Emmy Award winning producer, writer and director, Tony Perri.
Executive producer and director at SURF'S UP STUDIOS and CORONADO TV for the City of Coronado. Studio director and film teacher at the fabulous Coronado School of the Arts and the Coronado Summer Film Workshops.
Tony produced and directed the documentary, SCHOOL OF THOUGHT, starring Academy Award-nominated director, DAVID LYNCH (Elephant Man, Twin Peaks) and JOHN HAGGLING. Featuring musicians PAUL McCARTNEY, DONOVAN, MOBY, RINGO STARR and MIKE LOVE.
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT, follows students in the small Iowa town of Fairfield where most of the kids (and adults) meditate twice a day. Oprah Winfrey viewed SCHOOL OF THOUGHT and decided to visit Fairfield and create a TV special on the Southeastern Iowa community.
Mr. Perri's first feature film, SEROTONIN RISING, addresses the scientific discovery that if you perform a kind act for someone else, your body's feel-good chemicals rise up and you strengthen your immune system. The same thing happens to the recipient of the good deed, as well as any observers of the kind act! Featuring the DALAI LAMA and DEEPAK CHOPRA.
In addition to producing documentaries and feature films, Surf's Up Studios administers production services and creates programming for Coronado TV.
Mr. Perri also manages the broadcast studio at the CORONADO SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - where he teaches and works with young filmmakers throughout the San Diego area on his movies and broadcast productions.
Prior to Surf's Up, Tony was on staff with the Walt Disney Company, producing, writing and directing both live and recorded TV and movie specials. Mr. Perri worked closely as producer, writer and director with Disney executives Michael Eisner and Roy Disney to create many features, specials and live TV events.
During his behind-the-scenes productions of the Disney, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Jackson theme park collaborations, Star Tours and Captain EO - Tony spent several days at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, interviewing George Lucas. Perri interviewed Michael Jackson on several occasions for his Captain EO 3-D film.
Tony was also privileged to have worked with President Ronald Reagan during two of his appearances in Southern California, one at the Queen Mary Ship and in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.
While with the Walt Disney Company, Mr. Perri also produced and directed the world's most-viewed broadcast entertainment news release during his participation with Roy Disney in creating and presenting the WALT DISNEY-RUSSIA FILM FESTIVAL - where Moscow screened four classic Disney films.
Tony Perri is a veteran contract producer, writer and director with: KPIX-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco; Warner Bros. Studios; LucasFilms; Paramount Pictures; SONY; Major League Baseball; Apple Inc; and Princess Cruises.
Over his 20-year TV and film career, Tony has enjoyed the good fortune of producing and directing with some of the world's most well-known people:
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
GEORGE H. BUSH