The Info List - Ross Katz

Ross Katz
Ross Katz
(born May 19, 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American film producer, screenwriter and film director. Prior to becoming a producer, Katz was a commercial rock DJ on 94 WYSP FM in Philadelphia. He got his start in movies working as a grip on Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, then interned at Good Machine eventually becoming Ted Hope's assistant. It was Hope who encouraged Katz to try his hand at producing. His first effort was Jim Fall's Trick. The film was one of the early independents to explore homosexual cinema treated as romantic comedy. Next he co-executive produced, along with Ted Hope
Ted Hope
& Anne Carey, an HBO
television mini-series of Moisés Kaufman's play The Laramie Project. The mini-series version of The Laramie Project
The Laramie Project
was adapted by Kaufman and members of New York's Tectonic Theater Project who went to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard. The piece is based on more than 200 interviews they conducted while there. It follows and in some cases re-enacts the chronology of Shepherd's visit to a local bar, his kidnap and beating, the discovery of him tied to a fence, the vigil at the hospital, his death and funeral, and the trial of his homophobic killers. The mini-series mixes real news reports with actors portraying friends, family, cops, killers, and other Laramie residents in their own words. It concludes with a Laramie staging of "Angels in America" a year after Shephard's death. Katz went on to co-produce two Academy Award
Academy Award
Best Picture nominees; Todd Field's In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. In 2009 Katz returned to HBO
for another real-life story Taking Chance. This was his directorial debut and was praised by television critics for its "reverence and sensitivity" to the men in uniform.[1] Based on a true story, the brief film — it runs less than 90 minutes — follows the journey of a fallen U.S. Marine, 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps, as his body makes its way across the country accompanied by a Marine escort, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl
Michael Strobl
(Kevin Bacon). Strobl wrote about the experience in 2004 and his journal entry has been e-mailed and posted online, where it gained an avid following (read it at ChancePhelps.org). He was nominated for an Emmy and co-won the WGA Award (TV) in Long Form adaptation at the Writers Guild of America Awards 2009 with Michael Strobl.[2] Katz has had three films in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (producers branch) in 2005.


1 Filmography 2 Awards and nominations 3 References 4 External links

Filmography[edit] As director

2009 - Taking Chance 2015 - Adult Beginners 2016 - The Choice TBA - A Little More Alive[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Award

Nominated: Best Picture - In the Bedroom
In the Bedroom
shared with Todd Field Nominated: Best Picture - Lost in Translation shared with Sofia Coppola[2]


Nominated: Best Picture - Lost in Translation


^ Owen, Rob. ‘Taking Chance’ Will Move You. San Jose Mercury News, February 19, 2009. ^ a b Awards IMDB. ^ Lodderhose, Diana. " Ross Katz
Ross Katz
Set To Direct Nick Blaemire's Musical 'A Little More Alive' For Big Screen". Deadline. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

Ross Katz
Ross Katz
on IMDb

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Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film


Buzz Kulik for Brian's Song
Brian's Song
(1971) Lamont Johnson for That Certain Summer
That Certain Summer
(1972) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
for The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) John Korty for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) Sam O'Steen
Sam O'Steen
for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
(1975) Marvin J. Chomsky for Inside the Third Reich (1982) Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick
for Special Bulletin
Special Bulletin
(1983) Daniel Petrie
Daniel Petrie
for The Dollmaker (1984) John Erman for An Early Frost (1985) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
for Nobody's Child (1986) Jud Taylor for Foxfire (1987) Lamont Johnson for Lincoln (1988) Dan Curtis for War and Remembrance: "Parts VIII-XII: The Final Chapter" (1989) Roger Young for Murder in Mississippi
Murder in Mississippi
(1990) Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stephen Gyllenhaal
for Paris Trout (1991) Ron Lagomarsino for Picket Fences: "Pilot" (1992) Michael Ritchie for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993) Rod Holcomb for ER: "Pilot" (1994) Mick Jackson for Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995) Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas
for The Late Shift (1996) John Herzfeld for Don King: Only in America (1997) Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
for Gia
(1998) Mick Jackson for Tuesdays with Morrie (1999) Jeff Bleckner for The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000)


Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
for Conspiracy (2001) Mick Jackson for Live from Baghdad (2002) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
for Angels in America (2003) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
for Something the Lord Made (2004) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
for Lackawanna Blues (2005) Walter Hill for Broken Trail
Broken Trail
(2006) Yves Simoneau for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) Jay Roach
Jay Roach
for Recount (2008) Ross Katz
Ross Katz
for Taking Chance
Taking Chance
(2009) Mick Jackson for Temple Grandin (2010) Jon Cassar
Jon Cassar
for The Kennedys (2011) Jay Roach
Jay Roach
for Game Change (2012) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
for Behind the Candelabra
Behind the Candelabra
(2013) Lisa Cholodenko for Olive Kitteridge (2014) Dee Rees
Dee Rees
for Bessie (2015) Steven Zaillian for The Night Of: "The Beach" (2016) Jean-Marc Vallée
Jean-Marc Vallée
for Big Little Lies (2017)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 19371218 LCCN: no2003074019 ISNI: 0000 00