Director's Biography

Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte (fka Jeffrey Levy-Hinte) founded his New York City based production company, Antidote Films, in 2000.

President of Antidote Films in New York, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte (fka Jeffrey Levy-Hinte) most recently produced THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, and Mark Ruffalo. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT had its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to screen at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT has received numerous accolades, including four Academy Award nominations – Best Picture, Best Actress (Annette Bening), Best Original Screenplay (Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg), and Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo). The film also received four Golden Globe nominations, winning two Globes for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) and Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). The film was released worldwide in 2010 by Focus Features and UGC-PH.

Two years ago, Kusama-Hinte directed and produced the documentary SOUL POWER, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. SOUL POWER also had its European premiere at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, and was winner of the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award. SOUL POWER was released domestically by Sony Pictures in the summer of 2009, and internationally through Celluloid Dreams.

Kusama-Hinte has also recently produced the documentary THE DUNGEON MASTERS, directed by Keven McAlester, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, and  ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED, a documentary directed by Marina Zenovich. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize and winner of the Documentary Editing Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED was released domestically by HBO and internationally through The Weinstein Company and the BBC. THE DUNGEON MASTERS is currently in DVD release through Film Buff and MPI Media Group.

Additionally, Kusama-Hinte produced the critically acclaimed eco-horror thriller, THE LAST WINTER (released by IFC Films) and the documentary BOMB IT, a comprehensive investigation of graffiti, covering street art from all around the world. THE LAST WINTER premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival while BOMB IT premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival’s World Documentary Competition.

Previous to THE LAST WINTER and BOMB IT, Kusama-Hinte produced THE HAWK IS DYING, adapted from Harry Crews’ novel and directed by Julian Goldberger, starring Paul Giamatti, Michael Pitt, and Michelle Williams. THE HAWK IS DYING premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was admitted to the 2006 Director’s Fortnight at Cannes.

Kusama-Hinte also produced MYSTERIOUS SKIN, adapted from Scott Heim’s novel and directed by Greg Araki, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Elisabeth Shue. MYSTERIOUS SKIN screened at the 2004 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, was released in the US in May 2005, and was nominated for IFP Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards.

Prior to that, Kusama-Hinte produced CHAIN, a hybrid documentary-narrative feature which premiered at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival and for which director Jem Cohen was awarded the “Someone to Watch Award” at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards; and THIRTEEN directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, which screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Dramatic Directing Award, and which received numerous award nominations, including a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Holly Hunter, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, and Best Screenplay and First Feature nominations and the Best Debut Performance award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Kusama-Hinte’s other productions include LAUREL CANYON directed by Lisa Cholodenko, WENDIGO directed by Larry Fessenden, AMERICAN SAINT directed by Joseph Castello, and LIMON, a documentary directed by Malachi Roth.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte is a graduate of Cal State, Northridge and the University of Michigan, and is Board Chair for IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project ) in New York.