Kenan in 2007, at the 34th Annie Awards
October 16, 1976 |
|Alma mater||UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television|
|Notable work||Monster House
City of Ember
|Spouse(s)||Eliza Chaikin (m. 2005)|
Life and career
He studied at the film division of the University of California, Los Angeles where he received a MFA degree in animation in 2002. For his graduate thesis, he created a 10-minute stop-motion/live-action film, The Lark.
At the first public screening of the short, it caught the attention of Jordan Bealmear, who was an assistant at Creative Artists Agency. The agency sent hundreds of copies of Kenan's short to anybody they could, and after a few months of interviews, Robert Zemeckis offered Kenan the director's chair for the 2006 film Monster House. Executive produced by Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, it was nominated for a 2006 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Kenan's film, City of Ember, is the screen adaptation of Jeanne Duprau's 2003 novel of the same name. Produced by Tom Hanks, it was released in October 2008 to mixed reviews and poor box office results. In 2015, Kenan's Poltergeist was released to mixed reviews, and respectable box office results.
|2004||The Lark||Yes||Yes||Writer; short film|
|2006||Monster House||Yes||Yes||Performer: "Thou Art Dead"|
|2008||City of Ember||Yes|
|2016||Scream||Yes||Episode: "Village of the Damned"|
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