I discovered the joy of watching films at an early age thanks to my parents. It was only later in life that I realized I wanted to make them as well. I studied Psychology in school and entered a career in Human Resources, but was not fulfilled creatively. After 5 years in the corporate world, I walked away and in 2006 moved from the Bay Area/Silicon Valley to New York in order to pursue filmmaking full-time. I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have 5 feature films under my belt: 3 works of my own and 2 “for-hire” films. I prescribe to the “one for me – one for them” philosophy where I love making both commercial and personal films. My latest feature is a musical/drama “How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song” which has been 2 years in the making.
When not working, you can find me….oh who am I kidding I’m working all the time now because I love what I do. I’ve got movies on the brain.
My Professional Bio:
Gary King is an award-winning filmmaker whose work is known for powerful performances with an emphasis on a strong, visual style. He has written, directed and produced several critically acclaimed feature films.
In 2003, he founded KITCHEN TABLE FILMS, an independent film and media production company. Its name and logo are inspired by the humble beginnings, late hours and grassroots effort required in creating independent films. And by 2006, Gary walked away from his corporate job in the Silicon Valley to pursue filmmaking full time in New York.
In 2012, he released HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG which was short listed for the prestigious IFP Gothams Audience Award. It also claimed the coveted Film of the Festival award at the highly regarded Raindance Film Festival in London and won the Cox Audience Award along with the Dan Harkins Breakthrough Filmmaker Award at the Phoenix Film Festival. It has been described as “a rewarding, crowd-pleasing indie musical” (indieWIRE), “…good old-fashioned entertainment…” (Empire Magazine) and Twitch calls it “a hidden treasure.” The film was picked up by FilmBuff and is now available worldwide.
He also recently helmed the action/comedy zombie film DEATH OF THE DEAD for Strange Stuff Productions which Aint It Cool says “delivers a lot of laughs.” while Sound On Sight describes it as “a mash-up between a Zucker Brothers comedy and a Troma film…with a surprising amount of heart.”
With Gary’s ability to skillfully apply his filmmaking craft across genres, Fearmakers hired him to direct the grisly horror film DISMAL. The film has been picked up by Showtime, The Movie Channel, TimeWarner On-Demand (VOD) and has both a domestic and international DVD release.
He made his feature film debut with the ensemble drama NEW YORK LATELY which has been hailed by The Independent Critic as “a remarkable achievement” and Row Three as “a beautiful film” making its Top Ten Films of 2009 List.