Stuart B. Pollard
January 26, 1967
|Alma mater|| Georgetown University, BSBA 1989|
USC School of Cinematic Arts, MFA 1994
|Occupation||Producer, director, writer|
Stu Pollard (born January 26, 1967) is an American film producer, writer and director. His credits include Nice Guys Sleep Alone , Keep Your Distance, as well as the 2019 survival thriller Rust Creek .
Nice Guys Sleep Alone is a 1999 romantic comedy film written and directed by Stu Pollard. The film is based on the book of the same title, written by Bruce Feirstein.
Rust Creek is a 2019 independent thriller drama film directed by Jen McGowan, based on an original story by Stu Pollard. The film stars Hermione Corfield. It was released on 4 January 2019.
Pollard was born in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Kentucky Country Day School. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1989, then spent three years working for New York's McCann-Erickson before moving to Los Angeles to earn his MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
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Kentucky Country Day (KCD) is an independent co-educational college preparatory day school for junior kindergarten through 12th grade located in Louisville, Kentucky. It is located in northeastern Jefferson County on a large suburban campus.
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After graduating from the University of Southern California, Pollard created Lunacy Unlimited, a production company that created a number of award-winning commercials and documentaries before eventually shifting its focus to features.
The University of Southern California is a private research university in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1880, it is the oldest private research university in California. For the 2018–19 academic year, there were 20,000 students enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs. USC also has 27,500 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, law, engineering, social work, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and medicine. It is the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles and generates $8 billion in economic impact on Los Angeles and California.
Pollard made his feature film debut in 1999, producing, writing and directing Nice Guys Sleep Alone , starring Sean O'Bryan and Vanessa Marcil. A romantic comedy about the dating scene in Louisville, the independent production was broadcast in over a dozen countries and carried on cable television's HBO. The film became the first Netflix exclusive,garnering press coverage from USA Today , Time , and Variety .
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In 2005, Pollard delivered his second feature film. He produced, wrote, and directed Keep Your Distance, starring Gil Bellows and Jennifer Westfeldt. The thriller depicts a seemingly perfect marriage, which slowly dissolves at the foot of betrayal.
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Pollard received a number of producing credits for independent films from 2006 through 2015, including Ira and Abby and Bass Ackwards . In 2015, Pollard founded his production company Lunacy Productions in order to break free of the "one at a time" model of independent filmmaking and have multiple projects in development at a time.Lunacy has offices in Louisville, Kentucky and Los Angeles, California, and focuses on supporting emerging filmmakers while also working on new materials with established talent.
Bass Ackwards is a film written, starring and directed by Linas Phillips and also starring Davie-Blue, Jim Fletcher and Paul Lazar. The film has a running time of 103 minutes.
With Lunacy Productions, Pollard produced the critically-acclaimed survival thriller Rust Creek , which won the Best Thriller Feature Award at the San Diego Film Festival.His latest release is the romantic comedy Plus One, starring Jack Quaid and Maya Erskine.
Pollard is also an adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and teaches at Film Independent. He is a member of both the PGA and DGA.
|1999||Nice Guys Sleep Alone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Directorial Debut|
|2005||Keep Your Distance||Yes||Yes||Yes||Breckenridge Festival of Film Best Feature|
|2006||Ira and Abby||No||Yes||No|
|2013||Forty Years From Yesterday||No||Yes||No|
|2017||And Then I Go||No||Yes||No||New Hampshire Film Festival Best Feature|
|2018||7 Splinters in Time||No||Yes||No|
|2018||This Is Home: A Refugee Story||No||Yes||No||Sundance Film Festival Audience Award|
|2019||Rust Creek||No||Yes||Story||San Diego Film Festival Best Thriller Feature|
|2019||Plus One||No||Yes||No||Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award Narrative|
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