Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kevin Schreck is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and film educator currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York.
Kevin was the recipient of both the Jerome Hill Award for Exceptional Work in the Documentary Tradition and the recipient of the Award for Contribution to the Film and Electronic Arts Department of Bard College in 2011.
His first major feature-length documentary, Persistence of Vision, was about the journey of master animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and his 30-year quest to create his ultimately ill-fated magnum opus, The Thief and the Cobbler. Persistence of Vision screened at nearly 100 international film festivals and other institutions on five continents to virtually universal acclaim, and became the first film to win both of the top prizes at the 2013 Buffalo International Film Festival: the Audience Award for Best of Festival and the Audience Award for Best Documentary.
Kevin's second film, Tangent Realms: The Worlds of C.M. Kösemen, is a feature-length documentary about the art and personal evolution of a Turkish visual artist, C.M. "Memo" Kösemen.
In May 2023, Kevin released a short documentary, The Duck of New York, about an unusual duck that mysteriously arrived in Manhattan's Central Park and caused a global media sensation. The film had its world premiere at the Coney Island Film Festival.
He is currently in production on his third major project, Enongo, a documentary-animated hybrid and portrait of a young rapper/producer/Ph.D. candidate, Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo –– better known by her stage persona, Sammus. The film will be the first feature-length film with an animation team composed entirely of Black women animators.
Kevin's next film is a currently-untitled documentary about a scientific research expedition to Antarctica. Filming begins on location in the Southern Ocean in mid-2023.
As an educator, Kevin has been a teaching artist and mentor at Reel Works, a Brooklyn-based non-profit dedicated to helping young, aspiring filmmakers from low-income backgrounds and underrepresented communities get a start in the competitive film industry. Since beginning his tenure at Reel Works in March 2018, he has taught such classes as the Documentary Lab, the Experimental Filmmaking Lab, Stop-Motion Animation, Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking, and the Film Club.
Kevin has taught masterclasses and guest lectures on filmmaking and film history at major colleges and universities in Australia, Denmark, and across the United States, including the School of Visual Arts, the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, the National Film School in Copenhagen, Griffith University in Brisbane, James Cook University in Cairns, Savannah College of Art & Design, DePaul University, the City College of New York, Wesleyan University, the University of North Dakota, the State University of New York at Fredonia, and Breck School, among others. Kevin will be the Visiting Documentary Filmmaker for the fall semester of 2023 at Robert Morris University, teaching a class on documentary film production.
When not doing the above activities, Kevin is probably birdwatching in the park with his dogs, enjoying exotic dishes in a tiny restaurant, or at the movies.