Ken Cosentino is a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, NY. At age 6 he won the Roswell Park art competition. At age 7 he was featured in Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine (issue #226). Ken first picked up a video camera and began making short skits with his brothers when he was 9 years old. At age 11, one of his drawings was featured in an exhibit at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. He began studying practical effects at the age of 13 and at 15 he began an informal apprenticeship with producer and robotics expert Fred Calandrelli. His first paid gig was the same year, working on a television commercial for Fred.
Ken is a versatile artist of many mediums, most notably: Writing, directing, illustration, airbrushing, sculpting, special effects and custom fabrication. Ken is a creature creator whose main inspirations include Steve Wang, Jim Henson, Stan Winston and Walt Disney. He began his career as a special effects artist and he wrote, directed and produced his first feature film when he was 18 ("Break the Sky"). After a successful Hollywood Premiere at the historic Laemmle Theatre on Sunset Boulevard, Ken continued to pursue directing with his second feature "Crimson: The Motion Picture."
As of 2021, Ken has written/produced/directed/shot/edited 6 micro budget feature films. He is currently in various stages of production on several feature films and television shows. In 2009, Ken co-founded his first production company, "Little Sicily Productions," with longtime friend James Ventry. In 2013, Ken expanded the company and brought in other talented artists, forming White Lion Studios, LLC; of which Ken is the CEO. That same year, Ken was interviewed by GQ Magazine (Aug. 2013) for his work with The Asylum. In 2016 he was interviewed by the UK's Scream Magazine (issue 39), his name shared the cover with horror legends John Carpenter and Bruce Campbell. His projects have aired on National Prime Time TV in 112 domestic markets; played in theaters in several major cities and internationally; have competed for shelf space at Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and on Redbox; and have won awards for best actor, best feature, and best special effects makeup.
Ken has worked as a hired gun for The Asylum, Troma Entertainment, Travel Channel and studios from Hollywood, NYC, Toronto and Italy. As a producer, Ken is known as a fixer as well as a pioneer of the Western New York film industry. His expertise is in creative, production, and practical SFX. He has worked in virtually every department except for sound. He co-founded the Tuscarora Water Drive, a charitable effort that has provided clean drinking water to people in need on a monthly basis since November 2017. Ken has also successfully managed a grassroots political campaign and he teaches a filmmaking class part-time at Niagara County Community College. He published his first book, "Secret Teachings of the Hidden Masters," in August 2018 which sold over 500 copies one year from publication. Ken and his wife Elizabeth, who is also a professional artist/actor, co-founded Western New York Costumes and Props.