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Kurt Voss

Kurt Voss

Kurt Voss began writing and directing movies immediately upon graduating from UCLA Film School. The first, Border Radio (1988), he co-wrote and directed with schoolmate Allison Anders. Made for a mere $50,000, the picture was released theatrically and received such accolades as "One of the best movies ever made about the world of rock music (LA Times).

Voss next directed Horseplayer (1990) from a script he co-authored. Horseplayer" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and garnered the Best Actor Award at the Taormina Festival. The Boston Globe called it One of the best independents this year, while the LA Times, in reviewing its theatrical release, found it Winning, thrilling.

Voss next wrote and directed the comedy/drama Genuine Risk (1990), a theatrical release starring Peter Berg and Terrence Stamp, and shortly thereafter teamed with director Carl Colpaert to write Delusion (1991), which KABC TV called A 10-a major sleeper, and Daily News found Striking as well as refreshingly feminist. Next, Voss teamed with director Marc Rocco to script Where the Day Takes You (1992), starring Dermot Mulroney, Kyle MacLachlan, Lara Flynn Boyle, Will Smith and Christian Slater. Day was released theatrically by New Line.

After writing the HBO-premiered Dangerous Touch (1993) for actor-director Lou Diamond Phillips, Voss directed his own script for the romantic actioner Baja (1995), which starred Molly Ringwald and Lance Henriksen. Then, in quick succession, he directed the films Amnesia (1997), a black comedy with Ally Sheedy and John Savage (Smart and funny, said TV Guide upon the Showtime debut); Poison Ivy: The New Education (1997), the third installment in New Line's franchise and the best selling straight-to-video title of the year; and the HBO-debuted Below Utopia (1997), a thriller featuring Alyssa Milano and Ice T. Voss completed this cycle of intense productivity with The Pass (1998), which he directed from his own script and which starred William Forsythe, James Le Gros and Elizabeth Pena.

1999 proved a year of back to basics for Voss, as he reunited with Allison Anders to co-write and co-direct Sugar Town, a quirky comedy about the Los Angeles music business starring Rosanna Arquette, Ally Sheedy, John Taylor and Beverly D'Angelo. Sugar Town, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival as the Centerpiece Premiere, was released theatrically by USA Films and garnered two IFP Spirit Award nominations, including one for best film. 1999 also found Voss directing The Heist, an actioner starring Richmond Arquette, Luke Perry and Ice T.

Kurt Voss has just completed production on Down and Out With the Dolls, a ribald comedy about a Portland girl rock group. And he has co-authored the screenplay for Things Behind the Sun , which Allison Anders directed in June, 2000 in Cocoa Beach, Florida.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Kurt Voss Facts

Birth NameKurt Wossner
OccupationDirector, Writer

Selected Filmography

Not available.