Director BIO: Karl Shefelman (MEMORY BOX)

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Karl recently completed his debut feature film, “Looking for the Jackalope”- a cautionary tale about nostalgia. The film won the JURY AWARD for BEST COMEDY FEATURE AND the AUDIENCE AWARD for BEST U.S. FEATURE at the 2017 Austin Revolution Film Festival. Distributed by Indie Rights, it is now available on Amazon Prime.

Karl wrote a screenplay for a larger feature film project, “The Hunters”. Based on a true story, it is a coming-of-age adventure about some American and French embassy kids who must fight to survive after getting stranded in the West African desert on a camping trip gone awry. The script was a SEMIFINALIST in the 2015 Nicholl Fellowships Screenplay Competition and one of the TOP 50 SCRIPTS out of 7500 entered. It also won the BRONZE AWARD in the 2018 New York International Screenplay Awards competition.

Karl’s short film, “Bill’s Seat”, won Best Short Film at the St. Louis Int’l Film Festival,2003, and was an official selection at numerous other festivals. His original half-hour period drama, “Elysian Fields”, also won numerous festival awards, including a Mobil Award at the First-run Film Festival, NYU, and a Gold Prize at the World Festival/Houston. Distributed by Tapestry International, it was sold to the BBC-2.

In addition, Karl has worked for years as a storyboard artist for numerous A-list directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and the late Jonathan Demme.

Karl was born and raised in Austin, Texas before moving to New York.

Director Statement

After spending several years writing, directing, and producing my debut feature film, “Looking for the Jackalope”, I was itching to make a short film with a much quicker turn-around. I came across writer/producer Daniel Blake Smith’s online post looking for a director for his short script, “Memory Box”. The story deals with dementia and how little we know about what might be locked inside someone’s mind who has this disease. I found the story both compelling and poignant, with a great surprise twist thrown in as well.

With the exception of myself, all cast, crew, and post-production team were local St. Louis talent. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had on a film shoot and I could not have been happier with the result. Everyone was truly professional and easy to work with and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to direct a film written and produced by someone else.

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