OBIE Award-winning theatre director John Hancock used a grant from
the American Film Institute to produce, direct and co-author his
first film, the short "Sticky My Fingers . . . Fleet My Feet"
(1970), for which he received an Oscar nomination. He directed his
first feature "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" (1971), a creepy
little tale of murder and deception, and followed with his most
critically acclaimed work, "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973), which
advanced the careers of stars Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty.
He acquitted himself well with "Baby Blue Marine" (1976) and
"California Dreaming" (1979) before venturing into series TV during
the 1980s and 1990's, helming episodes of NBC's "Hill Street Blues"
and CBS' "The Twilight Zone", among others.
Hancock returned to features as the auteur of "Weeds" (1987),
producing, directing and co-writing (with wife Dorothy Tristan)
this unique character study of cons-on-the-boards, based on Rick
Cluchey's real-life experiences with the San Quentin Drama Group.
He then directed "Prancer" (1989), his last feature to date,
shooting the movie in his Indiana boyhood home of LaPorte. Though
the film worked for kids as a charming fantasy about a child's
undying devotion to an animal, Hancock was also able to provide
adults with an effectively sentimental mirror of childhood
In 1998, he opened his own production company FILMACRES in LaPorte,
Indiana. He has produced and directed the feature film "A Piece of
Eden" in 1999 and directed the suspense thriller "Suspended
Animation" in 2001-2002.
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