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Ron Colby

colbyProducer, Director

Ronald Colby earned a Bachelor’s degree in theater from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree in theater from New York University. He worked in the professional theater in New York as an actor, both on Broadway and Off- Broadway. He wrote many plays that saw New York productions, and as a director/playwright, “The Village Voice” declared him an “influential originator” of the Off-Off Broadway movement.

Early in his career, Francis Coppola recruited Colby into his fledgling company, and Colby moved quickly from casting and acting into the roles of production executive and producer. The films included, YOU’RE A BIG BOY NOW, FINIAN’S RAINBOW, THX-1138, THE RAIN PEOPLE, THE GODFATHER PART II, HAMMETT, and THE OUTSIDERS.

Colby persisted with his writing, and personal filmmaking. His short film “The Longest Lens” won among other awards, a Cine Golden Eagle, and his documentary “Child Abuse and Neglect” won a U.S. Award of Excellence.

Ron went on to write screenplays for Universal Pictures, American Zoetrope, and in addition, worked on many films with such producers and directors as Milos Forman, Lorne Michaels, Ed Zwick, Wes Craven, etc.

He was Executive Producer on the John Hughes films, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL and SHE’S HAVING A BABY. In addition he worked as a Production Executive on other films such as LISA, THE EXORCIST III, and ONE FROM THE HEART. The documentary he produced on the making of Coppola’s ONE FROM THE HEART, has been released on the newly issued DVD.

Ron also worked on many television movies as Producer including the highest-rated Hallmark Hall of Fame movie HARVEST OF FIRE, and Showtime’s LUSH LIFE. He has also been Second Unit Director on over a dozen films.

Colby continued writing and along the way, completed several original screenplays. His screenplay adaptation of the cult classic novel Golf in the Kingdom was purchased by Warner Brothers for Clint Eastwood to direct. More recently, Colby was Supervising Producer on the Mobil Masterpiece Theatre productions of Langston Hughes’ CORA UNASHAMED, Eudora Welty’s, THE PONDER HEART, and James Agee’s A DEATH IN THE FAMILY. He was the Producer of Esmeralda Santiago’s acclaimed memoir, ALMOST A WOMAN, also for Masterpiece Theatre, which won Peabody and Imagen Awards for best feature.

Over the past four years, he wrote and directed three feature documentaries. Completed in 2008 is, “Pirate for the Sea,” the film biography of Captain Paul Watson, the most controversial ocean environmental activist, ever. “Pirate for the Sea” had its World Premier to great acclaim at The Telluride Film Festival. Since then, it has won many “Best Documentary” awards, and been an official selection in numerous festivals including, Berlin, Dublin, Santa Barbara and Seattle. It was invited by the GoodPlanet Foundation to screen in Copenhagen as part of their environmental festival, which ran

concurrently with the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. It was subsequently optioned by Discovery and aired for two seasons on their channel, Planet Green. His third documentary the informative and whimsical, “Scotland’s Caddies,” is quickly becoming a favorite with both golfers and golf “watchers” alike.

He recently finished the feature screenplay, WILD WITH ALL REGRETS, and is currently shooting an ocean environmental documentary “My Jetty” about individual responsibility for the health of the seas.

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