Episode 216 – Jared Cohn and The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash
Jared Cohn is a writer, director, producer and actor in film and television. He has to date directed over 30 films that have also been produced and distributed by major studios and production companies. These include Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, Syfy, Lifetime, and many more. Jared has also won awards and has been featured in GQ, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, respectively.
He was born and raised in New York City, where he received a B.F. A. in Communication Arts from New York Institute of Technology. Jared's major was film production and post production, and he is also a photographer, editor and After Effects user. He has directed films such as Buddy Hutchins, Atlantic Rim, and Born Bad and has also directed multiple films for The Asylum. In 2011, Cohn wrote and directed Lifetime Channel's number one summer hit, Born Bad. The film is a psychological thriller that stars Meredith Monroe (Dawson’s Creek, Criminal Minds) and Michael Welch (the Twilight saga).
In 2012, Jared premiered his first theatrical release, Hold Your Breath, which he directed. During the same year he also wrote and directed Bikini Spring Break that starred Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds). As well as the horror-thriller 12/12/12. In 2013, Cohn then went on to direct From the Sea (released as Atlantic Rim), which starred Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, Defiance) and David Chokachi (Witchblade, Baywatch). He also later wrote and directed the women-in-prison drama Jailbait. Cohn had a featured role in the independent horror-thriller, Feed the Devil which was shot entirely on 35mm film.
Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash
Cohn's film centers around drummer Artimus Pyle his perspective on the tragic 1977 plane crash of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. The crash claimed the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his backing vocalist sister Cassie Gaines, as well as their road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and the two pilots of the plane. In August of 2017, the other surviving member Gary Rossington and the estates of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines successfully sued to stop the film from being produced. They claimed that Pyle had violated a 1988 agreement that prevented individual members from exploiting the band’s name after the crash. However in 2018, this court ruling was overturned and now Jared Cohn's film will make its debut on the June 30th 2020.