Writer/ Filmmaker bio:
Feature length script
1. “Holy Smokes!” - Semi-Finalist in the 2001 Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project , Honorable Mention in the 2002 Best in the West Screenplay Competition, Quarter-Finalist in the 2002 Hollywood's Next Success Screenplay Competition, Top 30 in the 2003 Freshly Written Screenplay Contest, Quarter-Finalist in the 10th Annual Writer’s Network Screenplay and Fiction Competition in 2003.
2. "American Baptism" - official selection of the 2008 Bare Bones International Film Fest Short Screenplay Competition, semi-finalist in 2009 "Back in the Box" screenplay competition
3. “Catching the Massachusetts Pike” - honorable mention and official selection in the 2009 Bare Bones International Film Fest Short Screenplay Competition.
4. “Aliens, Princesses and a Dog” – finalist in 2010 International Family Film Festival, 2010 Bare Bones Film Festival, TOP 12 and honorable mention, winner of family short script in the 2010 Wood’s Hole Film Fest, finalist in 2010 Back in the Box short screenplay.
5. “The Killer Catfish” official selection of 2013 Action on Film International Film Festival.
6. “AdventuRuss and Special Ed” - QUARTER - finalist 2014-2015 NexTV Writing & Pitch Competition. Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition August 31, 2015 - Quarterfinalist.
7. "Ellis the Lion" - Special Programs selection to 2006 Rio de Janero International Short Film Festival, screened as movie of the month for August, 2006 on the show Second Cinema. Aired in California on PBS station KVCR as part of Shorts Showcase in May, 2014.
2. "Fish Food" - screened at Flicker Film Festival in Chapel Hill, NC. on October 27, 2003.
3. "Math Is Evil But I Like Pie" - finalist in the 2007 Indie Short Film Competition
4. "Soup Bowl" - official selection of the 2008 Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival.
5. "Riley's Roast Beef" - official selection of the 2008 Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival.
6. "The Anti-Global Warming League" - official selection of the 2008 Utopian Film Festival. Festival.
7. “Aliens and Princesses” - official selection, 2011 Wood’s Hole Film Fest.
8. “The Cotton House” – official selection of the 2012 North Carolina Indian and Southeast Asian Film festival, official selection of the 18th annual Hayti Heritage Film Festival, received the “One Love Award” at the 2013 Jamaican International Reggae Film Festival, official selection of the 2014 Shorts Showcase, a PBS-KVCR in California.
Russ Brandon was born in Boxborough, Massachusetts and now lives in Durham, North Carolina. A middle school special education teacher by day, he writes, films, directs and edits on his own films on his free time. His shorts scripts "American Baptism", "Catching the Mass Pike" and "Aliens and Princesses" have all been official selections into film festivals. His movies "Ellis the Lion", "The Anti-Global Warming League", "Math is Evil But I Like Pi", "Soup Bowl" and "Riley's Roast Beef" have all been official selections into film festivals as well. He has one feature length script, three short scripts for adults, two spec episodes of “Modern Family” and thirty shorts for children and families which he has put together into a television show called “AdventuRuss and Special Ed”. He also enjoys playing floorball.