What an honor to be in a position to tell a story through film. Our most important facility as a race is Imagination, and a good story pulls us along through our imagination. Exploring new frontiers and thresholds is the goal of all great films.
Willie fell into film making while trying to become a stunt man. With a history of Martial Arts, living near Los Angeles, he is not the first obsessed karate nut to try this. After working on a few low-budget projects, Willie joined the Production Crew and discovered the joys of teamwork to deliver a creative project (early Fred Olen Ray films). After falling into the Abyss of Oil Painting (Willie could draw at an early age), he supported himself with jobs as crew on low-budget narrative feature productions for years.
After getting a taste of producing, Willie decided to shoot his first narrative feature, a story about a castaway surfing girl, which ended in disaster when the major funding source rolled his purse seiner boat over with a load of squid returning into Ventura Harbor. Very soon thereafter the Indonesian earthquake and subsequent tsunami presented a great opportunity to volunteer and forget the film woes and Hemlock Cocktail cure; Willie ended up in Sri Lanka repairing fishing boats for 5 months. After returning home, with 30 hours of video footage, and with the kind help of Barbara Gondolfo-Frady, Willie put together a documentary feature on the relief efforts in Sri Lanka, narrated by Michelle Phillips. After winning The Spirit of Independents Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in 2006, Willie went back to working on writing and pitching his first narrative feature, a new project which might really push the boundaries of imagination for an audience, called Templin Highway.
After joining a crazy Englishman Mervyn Church on a trek to Niger, Africa, William added to his Obsession List the creation and propagation of school garden projects in Niger, A Little School in Africa, which helps kids learn gardening and blossoms into full-blown farming later. William is currently the world's poorest philanthropist, but this project has the blessings of ICRISAT scientists working in the Sub-Sahel Africa, and after William's future rise to fame and fortune in the film biz, funding will not be a problem.
After utterly failing to resist the temptation to shoot a movie with pals in the Ojai Mardi Gras (a charity benefit yearly bash), Willie produced his second documentary, The Ojai Mardi Gras 2013, which was a great hit with all the people in the movie, and allowed Willie to expand his music studio for sound tracks, since he could not afford to buy songs. After an extremely successful Red Carpet premier at the Ojai Film Festival and subsequent raging party, which amazingly resulted in 0 arrests for Having Too Much Fun in Public, Willie returned to putting hammer and tongs to the story of Templin Highway.
After sending out the screenplay for critical analysis to industry pals and receiving a return envelope containing the ashes of the screenplay and the words "Don't quit your Day Job," Willie worked hard to find the best solutions to the story's problems. After winning a place in the 2018 Beverly Hills Film Festival with this screenplay, and even further blacksmithing the story, Willie feels confident to pitch this as his first directorial effort in delivering a narrative feature. Willie is now working on writing a bio without the word 'after.'
Best Science Fiction Screenplay
Templin Highway
Stardust Films and Screenplays Festival
New York, NY
2021
Finalist Screenplay
Templin Highway
Le Festival du Film Fantastique de France
Paris, France
2021
Semi-Finalist Best Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
London International Film Festival
London, England
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Stardust Films and Screenplay Contest
New York, NY
2021
Honorable Mention for Screenplay
Templin Highway
Los Angeles Movie Awards
Los Angeles, California
2021
Finalist Best Screenplay
Templin Highway
Melech Tel-Aviv International Film Festival
Tel-Aviv, Israel
2021
Finalist Best Screenplay
Templin Highway
Astrophobia Science Fiction and Horror Film Festival
Courtenay, British Colombia, Canada
2021
Best Screenwriter / Screenplay
Templin Highway
CKF International Film Festival
Swindon, UK
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Wallachia International Film Festival
Bucharest, Romania
2021
Quarter- Finalist Best Screenplay
Templin Highway
Screenwriting Master Contest
Los Angeles, California
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
CKF International Film Festival
Swindon, UK
2021
Finalist for Best Unproduced Script for Feature Film
Templin Highway
Totonto independet Film Festival Cift
Toronto
2021
Red List 2021 Best Writer
Templin Highway
Hybrid Genre Canada: Toronto Film Awards
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2021
Best Screenplay Award
Templin Highway
Royal Society of Television and Motion Pictures Awards
Kolkata, India
2021
Honorable Mention
Templin Highway
Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards
Santa Barbara, California
2021
Best Screenplay Award
Templin Highway
Krimzon Horizon International Film Festival
Pondicherri, India
2021
Quarter- Finalist Best Screenplay
Templin Highway
Filmatic Drama Screenplay Awards
Los Angeles, California
2021
Finalist, Best Feature Script
Templin Highway
Paris International Film Festival
Paris, France
2021
Semi-Finalist Best Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
Venice Shorts
Venice, California
2021
Semi-Finalist Best Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
Flicker's Rhode Island Film Festival
Providence, Rhode Island
2021
H.G. Wells Award Best Writer
Templin Highway
L.A. Sci-Fi & Horror Festival
Los Angeles, California
2021
Best Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
Indo French International Film Festival
Pondicherri, India
2021
Finalist Screenplay
Templin Highway
Catalina Film Festival
Catalina Island,, California
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Script Summit 4 Round V
Michigan
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
The Fantasy Film Festival FFF - Le Festival du Film du Fantasme
Paris, France
2021
Semi-Finalist Best Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
Richmond Interntional Film Festival
Richmond, Virginia
2021
Quarter-Finalist
Templin Highway
Portland Screenplay Awards
Portland, Oregon
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Crown Wood International Film Festival
Kolkata, India
2021
Quarter-Finalist
Templin Highway
Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship
Los Angeles, California
2021
Semi-Finalist Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition
New York, NY
2021
Honorable Mention
Templin Highway
Wiki Screenplay Contest
Santa Barbara, California
2021
Quarter-Finalist
Templin Highway
Sedona International Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Sedona, AZ
2021
Best Screenplay Finalist
Templin Highway
Film Today Festival
Los Angeles, California
2021
Semi-Finalist Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
25th Annual Fade In Awards Sci-Fi Competition
Beverly Hills, California
2021
Finalist Best Script
Templin Highway
Roma Short Film Festival
Rome, Italy
2021
Best Screenplay Finalist
Templin Highway
New York Cinematography Awards
New York, NY
2021
Best Sci-Fi Screenplay
Templin Highway
Silver Mask Live Festival
Los Angeles, California
2021
Semi-Finalist Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
Fade In Awards Short Films/Short Scripts Competition
Beverly Hills, California
2021
Finalist Best Script
Templin Highway
Seoul International Short Film Festival
Seoul, South Korea
2021
Best Screenplay Finalist
Templin Highway
Black Swan Interntional Film Festival
Kolkata, India
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Toronto Film Magazine Fest
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
New York Tri-State International Film Festival
New York, NY
2021
Finalist, Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
Druk International Film Festivl
Paro, Bhutan
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Kateye International Film Festival
West Bengal, India
2021
Best Characters in Screenplay
Templin Highway
After Hour Film Festival
Mumbai, India
2021
Best Sci-Fi Screenplay
Templin Highway
Karukrit International Film Festival
Himachal Pradesh, India
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Open Window International Film Challenge
Kolkata, India
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
LA Sun Film Fest
Los Angeles, Californai
2021
Screenplay Finalist Award
Templin Highway
Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
Calcutta, India
2021
Quarter-Finalist Goldman Award
Templin Highway
SWN Screenplay Competition
United Kingdom
2021
Screenplay Finalist Award
Templin Highway
Twister Alley Film Festival
Woodward, Oklahoma
2021
Best Plot
Templin Highway
Beyond Earth Film Festival
Chennai, India
2021
Honorable Mention
Templin Highway
Redwood Shorts & Scripts
Sunnyvale, California
2021
Best Message Screenwriter Award
Templin Highway
Great Message International Film Festival
Mumbai, India
2021
Best Mystical Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
Silk Road Film Awards Cannes
Côte d'Azur, France
2021
Finalist
Templin Highway
Tokyo International Short Film Festival
Tokyo, Japan
2021
Semi-Finalist
Templin Highway
Atlanta International Screenplay Awards
Atlanta, GA
2021
Finalist
Templin Highway
Mokkho International Film Festival
Pondicherri, India
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Newmarket Toronto Festival
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2021
Finalist, Best Feature Script
Templin Highway
Tagore International Film Festival
Burbham, West Bengal, India
2021
Nominee, Best Unproduced Screenplay
Templin Highway
New York Independent Cinema Awards
New York, NY
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Great Message International Film Festival
Maharashtra, India
2021
Critic's Choice Award, Feature Script
Templin Highway
World Film Carnival Singapore
Singapore, Singapore
2021
Best Screenplay Finalist
Templin Highway
Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards
Philadelphia, PA
2021
Official Submission
Templin Highway
Global Film Market
Philadelphia, PA
2021
Best Screenplay Finalist
Templin Highway
Love Wins International Film Festival
Roslyn, NY USA
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Golden State Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2021
Silver Award, Feature Length Script
Templin Highway
WRPN.tv Screenplay Competition
Nassau, DE, USA
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
World Film Carnival Singapore
Singapore
2021
Quarter-Finalist
Templin Highway
New York City International Screenplay Awards
New York City, NY, USA
2021
Finalist, Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
Oz Indie Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia
2021
Finalist, Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
New Renaissnance Film Festival
Amsterdam, NL
2021
Gold Script Award
Templin Highway
Depth of Field International Film Festival
Nassau, DE, USA
2021
Finalist Screenplay
Templin Highway
SoCal Film Awards
Huntington Beach, CA, USA
2021
Quarter-Finalist, TV Pilot Category
Templin Highway
Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition
Los Angeles, Californai
2021
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Montreal Independent Film Festival
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2021
Semi-Finalist Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
Midwest Weirdfest
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
2021
Best Sci-Fi Screenplay
Templin Highway
Abdhooture Film Festival
Kolkata, India
2021
Semi-Finalist Best Unproduced Script
Templin Highway
Chicago Indie Film Awards
Chicago, IL
2021
Nominee
Templin Highway
Toronto Independent Film Awards
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2020
Best Unproduced Screenplay Nomination
Templin Highway
Lovesick Film Festival
Jersey City, NJ USA
2020
Best Genre Script Finalist
Templin Highway
Prix Royal Paris Screenplay Awards
Paris, France
2020
Best Feature Script
Templin Highway
Screen Power Film Festival
London, England
2020
Official Selection
Templin Highway
Amsterdam World International Film Festival
Amsterdam
2020
Best Story
Templin Highway
Buddha Internationla Film Festival
Mahaprasthra, India
2020
Finalist
Templin Highway
Best Script Award
London, England
2020
Special Acievement
Templin Highway
Cult Critic Movie Award
Kolkata, India
2020
Best Feature Script
Templin Highway
L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival (LIAFF)
Kolkata, India
2020
Platinum Winner, Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
International Independent Film Awards
Los Angeles, California
2020
Best Feature Script
Templin Highway
Paris Play International Film Festival
Paris, France
2020
College
UC Davis
Biochemistry
High School
Nordhoff in Ojai
Ditching
Nickname
Willie
Birth City
Las Vegas
Current City
Ventura
Hometown
Ojai
Height
6' 2"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
caucasian
Eye Color
Blue
Married To
Film Making
Children
Not yet
"To be awake is everything." Gustave Meyrink, The Green Glove
What an honor to be in a position to tell a story through film. Our most important facility as a race is Imagination, and a good story pulls us along through our imagination. Exploring new frontiers and thresholds is the goal of all great films.