Up-and-coming director Fritz Green now has two full-length feature films under his belt. Though an experienced actor, Green says his true passion is directing.
Green wrote, directed and edited his first feature, “Every Hidden Thing”, which won Best Feature, Audience Favorite, Best Leading Actor in a Feature (Rob Boyd), and Best Leading Actress in a Feature (Victoria Esher) at the 2008 Bare Bones Script-to-Screen Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Oklahoma Feature at the 2009 Trail Dance Film Festival. Green has also directed several short films, including "Keep You", an award-winning short film produced for the 2011 Oklahoma City 48-Hour Film competition, which he co-wrote with Dan Gordon, and has produced numerous promotional and historical videos. (Watch "Keep You" on YouTube.)
Prior to directing "Pruning the Family Tree", the movie, Green directed a well-received production of the play "PRUNING THE FAMILY TREE", which playwright Dan Gordon (see below) adapted for screen. Green has been active in theater for nearly three decades as an actor, director, production designer, and lighting technician. Among dozens of performances, his most memorable stage roles include leads in “DRIVING MISS DAISY,” “THE AMERICAN CLOCK,” “TALLEY & SON,” and “WAIT UNTIL DARK.” His stage directing credits include “REBECCA,” “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” and “SLEUTH.” Green has earned multiple theater awards for Best Stage Production, Best Leading Actor, People's Favorite Production, and Best Production Design.
Green lives with his wife Melissa, a producer on the film, and their three cats in a historic home near downtown Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The couple operates a successful print, web and multimedia design company, Copper Cup Images, and are active in their church. He is currently writing two new original screenplays.
Acclaimed playwright Dan Gordon (“Little White Lies”), has written the screenplay adapted from his award-winning stage play, also titled “Pruning the Family Tree.”
The play was a finalist in the 1998 Eugene O' Neil Center National Playwrights Conference, it won the Tulsa Heller Theatre's 1998 new play competition, and was finalist in 2010 Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater’s ScriptFest. It has been produced in different languages all around the world.
"The show is a triumph for Bartlesville playwright Daniel Gordon," wrote Tulsa World Staff Writer Michael Smith of the Heller Theater production, who called the play a "wonderfully moving drama…not to be missed".
Gordon has been involved in theater for over 25 years. His duties range from painting sets to judging playwriting competitions for state arts councils. Gordon has authored two screen plays and seven full length stage plays including Smoke Damage, Sorting Trash, and Little White Lies. His plays have been produced at theaters across the country and around the world. As a producer his credits include one feature film and over fifteen plays. Gordon is the founder of the Terrace Level Players Theater Company and also did a stint as the Managing Director of the Bartlesville Community and Performing Arts Center.
Gordon has lived all around the world, from India, to Alaska, to Washington D.C. He and his wife now live in Bartlesville Oklahoma. Learn more about Dan Gordon and his plays at dangordonplaywright.com.
Directed by: Fritz Green
Screenplay by: Dan Gordon
Director of Photography: James Veit
Produced by: Tina Gordon, Jason Eaton, Fritz Green, Dan Gordon, Melissa Green, Renee Michaels
Adapted from the award-winning
play Pruning the Family Tree
by Dan Gordon
Site by: Copper Cup Images
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