Gerald Wenner was born in North Dakota and studied art, design, photography and film at the University of Illinois. Wenner went on to work as commercial director and director of photography for a small Boston production company with large corporate clients. While there he received several awards from the Art Directors Club of Boston. He moved on to study film at Yale University School of Art earning an MFA in film and producing films under a Louis B. Mayer Fellowship.
He has produced and directed features and documentaries, including: “Cut and Dry” a dramatic comedy. His documentary “Essie” won a Blue Ribbon Award at the American Film Festival and was aired on PBS. His director of photography credits include commercials for: IBM, Time Warner Cable, Jeep Chrysler, Bass Ale, ABC, Miller Lite and Sony to name a few. His work has been seen on several major TV broadcast networks including ABC, Discovery, Warner Bros. PBS and the History Channel.
Wenner’s music video credits as director and director of photography include a wide range of artists including: Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Salt ‘N Pepa, Prince, Vanessa Williams, The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Gypsy Kings, Ice-T, Bob Seger, James Taylor, John Fogerty, Julio Iglesius, Los Lobos, Carly Simon, Barbara Streisand, Randy Travis, Roy Orbison, Steve Earle, Dwight Yokum, Faith Hill, George Jones, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack and Reba McEntire. He shot and directed Ray Charles’s only music video.
He just completed work on a documentary for Keep A Child Alive that profiles Alicia Keys and her work with AIDS HIV victims and clinics in South Africa. Also just released is “Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor” a documentary.From the mid-1980’s to 2001 he ran the successful Los Angeles-based production company Planet Pictures, splitting his time between Los Angeles, Nashville and New York.
In 2000 he formed Planet Dog Media which now has an extensive portfolio in film, video, internet and other media projects.