(New York & Philadelphia--January 12, 2015) Alkemy X has signed Director Glenn Holsten to its expanding roster of Directors. Holsten joins a diverse Directorial roster that includes: Robert Adamo, Kris Magyarits, Rob Markopoulos, John Romeo, Ira Rosensweig, Bex Schwartz and Scott Whitham.
According to Alkemy X Executive Producer Jim Huie, who has assembled the company’s Directorial roster over the past year: “Director Glenn Holsten is the most accomplished documentary filmmaker that I know,” he says. “We first collaborated in 2000 during the development phase of an IMAX film, and have remained friends and colleagues ever since. Years ago, as the category of ‘Real People Storytelling’ grew in popularity, I realized that Glenn’s heartwarming and affectionate documentary storytelling approach would translate well to the Commercial arena. Glenn has the ability to immediately put the most guarded of subjects at ease and connect with them on an intimate level of uncompromised trust. When the cameras roll, Glenn makes his subjects feel in complete control in an otherwise intimidating film set comprised of the organized chaos that defines the production process. Through his feature film endeavors, Glenn has been a client of ours for years and I’m delighted that he’s welcomed our sales and production personnel into his Commercial career. I have high hopes for what I’m sure will be a mutually beneficial affiliation for many years to come.”
“Glenn is a favorite client, and we are all thrilled that he will also be playing on our side of the fence now,” adds Anne-Marie Starker, Vice President, Business Development for Alkemy X. “I can't wait for our clients to witness Glenn's incredible talent, which we've been privy to and now we are excited to expose it to our clients.”
Director Glenn Holsten points out that every film he has made, has in some way, been touched and made better by someone on the Alkemy X (formerly ShootersINC) team. “Over the years, I have worked with any number of strong and talented Editors, Colorists, Sound Mixers. They also have a remarkable staff behind the scenes in scheduling and administration -- everyone cares about doing a first-rate job. Each experience here has made me a better Director. I feel very, very lucky to have been in community with such a caring and supportive group of production pals, and can't wait to see what new, wonderful things will come about now that I will be working more closely with the Alkemy X family.”
Holsten’s documentary about global artist Lily Yeh, “The Barefoot Artist,” was filmed on four continents and had its theatrical premiere in New York and Los Angeles last fall. His most recent national broadcast on PBS, “The Barnes Collection,” follows Dr. Albert Barnes’ remarkable rise from a working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. Holsten is currently in post-production for another doc about mental health set in a beauty parlor in Philadelphia, "Hollywood Beauty Salon,” which will be completed in early 2015.
Bio: Director Glenn Holsten
Authentic experiences, recounted by real people, artfully portrayed. That’s Director Glenn Holsten’s mantra. Holsten is an award-winning documentary film Director who loves to create compelling story experiences of all lengths for screens of all sizes. He is an avid reader, studied literature in college, and his passion for stories with memorable characters and good, strong narratives stems from those years. His career as a visual storyteller began early in public television before he became an independent filmmaker. His films, which have garnered many prizes (including 16 Emmy awards), have been broadcast on television and screened at international film festivals (his “Saint of 9/11” debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival). He has directed over a dozen full-length documentaries about arts and culture, justice and human rights, and mental health. He seeks to capture the poetry and wonder of everyday life, and celebrate the human beings that he meets along the way.