Norman Carl Odam is The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, aka “The Ledge,” born in Lubbock, Texas, September 5, 1947
Award-winning director, writer, and producer whose feature film The Devil and Daniel Johnston won top documentary directing honors at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. His other directing credits include AUTHOR: The JT LeRoy Story for Amazon Films, VICE, Ratpac and A&E Films, and The Real Rocky for ESPN’s acclaimed “30 for 30” series. As a writer, his work includes Chuck aka The Bleeder (co-written with Jerry Stahl) starring Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts as well as the animated Johnny Paycheck pilot episode and two George Jones & Tammy Wynette episodes of Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus for Cinemax.
INDIEWIRE recently voted The Devil and Daniel Johnston “The Best Music Documentary of the 21st century.”
AUTHOR: The JT LeRoy Story was nominated in 2017 by the Writers Guild of America for Best Nonfiction Screenplay.
Recently declared by KQED “the Bay Area’s preeminent independent film producer.” He has produced dozens of award-winning features, documentaries and shorts. He has lectured extensively at most Bay Area colleges and universities including University of San Francisco and University of California at Berkeley. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy reunites him with Jeff Feuerzeig after their successful collaborations on The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005) and AUTHOR: The JT LeRoy Story (2016).
From 1994 to 2005, he served on the board of directors (the last two as Chair) of the Film Arts Foundation. He is also an Advisory Board member of the San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Indiefest.
Rosenthal works from behind a desk that once belonged to James Brown, and enjoys the world’s largest collection of two-headed calves.