Leon D. Falk

Adjunct Instructor

Media Moguls in the 20th Century
Producing Essentials

Professor Falk has worked as an Independent Film Producer and Distributor in the industry for over 30 years, playing a significant role in the rise of the Independent film movement. After executive producing IN OUR HANDS--a feature length documentary film about the Freeze Movement in the United States which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival--Falk began working in production and acquisition at 20th Century Fox Studios, where he helped support the careers of such filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, the Coen Brothers, Luc Besson, Diane Kurys and Merchant/Ivory.

Joining Cinecom Entertainment, one of the premiere independent theatrical distribution companies of its day, as Head of Production & Acquisition, he worked on such films as Room With A View, Salaam Bombay, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, Matewan, Stop Making Sense, Brother From Another Planet, Handmaid’s Tale and Farm of the Year. Subsequently, at Orion Pictures, he was SVP of Production and Acquisition from 1993 - 1998 in Los Angeles.

Returning to NY in 2000, he continued to work as an independent film producer his credits include Jim McBride's The Informant (selected for the Venice Film Festival) and Michael Lindsay Hogg's Two of Us.

Professor Leon Falk has also been on the adjunct faculty at Columbia University since 1988, teaching American and silent film history. In 2003, he joined the adjunct faculty at NYU, where he did graduate work in Cinema Studies as well as the Film and TV Fine Arts programs.