HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK
KEVIN RODNEY SULLIVAN (Director) makes his feature
film directorial debut with HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK.
Sullivan, a native of San Francisco, began his career as an actor,
appearing in films and television programs. At age 14, he took
a permanent position with that city's prestigious American Conservatory
Theater, performing in many stage productions including "Midsummer's
Night's Dream." At 19, Sullivan moved to Los Angeles where
he was cast in the films "More American Graffiti," "Night
Shift" and "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." He
ultimately landed a regular role on "Happy Days," playing
one of the second generation of teenagers for the final four seasons
of that series.
While still working as an actor, Sullivan, who had been writing
screenplays on "spec," sold his first script - an episode
of "Fame" - at age 22. Sullivan subsequently received
feature writing assignments and additional episodic work. An offer
from ABC-TV to create his own primetime drama soon followed. "Knightwatch,"
which Sullivan created, executive produced, wrote and directed,
debuted in the fall of 1988 - directly opposite the number 1-rated
"The Cosby Show." Ironically, Sullivan was at the time
writing a feature screenplay for Bill Cosby to produce.
Sullivan's work on "Knightwatch" catapulted him into
the ranks of the handful of sought-after writer-producers in the
television industry. His critical and financial success in television
brought him also to the attention of the feature film community.
George Lucas enlisted him to write the screenplay of "Red
Tails," an epic story about the Tuskegee airmen. Later he
worked with Norman Jewison on the screenplay of "The Good
Times Are Killing Me," a feature film project for Sullivan
Most recently Sullivan directed the critically acclaimed 1-IBO
original movie "Soul of the Game," which received best
picture nominations from the CableACE Awards and the NAACP Image
Awards. His "America's Dream: Long Black Song" and "Cosmic
Slop Tang," also for HBO, won four CableACE Awards in 1996
Sullivan lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife Nita, a screenwriter,
and daughter Nicole.
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