Life without movies is unthinkable.
An award-winning director, producer, sound designer, and an award-nominated cinematographer and editor of a multi-award winning film, I came to filmmaking later in life.
After spending almost half of my 20s teaching English in Korea, I decided to make a change. At 30, I enrolled in the DePaul MFA film program to follow my dreams. During my time there, I got married and we welcomed our son into the world.
After a long and arduous process spanning over 2 years, I finally completed my thesis film and graduated in Fall of 2018. The film is now on its festival run, where it has earned much success.
Having overcome many hardships to get to this point, I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share my film with the world.
Official Selection
Below A Dark Wood
International Shorts
Melbourne
2019
Official Selection
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Blow-Up International Arthouse Filmfest Chicago
Chicago, IL
2019
Semi-Finalist
Below A Dark Wood
International Moving Film Festival
Abadan
2019
Official Selection
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Curtas Fest
Vilagarcía de Arousa
2019
Official Selection
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Queens Underground International Film Festival
New York City, New York
2019
Official Selection
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MoziMotion
Hilversum
2019
Semi-Finalist
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Alder International Short Film Festival
Chicago, IL
2019
Finalist
Below A Dark Wood
Las Vegas Global Film Fest
Las Vegas, Nevada
2019
Official Selection
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Cefalù Film Festival
Cefalù, Palermo
2019
Semi-Finalist
Below A Dark Wood
Sands Film Festival
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
2019
Official Selection
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Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival
Mumbai
2019
Official Selection; Online Showcase
Below A Dark Wood
Festival AZYL - International Online Festival of Short Films
Bratislava
2019
WINNER - Best Zero Dialogue Short Film; Official Selection; Live Screening
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Beyond Earth Film Festival
Kolkata
2019
WINNER - Best Sound Design; Official Selection; Live Screening
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Canted Angle Film Festival
Harrison, Arkansas
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening
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Malabo International Music & Film Festival
Malabo
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening
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LIFFT India Filmotsav - World Cine Fest, Lonavla
Lonavla
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening
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Zuma Film Festival
Abuja
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening
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Southern Screen Festival
Lafayette, Louisiana
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening
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Gig Harbor Film Festival
Gig Harbor, Washington
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening
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U-Special International Campus Film Festival
New Delhi
2019
WINNER - Curators' Collection; NOMINEE - Best National Short Film; Official Selection; Live Screening
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Horsetooth International Film Festival
Loveland, Colorado
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening
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Sinevizyon
Nicosia
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening
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Cindependent Film Festival
Cincinnati, Ohio
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening
Below A Dark Wood
Cinema Soup Film Festival
Dekalb, Illinois
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening, Creepy City Shorts
Below A Dark Wood
River Bend Film Festival
Goshen, Indiana
2019
WINNER - Best College Director; NOMINEE - Best College Short; TOP TEN - Best Movie Poster; Official Selection; Live Screening, WTF Shorts
Below A Dark Wood
Twister Alley International Film Festival
Woodward, Oklahoma
2019
NOMINEE - Best Student Film, April 2019; Official Selection
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Short to the Point International Short Film Festival
Bucharest
2019
MONTHLY FINALIST - Best Student Short, April 2019
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Changing Face International Film Festival
Cronulla, New South Wales
2019
FINALIST - Crowd Round; Official Selection; Online Showcase
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Lift-Off First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
Pinewood Studios
2019
NOMINEE - Best Editing in a Narrative, Dramatic, or Comedic Short Film; Official Selection; Live Screening
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The Short Film Awards - The SOFIES
Newark, New Jersey
2019
NOMINEE - Best Student Film; Official Selection; Live Screening
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Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, North Carolina
2019
NOMINEE - Best Sci/Fi or Horror Short; Official Selection; Live Screening
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Ridgefield Independent Film Festival
Ridgefield, Connecticut
2019
NOMINEE - Best International University Short Film; Official Selection; Live Screening
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Guayaquil International Film Festival
Santiago de Guayaquil
2019
NOMINEE - Best Director, Horror; NOMINEE - Best Actor, Horror; Official Selection; Live Screening, Horror Block
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The Brightside Film Festival
Jersey City, New Jersey
2019
FINALIST - Best Student Film; Official Selection; Live Screening
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South Shore Film Festival
Mastic, New York
2019
NOMINEE - Best Student Film; NOMINEE - Best Actor, Central States Film; NOMINEE - Best Cinematography, Central States Short; Official Selection; Live Screening
Below A Dark Wood
Central States Indie FanFilmFest
Rock Island, Illinois
2019
FINALIST - Best Short Film; Official Selection; Live Screening
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Benton Park Film Festival
Saint Louis, Missouri
2019
JURY AWARD - Third Place; Official Selection; Live Screening
Below A Dark Wood
Barrington Independent Short Film Festival
Barrington, IL
2019
Official Selection; Live Screening
Below A Dark Wood
New Wave Film Festival
Hong Kong
2019
Official Selection; Online Student Showcase
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Southeast Michigan Film Festival
Dearborn, Michigan
2018
Official Selection; Online Showcase
Below A Dark Wood
Lift-Off Sessions
Pinewood Studios
2018
Official Selection; Live Screening
Below A Dark Wood
The Cump Film Festival, Cump Film Summit 2018
Nairobi
2018
College
Illinois Wesleyan University
BA, English Writing, concentration in Creative
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College
DePaul University
MFA, Digital Cinema, concentration in Directing
20152018
High School
Hoffman Estates High School
19992003
Birth Date
November 21, 1984
Nickname
Bill
Birth City
Addison, IL
Current City
Clermont, FL
Hometown
Schaumburg, IL
Height
6'2"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
white
Eye Color
Green
Zodiac Sign
Scorpio
Married To
Youngjune Shin
Children
Aden Slovick
One of my first words was "movie."
"There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization." ~Werner Herzog
Life without movies is unthinkable.
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