"Kenneth Kokin’s brilliant directorial debut ‘Blood Moon’ is an engaging and gripping tragedy that’s worthy of being seen...Kokin also produced and directed second unit on several award-winning films that include the ‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘Captain Abu Raed’, ’The Way of the Gun’ and ‘Mortdecai’."
- Erin Grover - indiewire.com
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Kokin has worked in almost every lane of the motion picture industry. After producing numerous iconic films with A-List actors, he pivoted to an executive position heading Development and Production for Perfect World Pictures, USA. His responsibilities also involved a historic half-a-billion-dollar slate deal with Universal Pictures. It included JURASSIC WORLD, US, DARKEST HOUR, GLASS, DOWNTON ABBY, BLACKkKLANSMAN, and over 40 other pictures. Recently, he served as a consultant for NBC Universal developing projects with underrepresented writers and directors.
The films he has produced and directed have received over 50 awards from international and domestic festivals. His produced works include THE USUAL SUSPECTS (also second unit director), which won two Academy Awards. He has produced studio features, independent features, digital features, documentaries, reality TV, and international features (Chinese & Jordanian). As a producer, Kokin has overseen and negotiated development, funding, budgets, rights deals, talent deals, production, post-production, distribution, and marketing. He has packaged and secured financing for features in every scenario, including negative pickups, studio (cash-flow), and independently funded. Kokin has proven himself as a filmmaker who can take mere hints of ideas and propel them into feature films, often by working with A-list writers and directors. Kokin is constantly tracking advanced technologies in motion photography and distribution. He is continually lecturing and teaching at universities.
As a Los Angeles native and a two-time Sundance winner, it seems that Kokin knows everyone in the LA entertainment community: publicists, casting directors, managers, agents, writers, top stars, directors, and producers - and if he doesn't know someone, he's usually just one person removed.
Kokin's notable taste is varied, as evidenced by his producer credits; his productions range from comedy, such as MORTDECAI (Johnny Depp), to action, such as THE WAY OF THE GUN (Benicio Del Toro, Ryan Phillippe, James Caan, Juliette Lewis), directed by Academy Award winner Christopher McQuarrie (Dir. JACK REACHER and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE). Fade In Magazine listed Kenneth Kokin as one of "The Top 100 People in Hollywood" two years in a row.
Kokin made his directorial debut with BLOOD MOON - a chilling, contemporary tragedy that tells a tale of lost innocence and the lengths one will go to for revenge. Oscar-nominated Nicholas Kazan wrote BLOOD MOON. It starred his daughter, Maya Kazan (THE KNICK, MOSAIC), Frank Medrano (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION), and James Callis (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY). BLOOD MOON has been met with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response, opened a major festival in Los Angeles, and is currently available on the links below.