72nd St. Films, LLC produces feature films and television projects and sells them in the world marketplace. We also do theater projects with the goal of turning plays into films.
The company owns a number of screenplays in various genres, some with name actors and directors attached.
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Jeff Monahan, President
Jeff began his career as a police officer, attending Penn State University, and graduating at the top of his class from the Pennsylvania State Police Municipal Training Officers Academy. After moving from uniform into the detective division and being awarded for his work in undercover narcotics, it was an easy decision to retire from the force and turn his attention to his first love…acting!
He's now a professional actor and a member of SAG / AFTRA, and Actors Equity Association.
Jeff trained for two years with theater legend Robert (Bobby) Lewis. Some of Bobby’s former students include Marlon Brando, James Dean, Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Sigourney Weaver, and Meryl Streep.
He also studied with John Strasberg, son of the late Lee Strasberg, the head of The Actors Studio, and the founding father of “method acting”.
In NYC, Jeff appeared on the soap opera, The Guiding Light, and in leading roles at The Producer’s Club, the Nuyorekan, TA-DA, and in the Tribeca Film Center’s Series, most notably as “Macenzie” in Men in Waiting, and the serial killer, “Reach”, in Down the Road, directed by Jeanne Blake and its author, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Lee Blessing.
Regional theater includes lead roles in Anna Karenina and The Human Chair, both directed by Karla Boos, Six Characters in Search of an Author, directed by Robert Benedetti, The Foreigner, directed by Marc Masterson, the North American premiere of David Harrower’s Knives in Hens, directed by Mladen Kiselov, and Hospitality Suite, directed by Joanna Lowe .
Film roles include George Romero’s Bruiser, Stephen King’s The Dark Half, Out of the Black, Graduation, The Screening, Two Evil Eyes, The Prince of Pennsylvania, and John Sayles’ Lone Star.
Network TV roles include Target Earth and Stuck with Each Other on ABC, Bet Your Life on NBC, Dead Men Do Tell Tales on HBO and The War That Made America on PBS.
He’s acted with Keanu Reeves, Harvey Keitel, Peter Stormare, Timothy Hutton, Matthew McConaughey, Sally Kirkland, Chris Meloni, Marcia Cross, James Marshall, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Marquette, Alana Ubach, Richard Crenna, Billy Zane, Brooke Smith, Laura San Giacomo, and Sam Rockwell.
Jeff’s also a professional screenwriter, and a member of the Writers Guild of America. His first screenplay was an autobiographical story of undercover police work called GOING UNDER.
He wrote the screenplays for the feature-length films, Hits, which starred Martin Sheen, and One Way Out, which starred Michael Ironside. He also played leading roles in both movies.
He also wrote, produced, directed and starred in the feature film, CORPSING, which has been released in the U.S. by Fangoria Presents, and worldwide by Spartan Bay.
Commissioned projects include the screen adaptation of the novel, THE CAIN CONVERSION, published by Harpers/Bantam, and rewrites of George Romero 's scripts Cryptid, Tusks and The Cheval. He’s also been hired to write short films for the YWCA, and the Centers for Victims of Violent Crime.
He’s directed a number of theater productions, including Noel Coward’s Private Lives, The Rubber Duck, and the North American Premiere of Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench, starring Carol Cleveland, of Monty Python. He was also Unit Director on the film, Hits, and has directed two episodes of the horror anthology, George A. Romero Presents...Deadtime Stories.
He's now playing "Hiram" in the WGN series, OUTSIDERS, and is in pre-production on his latest film, OFF BY HEART. In 2017, he can be seen in Richard Linklater's feature film, LAST FLAG FLYING, opposite Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell.
Jeff's’s taught screenwriting, acting technique, directing, and film production in graduate and undergraduate programs at Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University, Seton Hill University, The Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Chatham University, The State Theatre Center for the Performing Arts and New York University.
He also consults regularly on screenplays, film productions, and offers classes, seminars, workshops and private coaching to actors and screenwriters. His book, WRITE YOUR MOVIE, is available now on Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/Write-Your-Movie-no-nonsense-screenplays-ebook/dp/B01M0ZL109