BIO: John Forte is an award winning director producer and writer of over 300 programs. His efforts helped Coastal Training Technologies, now DuPont Sustainable Solutions become an international presence. According to one industry publication several of his programs are considered “classics” in the industry. John’s programs have been honored with nearly 170 awards.  Some awards include: The New York Festival WorldMedals, The New York Audio Visual Award, The INTERCOM, The Globals, The Colombus International Film and Video Award, The Golden Eagle Cine, The CINDY and several TELLY Awards.

 John is a former actor having studied at The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and the Terry Schreiber Studios.  He feels his acting experience enables him to be more comfortable with actors and can therefore effectively communicate with them. Most recently, John had his multi award winning program DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION featured on FOCUSDRIVEN, an organization dedicated to the eradication of distracted driving. He also occasionally teaches acting at THE ACTOR’S PLACE.

John started BENEVENTO PICTURES and besides the TV comedy SRO (Standing Room Only), John has many projects in the works BRITISH INVASION,MELTING POT, GREENE CITY (The Musical Adventures of Daisy Greene) and some of his comedy shorts being produced by the LA film company SERAPH FILMS including SWEET THANKSGIVING.   John has also written other features including the western,  I’M NO ANGEL, a supernatural story of hope called FEATHERS  and the romantic comedy MY LITTLE ITALY.  He recently co-produced the award winning feature film, THREE DAYS IN AUGUST for Ubiquimedia and directed WIRED DIFFERENTLY for  Accutrain a national educational company.   Recently John was asked to write additional material and co-produce the feature films EXIT LAUGHING and HARRY and CLAIRE scheduled to be produced in 2017.

BENEVENTO PICTURES – PRESIDENT

THERMAL SPRAY SOLUTIONS: Director Producer Writer of the promotional and marketing material and consultant for the new website development.

BOOBAT PRODUCTIONS:  Co- Producer, Writer (additional material by) for the feature film, EXIT LAUGHING in pre-production.

INSTANT SYSTEMS: Writer-Director of Instant System’s promotional material and instructional video of CBF product.

MYMIC TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION: Writer, instructional designer of Fuel Oil product, creative solutions pitches for various international companies.

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA:  Consultant-writer for training program with MJ Creative Solutions.

ACCUTRAIN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: A national educational company that trains school staff on a myriad of school issues. Director-Producer- Writer of WIRED DIFFERENTLY and SUICIDE PREVENTION: THE TIME IS NOW.


CREATIVE DIRECTOR

DUPONT SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS: Direct, produce and create programs that distributed nationally and internationally. Manage a stable of writers, producers/directors, design and conceive graphics, and guide post from editing to audio, work with composers and casting people around the country to cast the programs from linear to e-learning.


 DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

COASTAL TRAINING TECHNOLOGIES/DUPONT SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS: Directed and produced over 300 projects for Coastal Technologies, now DUPONT SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS, one the world’s largest producer of industrial, healthcare, schools, human resources and workforce educational media. Received nearly 170 awards for directing, producing and writing.  Very good with actors, specials effects, stunts including car crashes and graphic concepts.  


 DIRECTING HIGHLIGHTS

John with Sully

John w Sully and other cast.

LESSON ON LEADERSHIP with SULLY SULLENBERGER:  Sully’s latest book entitled Making a Difference was used as the basis for the latest program on helping understand  the basis of leadership.

LILA’S STORY: A healthcare program using a story on treating patients with dignity.

RUDY: SAFETY TAKES COURAGE.  The story of Rudy Ruettiger  (based on the movie RUDY) winner of 5 awards., including THE INTERCOM. Interviews with the real Rudy, Daniel J. Ruettiger

DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION.  The story of a mysterious man who gets in your car every time you allow distractions to get to while driving.  Winner of 5 awards including the  WORLDFEST HOUSTON.

DROP BY DROP. The program explains the deleterious effects of small inequities that are done to fellow workers that eventually affect their work habits. Winner of 4 awards including the SPECIAL  JURY AWARD for the CINE.

LEGAL PERILLA LAW, MADMEN actor Harry Hamlin hosts a show on workplace legal issues. 

NEW DETECTIVES: DISCOVERY CHANNEL. “FROM THE GRAVE”. Murder victims evidence surfaces once detectives investigate.

WIRED DIFFERENTLY :  Mental challenges that some school children deal with are identified.  Produced by the national educational company ACCUTRAIN.


EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Supervise producer/directors in over 100 productions for Coastal Training Technologies
and DuPont Sustainable Solutions from budgets to concepts to deadlines.

CO –PRODUCER:  feature film entitled: THREE DAYS IN AUGUST  produced by UBIQUIMEDIA, released in summer 2016.

CO –PRODUCER: Feature film, EXIT LAUGHING. In pre-production for 2017.  

CO-PRODUCER: Feature Film, HARRY AND CLAIRE. In pre-production for 2017.


WRITER

Writer of over 100 industrial programs on a variety of topics from
safety and health issues to health care to human resources.

Writer of screenplays. FEATHERS, MY LITTLE ITALY, I’M NO ANGEL

EXIT LAUGHING: Feature film about Ken Resnick and his struggle with cancer. Credit with “additional material written by.”

Writer of television:  The sitcom SRO (Standing Room Only)  BLOODMONEY, AN ACTOR’S LIFE AND  REEL LIFE, GREENE CITY, The Musical Adventure of Daisy Greene.

SUICIDE PREVENTION: You Can Make a Difference for AccuTrain Corporation.

 


SHORTS

JACOB’S RESCUE, WORDS, THE SECRET RECIPE.

SWEET THANKSGIVING  produced by SERAPH FILMS  in Los Angeles. 2011.


TEACHER

ACTING TEACHER: THE ACTORS PLACE .  Virginia Beach, Virginia.

DIRECTING OF INDUSTRIALS.  OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY, 2008. Taught  4th-year students the intricacies and concepts of directing and writing for industrial and educational type projects.


EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Supervise producer/directors in  over 100 productions, from budgets to concept to deadlines.


EDUCATION

WILKES  UNIVERSITY 1979. BA in ENGLISH and THEATRE.

STELLA ADLER CONSERVATORY OF ACTING 1979-`1981.

TERRY SCHRIEBER STUDIOS 1982 -1983.


RELATED EXPERIENCE

Professional actor in New York for 7 years, from  1979 to 1986  performing in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions, including some commercials and film.