As a kid I would hide under my covers with a flashlight and pore over New York City picture books from the 70s and 80s. These images spawned my love for New York, and I knew this was where I would end up. The first shoot I worked on as a PA was for one of my idols, Hype Williams. It took forever for those cameras to roll and I may or may not have been yelled at by a few crew members, but the moment they called action and the camera swooped down from the heavens, I knew I was hooked. Now filmmaking is a part of me, and I can't imagine doing anything else. I started Greenpoint Pictures in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which at the time was a quiet neighborhood. It quickly became a hotspot for artists, musicians and filmmakers, and today it is an area of influence for the entire creative world. The company continues to grow every year, but our core values remain the same. I take pride in fostering a warm, family-like environment and creating great work that everyone can be proud of.
Niles Roth is a plus sized model with an uncanny inability to hit the right note when singing a song. His genetic make up consists of 50% pizza and 50% bagel which may explain why he does his best directing at the craft service table. He is one half of the directing duo known as The Hudson Dusters and has been heard yelling at partner Michael Kuhn “There's no one that can match me. My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious!"
As a kid I had a premonition that I would work at a boutique production company in the coolest part of New York City. OK. This isn't completely true. But I was obsessed with the cosmos as a kid and considered becoming an astronomer. While doing all that stargazing, I became pretty good at spending time upside-down which led to me being a tween gymnast. After coming to terms with the fact that I wasn't going to be the next Mary Lou Retton, my dad introduced me to photography and from then on I knew I was meant to be in a creative field. What I couldn't have predicted was having a role as unique, challenging and rewarding as Executive Producer at GPX. From the first job I produced here, I knew the energy and enthusiasm was for me…so maybe I was psychic after all?
As the legend goes, in elementary school my teacher asked my parents' permission to rotate my seat around the classroom. I could bring even the shyest kid out of his or her shell with my refusal to accept anything less than friendship. I guess I was always destined for a career in sales. I was also destined to leave Chicago for NYC, as my oldest sister strategically planned with weekend trips there in my formative years. After two long stints at booking agencies, working on everything from classical music to anthem rock guitar shredders, I serendipitously met the charming gents of Greenpoint Pictures. They presented me with an opportunity I couldn't refuse, and I never looked back. In 2017 I moved to Los Angeles to open GP West and produced my greatest creation yet - a little dude.
Joe’s first experience with filmmaking was the shooting of a Hi-8 sequel to the hugely popular ‘Young Guns’ film series. Entitled ‘Young Guns 3,’ it was primarily filmed in his parents’ backyard in Kentucky, and starred his brother and sister. Due to various production difficulties, it was never completed. Soured on production, he took to editing, and later interned at Greenpoint Pictures following film school. After a few years there as a staff editor, he left to work at all manner of ad agencies and post houses. Valuing the experience, but missing the creative freedom and familial environment that Greenpoint afforded, he was lucky enough to come back.
When I was a young boy my father took me to see our first film together, Star Wars. The energy and excitement in the air was so thick. For the next two hours my father and I watched in wonder as the story played out. Dazzled by the ground breaking effects and the journey we were taken on. I didn't know then what I wanted to do when I grew up but I did know that I wanted to move people like I was moved. I first found my way to music. I played classical guitar while I was in high school and later studied composition in college. I played in a band in for 10 years and even had some of my songs licensed for TV. Somehow I found my way into film working on highlight reels for MLB.com and later working for Greenpoint Pictures.
September 4, 2013: the day the world changed. Well, at least my tiny world. Up until this point, I had all intentions of following some sort of political career path. A college film class changed all that, pointing me in a new direction that has landed me here at Greenpoint Pictures. While I still have a love for all that politics and political science has to offer, the energy of the media world has consumed me. I could not be more excited to continue down this new path here at GPX and see what new directions it takes me!
My creative career began with a Southern California shower-singing residency at my parents’ house, which lasted a staggering 17 years. Amidst that impressive run, my love of the arts launched full throttle; whether it was singing, playing guitar, theater, drawing, painting, or writing, I got my hands on it. I was able channel that creative energy at my arts conservatory high school, where I developed an interest in filmmaking. I recently graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School with a concentration in screenwriting, film, and social & cultural analysis. During my time at NYU, I wrote, produced, and directed films of my own, in addition to interning at awesome companies like Greenpoint Pictures. I’m excited to continue learning about production and filmmaking as a now full-time member of the GPX family!