Alan K. Rode acquired his obsession for Hollywood history at a tender age. His grandfather was a silent film violinist who went from bit actor to studio composer and eventually founded Corelli-Jacobs Recording Inc. His great-Uncle doubled Gary Cooper and fought Jack Dempsey. A second grandfather promoted rodeos with cowboy star Hoot Gibson. Before the availability of classic films on cable, VHS, DVD or streaming, Alan incessantly watched and catalogued movies on television and in theaters.
He is the author of a pair of notable cinema biographies. Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy is a critically acclaimed biography of the colorful actors’ life and times. Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, to be published by the University Press of Kentucky in November 2017, will be the first comprehensive biography of the prolific director of Casablanca, Mildred Pierce, Yankee Doodle Dandy among other classic films.
Since 2008, Alan has been the producer and host of the annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California. He has hosted classic cinema events for a variety of organizations including: The American Cinematheque, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Alex Film Society and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. He also is a charter director and treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation. Working closely with FNF president and founder Eddie Muller, Alan has spearheaded the rescue and restoration of lost films and co-programs and co-hosts several of the annual NOIR CITY film festivals.