John Kinhart – Director and Editor
John Kinhart is an artist, director, editor, and cinematographer who studied fine art and filmmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art in 2001.
An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Kinhart’s first feature film, Blood, Boobs & Beast, has shown at 22 film festivals domestically and internationally, won 6 best documentary awards, received an Underground Film of the Year award in 2007 and was released on DVD in 2009.
In 2010, Kinhart was a co-editor on 8: The Mormon Proposition, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Later that year, he co-edited a special feature for the DVD/Blu-Ray of Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting for ‘Superman’. In 2011, Kinhart was recruited to film for the MTV docu-series, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, which premiered in April 2013.
In 2012, Kinhart edited the documentary On Your Mark, Get Set, MOW!, which profiles the lives of several lawnmower racers throughout a racing season. Mark Bell at FilmThreat.com called On Your Mark, Get Set, MOW!, “a blast to watch!” Kinhart has worked as a filmmaker for campaigns and progressive causes, including marriage equality, women’s health and environmental protection.
Kinhart’s latest documentary film, Pigheaded, is about Skip Williamson one of the founding members of the underground comix movement. Pigheaded will begin screening at film festivals in 2016.
Christian Brown – Co-director and Composer
Christian is most known for his work as a cinematographer and composer for the documentary Blood, Boobs & Beast, which screened at 22 film festivals domestically and internationally and won 6 best documentary awards. Christian filmed the interviews of underground cartoonists Jay Lynch and Skip Williamson, as well as B-movie icon George Stover. Christian got his start in filmmaking in 2002 working as a cinematographer and assistant director on the award-winning documentary feature Non-Player-Character. A few years later, he scored the documentary short Futonmaker.
In 2008 he moved to his hometown, Houston, TX, where he spontaneously shot and directed his first short film titled Palestine, Texas. A year later, he moved to Austin, TX where he added photography to his skill set when he began regularly filming and photographing promotional materials for models and dancers. During 2012, he shot and edited a promotional trailer for the Working Class Radio Project Podcast, he shot and edited a workout video titled Fitness Hoop Dance (which was distributed on DVD), and he scored the short web documentary The Archives of Jay Lynch. In 2014, he helped film pioneering underground comix artists, Carol Tyler and Justin Green, for an upcoming documentary film. He also worked with non profit activist group ATX Safer Streets, and shot and edited a video that was presented to the Austin, Texas City Council to advocate a better transit structure to reducing drunk driving. The following year, he partnered with the creators of the art installation called The Cube Experience, and shot and edited 3 separate videos covering their premiere at Art Basel in Miami, Florida.
Christian is currently co-directing and writing the score to the upcoming documentary Pigheaded, about underground comix pioneer Skip Williamson.
Richard B. Smith, Jr. – Co-director and Camera
Richard Smith got his start in filmmaking in 2005 when he worked as a production assistant on John Kinhart’s award winning documentary about Don Dohlar, Blood, Boobs & Beast. Subsequently, Smith worked as a production assistant for several short films, music videos and documentaries, including Chris LaMartina’s Witches Brew.
Smith went on to direct several of his own film projects including several 48 hour film projects and a music video for the band The Perfect Poor. In 2009, Smith and filmmaker Dave Kratz entered the Maryland 29 day film festival where they won first place. Later that year, Smith directed a short film for the Baltimore Creative Alliance Camm Slamm, which placed 3rd.
Currently, Richard is working on writing a new short film with Dave Kratz and he is working with John Kinhart to shoot and develop a feature documentary about legendary comic couple Carol Tyler and Justin Green.