Kent Allen is a 2003 graduate of The Art Institute of Charlotte, receiving a degree in Multimedia/Web Design. During his tenure at The Art Institute, he interned for Bill Barns Film & Video and Paradox Films & Design fulfilling duties that included working crew and assembly editing on linear and non-linear platforms for FOX’s The Best Damn Sports Show and a commercial piece featuring Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Allen received his first major award in 2003 when a film he wrote, produced, edited and directed received “Best Horror Short” at the New York International Film & Video Festival. Also in 2003, Allen founded Allen Films Media Group (AFMG) in Winston-Salem, NC. The company specializes in Film Production, Web Design, and Multimedia, including editing work on nationally-aired commercials. Through AFMG, Allen was hired by New Daydream Films (NDF) of Charlotte, NC as a Cinematographer & Editor for a horror film production.
Continuing his relationship with NDF, Allen worked on the TV pilot for ‘New Water’ and the series ‘Home’, serving as Co-Director, Cinematographer, Producer, and Editor on both. He continued to work on an array of projects for NDF leading to a position as one of the company’s primary Producers, Editors and Cinematographers. Through AFMG he also managed the company’s promotional materials, website, and post-production services.
Early in 2010, Allen took a position with Halogen TV as Cinematographer and Editor for their original, Emmy-Nominated series, ‘Tainted Love.’ The nationally-aired show went on to win the Silver Telly Award for “Best Original Series” in 2012 and was seen in over 80 million homes across America. Allen continued work on ‘Tainted Love’ in the second season as Director of Photography and Editor. When Halogen launched a new show, ‘Slave Hunter’, filmed in Mumbai, India in 2012, Allen signed on as Director of Photography. In addition to his other work, Allen was selected as a judge for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 2012 Emmy Awards.
While working on various television series, Allen also Wrote, Produced, Directed, and Edited ‘Angel of Hope’; the short, charity film helped raise money for childhood cancer research. Most recently he worked as Producer on 2014’s ‘Discover Zac Ryan’, which won “Best Feature” at the Life Fest Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Allen’s work has been broadcast internationally and has been released in major retail stores across the United States. He is currently working on ‘Patient 27’, a film he co-wrote and will be directing and editing. Production is slated to begin in late 2016.
– Biography Written by: Kasey Whelton