Alan K. Rode acquired his avocation for film at a tender age. His mother's stepfather was a silent era mood musician, actor and composer at Universal Studios who founded Corelli-Jacobs Recording Inc. His great-uncle doubled Gary Cooper and fought Jack Dempsey along with a grandfather who promoted rodeos with cowboy star Hoot Gibson. Long before the availability of classic films via streaming, cable and via DVDs or VHS, Alan spent much of his wayward youth watching and cataloguing movies on TV.
He is the author of two notable biographies. Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy is a critically acclaimed narrative about the colorful actor's life and times. Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film to be published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2017, is a detailed account of the prolific director of Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Mildred Pierce among other classic films.
Alan is the producer-host of the annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California and has programmed and introduced cinema events for the American Cinematheque, the Los Angeles Conservancy, Alex Film Society, the UCLA Film & Television archive and other organizations. He is a charter director and treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation. With FNF president Eddie Muller, Alan has spearheaded the rescue and restoration of lost films and co-programs and hosts several of the annual NOIR CITY film festivals.