Meet the Filmmakers of American Native
COREY BOBKER – PRODUCER
Corey began his career in talent management representing the likes of Steve Buscemi, Anna Paquin, Thomas Jane, Minnie Driver and Chris Cooper at Michael Ovitz’ Artists Management Group and then Jeff Kwatinetz’ and Rick Yorn’s The Firm. While there, Corey was instrumental in creating and developing the new media units for both companies, negotiating interactive deals for clients, as well as producing original web content.
Taking what he learned from talent management, Corey then opened own interactive production house, providing content and overseeing on-line production for corporate clients such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Sony, Nickelodeon, LucasArts, Anheuser Busch, GE and Microsoft. From there, he took his unique skill set and production experience and segued into reality television, serving as a producer on such top-rated shows such as ABC’s The Bachelor, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, MTV’s Top Pop Group, CW’s Best Ink and most recently Bravo’s The Millionaire Matchmaker.
STEVEN ORITT – DIRECTOR
Steven’s directing background began in music videos and documentaries where he worked with various artists such as Foo Fighters, Muse, OneRepublic and Paulina Rubio among others. Along with segueing into commercial work, Steven recently wrapped production on his second documentary feature “An Accidental Climber,” a look at one man’s attempt to become the oldest American to climb Mt. Everest in May of 2014. What ensued however was the worst disaster in mountaineering history, leaving sixteen climbers dead in a tragic avalanche.
MATT OGENS – PRODUCER
Confessions of a Superhero, Matt’s highly praised feature documentary, exposed the world to an eccentric group of actors chasing success in Hollywood, but are stuck impersonating comic book characters on the Walk of Fame. The film gained a cult-like following after screenings at the prestigious SXSW and AFI film festivals, and went on to enjoy a successful theatrical release under the Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) production banner and produced by Jamie Patricof (Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines). The film aired on The Sundance Channel and is one of the most-watched documentaries on Netflix, Hulu, and Snag Films.
Matt’s television work has been featured on MTV, VH1, CBS, ESPN, and CNN.The latter includes segments from “CNN Heroes”, hosted by Anderson Cooper, which spotlights ordinary people who have made an extraordinary impact in the lives of others. “Heroes” has taken Matt across the globe, filming in Cambodia, Africa and the frontlines of Iraq. Matt also earned three Emmy Award nominations for his work on two ESPN original series, “Timeless” and “The Life”, both of which explore the reality behind some of sport’s top personalities. In the world of advertising, Matt directs major commercial and interactive campaigns. He recently completed directing his second feature documentary “Meet the Hitlers,” due out in 2015.
WILL BARTON – EDITOR/PRODUCER
After graduating from London College of Printing with a degree in Graphic Moving Image, Will quickly got into the industry at London’s Soho where he cut his professional teeth. At the end of 2005 Will decided to broaden his horizons and move to New York. Ever since, Will has been a successful film editor for scores of TV commercials, prime time TV specials (David Blaine: Drowned Alive), a PBS film documentary (“Who Killed Chea Vichea”, Cambodia), and major films (Jack Black’s “Year One”) as well as a number of film trailers (“War of the Worlds”, “Sin City”, “School of Rock”, “Team America: World Police”.)
His directing skills were honed on UK promotional film projects (Directing for George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Walter Sales), a number of high profile business-to-business videos and two documentaries currently in development, while winning a CINE Golden Eagle award 2011 for his short film and narrative directorial debut in “Confession”. Will is currently bringing his keen filmic eye, unique editorial prowess and passion for excellence to his role as Editor and Producer for the feature length documentary film, “American Native.”