John McCarty

John McCarty is a full time author and filmmaker. His book Bullets over Hollywood: The American Gangster Picture from the Silents to “The Sopranos” (Da Capo Press, 2004), was produced as a major documentary by the late Hugh M. Hefner’s Alta Loma Entertainment, for the Starz/Encore cable network; it aired in 2005 and 2006 and has been released on DVD. Additionally, he is the co-producer, co-writer, and co-director of The Fearmakers: Masters of Classic Screen Terror and Suspense, a 13-episode documentary series profiling of some of the world’s most influential makers of classic “fear films,” among them Tod Browning, Jack Arnold, Terence Fisher, Roman Polanski, Roger Corman, and Tobe Hooper. The series is based on his 1994 book of the same title published by St. Martin’s Press, and now available as an e-book from Crossroad Press. The companion DVD is in release by Alpha Video ( His 2009 film, Confinement, a modern re-telling of the classic feminist short story The Yellow Wallpaper, is currently in distribution by Films Media Group. His film The Man Who Pursued Rosebud, a documentary about the life of actor-producer-director William Alland, is available as a special feature on the exclusive Alpha Video DVD release of Mr. Alland’s controversial (and long unseen) 1960s classic Look in Any Window, starring Paul Anka. The author of more than 20 non-fiction books on film and entertainment subjects, John has appeared in conjunction with his work on such national media as the Wall St. Journal, the Sundance Film Festival’s online “Film Talks”, Fox News Saturday, CNN.fn’s mid-day news, A&E’s Biography, the Bravo network series “Backspin,” the ICONS Radio Hour hosted by Stephen Bogart (son of screen icon Humphrey Bogart), Neal Conan’s “Talk of the Town” on National Public Radio, Turner Classic Movies, and many other major market radio and cable TV stations across the country. He created Leering Buzzard Pictures in 2009 to produce his own films in collaboration with talented colleagues and students in his native upstate New York. His 2013 action-drama Thirst: A Civil War Story, an official selection of the 2016 New York State International Short Film Festival, may currently be viewed on Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Prime.

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