Birthdate: February 16, 1956
Birthplace: Frankfort, New York, USA
Kim Bass is a veteran TV and film director, writer, and producer, including a credit as the creator of the sitcom Sister, Sister (1994-1999) and a writer on Keenan Ivory Wayans’ hit series, In Living Color (1990-1994). Bass’ feature directorial debut was the cop thriller, Ballistic (1995), with Marjean Holden, Cory Everson, and Richard Roundtree.
Bass’s first feature screenwriting credit was with co-writers Martin Lawrence, Bentley Kyle Evans, and Kenny Buford on the Lawrence-starring comedy, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), with Lynn Whitfield. After his first writer-producer-director feature credit released only on video—Succubus: Hell-Bent (2007), with Natalie Denise Sperl, Gary Busey, David Keith, and Lorenzo Lamas—Bass returned as writer-director of the psycho-thriller, Junkyard Dog (2010), starring Viveca A. Fox and Brad Dourif.
The airborne thriller, Kill Speed (2010), with Kim Bass as writer-producer-director, was the filmmaker’s next feature release co-starring Andrew Keegan, Brandon Quinn, Natalia Cigliuti, Nick Carter, Robert Patrick, and Shawnee Smith. Writer-producer-director Bass’s next feature was the drama, Day of Days (2017), starring Tom Skerritt and Claudia Zevallos, followed by Tyson’s Run (2022), for which Bass was again writer-producer-director of the inspirational family drama, co-starring Rory Cochrane, Amy Smart, Major Dodson, Layla Felder, and Barkhad Abdi, with a very limited release grossing $395,627 globally.
The widest release for producer-writer-director Bass was the comedy, A Snowy Day in Oakland (2023), starring Nicole Ari Parker, Kimberly Elise, Deon Cole, Evan Ross, Tony Plana, Marla Gibbs, and Loretta Devine, and released by PoC Studios. Following this project, Bass was writer-director of the Western, The UnBroken (date to be announced), starring Jeremy Sumpter and Booboo Stewart.
Kim Bass was born and raised in Utica, New York, by his father C.W. Bass, and mother Juanita Bass, who created a renowned line of food products known as Juanita’s Soul Classics. Bass has five siblings. Bass is the grandson of the first Black mayor in the history of New York State, Everett Holmes. Bass attended and graduated from Notre Dame Junior Senior High School in 1974.
Company Man: Bass is head of his own production company, Bass Entertainment Pictures.