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.
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 here 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.
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!"
Logan honed his artistic talents from an early age as a member of the Roos Brothers, an infamous gang of four brothers from Colorado known for their grueling creative workshops and exclusive membership policy. Eager to go solo and explore his passion for filmmaking, Logan attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where his laid back composure was a perfect fit for its Southern charm. He continues to direct, shoot and edit videos, and has become somewhat of a legend in Latin America. Although he is now a member of the Greenpoint Pictures gang, he often reunites with the Roos Brothers for both creative collaborations and family dinners.
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.
With a love for films, strategy, and organization, Katrina came to producing quite naturally. She did not major in film, but instead graduated with a degree in Critical and Visual Studies at Pratt Institute where she wrote her senior thesis on dystopian science fiction films. She knew, however, from a very young age that she wanted to work in film/tv, so she began interning in the industry at age 16. Born and raised in Manhattan, she has remained in New York City to continue what she started.
If you ask me where I first discovered my passion for filmmaking, I wouldn’t be able to name one particular moment. I remember only a lifelong love of being behind the camera, of recording and documenting real life and as my family and friends will attest to, creating some very memorable entertainment. I grew up in sunny Perth on the West Coast of Australia but always dreamed of moving over East to go to an arts school. When my family moved to China, I found myself much farther East than I had originally planned- but more excited for my future than ever. Pursuing film as a career became a reality the moment I walked into my high school Film Studies classroom. Before I knew it I had ended up on the East Coast of the USA earning a degree in Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. My love for all aspects of filmmaking drew me to Greenpoint Pictures. To be representing a company that truly fosters the creativity behind the craft of filmmaking is a dream come true.
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.
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!