Kenny Stoff – Director/DP
I shoot. I direct. I am a documentary filmmaker.
I have been doing this for close to 20 years and have had the unique opportunity to work with some truly amazing folks. To be ‘in the room,’ with these incredible people has shaped who I am as a person and how I see the world as an artist. To me filmmaking in its purest form is based on a feeling, a mood, and a vibe. It’s the artistic interpretation of a story, a scene and a moment. And capturing those moments is pure magic.
My style is based on the notion that everything should look and feel like a movie, and every shot should be motivated to advance the story. I incorporate emotional camerawork with the expressed intent of moving the audience.
I am fascinated by the human condition and naturally drawn to documentary work. I also have a deep love of music and am especially passionate about filming live performances.
I’ve had the privilege of serving as Director of Photography on Sound City, Sonic Highways and 3 Documentary Features coming out this year. First is Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives. This film was produced by Scott-Free and is premiering at Radio City Music Hall on opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival. Next is Operation Odessa, an unbelievable true story about Russian mobsters and international drug trafficking out of Miami in the early 1990’s.
Later this year, the as yet untitled, George Foreman documentary will be airing domestically on Epix and distributed internationally by Universal.
On the Live music side, I had the distinct pleasure of shooting and directing the documentary unit for Desert Trip, the epic Goldenvoice Music Festival. I also shot CMT’s Concert of the Summer, as well as multiple episodes of the new PBS series Landmarks Live in Concert with Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley.
Feature Length, short-form, episodic, real or imagined, I believe in the power of moving imagery to tell stories.