Talent Guide

Dennis Bartok

  • Discipline:Director, Producer, Writer
  • Program Year:Producing Lab 2014


Dennis Bartok is a graduate of the Film/TV Production Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Art. After working as an assistant at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions in New York, he relocated to Los Angeles. He sold his first screenplay Jenny Hanniver to 20th Century Fox with Arnold Kopelson (Platoon) attached to produce. Following that he sold the romantic adventure script The American Princess to New Line with Team Todd (Alice In Wonderland) on board to produce, as well as the historical adventure pitch The Captain’s Wife to 20th Century Fox. Bartok went on to form Five Windows Productions, which released through Lionsgate the anthology film Trapped Ashes, which Bartok produced and wrote, with segments, directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins), Ken Russell (Altered States), and Monte Hellman (Two Lane Blacktop). The Stanley’s Girlfriend segment was invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival and the entire film had its World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. For 13 years, Bartok served as head of film programming for the American Cinematheque, a non-profit film group which operates the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and he’s been praised by film critic Leonard Maltin as “knowing as much about movies and Hollywood lore as anyone I know.”

Current Project

The Lord of Vinyl


The Lord Of Vinyl follows the bittersweet life and comic despair of a lonely 40-something Angeleno named Lennie Weisman, played by Jared Harris (Mad Men, Lincoln, I Shot Andy Warhol) who is completely obsessed with jazz, and hides from the disappointment of the world inside the beauty of the music. Lennie unexpectedly finds himself exploring the possibility of new love with an unhappily married post office worker, played by Jennifer Beals (The L Word,ook Of Eli) -while also attempting to reconcile with his estranged 11-year old daughter.