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.filmset_02
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.
Name: Kent Allen
Lives in: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Company: Allen Films Media Group
Occupation: Editor, Producer and Screenwriter
Unique traits: Always begins his films with a quote and is known to wear his shredded cowboy hat on set.
Discover Zac Ryan
Film (Drama) Producer Dr. Zac Ryan is a clinical research oncologist searching for a cure for cancer, when he discovers his trial patient is his biological father.
Film (Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Producer Con Artist Drake Ryan is in need of money fast, and finds his opportunity at a sleepy bed and breakfast in the middle of NoWhere. Run by an unstable mother and her simple minded son, LuLu's Inn is the last place on earth Drake needed to be. The secrets he uncovers there will scar his life and forever haunt his mind. Written by NDF
Waiting for Butterflies
Film (Drama) Producer On her deathbed, a Grandmother's last wish is for her estranged family, who were torn apart by a horrific tragedy, to come together for her final days.
Television (Action, Drama and Reality-TV) Cinematographer The underbelly of the horrific sex trade industry and the slaves hunters attempting to end the tragedy. The team of veteran slave hunter James Varghese of the Indian Rescue Mission attempts to rescue underage sex slaves from one of the planet's most dangerous brothels. We will follow James and his team on their seven day operation as they gather the intelligence needed to successfully rescue slaves from their bondage. Written by Halogen TV
Television (Documentary, Biography and Drama) Cinematographer A half-hour series that tells the truth about victims of sex trafficking: how they were sold into it, what their lives were like and how they got out. Learn about the new abolitionists who are joining together to see the world eradicated of this heinous, worldwide crime. Written by Halogen TV
Television (Drama and Mystery) Cinematographer A small North Carolina town is turned upside down when a stranger is found unconscious in the middle of the road. As secrets are revealed, the people of 'Home' attempt to make sense of the impossibilities that seem to be happening one after another. Written by NDF
Angel of Hope
Film (Short and Drama) Producer Lacey Smith (Mia Clarke) a young child whom has been battling leukemia, gets visited by her loving father Martin (Elijah Chester). As she becomes aware of her final days to come, she becomes more... afraid and struggles to comprehend her diagnosis. Martin, who tries his best to remain strong, explains that there's a whole other world in our very existence. A universe filled with joy and possibilities more than the imagination can carry. As he tries to find the words to ease her pain and frustration, he reminisces on their time shared and that special place they always seem to visit and that miracles do in-fact happen. As Lacey's fears begin to drift the knowledge of death becomes non-existent. This riveting story between a father and daughter helps bring families together, and teaches us to embrace every moment of life we have. Written by New Daydream Films
Film (Horror and Thriller) Cinematographer Each year five high school friends (Riley, Sebastian, Ryan, Carrieanne, and Liz) reunite for a weekend of poker, laughs, and reminiscing. This time around, secrets are revealed that makes the group question how well they actually know each other. Written by Richard Clark, Jr.
Film (Action, Horror and Mystery) Producer Welcome to Palmetto Falls. Population: unknown. Some are living, most are dead. Paranormal Investigator Jack Miles is the small southern town's only link to the afterlife. Jack has made a decent living communicating with the dead, until someone or something interferes with his monopoly...from the other side. His unique gift makes him a wanted man ... both in this life and the next. Written by Anonymous
Film (Drama) Producer Josie's creative motivation is challenged as she struggles to balance her artistic aspirations with taking care of her aging grandfather, Nathan, in the early stages of his Alzheimers. New doors open when an art dealer named Ian shows interest in more than just her work. Josie is forced to come to terms with decisions that could not only change her life, but those close to her. Poetic imagery and tone weaves this inspirational narrative of rediscovery in ones personal goals with the journey to capturing what truly inspires and helps each connect to the world around them. Written by Imagery Pictures
Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer A scarred man returns to his childhood home after twenty years to confront his father who molested him.
Film (Comedy, Horror and Thriller) Cinematographer New detective in town Quentin Marsh is welcomed by the news of local high school student being slaughtered while walking home after cheerleading practice. Marsh immediately accuses the principal of the high school, but after he takes his own life and other deaths follow, Baxter Jackson, the towns sheriff, questions Quentin's role in the murders. After enduring the ignorance of the town's police force for too long, Quentin with the help of a local reporter decides to find out what exactly is happening in the town. Is Quentin the solution or has his past made him part of the problem? Written by Richard Clark, Jr.
Best Feature Film (Life Fest Film Festival, Los Angeles 2014)
Emmy Nominated TV Series (Tainted Love 2012)
Silver Telly Award (Tainted Love 2012)
Best Horror Short (NY International Film & Video Festival, Los Angeles, CA)
The Art Institute of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)