 1926 and 1927.
- Directed one film in 1927...Her Father Said No.
- b. Lafayette, IN
- Graduate of West Lafayette High School and Purdue University. Directed mostly TV series including "Cheers", "The Wonder Years", "Dharma and Greg", "Ally McBeal". First received national acclaim when he directed "Grease", one of Broadway's longest running musicals. Feature films include, Night Mother (1986) and Return to Boggy Creek (1978).
- b. Indianapolis, IN 1967
- Writer and Director. Wrote and directed, Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998) which was nominated for "Grand Special Prize" at both the Deauville and the Sundance Film Festivals. Also wrote screenplay for Archie (1999). Directed Ella Enchanted (2004).
- b. Lafayette, IN 7/1/34
- Nominated for oscar for "Best Director" for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Tootsie (1984) and Out of Africa (1985). Son of a Purdue University graduate, his mother died when he was young. He then moved to South Bend, IN to live with his father and stepmother. Graduated from South Bend Central High School and went to New York to enroll in Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse. Sidney Pollack is also a producer and an actor. He started his career in TV, directing "Ben Casey", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and "The Fugitive".
James B. Rogers
- b. Indianapolis
- Actor, Producer, Director. Graduate of Pike high school and Ball State University. Very active in the 80's and 90's. Mostly
"exploitation" films like...Ballbusters, Karate Commando, Jungle Wolf 3, Caged Women, and Forgive Me
William D. Russell
- b. Indianapolis
- A graduate of Park Tudor School and Atlanta's Emory University,
directed his first feature Say It Isn't So in 2001. Also directed the hit movie American Pie 2 which grossed
then $125 million the summer of 2001. Previously he had served as an Assistant Director on numerous films including,
and Dumber (1994), There's Something About Mary (1998) and Me, Myself & Irene (2000).
- b. Indianapolis, IN 4/30/08
- d. April 1968
- Directed at least 7 films
in the 1940's including: Our Hearts Were Growing Up, Dear Ruth, Bride for Sale. Switched to TV and directed
"Father Knows Best", "Gunsmoke", "Bewitched" and "Family Affair".
George Seaton(George Stenius)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 5/11/76
- Director and writer. Directed 3 films, one each in 1996, '97 and
'98...the last being Moonlight Serenade. Wrote screenplay for Moonlight Serenade and
- b. South Bend, IN 4/11/11
- d. Beverly
Hills, CA 7/28/79
- Director, Producer, Screenwriter. Before entering films, he had a career in radio and
was the first voice of "The Lone Ranger." He Won best screenplay oscars for Miracle on 34th Street
and The Country Girl, both of which he directed. Also wrote screenplays for such films as
The Marx Brothers, A Day at the Races, Song of Bernadette, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim and
- Dwight Smith
- b. Muncie, IN 2/19/65
- A graduate of Ball State University, he did an internship with
After the internship, he was invited to be a writer for the soap opera. After several stints as a writer for soap operas and other
TV series, he moved into producing programs. His first producer credit was for I've Got a Secret on the Oxygen network.
Producing credits since then include, Pajama Party, Weakest Link, Test the Nation, Last Comic
Runway,Hit Me, Baby, One More time, Late Night Liar, WCG Ultimate Games, and Face Off.
- Preston Stutzman
- b. Anderson, IN
- A graduate of Anderson College, he produced two films and is in
on a third. He produced Chillicothe
(1999), Hoodwinked (2005)and is currently producing Escape from Planet Earth to be released in 2009.
- Scott A. Stone
- b. Indianapolis, IN
- A graduate of North Central High School and an intern at channel
6 in Indianapolis, he went to USC School
of Cinema and has been in the thick of the entertainment business ever since. He produced Jane Fonda's exercise videos
and Bravo's makeover show Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. He produced The Mole from 2000 to 2004 and came
2008 to produce it again.
- Tracey Trench
- b. Terre Haute, IN
- Executive Producer, Producer. A star high school basketball player in Terre Haute, she went to Harvard and received a degree in social anthropology after writing a thesis about artisan bread baking in Paris. She was a University teacher in Beijing and has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Her film career began after she received her MBA at UCLA and met director Alan Parker. She was a researcher for Come See the Paradise. This led to other research jobs and eventually she became a producer and an executive producer.
- Tim Whelan
- b. Cannelton, IN 11/2/1893
- d. Beverly Hills, CA 8/12/57
- Director, Writer and
Producer. Studied law in Denver, Colorado but became interested in theatre and from 1910 to 1920 he worked on the legitimate
stage and in vaudeville as an actor, writer and producer. He went to California in 1921 and became a gag writer for Harold
Lloyd. He is credited with co-writing the screenplays for "Safety Last", "Girl Shy", "Hot Water" and "The Freshman." He
co-wrote "My Best Girl" for Mary Pickford and was a collaborating writer for "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" and "The Strong Man,"
the first of Harry Langdon's comedies. Received credit with Michael Powell as a director on The Thief of
Bagdad (1940). Directed two Sinatra films, Higher and Higher and Step Lively. He married
Greentown, Indiana native Miriam Seegar who had a nice film career of her own. They had two sons.
- Ron Weaver
- b. Mishawaka, IN 1938
- d. 5/11/13
- Weaver was a three time Emmy Award-winning TV producer
who worked on "The Bold and the Beautiful" and was part of the team that created "Sesame Street." He became an executive producer of the soap opera in 1986 and stayed 27 years,
rising to senior producer. He previously worked for the Children's Television Workshop with "The Electric Company" and
- Matt Williams
- b. Evansville, IN
- Director, TV Executive. In junior high and in college, he worked as a bricklayer in Evansville. Earned a scholarship to the University of Evansville. Most of his career has been spent in television where he was the creator and writer of "Roseanne" and the creator of "Home Improvement." He produced a number of television specials along with three other series..."Soul Man", "Thunder Alley" and "Costello." He made his movie directorial debut in 2000 with Where the Heart Is.
- Robert Wise
- b. Winchester, IN 9/10/14
- d. Los Angeles 9/14/2005
- Attended Franklin College in Franklin, IN for 2 years before going to Hollywood to join his brother who was in the Accounting Department at RKO. Was editor for "Citizen Kane" and "The Magnificent Ambersons". Got his first break as a director on Val Lewton's The Curse of the Cat People in 1944. Notable films: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), I Want to Live! (1958), The Sand Pebbles (1966). Won Oscars for best director for West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965). Won Irving G. Thalberg award in 1967. Served as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1985 to 1988.
- Herb Wright (Herbert J. Wright)
- b. Columbus, IN 11/9/47
- d. Woodland Hills, CA 8/24/2005
- Graduated from Columbus
High School in 1965, he served as Student Council president, president of his junior and senior classes and a member of the Honor
Society. He also was on the staff of the school newspaper, The Triangle. He was a high school exchange student in Japan where he
began a lifelong study of martial arts. He also met legendary film director Akira Kurosawa. After high school, he went to Yale University where he
became interested in writing scripts. His entertainment career began when he was a page on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. His big break
came when he got the job of associate producer on the TV series, "Night Gallery." In 1974 he was named associate producer of "The
Six Million Dollar Man." The next year he was producer of the Ron Howard film, Locusts. He became acquainted with the late
Gene Roddenberry and was signed to write and produce individual episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His last production
was Mars and Beyond (2000).
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