Arthur J. Kirsch is an experienced film and special event producer who came to the entertainment industry after a career in corporate finance and computer graphics. Besides being an active producer of film, television and commercials, he is also the publisher and chief editor of the online entertainment and arts newsletter, SOCALshowbiz. Kirsch is also a respected industry leader, and has served on numerous boards of directors in the entertainment industry including ACM/SIGGRAPH.
Art quickly gained a reputation as a crowd-pleasing event producer with his original effort “The 20th Anniversary of A Christmas Story” which reunited the cast and crew of the iconic seasonal feature film. He found and brought together all the child stars, actor Darrin McGavin and director Bob Clark for a highly successful red-carpet event celebrating the beloved holiday classic. He also created an event to premiere the digitally re-mastered, "Jason and the Argonauts," which featured a personal appearance and book-signing by legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation pioneer.
Kirsch has produced a number of television commercials, and short business videos for various clients and has won acclaim for his original documentary films. His award-winning documentary, “The Brick People,” about a little known company town in Orange County, from the early 1900's through the 1950's, chronicles the story and legacy of the Mexican immigrants who came to work at Simons Brickyard #3 in Los Angeles, at one time the largest brickyard in the world. While telling the history of race relations it movingly captures the idyllic lives of the workers' children living in a poor but cloistered immigrant enclave. Art's original documentary film, “GUPA,” which he both produced and directed, lauds a little known but well-respected Tai Chi master, Vince McCullough, detailing the positive impact one man can have on a community.
Among many other projects, Kirsch conceived and produced four episodes of a TV pilot, "In The Credits," interviewing the behind the scenes folks who are responsible for making the magic of entertainment happen. That led to the creation of his popular online entertainment and arts newsletter, SOCALshowbiz. It regularly showcases the depth of talent working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. It also gives exposure to efforts in professional arts and performance education—both public and private.
Currently Art Kirsch is the Treasurer of the national Board of Directors of the Media Communications Association-international (MCA-i) as well as serving as President of the local LA/OC Chapter of that organizaton. In the past he has served on the Board of NY ACM/SIGGRAPH, and the National Computer Graphics Assoc., as well as the Media Alliance of Orange County, California (MAOC); the Orange County Multi-Media Association (OCMMA); and the Orange County Screenwriters Association. His passion for the arts and arts education is exemplified by his involvement in local School Boards and Arts Councils in both New York and California including serving on the Orange County Dept. of Education, Music and Arts Administrators' committee and on the Board of Education of the Merrick, L.I., Union Free School District including a term as president.
In his previous career, Art pioneered the use of computer graphics for business applications in the banking industry for such giants as Citibank, Chase, and Banker’s Trust. Eventually he moved to California where he served as VP of Sales and Marketing for the film recorder division of Bell + Howell, established a North American dealer network for computer imaging company Colorbus, and founded the US subsidiary of a British company, Image Technologies. Several years later he joined Star Imaging (formerly InfoGraphics) in Atlanta, as its president.
Kirsch holds a degree in Accounting & Finance from Pace University, has attended law school and served in the US Marine Corps. His background includes managing various sales forces before moving into corporate management. After which he eventually began building and fixing businesses as a turnaround specialist with titles such as CFO and COO accepting assignments that took him to Florida, Georgia, San Francisco, England, and Australia.