Russell Brown is currently editing "Loren and Rose," starring Jacqueline Bisset and Kelly Blatz, featuring Gia Caries, Erin Cahill and Paul Sand. The film wrapped principal photography in May, 2019.
He is also completing post-production on two nonfiction films -- a short conceptual documentary entitled "The 44 Scarves of Liza Minnelli" and "Above the Arroyo: A Dream of the Stairs of Los Angeles," a feature length art installation which includes a live performance component.
His most recently exhibited film — a mid-length documentary entitled The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market — had its festival premiere at the 21st Dances with Films in June, 2018, and has continued to play festivals since its release.
“The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market introduces the viewer to an incredible artist in Michael Shaw. Thanks to Russell Brown’s slick direction and the vast array of kaleidoscope related topics the movie covers, it is a spellbinding, brilliant watch.”
(Filmthreat)
Russell Brown’s fourth narrative feature, Search Engines, stars an ensemble cast including Joely Fisher, Connie Stevens, Daphne Zuniga, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Barry Watson and Michelle Hurd. It premiered at Cinequest and has played more than 50 festivals across the country and internationally, picking up over 20 awards in categories ranging from acting, directing and writing to audience awards and best picture recognition. It was released theatrically by Indican Pictures in October, 2016.
“Well-considered insights… Sharp banter… Insinuating camera moves…”
(The Hollywood Reporter)
"Filmmaker Russell Brown clearly had something pertinent he wished to say about our plugged- in, tuned-out obsession with the Internet and was obviously going for a Luis Buñuel-Robert Altman style of social commentary…”
(The Los Angeles Times)
His third feature film, Annie and the Gypsy, starring Cybill Shepherd, premiered at the Seattle Film Festival in June, 2012. Osiris Entertainment distributed the film in Spring, 2013.
“Writer/director Russell Brown makes short, sharp films that investigate how and why friends treat each other badly... In Annie and the Gypsy, Brown’s most ambitious, and arguably most accomplished film to date, Brown provides a keenly-observed study of the title character (deftly played by Cybill Shepherd) who throws a Spanish-themed dinner party hoping to reconnect with Gordon, a man she loved in Spain decades ago.”
(Film International)
The Blue Tooth Virgin, his third feature narrative, was released theatrically in the United States by Regent Releasing in September, 2009. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival in the New American Cinema competition.
“What's striking, brilliant, and refreshing about this story is its sheer minimalist quality... And what dialogue it is! Beautiful and quotable, intriguing and challenging. There are so many great themes here, you truly wonder how writer/director Russell Brown will find something else to write about in future projects.” (Film.com)
Race You to the Bottom was released theatrically in the United States in March, 2007, by Here Films. The film played at festivals worldwide and earned a best actress award at Outfest.
“Top notch... Writing and directing with perceptive wit, Brown adroitly captures the quicksilver shifts in moods within a tempestuous, passionate romance between two articulate, free-thinking young people.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Brown’s screenplay and direction, both economical and unshowy, sketch character dynamics in crisp terms that resist the temptation to explain all, beg sympathy, or heighten drama for purely histrionic purposes.” (Variety)
Brown directed the educational program Karen Black: On Acting, a master class seminar with the iconic actress. The film has screened at festivals across the country and had its television premiere in August, 2014, on PBS stations. It is being distributed by First Light Video.
He has also made numerous well-received short films, which have had extensive play on the festival circuit. Conversation with a Cigarette (2014), a one-man chamber piece starring the well-respected British actor Ian Hart, is about a man facing his greatest enemy: A Cigarette. It premiered at the prestigious Palm Springs Shortsfest. Mama Laura’s Boys (2003), about the oldest blues club in Los Angeles, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS. Reality USA (2004), a study of the emotional and geographic landscape of America, was based on work by the noted poet Mark Halliday, and also premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Everyone Who Hears This Story Gets Laid (2012), starring noted performance artist Philip Littell, premiered at Outfest, and played numerous stops on the LGBT circuit.
Russell is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America and is a Film Independent Producing Fellow. His films are held as part of the collection at the UCLA Film and Television archive.
  • Director (12 Credits)
    The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market
    Documentary
    Loren & Rose2020
    Feature
    Above the Arroyo: A Dream of the Stairs of Los Angeles2018
    Experimental
    The 44 Scarves of Liza Minnelli2018
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
    Search Engines2016
    Conversation With A Cigarette2014
    Short
    Karen Black: On Acting2014
    Documentary
    Annie and the Gypsy2012
    Feature
    Everyone Who Hears this Story Gets Laid2011
    Short
    The Blue Tooth Virgin2008
    Feature
    Race You to the Bottom2007
    Feature
    Mama Laura's Boys2003
    Documentary
  • Writer (4 Credits)
    Loren & Rose2020
    Feature
    Search Engines2016
    Conversation With A Cigarette2014
    Short
    The Blue Tooth Virgin2008
    Feature
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    Loren & Rose2020
    Feature
    Search Engines2016
Jury Prize - Best Ensemble Casting
Search Engines
Revolution Me Film Festival
Williamsburgh, New York
2016
Best Screenplay
Search Engines
Director's Chair Film Festival
New York
2016
Best Picture, Audience Award, Best Edit, Best Sound , Best Supporting Actor
Search Engines
Velvet Rope Film Festival
Sutter Creek
2016
Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Daphne Zuniga)
Search Engines
Studio City International Film Festival
Studio City, CA
2016
Grand Jury Award
Search Engines
Sherman Oaks Film Festival
Sherman Oaks
2016
Artistic Achievement Award - Daphne Zuniga
Search Engines
Original Santa Fe Film Festival
Santa Fe
2016
Audience Award
Search Engines
America's Rainbow Film Festival
New York
2016
Best Satire Feature Film - October, 2018
Search Engines
Aphrodite Film Awards
Best Documentary
The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market
Mindfield Film Festival
Los Angeles
Outstanding Feature
The Blue Tooth Virgin
Wallachia International Film Festival
Best Director Honorable Mention
The Blue Tooth Virgin
Venice Film Awrads
Best Male Director, Best Drama, Best Film, Best Cinematography
The Blue Tooth Virgin
Rivercity Underground Film Festival
Best Film
The Blue Tooth Virgin
Diamond in the Rough Film Festival
Best Screenplay
The Blue Tooth Virgin
WNY Music, Art and Film
Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay
The Blue Tooth Virgin
The South Film and Arts Academy Festival
Directors Award
The Blue Tooth Virgin
Macon Film Festival
International Critics Prize
The Blue Tooth Virgin
Sao Paulo International Film Festival
Sao Paolo
Special Jury Prize
The Blue Tooth Virgin
Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle
Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature
Search Engines
Eau Claire World Film Festival
Best Short Documentary
The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market
American Filmic Arts Award
Best Actor - Philipp Karner
Search Engines
Borderlands Film Festival
Best Drama
Search Engines
Kapow Intergalactic Film Festival
Platinum Award - Best Feature
Search Engines
Mindfield Mindfield Film Festival
Albuquerque
Winner - Best Feature
Search Engines
Adrian Film Festival
Adrian, Michigan
Best Narrative Film
Search Engines
Clifton Film Celebration
Best Director
Search Engines
Muskoka Independent Film Festival
Best Actress (Joely Fisher), Best Editing, Best Ensemble Cast
Search Engines
Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival
Raven Award - Best Artistic Production
The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market
Docutah International Film Festival
Best Documentary Short
The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market
Undo Divergent Film Awards
Lumiere Award - Best Short Documentary
The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market
Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival
Best Documentary Short
The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market
Flathead Lake International Cinemafest
Best Documentary Short
The Kaleidoscope Guy at the Market
Florence Film Awards
Best Actress
Race You to the Bottom
Outfest
Personal Stories Award
Karen Black: On Acting
Chain Film Festival
Bronze Award - Best Documentary
Conversation With A Cigarette
Independent Shorts Awards
Best Experimental
Conversation With A Cigarette
CKF International Film Festival
Audience Award Best Narrative Short
Conversation With A Cigarette
Indigo Moon Film Festival
Laurel of Excellence
Conversation With A Cigarette
Tampa Bay Arts Education
Silver Remi - Experimental
Conversation With A Cigarette
Houston Internation Film Festival
Best Editing - Finalist
Conversation With A Cigarette
Red Dirt Film Festival