Kurtti, Jeff Biography

biography of Kurtti, Jeff

Jeff Kurtti is a renowned cross-platform communicator, recognized for fluency in a variety of forms and formats. As an author of more than thirty books, a writer-director-producer of award-winning documentaries, and a respected public speaker, host, and moderator, Kurtti is an expert on pop culture and entertainment. He is a consultant to clients in the motion picture, theater, museum/exhibit and themed-entertainment industries. Applying his vast knowledge of Hollywood history, Kurtti was executive producer and key creative supervisor of the definitive DVD versions of such film classics as Around the World in 80 Days, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Sixth Sense, A Bug's Life, Tarzan®, Toy Story, Fantasia, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Monsters, Inc. and Beauty and the Beast. His video productions have been seen on "The Academy Awards®," Turner Classic Movies and "The Wonderful World of Disney." He also has produced a popular series of limited-edition DVDs with noted film historian Leonard Maltin, featuring vintage films and TV series. In 2009 Kurtti was one of the producers of The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story, a critically acclaimed feature-length documentary about the songwriting duo of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. One of Kurtti's most challenging (and personally rewarding) projects was The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. After five years of acting as creative director, content consultant, and media producer for the facility's cornerstone exhibit, Kurtti saw the museum become a reality (and open to great acclaim) in October 2009. In 2012, he served as a content consultant and media producer for the touring exhibit The Dream of Walt Disney on behalf of Disney Japan. As a freelance writer Kurtti is the author of such books as The Great Movie Musical Trivia Book (Applause, 1996), A Bug's Life: The Making of an Epic of Miniature Proportions (Hyperion, 1998), What the Sea Teaches Us: The Crew of the Morning Light (Disney Editions, 2008), The Art of The Princess and the Frog (Chronicle, 2009), Disneyland Through The Decades (Disney Editions, 2010), and The Art of Tangled (Chronicle, 2010). Kurtti has been a guest speaker and moderator at D23 Expo, Experience Music Project, and an artist-in-residence at The Disney Institute. His articles have appeared in Widescreen Review, Collector's Showcase and Sketches. A Seattle native, Kurtti moved to California in 1983 to pursue a career in film, television and theatre. He worked as a production coordinator on the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, followed by two years as the assistant to the president of California Institute of the Arts. Since 1995 Kurtti has enjoyed a career as an author and creative consultant in the motion picture, theatre, and themed entertainment industries. Prior to his freelance career he worked for Walt Disney Imagineering, the theme park design division of The Walt Disney Company, and then for the Corporate Special Projects department of Disney. Kurtti is a member of the Writers Guild of America West (WGAw). He lives in Langley, Washington with his partner, Kenneth Martinez, and their sons, Brendan, Joseph, and Mitchell.
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-   A Bug's Life: Special Collector's Edition (Disney Press, 1998)

-   A Bug's Life: The Making of an Epic of Miniature Proportions (Hyperion, 1998)

-   Dinosaur: The Evolution of an Animated Feature (Disney Editions, 2000)

-   Milo's Journal: Atlantis, the Lost Empire (Disney Editions, 2001)

-   Since the World Began: Walt Disney World--The First 25 Years (Hyperion, 1996)

-   Subterranean Tours Atlantis: A Traveler's Guide to the Lost City (Disney Editions, 2001)

-   The Art of Disneyland (Disney Editions, 2005)

-   The Art of Mulan (Hyperion, 1998)

-   The Art of The Little Mermaid (A Disney Miniature, Hyperion, 1997)

-   The Great Movie Musical Trivia Book (Applause, 1996)

-   Mythical World of Atlantis, The: From Plato to Disney - Theories of the Lost Empire (Disney Editions, 2001)

-   Treasure Planet: A Voyage of Discovery (with Jody Revenson, Disney Editions, 2002)

-   Walt's Time: From Before to Beyond (Co-Editor, Camphor Tree Press, 1999)

-   Walt Disney's Imagineering Legends & the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park (Disney Editions, 2007)

-   Disney Villains: The Top Secret Files (Becker & Mayer!/Disney Editions, 2005)

-   Disney Dossiers: Character Reference from The Walt Disney Studios (becker&mayer!/Disney Editions, 2006)

-   What the Sea Teaches Us (Disney Editions, 2008)

-   Walt Disney's Imagineering Legends and the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park (Disney Editions, 2008)

-   The Art of Walt Disney World (with Bruce Gordon, Disney Editions, 2008)

-   Walt Disney World: Then, Now, and Forever (with Bruce Gordon, Disney Editions, 2008)

-   How Does the Show Go On? An Introduction to the Theatre (with Thomas Schumacher, becker&mayer!/Disney Editions, 2007)

-   Walt Disney's Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs: The Making of a Masterpiece (Disney Editions, 2009)

-   Disneyland: From Once Upon a Time to Happily Ever After (Disney Editions, 2009)

-   Disneyland Through the Decades: A Pictorial Celebration (Disney Editions, 2009)

-   The Art of The Princess and the Frog (Chronicle Books, 2009)

-   Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty: The Making of a Masterpiece (Disney Editions, 2008)

-   Welcome Aboard! The Creation of the Disney Dream (Disney Editions, 2011)

-   The Art of Tangled (Chronicle, 2010)

-   Disneyland: From Once Upon a Time to Happily Ever After (Disney Editions, 2010)

-   Disneyland Through the Decades: A Photographic Celebration (Disney Editions, 2010)

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  1. The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) (co-producer)
  2. The Many Faces of Donald Duck (2007) (V) (producer)
  3. Drawing and Talking 'Duck' with Tony Anselmo (2005) (V) (producer)
  4. The Man Behind the Duck (2004) (V) (executive producer)
  5. The Optimistic Futurist (2004) (V) (executive producer)
  6. The Voice Behind the Mouse (2004) (V) (executive producer)
  7. The Life and Times of Pluto (2004) (V) (producer)
  8. Marty Sklar, Walt, and EPCOT (2004) (V) (executive producer)
  9. A Conversation with Joe Grant (2004) (V) (executive producer)
  10. Mickey's Cartoon Comeback (2004) (V) (executive producer)
  11. A Conversation with John Hench (2004) (V) (executive producer)
  12. Welcome to Sherwood! The Story of 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' (2003) (V) (executive producer)
  13. Passing the Baton (2003) (V) (executive producer)
  14. Discovering Treasure: The Story of 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' (2003) (V) (executive producer)
  15. Disney's Animation Magic: Treasure Planet (2003) (V) (executive producer)
  16. DisneyPedia: The Life of a Pirate Revealed (2003) (V) (executive producer)
  17. The Making of 'The Rescuers Down Under' (2003) (V) (executive producer)
  18. Let Freedom Sing! The Story of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' (2003) (V) (executive producer)
  19. Making of the Sherman Brothers (2003) (V) (executive producer)
  20. Behind the Scenes of 'Inspector Gadget 2' (2003) (V) (executive producer)
  21. The Movie Magic of Mary Poppins (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  22. The Road Goes Ever On... (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  23. The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  24. The Story Behind the Story (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  25. Big-atures (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  26. Scale (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  27. Costume Design (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  28. Designing Middle-Earth (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  29. Storyboards and Pre-viz: Making Words Into Images (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  30. Digital Grading (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  31. Studio Tour (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  32. Tale as Old as Time: The Making of 'Beauty and the Beast' (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  33. Disney's Animation Magic: Beauty and the Beast (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  34. The Essential Goof (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  35. The Fellowship of the Cast (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  36. Editorial: Assembling an Epic (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  37. Frank and Ollie... and Mickey (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  38. The Making of 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  39. From Book to Script (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  40. J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-Earth (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  41. The Making of 'Tron' (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  42. 'Pinto' Colvig: The Man Behind the Goof (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  43. A Conversation with Bill Farmer (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  44. A Day in the Life of a Hobbit (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  45. Behind the Boards on Baby Weems (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  46. New Zealand as Middle-Earth (2002) (V) (executive producer)
  47. Celebrating Dumbo (2001) (V) (executive producer)
  48. Silly Symphonies Souvenirs (2001) (V) (executive producer)
  49. Songs of the Silly Symphonies (2001) (V) (executive producer)
  50. Disney Through the Decades (2001) (V) (executive producer)
  51. The Crockett Craze (2001) (V) (executive producer)
  52. The Magic Kingdom and the Magic of Television (2001) (V) (executive producer)
  53. A Conversation with Fess Parker (2001) (V) (executive producer)
  54. Mickey Mouse in Living Color (2001) (V) (executive producer)
  55. Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers - Bedknobs and Broomsticks (2001) (V) (executive producer)
  56. Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers - The Sword in the Stone (2001) (V) (executive producer)
  57. Under the Sea: The Making of Disney's Masterpiece 'The Little Mermaid' (1998) (V) (producer)
  58. The Story Behind Walt Disney's 'Fun and Fancy Free' (1997) (V) (co-producer)
  59. Walt Disney's 'The Jungle Book': The Making of a Musical Masterpiece (1997) (V) (producer)
  60. You Can Fly!: The Making of Walt Disney's Masterpiece 'Peter Pan' (1997) (V) (co-producer)
  61. Best Doggone Dog in the West: The Making of Walt Disney's 'Old Yeller' (1997) (V) (producer)
  62. Mary Poppins Practically Perfect in Every Way: The Magic Behind the Masterpiece (1997) (V) (producer)
  63. Once Upon a Dream: The Making of Walt Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' (1997) (V) (co-producer)