|Biography of John A Kuri, Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board|
John Kuri's career began at Walt Disney Productions where he worked for thirteen years. This experience included his apprenticeship as an art director, encompassed work in management in all areas of the company ranging from television and motion picture production to theme park design, construction, maintenance and operations. Following his Disney years he gained broad experience with many of the major studios in Hollywood on a variety of feature films and television productions. John's films have received awards and nominations including the Emmy®, the Cable Ace, the Christopher Award for excellence in television, the Western Heritage Award, and the Golden Halo. He is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, and the Art Directors Guild. John has production experience in many U.S. states including Hawaii, and internationally in Canada's Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal, as well as in Ireland, England, Colombia, UAE, and Japan.
As well as writing many screenplays, eleven of John's works have been published. His historical novel, Cheyenne Rising Sun, arrived in bookstores in September of 2004 and rose to #1 on bestseller lists in several cities. In 2018 the book was added to the historical archive of the American Philisophical Society. Started by Benjamin Franklin the APS Library is a major national center for research in the history of the sciences, early American history, and Native American ethnography and linguistics. His third novel,Takin' It Back, previewed in June 2005 at Book Expo America in NYC and its hardcover edition was released in September of that year. Shaquille O'Neal and the NBA have endorsed the book. A CBS one-hour special Pride, Passion, and Power introduced John and promoted the novel. His fourth book, ROD, released June 2008 at Book Expo America in Los Angeles and is a true-life, inspirational, sports themed story.
John's filmography includes over 100 screen credits.He is the co-creator of the Warner Brothers/ABC police drama,Ohara, starring Pat Morita and Catherine Keener. Through Kuri Productions Inc., he co-wrote and produced the MGM feature, Captive Hearts. Following that John wrote Determined to Live: An American Epic, and it was published. He followed the publication with the screenplay adaptation that became a motion picture he produced for Disney and ABC titled One More Mountain. He designed, wrote, produced, and directed a cutting-edge multi-media CD-ROM science fiction game, Dreggs. In addition, he has credits in art direction on over twenty film and television projects. He has written, directed and edited several documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Earlier in his career he was nominated for an Emmy® for NBC's movie of John Steinbeck's, The Red Pony, starring Henry Fonda. He produced director Ron Howard's film, Skyward, starring Bette Davis, and its sequel Skyward Christmas as well as directed both movie's flying sequences, for which he also piloted the camera plane.NY Times film critic John J. O'Connor wrote "The real star of ''Skyward Christmas'' is John A. Kuri, who is in charge of the aerial photography. The scenes of the small planes in flight are swoopingly beautiful..." A Los Angeles Times story in the Sunday "Calendar" section praised one of John's films, Conagher, considering it to be one of the most historically accurate movies set in the old west.
John directed and edited two documentary shorts that present the effect music had on the Civil Rights Movement and Protest Movement, and a third short film on the Birth of Rock & Roll for the NARAS 50th Anniversary Grammy® celebration. He also completed the pilot for a music series titled Stay Tuned and from that developed the Internet TV music channel, www.staytunedtv.tv. John produced, wrote, directed, edited, and operated one of the principal cameras during the production of several of the concerts covered for StayTunedTV, including Lincoln Center Festival for the North American premiere of Mongolia Concert, New York's Central Park Summer Stage Sudan Peace Concert, Chicago's Millennium Park summer jazz series, and in San Francisco's landmark Great American Music Hall the music of Tom Waits as performed by legendary blues artists John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite. For StaytunedTV John has directed several biographical videos of famous music icons. A devotee of jazz guitar, John played acoustic guitar on the recording of the title theme music for StayTunedTV and he plays in Los Angeles jazz clubs. His sextet performed a 2007 summer concert at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena, which is viewable on StaytunedTV.
John has guest lectured at UCLA and moderated a panel on Interactive Writing for Media World at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. He was a panelist for the seminar Digital Dreams at the Mill Valley Film Festival, and was a panelist on the subjects of Feature Film Distribution and Screenwriting for the Newport Beach Film Festival, as well as a juror for their film awards for several years. In addition to an Emmy® nomination John has been honored by the Cowboy Hall-of-Fame for the film Conagher with their Western Heritage Award, and in 1994 he received the Christopher Award for the film One More Mountain. In 2015, along with some 250 people from a wide variety of professions, John was asked by Red Bull High Performance Director, Dr. Andy Walshe, to participate in their "Hacking Creativity" project, and exploration of creativity & human potential to study what creativity is, what it means, if it can be learned, and how it can be applied.
As a part of a major effort to present positive stories through entertainment media John is a Senior Fellow with the Washington, D.C. based National Strategy Information Center's Culture of Lawfulness Project. The NSIC is an education and research foundation. The Culture of Lawfulness Project has taken John to Italy, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, The Kingdom of Bahrain, Sharja, Lebanon, Jordan, Colombia, and Panama. In September of 2009, John spoke at a major media conference in Mexico City regarding the role journalists, both print and television media, play in fostering a culture of lawfulness. The NSIC Culture of Lawfulness Project is sponsored in part by the U.S. State Department and Georgetown University's Center for Democracy and Civil Society. https://2001-2009.state.gov/g/rls/rm/2004/37196.htm