Tom Demar writes topical character comedies with music and nostalgia. He developed a layered, nuanced, subtextual dialogue-driven style. Tom collaborated making over a hundred microbudget films (shorts and features), so he can pivot to help get a project through production.
Tom grew up in a blue-collar town thirty miles upriver from Pittsburgh, PA. His first disciplines were music and journalism. After graduating from Penn State he moved to New York City and was immersed in theater labs writing, directing and acting.
He traveled through Europe for a year, then drove across the U.S. to Los Angeles, where one of his plays, PEEPS, a coming-of-age rap comedy cast with young actors from an L.A. Job Corps acting class, and with a performance run on Hollywood's Theater Row, became a film, which was selected by Dances With Films, a respected boutique indie film festival, screening at Laemmle Theaters. Tom wrote, composed, directed and co-produced both the film, the stageplay, and the radio play performed live over KXLU, an L.A. college station.
Since then he's written, directed, co-produced, acted and/or composed music for indie films (features and shorts) screened at Sundance, DGA, LA Live, Krikorian, Mann’s Chinese, Downtown Independent and more. Tom continues to tell the stories of hopes and dreams, desires and desperation, the wilder side of America. He's been described as a man who listens.
Unions: SAG-AFTRA, AEA
I NEARLY LOST YOU Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy ⋄ Sci-fi After giving up her baby girl for adoption, a dissatisfied young woman from the ‘90s time-travels to the present to meet her adult daughter, who is equally dissatisfied with her own life for opposite reasons, so the women help each other find joy and self-worth before they return to their own times, changed for the better.
FREE FLO Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy ⋄ Drama A young poet from the wrong side of the tracks escapes the dreary Midwest with her hardcore rapper boyfriend, but has to fend for herself to survive, find her poet's voice, and her love of choice.
MODELLO Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy ⋄ Drama A young American escapes his broken past to find a new life as a fashion model in Italy, but instead of a glamorous life he struggles with an identity crisis. Who the hell is this guy?
PARTY GIRL SAVES THE WORLD Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy ⋄ Music Tired of life on the run, a young poet gets a real job that's just no fun in a lonely, desperate city in the Summer of 2001.