The Funeral Guest
Director/Co-Writer Matthew Kohnen: Matthew earned his MFA from the University of Southern California School of Film and Television. His work has been featured in film festivals around the World, winning multiple awards. "Wasting Away/Aaah! Zombies!!", his first feature, was a Worldwide festival hit, and has become a cult classic with distribution in multiple countries. He has written for Producers such as Rob Fried and Michael Shamberg, and has recently sold a pilot to Universal Studios, with Omar Epps (House, Resurrection) about Money Laundering. He is repped by Verve Agency.
Producer/Co-Writer Sean Kohnen: Sean has produced three films to date. "Wasting Away/Aaah! Zombies!!" and "The Funeral Guest", both of which he co-wrote, and "Freaky Deaky", based on the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name. He works with his brother often, and they have recently sold a pilot to Universal Studios, with Omar Epps (House, Resurrection) about Money Laundering. He is repped by Verve Agency.
The son of successful commercial still photographer, George Kufrin, Cinematographer Ben Kufrin grew up in Chicago assisting his father and shooting his own subjects early on. His first published photo appeared in a weekly city magazine when Ben was just 10 years old. Since becoming a Director of Photography, his work has taken him to locations on five continents and he has been featured in numerous high-profile industry publications such as KODAK’s InCamera magazine, P3 Production Update, Widescreen Review, and High Def magazine. His work has won Best Picture in San Francisco’s Indiefest for “Jimmy & Judy,” New York Latino for “ESL” and the Monaco International Film Festival for “Happy In The Valley,” to name a few. His lensing of the hip-hop music-driven urban drama “Filly Brown” brought huge recognition when it premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Ben’s work again appeared at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival in the premiere of the psychological thriller,“Enter The Dangerous Mind” (formerly ‘SNAP’ ) starring Jake Hoffman and Niki Reed (“13”, “The Twilight Series”). Other recently completed projects include, “The Bounce Back” a feature rom-com that Ben recently wrapped principal photography on. The film proudly marks Ben’s fifth collaboration with Director Youssef DeLara and Producers Amir DeLara and Victor Teran.
Editor Claudia Castello: Claudia was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in the US for the past 14 years. Claudia was a bodyboarding champion and a samba dancer who turned to studying journalism. Her passion for documentaries led her to her first feature film as an editor “The Achievers, The Story of The Big Lebowski Fans”. She got her M.F.A. in Film Production at the University of Southern California in 2011. Since then, she has edited Ryan Coogler’s Sundance winner “Fruitvale Station”, Coogler's Second film, “Creed”, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, Matthew Kohnen’s “The Funeral Guest” and John Swetnam’s “Breaking Through”.
Eileen Dennehy is a production designer from NYC, where she enjoys redecorating other people's apartments against their will, Law and Order marathons, and avoiding writing her own biography like the plague. She has worked on a wide range of projects, but is especially drawn to projects like The Funeral Guest, which allows her to work hands on, solve problems creatively, and throw herself into other worlds. Helping create Emily's world was one of her favorites, even if it did result in her whole department being banned from all Lansing area Hobby Lobbys.