Elijah Drenner is a Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker and one of the leading independent producers of Blu-ray/DVD bonus content and Electronic Press Kits. He has produced original content for The Criterion Collection, IFC Midnight, Dark Sky Films, Kino Lorber, Shout! Factory and many more; uncovering fascinating behind-the-scenes stories from a diverse range of movies. From Spaghetti Westerns and Women-In-Prison films to long-lost horror classics and Japanese ’70s sci-fi oddities, Drenner pays tribute to the films and filmmakers who are usually relegated to the fringes of film history. Besides fan-favorite cult films, he has also produced EPKs and Bonus Features for such contemporary productions as The Forbidden Kingdom, The Automatic Hate, Take Me To The River, The Pact 1 & 2, At The Devil’s Door, Traders, Emilie, Stake Land II and the famed BBC mini-series Pride and Prejudice.
His first feature-length documentary, American Grindhouse, made its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival in 2010. Narrated by Robert Forster, the film traces the history of the American exploitation film from the dawn of the motion picture industry to present day. The documentary features a smorgasbord of exploitation cinema’s most notorious films – and the filmmakers who made them: Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast), Don Edmonds (Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS), Jack Hill (Foxy Brown), Larry Cohen (Hell Up In Harlem), and many more. The film was released by Lorber Films and is currently available on DVD and Hulu Plus.
In 2014, Drenner premiered his second documentary, That Guy Dick Miller, once again at SXSW. With this film, Drenner pays tribute to one of the hardest working character actors and offers viewers an intimate look into the private and professional life of one of Hollywood’s most beloved performers. The film features exclusive interviews with all of Miller’s closest collaborators over his 60 years in the business, as well as his brothers and devoted wife, Lainie, who also produced with Drenner. The film was recently acquired by IndieCan Entertainment for North American distribution in 2015.