Ken Volok first gained recognition as a filmmaker, actor, photographer, stage director, painter and writer in Santa Barbara, CA. While attending the University of California Santa Barbara he created four TV spots for the legendary L.A. clothier Retail Slut, and assisted with the groundbreaking documentary, Zapatista, for Big Noise Films. After graduating, Volok has been involved in a variety of art exhibitions throughout California and various stage and film-video projects.
Inspired by a friend, poet John Giorno, and a bloody surfing accident, Volok founded the influential, artist-centric HE@D Magazine, which gained national attention with articles on such artists like Stan Brakhage, Julee Cruise and Foetus. During this time he completed two of his short films: Oxygen in 2004; and Genuine in 2005; as well as creating a variety of commercials. He also assisted theater icon Michael Kearns in his 20th Anniversary stage production of Jerker in 2006, which premiered at Highways performance space in Santa Monica.
In 2008 he directed two more short films: On Board? and Beauty, and began work on the experimental documentary on Santa Barbara entitled Land of Milk and Honey for the Sullivan-Goss Gallery. Land of Milk and Honey was completed in January 2009, and is released with an accompanying book of Volok’s photography by the same name.
Volok’s current pet projects include a feature length neo-realist suspense thriller,”Day of Wrath“. He is also an avid surfer and skateboarder.