"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." -Hunter S. Thompson
Described by both press and colleagues as an "indie renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional author, editor, journalist, screenwriter, and producer from Charlotte, North Carolina. He first began seriously working in film in 2013, and has since worked on over a dozen films, many of which winning various awards throughout the film festival and convention circuit. In addition to his film work, Harlequin is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, has over a dozen published short stories, dozens more non-fiction published credits, and has been nominated for two Rondo Hatton Awards for his journalistic contributions. Outside of his career in entertainment, he enjoys cooking, coffee, gaming, and hanging out with his dog.
Official Selection
The Devil's Lettuce 2: Edible Evil
RavenCon Film Festival
Williamsburg, VA
2020
Official Selection
Department 666
Jaipur International Film Festival
Jaipur, Rajasthan
2020
Official Selection
Department 666
Reels of the Dead: Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia
2020
Official Selection
Department 666
RavenCon Film Festival
Williamsburg, Virginia
2020
Official Selection
Department 666
Hyde Horror Film Festival
Jekyll Island, Georgia
2019
Audience Favorite Award (Winner), Storyteller Award: Unique Artistry (Winner)
The Devil's Lettuce 2: Edible Evil
Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
2019
Best Short Film of the Month - July (Winner)
The Devil's Lettuce 2: Edible Evil
Direct Monthly Online Film Festival
Online
2019
Official Selection
The Devil's Lettuce 2: Edible Evil
ConCarolinas Short Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2019
Official Selection
The Devil's Lettuce 2: Edible Evil
MystiCon Independent Film Festival
Roanoke, VA
2019
Best NC Short Film (Winner)
The Presence: A Metaphor
Carolina Short FIlm & Screenwriting Showcase
Asheville, NC
2019
Best Film of the Month - February 2019 (Winner)
The Presence: A Metaphor
DSOFF: Direct Short Online Film Festival
Online
2019
Best in Show (Semi-Finalist)
The Presence: A Metaphor
MystiCon Independent Film Festival
Roanoke, VA
2019
Official Selection
The Devil's Lettuce 2: Edible Evil
Geek Short Film Festival
Charlotte, North Carolina
2019
Official Selection
The Devil's Lettuce 2: Edible Evil
Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2019
Official Selection
The Devil's Lettuce 2: Edible Evil
Trail Dance Film Festival
Indian Trail, North Carolina
2019
Official Selection
The Devil's Lettuce 2: Edible Evil
Rabat-Comedy International Film Festival
Rabat
2019
Best Short Film (Winner)
Department 666
Trail Dance Film Festival
Indian Trial, North Carolina
2019
Official Selection
Department 666
Reels of the Dead: Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
2019
Best Regional Film (Nominated)
Department 666
AtomaCon Film Festival
North Charleston, South Carolina
2019
Official Selection
Department 666
Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, North Carolina
2019
Best Horror Short (Nominated)
Department 666
Geek Short Film Festival
Charlotte, North Carolina
2019
Best Horror Short (Nominated)
Department 666
Cutting Edge International Film Festival
Pompano Beach, Florida
2019
Best NC Film (Nominated)
Department 666
Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
2019
Official Selection
Department 666
Fall Fear Fest
Shelby, North Carolina
2019
Official Selection
Department 666
Carnival of Darkness: The Haunted Pamlico Film Festival
Washington, North Carolina
2019
Best Micro-Short (Winner)
Department 666
Cinema City International Film Festival
Novi Sad, Vojvodina
2019
Top Film of Week 42 (Winner), Top Film of Week 43 (Winner), Best Short Film of the Month (Nominated)
Department 666
Direct Monthly Online Film Festival
Online
2019
Honorable Mention
Department 666
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
2019
Best Director (Nominated), Best Sound/Music Design (Nominated)
Department 666
Stormy Weather Horror Fest
Atlanta, Georgia
2019
Official Selection
Department 666
Reels of the Dead: Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
2019
Official Selection
Department 666
Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, North Carolina
2019
Official Selection
Department 666
Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina
2019
Best Short Film (Nominated)
Closing Time
Mad Monster Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2019
Official Selection
Closing Time
Rocky Spirit Festival de Filmes
São Paulo
2019
Best Original Screenplay: Short Film (Winner), Best Unproduced Screenplay (Winner)
Department 666
Carolina Screenwriting Showcase
Asheville, North Carolina
2019
Official Selection
Closing Time
Days of the Dead Independent FIlm Festival
Atlanta, GA
2018
Best Short Film (Winner)
Closing Time
Independent Online Film Festival
New Delhi
2018
Best Original Concept (Winner), Best Actor (Patrick G. Keenan)
Closing Time
Independent Horror Movie Awards
London
2018
Official Selection
Closing Time
AtomaCon Film Festival
Charleston, SC
2018
Official Selection
Closing Time
Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2018
Best NC Short (nominated)
Closing Time
Geek Short Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2018
Official Selection
Closing Time
Independent Carolinas Unchained: Horror Month
Charlotte, NC
2018
Best NC Film (Nominated)
Closing Time
Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
2018
Best Short Film of the Month - September (Winner)
Closing Time
Direct Monthly Online Film Festival
Online
2018
Best Original Screenplay: Short Film (Winner)
Closing Time
Carolina Screenwriting Showcase
Asheville, NC
2018
Official Selection
Closing Time
Queen City Cinephiles: June Showcase
Charlotte, NC
2018
Best Fiction (Nominated), Best North American Film (Nominated)
Closing Time
ConCarolinas Short Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2018
Best in Show (Winner)
Closing Time
MystiCon Independent Film Festival
Roanoke, VA
2018
Best in Show (Winner)
Closing Time
Con Nooga Film Festival
Chattanooga, TN
2018
Best in Show (Winner), Best Short Film (Winner)
Closing Time
RavenCon Film Festival
Williamsburg, VA
2018
Best Horror Short (Winner)
Closing Time
Hyde Horror Film Festival
Jekyll Island, GA
2017
Best in Show (Winner), Best Screenplay (Winner), Best Cinematography (Nominated), Best Makeup (Nominated)
Closing Time
Big Fandom Film Festival
Greenville, SC
2017
Best Short Comedy (winner)
The Devil's Lettuce
North Carolina Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
2016
Best Short Film (nominated)
The Devil's Lettuce
Geek Short Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2016
Best Comedy Short (winner)
The Devil's Lettuce
FilmSpark
Raleigh, NC
2016
Best Comedy Short (winner)
The Devil's Lettuce
Big Fandom Film Festival
Greenville, South Carolina
2016
Best Short Film (winner)
The Devil's Lettuce
Valhalla Film Festival
Columbia, South Carolina
2016
Official Selection
The Devil's Lettuce
West End Summer Film Series
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2016
Best Comedy (winner), Best Actor in a Blooper Reel (winner)
The Devil's Lettuce
ConCarolinas Short Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2016
Best Short Film (nominated)
The Devil's Lettuce
Killuride Film Festival
Myrtle Beach, SC
2016
Best Short Film (winner)
The Devil's Lettuce
Chattanooga Film Festival
Chattanooga, TN
2016
College
Western Carolina University
English/Journalism
20092013
High School
Olympic High
(it was high school... are there majors in high school now?)
19972001
Birth Date
December 20, 1982
Current City
Charlotte, NC
Hometown
Charlotte, NC
Height
6'1"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Human (allegedly)
Eye Color
Hazel
Zodiac Sign
Sagittarius
Married To
Hollie Rode
Children
0 (unless you count furry ones)
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." -Hunter S. Thompson