As an award-winning director, producer, editor, cameraman and composer, Kurt Feldhun has been involved in a vast range of projects over the past 25 years and has worked with a diversity of world famous artists.As cameraman for The Miller Time Concerts on the Pier in NYC, Kurt worked with artists such as Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Black Uhuru, King Crimson, Crosby Stills, and Nash, Cyndi Lauper and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The music video he directed for the legendary band, Bad Brains, premiered on the very first episode of MTV’s 120 Minutes. Clips from the video can also be seen in the highly acclaimed documentary "Punk Attitude" directed by Don Letts.
Kurt is currently editing William Tyler Smith’s documentary on the collaboration between Ray Manzarek of the Doors and acclaimed Delta blues guitarist,Roy Rogers. Besides his experience in the area of music related film work, Feldhun is also known for his work as a documentary filmmaker and has worked on many projects with the Native American community. His documentary “Bernie Whitebear: A Modern Warrior” won the American Indian Film Institute Award for Best Short Documentry in 2001. Feldhun also produced and edited the Emmy nominated “Building One House” , a film about the Red Feather Development Group, an organization which builds houses for Native elders who are living in abject poverty. The film was narrated by Robert Redford and featured the music of Pearl Jam. The documentary caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey who gave the organization $100,000 from her Angel Network and featured parts of the documentary on her show.Feldhun also composes music for film and television. His music was recently used on the Carson Daily Show on NBC and several of his songs are featured in the documentary "The Heart of the Game" (Disney/Miramax). Feldhun's song,"Let Me Out" opens the film "Loaded", a thriller starring Jesse Metcalfe(Desperate Housewives), Chace Crawford(Gossip Girl), and Nathalie Kelley(The Fast and the Furious:Tokyo Drift).
His music compositions have been used nationally and internationally in film and TV for the following networks: NBC, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery, E!, Encore, ESPN International, G4, MTV, MTV2, National Geographic Explorer, Oxygen, Palladia, Showtime, Spike TV, Starz, Style Network, Travel Channel and the Movie Channel.Currently Feldhun is the director, co-host and editor for the TV Show "Fishin' Impossible” which airs on ESPN International in 72 countries and on the World Fishing Network (WFN) in the U.S.
WIlliam tyler smith
William Tyler Smith describes himself as a "very independent" documentary and fiction filmmaker based in New York City. Billy holds an MFA from the prestigious UCLA Graduate Film & Televsion School, the same school where Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Paul Schrader and Alexander Payne were educated. To date, he has directed four feature films (3 documentaries and 1 fiction) and numerous short films across many different genres. His films have won awards at international festivals and have been broadcast, streamed and distributed on DVD all over the world.
His narrative feature, KISS ME AGAIN, premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and has sold internationally. Billy's first feature documentary, THE THIRD MIND, about the artistic collaboration of Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek and Beat Poet, Michael McClure premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel. His second documentary feature, IMAGINE A SCHOOL...SUMMERHILL, is enjoying a successful video-on-demand run. He is currently in post-production on a film about Ray Manzarek and Roy Roger's creative collaboration, from songwriting to live performances. He is also in development on two fiction feature length screenplays. Billy is a passionate instructor of film directing who believes in a "theo-practical" approach to filmmaking; one that is heavy "hands-on" but grounded in theory. Many of his students have gone on to direct feature films and to have successful careers in the entertainment industries of their respective countries. Billy was recently cited as one of the "15 Most Notable Art Professors in New York City," by The Art Career Project.