Kenneth Horstmann is an director, producer and screenwriter with extensive experience in camera techniques and post production. Kenneth was hired at Turner Broadcasting while still attending high school and moved on to be the youngest lead editor for ABC’s Wide World Of Sports at the age of 23 – garnering him a national Emmy nomination for sports/dramatic editing.
Kenneth began directing in 2002 after six years of experience as a visual effects compositor and supervisor. Kenneth’s visual effects training was with Discreet Logic in Toronto.
Kenneth has directed three episodic television series for Cartoon Network. Cartoon Fridays, Fried Dynamite & Daily Wedgies exposed Kenneth to many child challenges over a six year period. He quickly gained the trust of the network to cast, refine and educate young actors in front of the camera.
In addition Kenneth has cast many young actors in their very first on-screen roles. Notably Diana DeGarmo (American Idol), Christof Sanders (Ghost Whisperer) and Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class).
Kenneth founded Spyplane Films in 2008. Spyplane has produced two low-budget indie films since 2009.
The first film, UPSIDE, was written, directed and edited by Kenneth on a budget of $300,000 and was picked up by Sony. The film released in October 2010 to good reviews. Home video sales were decent while the film performed very well On Demand. Upside tells of a young Lacrosse player who suffers a head injury and is forced to look at his life anew and decide what really matters.
Upside maintains a four star out of five grade on Netflix with over 50,000 ratings.
High Cotton is completed but not released. Again serving as writer, director, editor. The film has begun festival submissions and will move to market later in the year. High Cotton is based on a true story from Kenneth’s time spent speaking with men in lockup as part of a prison ministry. The film focuses on life after incarceration.
Spyplane also operates a commercial division specializing in drama, branded entertainment and visual effects. Kenneth has directed more than 500 commercials, title sequences, and music videos for national brands picking up many awards along the way.
Kenneth lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Johanna, a singer and voice teacher, and their two daughters, Wren and Lily.