"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’."
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Recently, Kokin was an executive heading Development and Production for Perfect World Pictures, USA. His responsibilities 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.
The films he has produced and directed have been recognized with 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/or negotiated development, funding, budgets, rights deals, talent deals, production, post-production, distribution, and marketing. He has packaged and secured funding for features in every scenario, including negative pickups, studio (cash-flow), and independently funded. Kokin has proven himself as the filmmaker who can take mere hints of ideas and propel them into feature films, often by working with A-list writers. Kokin is always tracking new digital technologies in motion photography and distribution. He is often 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 innocence lost and of the lengths one will go for revenge. BLOOD MOON was written by Oscar-nominated Nicholas Kazan and starred his daughter, Maya Kazan (THE KNICK), 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.