Greg Takoudes

Greg Takoudes is a filmmaker, author, and adjunct professor of film studies at The New School. Greg was a member of the creative team for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer at Imagine Entertainment in Los Angeles.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, an executive editor at Phaidon Press, and their two children.

greg@takoudes.com

 

Films.

 
 
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Released.

 

Up With Me

Feature film.  Winner of the Special Jury Award at South-by-Southwest Film Festival.  Distributed by IFC Films.  A largely improvised story about a teenager in East Harlem escaping his neighborhood for a scholarship at boarding school, only to discover that he no longer belongs in either world.

 
 

Completed.

 

Limit of Wooded Country (short)

Starring Santino Fontana and Jake Cannavale, the story of two brothers reckoning over their father's legacy alongside a river in Alaska.

 

The Jonestown Defense

Feature film.  Starring Dennis Ostermaier, Robert Stevens, Michael Michaelessi, Amy Seimetz, and Mary Bronstein, the story of a corporate suit who's trying to reclaim his humanity.

 

In Progress.

 

Limit of Wooded Country (feature)

A two-time finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the story of three brothers on an epic journey, mostly on foot, from the rain forests of southeast Alaska to the arctic tundra in the north.  Fleeing the accidental murder of a police officer, the brothers confront the trials of nature while wrestling over the mythologies left behind by their mysterious father.

 

Books.

 
 
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Released.

 

When We Wuz Famous

Young Adult.  Published by Henry Holt & Co. / Macmillan Publishers, a novel about stereotypes and a group of teenagers wrestling with their sense of identity.  Winner of the Muriel Becker Award, The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English.

 
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Completed.

 

The Unstumpable Charlie Kite

Middle Grade.  A father takes his twelve-year-old son on a camping trip, but their adventure takes a dangerous turn after they encounter a bear in the woods.  The boy must find his way out, aided only by his puzzle-solving abilities and his determination.

 

Brooklyn Boy, Manhattan Girl

Young Adult.  A romantic drama about a teenaged boy and girl who share the same dream of culinary fame in New York City.  Despite their differences (she lives in wealth and privilege in Manhattan, and he is a working class Greek kid from Brooklyn), they discover that their best chance for success is with each other.

 

The Bronx Bleeds

Young Adult.  The first in a five-book series that follows a teenage girl who lives in a futuristic New York, occupied by mysterious, alien forces.  Armed with a powerful secret, she must make her way across the city in order to rescue her family and stage a citywide resistance against the occupiers.  The five books of this series take place across five consecutive days, with each day set in a different borough of the city.

In Progress.

 

The Collaborative Director

Non-fiction.  To be published by Routledge / Focal Press, a comprehensive film book about directorial aesthetics and collaboration techniques.