Daniel M. Cohen (writer, producer, director)
Men is Dan Cohen’s debut as a Director. The script evolved from his family’s three
generations in the diamond business and an intimate knowledge of small town
Pennsylvania. Dan previously wrote,
produced and played a lead role in The Whole Truth. Janet Maslin, writing in the New York Times
called the shoestring indie effort “a hardworking comedy with a homemade
flavor” and likened it to the early work of Woody Allen and Albert Brooks. The NY Post called it “funny and truthful,”
and awarded it three (out of four) stars.
A festival favorite, it was awarded prizes in Fort Lauderdale and
Cohen recently directed Bruce Smirnoff’s one man show, “Other Than My Health, I
Have Nothing!” -- an LA Weekly “pick of the week” that ran for over a year and
a half and took the Valley Theater Award for Mr. Smirnoff’s performance. Mr. Cohen divides his time between Los
Angeles and Lancaster Pennsylvania, where he has worked as a journalist and
coming to film, Dan worked part time in the family business while at the same
time pursuing his interests in journalism and film. After his father died in the mid-eighties, he ran the family
business for a while. But the call of
writing and directing eventually led to the creation of The Whole Truth,
and Diamond Men.
Field (Executive Producer)
Field is a Investor Builder from Pennsylvania.
His first venture into film was as Executive Producer for the award
winning feature Liquid Sky, which was released in 1982, and went
on to become a cult classic. Active in
both local and national affairs, he co-founded and supports “Project Forward Leap,” a philanthropic
organization offering inner city youngsters a five week summer academic camp at
college campuses, and co-founded and serves as co-chair of “Common Sense for
Drug Policy”, a foundation involved in the reform of our nation’s laws
regarding controlled substances.
John Huneck (Director of Photography)
Huneck has shot more than 30 million feet of film for television and
movies. He was Director of Photography
on over a dozen full-length features, including The Hit List with
Jeff Fahey and Yancy Butler, and No Retreat, No Surrender, a
highly successful theatrical film. He
served as DP on five ABC After School Specials, and lensed over a hundred
episodes of various TV series. John has
also directed episodes of “Superboy” and “Lands End.” He has shot film on land and sea, in stifling heat and freezing cold. He frequently helms second units, and shoots
special effects for Hollywood blockbusters.
Rick Derby (Editor, Assistant Director, Co-Producer)
Derby’s feature documentary, Rocks With Wings, will make its
festival debut later this year, and then air over the PBS network in prime time
during 2002. Produced over thirteen
years, it follows a Navajo girls’ basketball team and its devoted coach from
its shaky beginnings to a championship.
Awarded over $1,250,000 in funds, including a Ford Foundation grant, it
required Rick’s single-minded dedication in order to see it to completion. Rick has also served as post-production
coordinator for Alfonso Cuarón on Great Expectations. He was veteran editor Cynthia Scheider’s
assistant editor on numerous features for Twentieth Century Fox and Tri-Star
pictures. His television work includes
several seasons as an editor on NBC’s Dateline.
Mr. Derby was involved with Diamond
Man from the first drafts of the script through the final stages of