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About Brandon

I am a Screenwriter, Director, Editor and Independent Filmmaker. Born and raised in Chicago, my passion for writing, film and art started at a very young age and has impacted my life in a multitude of ways. I won the Young Authors Writing Contest at the age of 12 and I was accepted to a private art school by age 16. I have won and been a finalist in several art competitions throughout my life and continually challenge myself as an artist. My desire to share my creativity with the world and inspire others continues to drive me everyday.

After studying Commercial Art and Graphic Design in Chicago, I moved to Los Angeles, where I spent many years as a freelance Editor for corporate, internal, industrial and commercial marketing videos including Bon Secours Medical, Edison Int’l, Hard Rock Hotel, Academi and IWI.

I have produced and edited several music videos such as “Crime of Love” (for Wavelength Music) and in 2013 was the Editor and Producer for the independent feature film MAN IN A BOX for DynaCore Films (Winner “Best Feature Film” at the Poconos Mountain Film Festival). In 2014 I would go on to Write, Direct and Produce my first short film called CAPSIZED.

Inspired by and dedicated to the tragic real events of the capsized Costa Concordia and MV Sewol, CAPSIZED tells the story of a young bride-to-be who must find a way to save her fiancé from drowning in a cargo hold of a capsized cruise ship – using only a cell phone.

CAPSIZED has been an Official Selection at dozens of film festivals in the US, the UK and Asia. CAPSIZED has earned a total of 16 Nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Sound Design. CAPSIZED also won 8 Awards including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Sound Design.

In 2015, I completed the feature length screenplay called “18%” based on the True Story of my personal experiences with having a severely premature child. 18% was nominated for “Best Dramatic Scene” and “Best New Writer” from Action on Film Festival in California. 18% won the “BEST DRAMA” award from Reel Authors 2015, Best Feature Screenplay from WMIFF 2016 and has received Nominations for Best Drama at Bare Bones and NOVA Fest 2016 as well as Top 5 Drama Finalist from LVISC 2016. Most recently, 18% became a Finalist and Official Selection at the Richmond Int’l Film Festival for 2017.

My IMDb page:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5683254/

Loglines

  • 18% - Based on a True Story

    18% - Based on a True Story Drama “Marc Cruz, a self-absorbed newly wed, has planned out an ideal life. But when his wife Sara gives birth to their premature son with only an 18% chance of survival, his controlling behavior begins to rip apart their marriage. Marc must confront his troubled past to become a good father and husband.”

  • Capsized

    Capsized Independent Thriller Using only a cell phone, a young bride-to-be must find a way to save her fiancé from drowning in a cargo hold on a capsized cruise ship.

Credits

  • Capsized

    Capsized (2014)
    Film (short) by Geminii Films Screenwriter

  • Capsized

    Capsized (2014)
    Film (short) by Geminii Films Executive Producer

  • Capsized

    Capsized (2014)
    Film (short) by Geminii Films Editor

  • Capsized

    Capsized (2014)
    Film (short) by Geminii Films Director

  • Man in a Box

    Man in a Box (2013)
    Film by DynaCore Films Sound Designer

  • Man in a Box

    Man in a Box (2013)
    Film by DynaCore Films Producer

  • Man in a Box

    Man in a Box (2013)
    Film by DynaCore Films Editor

Awards

  • Best Screenplay (18%) - WMIFF
    (2016)

  • Best Sound Design (Capsized) - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
    (2015)

  • Best Sound Design (Capsized) - Los Angeles Short Film Festival
    (2015)

  • Best Screenplay (Capsized) - Los Angeles Short Film Festival
    (2015)

  • Best Narrative Short (Capsized) - TWIFF
    (2015)

  • Runner Up - Best Dramatic Scene (18%) - Action on Film
    (2015)

  • Best Feature Film (Man in a Box) - Poconos Film Festival
    (2014)

  • Award of Merit (Capsized) - IndieFest Film Awards
    (2014)

  • Diamond Award (Capsized) - Jakarta Int'l Film and Photography Festival
    (2014)

  • Best Film (Capsized) - Jakarta Int'l Film and Photography Festival
    (2014)

  • Award of Merit (Capsized) - Accolade Global Film Competition
    (2014)

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