Stu Pollard

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Stu Pollard
Born
Stuart B. Pollard

(1967-01-26) January 26, 1967 (age 52)
NationalityAmerican
Alma mater Georgetown University, BSBA 1989
USC School of Cinematic Arts, MFA 1994
OccupationProducer, director, writer
Years active1999–present
Website Lunacy Productions

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 and written by Julie Lipson. It is based on an original story by Julie Lipson and Stu Pollard. The film stars Hermione Corfield. It was released on 4 January 2019.

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Early life and education

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.

Kentucky American state

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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.

Georgetown University Private university in Washington, D.C., United States

Georgetown University is a private research university in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789 as Georgetown College, the university has grown to comprise nine undergraduate and graduate schools, among which are the School of Foreign Service, School of Business, Medical School, and Law School. Located on a hill above the Potomac River, the school's main campus is identifiable by its flagship Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark.

Career

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.

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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, [1] garnering press coverage from USA Today , Time , and Variety .

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Romantic comedy Film genre

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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. [2] Lunacy has offices in Louisville, Kentucky, and Los Angeles, California, [3] and focuses on supporting emerging filmmakers while also working on new materials with established talent. [4]

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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. [5] His latest release is the romantic comedy Plus One, starring Jack Quaid and Maya Erskine. [6]

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. [7]

Filmography

YearFilm Director Producer Writer Notes
1999 Nice Guys Sleep Alone YesYesYes Directorial Debut
2005Keep Your DistanceYesYesYesBreckenridge Festival of Film Best Feature [8]
2006 Ira and Abby NoYesNo
2007 Dirty Country NoYesNo
2009 True Adolescents NoYesNo
2010 Bass Ackwards NoYesNo
2012Pilgrim SongNoYesNo
2013Forty Years From YesterdayNoYesNo
2016SplitNoYesNo
2017 And Then I Go NoYesNoNew Hampshire Film Festival Best Feature [9]
2017The OutdoorsmanNoYesNo
2018 7 Splinters in Time NoYesNo
2018This Is Home: A Refugee StoryNoYesNo Sundance Film Festival Audience Award [10]
2019 Rust Creek NoYesStory San Diego Film Festival Best Thriller Feature [5]
2019 Plus One NoYesNo Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award Narrative [11]

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