Frank Frost, Writer/Director

FRANK FROST was prepared for production at the University of Southern California.  While writing his dissertation there, he enjoyed a two-year internship with Hollywood director Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry; In Cold Blood). He was funded by the American Film Institute to be a director’s intern to Jack Lemmon, who at the time was directing the film Kotch, starring Walter Matthau.

Prior to earning a Ph.D. in communication/cinema from University of Southern California, Frank earned a Ph.L. in philosophy and an M.A. in English from Loyola University, Chicago.

Frost served as Associate Producer of Franco Zeffirelli: Renaissance Man, a documentary about the production of Zeffirelli's Brother Sun, Sister Moon. He was on location in Italy filming Zeffirelli for five months.

Before starting his own production company Frost was Director of Creative Services for eight years at the United States Catholic Conference, charged with developing pioneer public education programs across print, radio, film and television platforms, for the Campaign for Human Development, the Respect Life Program, and the Catholic Communications Campaign.

Frank has had a concurrent career as a movie critic. He served on special juries at the Venice Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, and the Monte Carlo Television Festival. He is also founder of the U.S. membership affiliate of the International Catholic Organization for Cinema (now SIGNIS), and is co-founder of the National Film Retreat. In 2009 he initiated a new international SIGNIS jury at FilmFest DC, the International Film Festival of Washington, D.C.

Ph.D. in Cinema/Communication, University of Southern California, 1975
AFI Director’s Internship with Jack Lemmon, 1972
Dissertation Internship with Hollywood writer/director Richard Brooks, 1971-1973
M.A. in English, Loyola University, Chicago 1965
Ph.L in Philosophy, Bellarmine School of Theology, North Aurora, IL
B.A. in English and Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago, 1964
1980 – present   Frank Frost Productions, LLC
1972 – 1980   United States Catholic Conference, director of Creative Services
1971      Independent production, Franco Zeffirelli: Renaissance Man
1970      American film Institute Director’s Intern to Jack Lemmon, directing Kotch
1969      Intern to director Richard Brooks

Mary L. Frost, Producer

MARY FROST began her communications career as a reporter and Washington bureau chief for Tufty News Service. From there she became a researcher and reporter for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, where as a researcher she responded to legislative and other inquiries for CQ subscribers. Subsequently as a reporter for CQ she covered Health, Justice, and Agriculture issues. She was a winner of the Raymond Clapper Award by the White House Correspondents' Association in 1975 for her story on Congressional overseas junkets.
Mary joined Frank Frost Productions (FFP) in 1981. From then until now she has acted as producer for FFP films, videos, and television programs. Her responsibilities include financial and logistical management as well as proposal and script writing. She also directs crews on location. She has served as treasurer of Washington Film and Video Council, and currently serves as treasurer of CINE.
As an FFP producer she has arranged and coordinated film and video shoots in locations across the United States, Latin America, Europe. and Africa in every kind of environment, from tropical to arctic. She is known for her ability to control the diverse and often unexpected logistical, financial and management issues that arise with major film and video projects, while working smoothly with project personnel from various entities.
1968       BA in English, University of Toledo
1970-71  Graduate work, American Studies, George Washington University
1981 – present   Frank Frost Productions, LLC
1973 – 1978    Congressional Quarterly
1972 – 1973    Tufty News Service