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CRI Mentors: Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte

Miranda Sherman

We're thrilled to announce that Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Academy Award® and Emmy Award® nominated, Golden Globe® winning Producer, has joined the Cinema Research Institute as a mentor to its Fellows. Welcome, Jeffrey! 

Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte is an Academy Award® and Emmy Award® nominated, Golden Globe® winning Producer working under the banner of Antidote Films, the company he founded in 2000. He has also directed two documentaries.

Kusama-Hinte's latest production was John Turturro's FADING GIGOLO, starring Mr. Turturro and Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Live Schrieber, and Vanessa Paradis. Prior to this, he most recently produced Lisa Cholodenko's THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo. The film received four Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, and four Golden Globe® nominations, winning two Golden Globes® for Best Actress (Annette Bening) and Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy).

Kusama-Hinte directed and produced the documentaries CHARLOTTE: A WOODEN BOAT STORY and SOUL POWER which screened at the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals, and won the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award.

Kusama-Hinte also produced the documentary THE DUNGEON MASTERS, directed by Keven McAlester, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, and Marina Zenovich’s ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED, which received five Primetime Emmy® Awards nominations, winning two Emmys® for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming. Kusama-Hinte’s other productions include the critically acclaimed eco-horror thriller THE LAST WINTER directed by Larry Fessenden, the Jon Reiss-directed graffiti documentary BOMB IT, Julian Goldberger’s THE HAWK IS DYING, Gregg Araki’s MYSTERIOUS SKIN, Catherine Hardwicke’s THIRTEEN, Lisa Cholodenko’s LAUREL CANYON and HIGH ART, and Larry Fessenden’s WENDIGO.

Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte resides in Brooklyn New York, with his spouse and two children.  When he is not making films he can usually be found making furniture in his woodworking shop (aka Brooklyn Verkstad); he also serves on the Boards of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and The Nation Institute.