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. His work has covered a diverse range of filmmakers including Orson Welles, David Cronenberg, John Ford, The Coen Brothers, Roger Corman, Hal Ashby, Herschell Gordon Lewis, William Friedkin, Josef von Sternberg, Paul Verhoeven, Jess Franco, Brian De Palma, Lina Wertmüller and many more. Drenner’s work can be found on The Criterion Collection, Kino Lorber, Shout! Factory, Vinegar Syndrome, Arrow Video and other specialty labels.
Besides retrospectives documentaries on classic 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. 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 acquired by IndieCan Entertainment for North American distribution in 2015 and is currently available on DVD and iTunes, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and various On-Demand outlets.