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Recently named one of the "Top 100 Indie Filmmakers in the World" in the book by Action on Film's Del Weston, Kenneth Mader is an award-winning Writer-Director whose feature film Displacement (2016) received a multi-city U.S. Theatrical Release, was acquired by A+E Networks for a world broadcast premiere on the Lifetime Movie Network, was curated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for inclusion in their historical Margaret Herrick Library, and is now available on VOD, DVD, and internationally. The film stars Courtney Hope (The Bold and the Beautiful (1987), Quantum Break (2016)), Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Winner Bruce Davison, Golden Globe Winner Susan Blakely, Sarah Douglas (Superman (1978), Superman II (1980)), and Christopher Backus (Bosch (2014), Roadies (2016)).
His first feature Carnivore (2000), which he co-directed, was released through 20th Century Fox Home Video and premiered on the SyFy Channel, where it played in rotation for a full year. It also achieved much success on pay-per-view and VOD as well as internationally. Another picture he worked on Life at the Resort (2011) starring Marc Singer, Marisa Petroro and Louis Mandylor won Best Feature in the New York International Film Festival as well as the Audience Choice Award at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and is now in worldwide release.
He has written, directed, and shot numerous short films including the award-winning Passing Darkness (2005) starring Debra Hopkins, Andrea Thompson and the late Don S. Davis which has been developed into a book series with acclaimed author Julie Kimbrell Ishaya releasing in early 2020 from Zimbell House Publishing; the romantic comedy Blind Luck (2007) starring Michael Sorvino which premiered at the prestigious Method Fest Film Festival; and the first live action Afro Samurai film which won the "Breakout Male Action Star of the Year" award at the Action On Film Festival. He's also been nominated for both the NBC Universal and HBO/DGA Directing Fellowships.
As a writer he took home Best Feature Screenplay honors in its category at the AOF Written Word Awards for his screenplay "Deep Focus", Excellence In The Craft Of The Written Word for his script "Razer", along with numerous other awards and honors. He's had development deals with companies such as Shoreline Entertainment, is a founding member and former President of the Chicago Screenwriters Network, co-founded along with television show runner Edward Allen Bernero, and is a newly minted author with his first book being published in early 2020.
He was born and raised in Chicago where he began his film career as a young production assistant, moved into visual effects as an optical printing artist, animation cameraman, then video editing and motion graphics, finally moving to Los Angeles in 2001 after the release of his first feature. He has made his living in L.A. as a writer and filmmaker ever since. His development & production shingle Maderfilm has numerous projects in the pipeline. He is also an award-winning Cinematographer, Editor, and Visual Effects Artist.
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