Gabriel Cowan

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Gabriel Cowan is a film director, composer and film producer.[1] He has made documentaries, horror films, dramas, and comedies.


Gabriel Cowan was originally a musician. At 18, he worked with Robbie Robertson to score the film Jimmy Hollywood and signed a contract with Geffen Records. He later formed a band with David Arquette that helped score Scream 2 and Scream 3. After an unfulfilling career in which he scored television commercials, Cowan returned to school and graduated with a master's degree in film directing. While at CalArts, he co-wrote and co-directed Breathing Room with John Suits, whom he met at film school.[2] He also directed, shot, and produced Flower in the Gun Barrel, a documentary that explores the complexities of forgiveness and reconciliation in post genocide Rwanda. The film is produced by Amiee Clark and Monica Forouzesh, and is narrated by Martin Sheen.[3] After graduating, Cowan directed Growth, which became the number one horror rental on iTunes.[2] Cowan and Suits then collaborated on Extracted and Static, both of which Cowan co-produced and co-wrote.[3]

In 2012, Cowan directed and produced 3 Nights in the Desert.[4] With New Artists Alliance, which he formed with Suits, he produced Bad Milo!, The Scribbler, and Cheap Thrills.[5]

In 2013, Cowan produced Just Before I Go, Courteney Cox's directorial debut.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Cowan grew up in Los Angeles. His grandfather created The $64,000 Question, and Spike Jonze is his 3rd cousin.[7] Cowan's great-great-grandfather was Joseph Spiegel, the founder of the Spiegel Catalog. His great-grandfather, Modie J. Spiegel, eventually took over the catalog in 1893. Modie's brother, Arthur Spiegel, was the great-grandfather of Spike Jonez.[8]


  1. ^ Kit, Borys (March 30, 2011). "Milo Ventimiglia, Sara Paxton Board 'Static'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ a b Wixson, Heather (2010-09-30). "Indie Filmmakers to Watch: Gabriel Cowan Talks Growth". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  3. ^ a b Kay, Jeremy (2013-04-15). "Gabe Cowan and John Suits, New Artists Alliance". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike (2011-11-29). "Indie Feature 3 Nights In The Desert Gets Underway". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  5. ^ Cox, Gordon (2013-12-23). "XLrator Media Pencils In a Fall Theatrical Release for 'The Scribbler'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  6. ^ Cronin, Melissa (2013-07-12). "David Arquette And Courteney Cox Are Cozy Co-Workers On Set — See The Exclusive Pic!". Radar Online. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  7. ^ Hart, Hugh (2012-06-10). "Women finding a niche in world of animation". SF Gate. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  8. ^ Kopp, Frederic (2013-02-07). "Modie J. Spiegel (1871-1943)". Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present. Retrieved 2017-12-26.

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