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ROB KUHNS, Director / Writer / Producer / Editor

Birth of the Living Dead is Rob’s first feature length documentary as a Director. He co-directed and edited two broadcast documentaries, Enemies of War (PBS, 2001) and This is a Game, Ladies (PBS, 2003, Audience Award – AFI Silverdoc Festival). His many editing credits include Moyers and Company (2011 - Present), the dramatic television series Sleeper Cell (Showtime, Golden Globe nomination, 2005), and Adam Clayton Powell (Academy Award nomination, 1990). Rob wrote and directed the short comedy, King’s Day Out, (1993 Sundance Film Festival). This year he received an individual artist grant from the New York State Council of the Arts. Rob lives in Brooklyn with his wife and producing partner, Esther Cassidy.


Esther produced and directed the documentaries: Enemies of War broadcast nationally on PBS, and in Spain, Portugal, and Denmark, andThe Wrong Man: The Case of Edward Lee Elmore for Court Television. She was Coordinating Producer of American Dream, Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award-winning documentary feature, and also produced with Ms. Kopple: With Liberty And Justice For AllJustice For All; and Civil Rights: The Struggle Continues. She was Consulting Producer on the Peabody award-winning broadcast documentary A Healthy Baby Girl(2006); and the 2007 theatrical documentary Sacco and Vanzetti, which has been shown in theaters and film festivals in the U.S., Holland, and Italy.

LARRY FESSENDEN, Executive Producer

Larry Fessenden is the writer, director and editor of the award-winning art-horror movies Habit (nominated for 2 Spirit Awards), Wendigo, No Telling, The Last Winter (nominated for a 2007 Gotham Award, premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival), and most recently, Beneath. He has served as producer on dozens of acclaimed films in and out of the horror genre through his company Glass Eye Pix, including Stake Land, Wendy and Lucy and The House of the Devil.