Talent Guide

Drew Houpt

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:Fast Track 2017, Producing Lab 2015


Drew Houpt is a producer with Secret Engine, a New York-based production company that he founded with producers Lucas Joaquin and Alex Scharfman. In 2015, he completed both the Sundance and Film Independent Producing Labs. For over 10 years he was the head of operations at Mike Zoss Productions, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Tribeca-based production company. During that time he worked on the Academy Award-winning film “No Country For Old Men” and the Academy Award-nominated features “A Serious Man” and “True Grit.” He served as Associate Producer on the Coens’ Cannes Grand Prix-winning “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Academy Award-winning film “Birdman: Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance.”

He co-produced Maris Curran’s directorial-debut “Five Nights In Maine” and Mark Elijah Rosenberg’s “Approaching The Unknown.” He has also produced two documentaries for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, “Every Day” that had its premiere at Sundance 2015, and “Hit It Hard” which premiered at SXSW 2016. Most recently he is produced Eliza Hittman’s second feature “Beach Rats” with Cinereach and Animal Kingdom. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where it won the award for Best Director, US Dramatic Film.

Current Project

Blow the Man Down


An accidental murder. An established Madam who does her dirtiest business while the town willingly looks the other way. Fifty grand of cash up for grabs and the local men out to sea. Enter two sisters with nothing and everything to lose. Blow The Man Down is a story set in contemporary Maine with noir and pulp flare; a salty seaside who-done-it starring a timeless cast of originals.