JOHN KASSAB‘s career in film launched in 2009 as the sound designer of Shaun Tan’s Oscar Winning animation The Lost Thing and Ariel Kleiman’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning short film Deeper Than Yesterday. Later that year, John received a Winston Churchill Fellowship and eventually relocated overseas where he has produced films in Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore, Massachusetts, Atlanta and London.
John’s productions have collectively received over 40 international awards and nominations, playing at such festivals as Sundance, SXSW,Telluride and Fantasia. In 2014, John released the acclaimed documentary 12 O’Clock Boys which was later adapted to HBO’s Charm City Kings by producers Will and Jada Pinket-Smith. In 2015 John made his directorial debut with the web series Renaissance Woman which was written and performed by comedian Hannah Gadsby.
John returned to Australia in 2017 where he served a term as president of diversity film education and outreach organisation Cinespace, Inc. before joining Princess Pictures as a producer in 2021. In 2020 and 2021, John received development funding for his projects from Screen Australia. John’s recent projects include the forthcoming feature documentary Clutch Gang (Writer, Director), and TV shows Last Days Of The Space Age (Disney; Assistant Producer), GEM (Amazon Prime; Associate Producer) and Galaxy Girl (ABC; Associate Producer).