Glen Trotiner is a native New Yorker, who has worked in the feature film business all of his professional life.
He grew up in the University Heights section of the Bronx, studied liberal arts at The State University of New York at Albany, and attended The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
After graduation, he entered The Directors Guild Of America Training Program, during which, he apprenticed on movies made by three top directors: "Power," directed by Sidney Lumet, "Brighton Beach Memoirs," directed by Gene Saks, and "Critical Condition," directed by Michael Apted.
He was hired right out of the DGA Training Program to be an assistant director on Brian De Palma's classic film, "The Untouchables." Since then, he has been an assistant director on dozens of major studio features, among them, "Awakenings," "Isn’t She Great," "Big Daddy," "Phone Booth," "Maid In Manhattan," "Reservation Road," "What Happens In Vegas," and "Bride Wars."
In between these higher budget projects, he has also helped several first time directors make their smaller, independent, debut films. Two of these first efforts, Fisher Stevens' "The Call of The Wylie" and Ralph Macchio's "Love Thy Brother," went on to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Movies on which he has been a producer include "Bella," which won the audience award at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, the Emmy, DGA, and Golden Globe nominated "Bernard and Doris," directed by Bob Balaban, and "Hysterical Psycho," Dan Fogler's send up of Hitchcock's movies, included in the lineup of the 2009 TriBeCa Film Festival.
He wrote the thriller, "A Day In November," which sold as a "spec script" to Warner Brothers, for Arnold Kopelson to produce. Chris O'Donnell is slated to star in the movie, which follows a young lawyer whose singular desire to gain entry into the New York City Marathon leads him into a deadly race to save more than just his own life, as he discovers a plot to make the event memorable for all the wrong reasons.
His own directing debut was from his next screenplay, "Overnight Sensation." The unique feature film is the story of a writer who tries to create a mysterious buzz about his project by cutting up the pages of his script into large puzzle pieces, and distributing them at the Sundance Film Festival. He sees a real mystery begin when the gimmick takes on an extreme life of its own. The movie, which stars Maxwell Caulfield, Mark Goddard, and features Edie Falco, garnered great reviews ("the finest film biz satire since "Swimming With Sharks"), won best screenplay at both The Long Island Film Festival and The Audi Malibu Film Festival, and sold to Vanguard Cinema.
He now serves on the board of trustees of the very training program which gave him his "show biz" break, and has served as its Chairperson for the last three years.
He is also a founding partner in Burnside Entertainment.
Education: State University of New York at Albany, 1974-1980.
Spoken Languages: English