Vanessa Newell is an Academic and an independent filmmaker. Is that a deal breaker? She teaches film production and film studies (gender in media) at Loyola Marymount University and makes independent films. She has been writing, directing, editing and producing films since she graduated USC film school in 1999. She has edited numerous documentaries that have aired on network and cable television as well as independent features and many short films, including the Emmy-nominated film Sway.
As writer/director, her short films have won awards and screened at film festivals across North America and Europe, including Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Cinequest, Toronto, Barcelona, Berlin, and Warsaw.In 2011 she won the $25,000 grand prize at the DirecTV n3D Invitational for her short 3D film HAZELWOOD, a horror/comedy about a genetically altered lab rat that escapes from its cage - starring Richard Moll of Night Court. “It was so cute…then something went horribly wrong!”
Vanessa is currently developing the feature film Wulfric, a horror/comedy/monster movie, about five college students trapped on a university campus during a lycanthropic invasion. She also just finished Bull Mountain Lookout, a short horror/comedy about a Girl Scout troop leader who discovers (the hard way) the truth about the terrifying legend of Bull Mountain. It is currently on the festival circuit and has screened in Chicago, LA, MD, NJ, Malta and Spokane (where is won Best of the Northwest Short).
Her two passions are monster movies and social justice. Obviously!