Lloyd Kaufman with his famous creation, The Toxic Avenger.
Lloyd Kaufman is America most prolific filmmaker and the co-founder of the legendary Troma Entertainment, one of the longest running independent movie studios in America. Many today’s major stars, directors, writers and producers began their careers in Troma movies. Kevin Costner, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert DeNiro, Oliver Stone, Trey Parker, James Gunn, Eli Roth, James Scharmus and many more have launched their career at Lloyd Kaufman’s Troma Studios.
Kaufman’s has earned his reputation as a legend and maverick filmmaker; he has written, directed and produced over 100 movies, such as the world famous ‘The Toxic Avenger’, ‘Class of Nuke ‘Em High’, ‘Mother’s Day’, ‘Tromeo and Juliet’ plus many many more. Always a champion of independent film, he and Troma Entertainment has distributed over 1000 independent films worldwide.
In addition to commercial success, Troma enjoys a wealth of critical appreciation at the Venice Film Festival, Cinemathèque Français, the British Film Institute, the American Film Institute and many others. In 2003, Lloyd himself was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work and important contribution to the film industry at the prestigious Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival.
In 1999, Troma created the TromaDance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and later in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Charges no entry fee or admission fees, the annual festival gives independent filmmakers a platform to screen their films at one of the most important film markets in the world.
An unstoppable filmmaker, Lloyd continues to write, direct, produce and distribute independent movies under the Troma Studios umbrella. Current movies in production include, ‘Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2’, ‘Mutant Blast’ and ‘Occupy Cannes!’. The latest news is that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in negotiation to star in the remake of the Lloyd Kaufman monster classic The Toxic Avenger.
To share his successful 40 year experience in independent filmmaking, Lloyd has written many bestselling books such as ‘All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger’ and ‘Make Your Own Damn Movie’. And when he can find time out of his busy schedule, Lloyd shares his invaluable filmmaking knowledge at festivals and film industry events around the globe.