Kenneth A. Carlson directed and produced feature length documentary, THE HEART OF NUBA, profiling the courageous and selfless efforts of Dr. Tom Catena, the sole doctor for a million patients in the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Last June Tom Catena was recognized as Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People. Maria Shriver serves as the film’s executive producer.
Carlson has recently directed a series of live action short films for Feeln/SpiritClips owned by Hallmark. His latest effort, DINER FORMAL, was their most watched short of 2015.
On the non-fiction front, Carlson wrote, produced and directed, GO TIGERS!, a feature length documentary which premiered in the Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival where it was picked-up for distribution by IFC Films. The critically praised GO TIGERS! was released in 125 theaters domestically while enjoying an extensive release internationally. Among others, GO TIGERS! was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Documentary. It can currently be seen on Netflix and iTunes.
During the press junket for GO TIGERS!, Carlson managed to direct, produce and shoot NBC’s prime time, reality-based show, LOST. Blindfolded and ear-plugged, he was transported some 26 hours around the globe and dropped in Outer Mongolia with a goal of making it back to the Statue of Liberty. Carlson’s team of contestants completed the adventure in 18 days. LOST generated strong ratings for the network. Shortly thereafter, he produced and directed several segments of the reality-based show, MEET MISTER MOM, for Full Circle Entertainment and Reveille Productions that showcased during prime time on NBC.
In addition, Carlson produced AMARGOSA, an Emmy Award winning and Academy Award Finalist documentary featuring Marta Becket and her opera house located in remote Death Valley Junction, California. The picture has garnered a multitude of awards at major film festivals and is currently being aired on the Sundance Channel, Netflix and iTunes.
Carlson produced the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary, WILD BILL HOLLYWOOD MAVERICK, based on the life and times of legendary studio director William A. Wellman. This Academy Award Finalist and National Board of Review Best Documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and can presently be seen on TMC and AMC.
For Carlson’s independent film company, Carlson Films, he produced STEPPIN’ for Dreamworks about the contemporary dance phenomenon widely known as Soul Steppin’. Carlson also directed, produced and wrote the feature film, SPECIAL DELIVERY, a romantic comedy starring Sean Young, Penny Marshall, Paul Dooley and Nell Carter.
For more than six years, Carlson directed, produced and wrote over 275 feature segments for America’s Most Wanted which aired for 23 seasons on The Fox Network. His efforts have resulted in the capture and incarceration of more than sixty-five of the country’s most wanted criminals.
Carlson has produced a plethora of award winning commercials, music videos and short films. His love for photography has taken him to the far reaches of the globe and his images have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Lindblad/National Geographic Travel catalogs and numerous other travel and entertainment websites. Carlson resides in Santa Monica with his national recording artist wife, Katrina Carlson, and their three adventurous children.