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Kenneth A. Carlson
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Kenneth A. Carlson

Kenneth A. Carlson, a graduate of Brown University and a native of Ohio, wrote, directed and produced GO TIGERS! a feature length documentary on Ohio's winningest high school football team, the Massillon Tigers. This is a rare behind-the-scenes chronicling of their remarkable 106th season played out in a small rust-belt town that draws its identity from football. GO TIGERS! had its world premiere as an official selection for the Documentary Competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

For more than four years, Carlson produced over 175 feature segments for the reality-based show, AMERICA'S MOST WANTED currently airing on The Fox Network. His credits run the gamut from producing, directing and writing film and video re-enactments to on-camera reporting for the news department. Carlson has contributed to the capture of over forty elusive criminals to date.

This summer Carlson is returning to a day job in reality TV as director and cameraman for a team of contestants for the NBC show Lost. Airing in September just as Go Tigers! is opening, Lost deposits its teams in remote areas of the globe; the team that is the first to reach the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor wins. Carlson will begin his work on Lost when he and his team are dropped at an undisclosed location in mid-July.

Carlson produced the Academy Award Finalist for Best Documentary Feature, AMARGOSA. The film is about the life of eccentric ballet dancer/artist, Marta Becket and her opera house located in remote Death Valley Junction, California. The film has won awards at several major film festivals.

For Carlson's independent film company, Carlson Films, he recently wrote, directed and produced the feature film, SPECIAL DELIVERY, a romantic comedy starring Sean Young, Penny Marshall, Paul Dooley and Nell Carter. This independent, heart-warming film was chosen to premiere as the Opening Night Spotlight Feature at the Sedona Film Festival and honored by opening the New York International Film Festival. Theatrical release will take place in the fall of 2001 by Liberty Media.

Carlson also produced the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary, WILD BILL: HOLLYWOOD MAVERICK, based on the life and times of legendary studio director William A.Wellman and featuring such Hollywood luminaries as Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Martin Scorsese and Gregory Peck. It was awarded Best Documentary of 1996 by the National Board of Review. That same year it made its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. WILD BILL was nominated for a Cable Ace Award after having its world television premiere on TNT in August of 1996. It is currently airing on American Movie Classics.

Carlson has many documentaries in development and production including; CHILDREN OF THE UNDERGROUND and THIRD-WORLD ORPHANS. He is also penning the screenplays PREACHER'S KID and MOTHERS OF OUR COUNTRY.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Kenneth A. Carlson Facts

OccupationDirector, Writer, Producer

Selected Filmography

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