A native New Yorker, Roy Szuper began working in live music production where he found the topic for his first documentary. “Concert Joe: A New York Story,” (IMDB) which was a fusion of comedy and music. This journey into the New York music scene followed one man’s ridiculous quest to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for seeing the most concerts. The film was featured on MTV and VH-1.
His next short film was a more personal story titled “Charcoal”(IMDB) that was based on an event that happened to his family in the days after 9/11. It screened in Cannes and Buenos Aires in 2007. Szuper’s first feature, “Gonzo Music Diaries, NYC” (IMDB) started out as a documentary on subway musicians. During a three-year period, it morphed into the story of the staging of a music festival 9 days before the start of the Republican National Convention. The film follows the music and activism leading up to the RNC and documents New York’s transforming music, cultural and political landscapes. Featuring Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Vernon Reid, and CGGB’s founder Hilly Kristal. Gonzo was screened at Anthology Film Archive’s New Filmmakers Series, CBGB’S, Vision Du Reel DocFest in Switzerland, IDFA in Amsterdam, Cannes and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Szuper also worked as a producer on a feature length documentary titled ”Edge Codes,” a film about the history of film editing featuring George Lucas and Thelma Schoonmaker,Martin Scorcece’s editor. Szuper’s documentary short “Revolution in Motion,” about a car that runs on air, was profiled in the Daily News in 2009. The car was in its early stages then.
More recently, one of the principals in Shark Tank, Robert Hevajec, has committed to invest in the project making this concept closer to becoming a reality. Szuper transitioned to producing factual content from 2012-2015 where he had a first look deal with My Tupelo Entertainment. While there, he developed new material and found new talent. He also had development deals with Earth Touch USA, JV Productions and Jupiter Entertainment.