“BORN COOL” Editorial Reviews & Credits


MARCUS WINSLOW, JR / cousin and head of the James Dean Estate
“This is one of the best and most sincere documentaries I’ve seen.”

KIP BROWN / the Dean Zine
Five Stars! Excellent!  Equally fascinating and enlightening.  James Dean: Born Cool is a documentary with real heart and soul. A must have for both the casual and die-hard Dean fan… should go a long way towards finally helping to set the record straight for future biographers.”

PHIL ZEIGLER / Fairmount Historical Museum / Historian
”Of all the documentaries that have been made on James Dean, not since Robert Altman’s James Dean Story (1957) has a film come along that is so honest and well made. In fact, every celebrity should hope that Denn and his friends make a documentary on them.”

KENNETH KENDALL / artist (requested by Dean to make a sculpture of himself)
“So much better than the other documentaries. In Born Cool, never have I seen so many new photos and close coverage.”

SUSAN ALTERI / Real Detroit
“If you want to make a name for yourself, there’s a few ways to go about it. You could pick a project that’s so illustrious everyone will want to see it. You could make your project with such skill that everyone from critics to the public are singing your praises. Or you could do both. Director and Producer Denn Pietro along with co-producer, writer and editor Denver Rochon and co-producer Lydia Modica has made his first documentary about James Dean. Already enough reason to (watch) the film, Born Cool, is surprisingly well made. By focusing less on the Hollywood legend, the filmmakers have managed to create a much-needed, interesting and fresh look at the life of James Dean.”

DAVID LOEHR / JamesDeanGallery
“Though it is technically impressive, it’s the rare and never before seen photos that steal the show.”

DAVID LYMAN / the Detroit Free Press
“Turns out Dean wasn’t the brooding loner his films portrayed. He was hugely popular in school, involved in sports and a good student (Born Cool) could be on Turner Classic Movies or American Movie Classics. This is a side of Jimmy that hasn’t been shown before.”






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executive producer

Marcus Winslow


Denn Pietro


Lydia Modica

Denver Rochon

associate producer

Phil Zeigler


Denn Pietro


Denver Rochon


Denver Rochon


Jim Johnson

Joyce Kreger

Nick Morretti

Dick Purtan

Kevin O’Neil

Dave Zoran


Renee Barrera

Bill Kubota

Lydia Modica

Denn Pietro

Denver Rochon

production assistants

Jed Douglas

Chad Flogaus

Marc Myers

Lisa Nuszkowski


Renee Barrera

Joe LaFavi


Cafe Modica

Roy Schatt photographs

courtesy of

James Dean Inc

Frank Worth photographs

courtesy of

James Dean Inc

Czech Bike Photo

courtesy of

the Estate of

Nelva Jean Thomas

James Dean home movies

courtesty of

James Dean Inc

East of Eden home movies

courtesy of

Marlin Wilson

period stock footage

courtesy of

Robert Demming

additional stock footage

courtesy of

Joe Dzenowagis

Bill Kubota

Fairmount Newspaper

courtesy of

James Terhune

Fairmount Yearbooks

courtesy of

Fairmount Historical Museum

additional photographs

courtesy of

Mildred Adams

Brenda Hayes

Marth Howell

Ralph Kirkpatrick

Lydia Modica

Bob Pully

Marc Winslow

Phil Zeigler

additional photographs

James Dean Artifacts Inc

James Dean Inc

additional materials

courtesy of

James Dean Artifacts Inc

production facilities and equipment

provided by

Media Services

Troy, MI


KDN Videoworks, Inc

Madison Heights, MI

film processing

Film Craft Lab

film transfer

Grace & WIld Digital Studios

“James Dean Song”

composed & performed by

Nick Moretti

original music composed by

Nick Moretti

additional music composed by

Tricia Concepcion

music performed by

Tricia Concepcion

Jason Flowers

Samantha Gordon

Nick Moretti

Nick Schillace

DVD music performed by

A Thousand Times Yes

Tricia Concepcion


Nick Moretti

Monte Odom

The Resonators

special thanks to


Al Canning


Scott Glowacki

Attila Hardy

Max Hurt


Scott Kemp

Dave Kropchock

Bill Kubota

Joe LaFavi

David Loehr

Magnum Photos

Dana Mills

Ed Moore

Dave Newman

Mona Russell

Randy Sandusky

Chris Scharnitzke

Lisa Schock

Bob Segraves

Andrew Todd Thomas

Mike Timmons

Jeff Turner

Jana Weigle

Dave Zoran

additional thanks to

Jason Flowers

George & Theresa Modica

Danyel Pietrowski

Dennis & Diane Pietrowski

Christine Rochon

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