Tom Cohen’s Other Endeavors

2000-present      Ursack, Inc. 

The company makes and sells bear resistant food bags from bullet proof fabric (based on Tom Cohen’s U.S. patent)  for use by wilderness campers. www.ursack.com.

1978-1989        Hammermark Productions    Filmmaker (self employed)

Projects included:

The River Why, 2010, (developed in the 1980s) co-writer, managing producer of  feature film based on the modern classic novel starring Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, William Hurt, Kathleen Quinlan, Dallas Roberts and William Devane.

Massive Retaliation, 1984, Producer, director, general partner of the financing limited partnership.  Dramatic feature film distributed on six continents.

hungry I reunion, 1981, Producer, director, general partner.  Critically acclaimed documentary about the legendary San Francisco night club.


1970-1977         KQED TV    
Director, Producer, Stage Manager
Produced and/or directed for PBS or local broadcast: World Press; Gran Prix Tennis; Newsroom; Open Studio; The Final Arbiter and Newsroom of the Streets among others.

1969-1970         VISTA
VISTA volunteer with the Oneida Indian Tribe of Wisconsin




Contractor/carpenter/developer of my hand built 3,000 square foot solar heated Mill Valley home; Board of Advisers:  Bread and Roses;  Former member of Board of Directors:  Bread and Roses; Marin Arts Council; Independent Feature Project; Cow Hollow Foundation; National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (SF chapter).  Married, two grown daughters, avid sports participant.




Publications and Awards

Non fiction articles published in: SF Chronicle Sunday Magazine; Mother Earth News; U.S. Open Tennis; Rod and Reel.  Various screenplays.  Northern California Emmy nomination for Newsroom of the Streets; Sundance Institute screenwriting finalist;  Harrah Award from the SF Bar Association for The Final Arbiter.  Regular columnist on entertainment law for Film/Tape World.  Frequent panelist on entertainment law seminars.