GEORGE MICHAEL KOSTUCH has developed, written, and produced over twenty independent films since the early 2000s. Through trial by fire using an old fashioned hands on approach -- Kostuch learned much about what NOT to do while making a film. He began his career in Los Angeles, producing films along side longtime friend, writer|director, John Erick Dowdle with whom Kostuch co-produced THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES also with Drew Dowdle - John's brother and production partner. THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES was acquired at Tribeca Film Festival by MGM in 2007.
The Dowdle Brothers also wrote and directed DEVIL (with M. Night Shyamalan), QUARANTINE for Sony's Screen Gems, Universal Pictures’ AS ABOVE, SO BELOW, NO ESCAPE, starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan (acquired at Cannes) and most recently were the Creators, Writers and Executive Producers of WACO, a 6-part mini-series that launched The Paramount Network in a rebrand from SPIKE TV to the widely recognizable Paramount brand.
Kostuch has a dynamic personal presence that has propelled him from one side of a film set to another serving as a writer, producer, production manager, therapist and, most importantly - mentor. Dozens of first time filmmakers got their start on one of Kostuch's sets, with many of these young filmmakers moving on to join unions, production design large budget project and direct their own feature films. Kostuch could be likened to a proud father, taking so many people under his wing, pointing them in the right direction and watching them grow as filmmakers and as human beings.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Kostuch eventually founded a multimedia company called K7, through which he developed, produced, marketed, and sold several genre specific projects ranging from science fiction to action|adventure to faith based films. A short list of his films include: CARNIVOROUS aka LOCKJAW (Syfy, North American Motion Picture Company) and MUTANTS (Syfy, North American Motion Picture Company). Both CARNIVOROUS and MUTANTS produced strong foreign sales receipts. Kostuch sold both films to NBCUniversal's Syfy on the same day in 2008. He then followed up this success with the film, XTINCTION: PREDATOR X, aka ALLIGATOR X, (Warner Brothers, Netflix) where Kostuch pre-sold worldwide rights to Marvista Entertainment for a healthy minimum guarantee.
K7 secured financing, produced and handled domestic & foreign sales for its critically acclaimed thriller, AMERICAN BULLY aka ANYTOWN (Green Apple Entertainment) - for what would be Kostuch's most critically acclaimed film to date. In his glowing review of AMERICAN BULLY, The Daily Variety's Robert Koehler stated, "...it tightens the screws and generates some wrenching tension and production departments, along with location lensing in Louisiana by John Barr, are first-rate on a limited budget."
AMERICAN BULLY won the Golden Crescent Award at Charleston Film International Festival in 2009 for best overall feature film. The film won Best Screenplay at Long Island International Film Expo 2009 and Best Director & Best Ensemble Cast at Method Fest 2009. In 2011, AMERICAN BULLY was an official selection at Playhouse West Film Festival where it garnered awards for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Feature Film (Marshall Allman) and Audience Choice Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film (Matt O’Leary). AMERICAN BULLY rounded out its strong film festival run as an official selection at HBO's Latino Film Festival in New York City and the Anaheim International Film Festival in Orange County, California.
In 2012, Kostuch developed, secured financing, produced and handled domestic & foreign sales for an adaptation of Jules Verne's novel THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Syfy, Green Apple Entertainment), premiering as a Syfy Original Movie on February 11, 2012. 2.425 million viewers tuned into the film's premiere making MYSTERIOUS ISLAND the #1 Nielsen rated Syfy Original Movie of 2012 and the #6 rated Syfy Original all time.
K7 is currently developing a big screen prequel to MYSTERIOUS ISLAND based on Verne’s most recognizable novel, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA along with several other action and thriller commercially viable genre pics. The company intends on continuing mining the Public Domain realm, Kostuch stated, "Public domain titles are a goldmine or recognizable properties, household names, and the beauty is, you have an A-list star already attached to the project, the author."
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO AND PUBLICATIONS
- PORTFOLIO (Selected Video, Print and Publications)
- AMERICAN BULLY aka ANYTOWN (Wikipedia)
- AMERICAN BULLY (Trailer)
- AMERICAN BULLY (Full Feature)
- JULES VERNE’S THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Trailer)
- JULES VERNE’S THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Full Feature)
- JULES VERNE'S THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Behind the Scenes)
- XTINCTION aka ALLIGATOR X (Trailer)
- LOCKJAW aka CARNIVOROUS (Trailer)
- 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (Sales Promo)
- VIRAL (Pitch Mash-Up)
- PARANORMAL PLANTATION (Promo for Episodic Television Show | Paranormal Genre)
- DAY ONE (Pitch Mash-Up)
- K7PICTURES & K7GLOBAL (Corporate Website)
FILM FESTIVALS AND SALES MARKETS ATTENDED
- Cannes Film Festival | Marche du Film — (5 times)
- American Film Market — (7 times)
- Sundance Film Festival — (2 times)
- Slamdance Film Festival — (1 time)
- Toronto Film Festival — (1 time)
- Tribeca Film Festival — (1 time)
- Veteran | Louisiana National Guard
- 6-Year Enlistment | Honorable Discharge
- 1088th Engineer Battalion | Plaqumine, Louisiana
- Sergeant | E-5 Grade
- Class President | Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC | NCO Training School)
- Army Defense Service Medal
“Adversity is the first path to truth”
- Lord Byron