About Us

Location, Quality and Teamwork

Led by producer Joel Shapiro, Bluegrass Pictures is dedicated to producing high quality commercial films for a global audience.  Situated in historic Louisville, Kentucky,  our location provides many competitive advantages to film makers.

In addition to Kentucky  being one of the top film tax credit states in the country, the City of Louisville offers tremendous diversity of topography and architecture. Locations ranging from rivers and lakes, open fields, dense forests, main street america, country roads, urban alleys, pre-civil war mansions, uber modern buildings, and european cafes, can all be filmed within a short radius.


Joel Shapiro

Joel Shapiro is a film producer, multi decade financier and serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of Bluegrass Pictures, and has served as the Chief Executive Officer, founder and consultant to a number of technology, infrastructure, entertainment, apparel and commercial product companies.  He has financed and produced star driven films with represented by the top agencies. Recent examples include  Dear Dictator, starring Michael Caine, Katie Holmes, Jason Biggs, Seth Green and Odeya Rush, MARA with Olga Kurylenko, and Beast of Burden with Daniel Radcliffe.  He began his finance career at the investment-banking firm of M.H. Meyerson & Company, where he executed institutional orders on behalf of Wall Streets biggest firms. He served as Principal and Vice President, servicing clients such as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Shapiro received his Bachelors of Science degree from Rutgers University and his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University Graduate School of Business.