Kurt Voss

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Kurt Voss
Born Kurt Christopher Peter Wössner
September 15, 1963
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, musician, songwriter
Years active 1987 – present
Spouse(s) Sara Ashley

Kurt Voss (born Kurt Christopher Peter Wössner; September 15, 1963) is an American film director, screenwriter and musician/songwriter. Voss has written and directed a dozen feature films, including Will Smith's debut "Where The Day Takes You", the Sundance sleeper "Horseplayer", actress Jaime Pressly's debut feature "Poison Ivy: The New Seduction" and numerous rock and roll related films including "Down and Out with the Dolls" [1] and "Ghost on The Highway: A Portrait of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club."

Voss has frequently collaborated with fellow UCLA alumnus Allison Anders.[2] Working together over twenty-five years, the duo created an acclaimed trilogy of rock films: Border Radio (1987), a portrait of the L.A. punk scene featuring such stalwarts as John Doe ("X") and Dave Alvin ("The Blasters") and published by the prestigious Criterion Collection; the Sundance-premiered "Sugar Town" (1999), featuring John Taylor ("Duran Duran") and Rosanna Arquette; and "Strutter" (2012), a Kickstarter-financed indie featuring fresh faces, with luminous black and white cinematography by Voss himself.[3]

Anders and Voss also co-wrote "Things Behind The Sun" (2001), which was awarded a Peabody Award in 2002.[4]

In addition to his film work, Voss is a founding member of the West Coast punk band The Hindi Guns, an outfit which produced three highly regarded albums. The First, "The Hindi Guns" (2004, French Fan Club Records) inspired Rolling Stone Magazine's Senior Editor David Fricke to write, "I've already found one of my favorite new bands of the year: a rough, bewitching four-piece from Portland" and "'I Don't Want To Drink Mercury" is your best ticket into these ten tracks: a bluesy crawl set in dub-like darkness, like early Hole produced by Lee Perry."[5] Early vinyl pressings of the album found their way into the hands of the late and legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ, John Peel, who put no less than three of the album tracks into rotation on his BBC program. [6]

The album was supported by a 30 city U.S. tour, the West Coast portion of which was filmed for a short film which can be found on Youtube. The Hindi Guns second album, the cheekily named "Rarities" (2009), was a collection of EP material, B-sides and studio outtakes. The album was reviewed in Record Collector by British punk critic Kris Needs, who gave the record four stars, noting, "Anyone who dedicates a song to 'Instant Karma and The Peel Sessions' must have their heart in the right place. The late DJ was a fan and it's not hard to see why... [7] After the departure of original singer Dee Dee Cheriel, the founding members of Hindi Guns made a final farewell album, ironically entitled "Do Or Die" (French Fan Club Records, 2009). The CD featured a photo of a sword-wielding Yukio Mishima; the back cover of the record depicted a photo of the author's severed head. The album received extensive college radio play, and an honorable mention in the annual roundup of "Year's Best" by ex-Times pop writer Kevin Bronson [8] But by then the group was disbanded. Voss went on to spent the next twenty-four months involved in the production of the rock film "Strutter' (2012).


Personal life[edit]

Kurt Voss was married to British actress Sammi Davis, with whom he made the film "Horseplayer", from 1990 to 1993.

Voss married actress Sara Ashley in May 2012. The two met while on set of a film in which she acted, and Voss co- directed.

Filmography/writer[edit]

  • Strutter (2012) (Writer)
  • Ghost on the Highway: A Portrait of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club (2006) (writer)
  • In the Echo (2002) (TV) (writer)
  • Down and Out with the Dolls (2001) (screenplay) (story)
  • Things Behind the Sun (2001) (written by)
  • Sugar Town (1999) (written by)
  • The Heist (1999) (writer)
  • The Pass (1998) (writer)
  • Baja (1996) (written by)
  • Amnesia (1996) (screenplay)
  • Dangerous Touch (1994) (writer)
  • Where the Day Takes You (1992) (writer)
  • Delusion (1991) (writer)
  • Genuine Risk (1990) (screenplay) (story)
  • Horseplayer (1990) (writer)
  • Border Radio (1987) (writer)

Filmography/director[edit]

  • Strutter (2012)
  • Ghost on the Highway: A Portrait of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the Gun Club (2006)
  • Down and Out with the Dolls (2001)
  • Sugar Town (1999)
  • The Heist (1999)
  • The Pass (1998)
  • Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997) (V)
  • Below Utopia (1997)
  • Baja (1996)
  • Amnesia (1996)
  • Genuine Risk (1990)
  • Horseplayer (1990)
  • Border Radio (1987)

Discography[edit]

  • The Hindi Guns - Hindi Guns (2004)
  • The Hindi Guns - Rarities (2009)
  • Hindi Guns - Do Or Die (2009)
  • The Hindi Guns -Patriot Act EP (2004)
  • The Hindi Guns - Crowley (Lion CD) - Single (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eddie Cockrell (30 July 2001). "Down and Out with the Dolls (Review)". Variety. p. 20. 
  2. ^ "Alumnus Kurt Voss' New Film Epitomizes the Independent Spirit". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. 4 April 2003. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Steve Appleford (13 April 2013). Times "Allison Anders and Kurt Voss Keep the Music Playing". p. 3. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245501/awards
  5. ^ David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine March 4 2004, p. 65
  6. ^ BBC RADIO ONE - home page - Peel Tracklistings http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/tracklistings/peel_archive_shtml.shtml?20040302
  7. ^ Kris Needs, Record Collector Magazine, Sept 2009, p. 84
  8. ^ Hindi Guns in Buzzbands, 2009 http://www.buzzbands.la/2009/12/22/popular-with-me-2009-my-favorite-albums/

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