Hey, I'm Brian!

Portland, Oregon

Brian studied filmmaking at Humboldt State University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute where he received the Jack Oakie Memorial Scholarship for Comedic Screenwriting. In Los Angeles he worked for The Motion Syndicate, Termite Art, Hollywood Tent Works, Trailer Park Productions, and Castle Rock Entertainment but his artistic sensibilities and skills were forged working on several projects for screenwriter/producer Barbara Turner. Brian directed videos & short films prior to making his feature debut The Black Sea (shot on super 16) which screened at film festivals like SoCal, Portland, Seattle True Independent, Boise, Columbia Gorge and others. A 2015 and 2016 Fellow at the Stowe Story Labs, and a recipient of Project Grants from Regional Arts + Culture Council for The Black Sea, short film noir The Big Black Dark (2012) and web-series Microaggressions (2019), Brian is married to Margaret Malone, with whom he is co-writing a memoir about his brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and recovery in 2005. Currently based in Portland, Oregon he is haunted by his long-ago 2nd place finish on Jeopardy. Contact him by email at northernflickerfilms@gmail.com.

 

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Night Waking

Washington, District of Columbia Film Short
Sci-Fi, LGBTQ

In a dark time, what does it mean to protect your children? A science fiction tale from the Rosenbaum siblings.

76%

17 days left

89 followers

Crimson City

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Horror

A vampire hunter who flees to NYC to start escape her old life of killing the undead and accidentally kills a vampire on her first day in th

76%

2 days left

166 followers

She Had It Coming

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Mystery

Demanded by the deceased, a seance takes place among a group of friends as the dead protagonist tries to work out which of them killed her.

102%

This project got the green light!

My Own Mecca

Oakland, California Film Short
Drama

Dre, an Oakland native, drops his friend off at a hotel. From there, he forced to contort his personality through different interactions.

174%

This project got the green light!

Good Chemistry

Portland, Oregon Film Short
Comedy, Science

An 80s homage for the 21st Century: Two science majors left alone on campus for Thanksgiving discover a place where they belong.

93%

This project got the green light!

The Fire Cats

Santa Rosa, California Film Short
Documentary

After the California wildfires, hundreds of cats miraculously survived, but a few fiercely dedicated rescuers had to find them first.

104%

This project got the green light!

Crowned: Season 2

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

Macie and the rest of the Party Princesses survive batty bosses, pushy parents and crazy co-workers in this semi-scripted comedy series.

73%

This project got the green light!

Los Angeless

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Drama

Los Angeless is an anthology series made up of 9 short films by 15 female filmmakers, set in an authentic, unromanticized version of L.A.

83%

This project got the green light!

Hawks Ridge

Richmond, Virginia Film Feature
Drama, Thriller

A grieving ex-pastor finds himself responsible for saving the life of the man that killed his wife.

82%

This project got the green light!

63 Miles Away

Portland, Oregon Film Short
Drama

Stuck in a dying suburban town, young siblings spend their days alone, planning for a better life they naively believe is within reach.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Great Divide

Denver, Colorado Film Feature
Thriller, Western

In 1879 Colorado, a destitute ranch heiress must seek restitution by joining forces with the dangerous outlaws who murdered her father.

91%

This project got the green light!

Winning

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy

Four people and a talking cat think they’re the lone survivors of a nuclear apocalypse, until Ivanka Pump shows up...

80%

This project got the green light!

When Skies Are Gray

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Experimental

An unlikely pair of world-weary souls help one another reignite their sense of wonder.

89%

This project got the green light!

Dirt Is Soil

Oakland, California Film Feature
Drama, Experimental

When the creative rich meet the creative poor, what do they make together?

101%

This project got the green light!

Future Therapy

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

Therapy in the year 2038 when dates are virtual reality, babies are gene edited, Alexa is now a fully functioning robot.

104%

This project got the green light!

Low in the Water

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Thriller

Clay retreats to the woods to fight his inner demons only to find them ever-lurking just below the surface.

102%

This project got the green light!

Trace

Denver, Colorado Film Short
Drama, Horror

A woman preserves home videos in an obsessive attempt to bring her estranged daughter back home.

100%

This project got the green light!

Regret

New Orleans, Louisiana Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

A successful farmer who takes in a friend's children reckons with what being an out lesbian in her struggling Cajun community has cost her.

100%

This project got the green light!

Ray and Roy

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Family

The guilt-ridden daughter of an ex-jazz pianist helps her father move on from the suicide of his brother.

85%

This project got the green light!

Eagle Rock

Bozeman, Montana Film Short
Drama, Crime

A young woman in prison for murder reflects on what led her to the crime, the cult she was a part of and her relationship with its leader.

100%

This project got the green light!

Dance of the Porcelain Demons

London, United Kingdom Film Short
Fantasy, Horror

Sometimes we fight our demons, sometimes we dance with them...

92%

This project got the green light!

Normativity

Boston, Massachusetts Series
Drama, LGBTQ

Stories about women and the differences that make them unique and the similarities that give them commonality.

90%

This project got the green light!

Another Period in Time

Atlanta, Georgia Series
Comedy, Drama

A free black woman from 1863 wakes up in 2018 ATL & meets an entitled millennial. Can she get home or learn to love avocado toast & selfies?

106%

This project got the green light!

The Trespasser

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Thriller

Following the suicide of her mentally ill father, a young black girl sets out to destroy the one object she believes led him to his death

101%

This project got the green light!

Reddy Records: A Short Film

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Music

Reddy Records is a musical fantasia about memory, jazz, and finding yourself with or without your parent's love.

119%

This project got the green light!

LOVE BUGS: A Senior Thesis Film

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Comedy, Family

Teenage Lu must eradicate a pest infestation in her beloved squash garden while avoiding her neurotic mother, who is quickly unhinging as sh

100%

This project got the green light!

Bella, Citizen Artist

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

A film about the life, work, influence and impact of California-based choreographer/dancer/artist Bella Lewitzky.

102%

This project got the green light!

Those Who Roam

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Drama

After a mass disappearance has claimed loved ones, a surprising encounter leads two young females on a journey to find people and answers.

85%

This project got the green light!

The Last Day of School

Minneapolis, Minnesota Film Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Two boys and two futures, hanging in the balance between an act of kindness and a mother's misguided love.

80%

This project got the green light!

Search History

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

In the search of her Korean family’s history, Grace sends her grandma’s DNA to 23+Me and unravels a huge family secret...a Japanese uncle!

104%

This project got the green light!

Frankenstealth

Union, New Jersey Film Short
Animation, Family

The coolest daddy-daughter relationship is put to the test when an urgent project spirals out of control.

100%

This project got the green light!

Proud

San Jose, California Film Short
Drama, Shorts Program

An Asian American learns to become proud of her Korean heritage while trying to discover her identity as an American.

128%

This project got the green light!

Dead Winter

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Drama, Horror

In a post-apocalyptic South, a young woman must decide whether to fight for her family's survival -- or leave them behind.

100%

This project got the green light!

Brown Town

McAllen, Texas Film Feature
Musical, Romantic Comedy

A loner beat boxer finds family in her college's South Asian acapella team.

80%

This project got the green light!

Anatomy of Wings

Baltimore, Maryland Film Feature
Documentary, Global Celebration

A young mentor from East Baltimore seeks to understand how ten teenage girls are feeling courage toward their circumstances.

111%

This project got the green light!

Endless Light

Fairbanks, Alaska Film Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Returning home, a bipolar woman attempts to decipher her brother's suicide through occult intervention with Alaska's wilderness.

101%

This project got the green light!

In the Shadow of the Valley

Klamath Falls, Oregon Film Feature
Film-Noir, Thriller

When mysterious forces threaten the family and church of a rural pastor, he's forced to play detective to unravel a disturbing mystery.

133%

This project got the green light!

Thunderbolt In Mine Eye

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Drama, Teen

Two young neighbors embark on a first love relationship in which they struggle to remain kids amid the complexities of modern adolescence.

101%

This project got the green light!

Duncan

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Crime, Satire

A young black journalist & an angry alt-right militiaman team up to uncover a child trafficking ring hidden in a pizzeria's basement.

86%

This project got the green light!

Broker 2

New York, United States Film Feature
Comedy, Thriller

A small-town serial killer moves from his usual hunting grounds to the Big Apple, where he finds it hard to adjust to city living.

84%

This project got the green light!

Inbetween Girl

Galveston, Texas Film Feature
Comedy, Teen

Angie's life becomes even more complicated when she begins an affair with a popular jock at her new private school.

115%

This project got the green light!

Disfluency

Commerce Charter Township, Michigan Film Feature
Drama, Comedy

Jane spends the summer after college at her family's lake house where she continues to cope with PTSD after date rape.

124%

This project got the green light!

Itchy Fingers

Chicago, Illinois Film Feature
Satire

An aspiring teenage comedian joins a community theatre and is cast to play a school shooter.

123%

This project got the green light!

THEY WHO SURROUND US

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama

A farmer follows a voice deep into the woods enabling him to see his wife one last time.

187%

This project got the green light!

White Crow

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Mystery, Thriller

A sickly young woman's life unravels when she receives a heart transplant and begins to take on her donor's personality traits.

89%

This project got the green light!

Hudson

Syracuse, New York Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

Hudson is a dramedy about two distant cousins that take a trip in an old Volvo to scatter one of their late mother's ashes.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Bachelorette Party

Orcas, Washington Film Feature
Comedy, Horror

Six girlfriends go to a remote island for a bachelorette party, where they go from fighting off bad hangovers to fighting for their lives.

127%

This project got the green light!

What She Said

Flint Hill, Virginia Film Feature
Drama, Family

Sam's sure the best way to face her trauma is alone on her family's farm. Her brother's sure she's wrong. A Thanksgiving intervention movie.

82%

This project got the green light!

Parkway of Broken Dreams

Las Vegas, Nevada Film Feature
Documentary

In the 1990s, Las Vegas counterculture boomed along one road: Maryland Parkway. But by the end of the decade, the whole scene vanished.

90%

This project got the green light!

Birthright?!

Miami, Florida Film Feature
Documentary

A journey into the tropically surreal identities of Miami's favorite hyphenated American musical duo, Afrobeta.

100%

This project got the green light!

Between the Moon and You

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

A young couple's sweet romance spirals into chaos as the two fall out of love and struggle to keep a grip on reality.

82%

This project got the green light!

Oniphron

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A tale about a homeless immortal woman taken in by a Portlander.

85%

This project got the green light!

BABYDOLL

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

A failed musician and a stubborn teenager make a pact to drive across Texas to retrieve his stolen guitar and meet her long lost father.

104%

This project got the green light!

Sister/Brother

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

Nora, a broke actress, and her younger brother Scotty drive from Portland to Seattle so she can attend a dinner hosted by her wealthy ex.

100%

This project got the green light!

Beyond the Shadows

Sedro-Woolley, Washington Film Feature
Horror, Comedy

A ghost hunter with his band of misfits explore the paranormal activity of massacred Native American spirits at the Chetco River Lodge.

83%

This project got the green light!

I Don't Live Today

New York City, New York Film Feature
Drama, Experimental

On his last night in NYC, a struggling Black painter wanders the streets cutting off all ties he has to the morally hypocritical art world.

81%

This project got the green light!

Jacob's Brother

Lake Charles, Louisiana Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

A comedian with bipolar disorder must learn to balance his ambitions with managing his condition or risk losing his family, career, & sanity

104%

This project got the green light!

America Inc. Prelude: Theory Of Mind

Portland, Oregon Film Short
Action, Sci-Fi

In a world controlled by corporations. A small group of dissidents tries to break free of company control.

83%

This project got the green light!

Ellipsis

New Orleans, Louisiana Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Each consumed with indecision, two women help each other find some sort of clarity in a brief chance meeting.

113%

This project got the green light!

Brown With Blue

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Drama, Romance

A handyman & his girlfriend struggle with substance abuse to cope with their problems.

102%

This project got the green light!

Big Girl

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

A plus-size woman in NYC navigates our size-obsessed culture with cynical humor and unapologetic self-love.

81%

This project got the green light!

Passion & Progress

Lakeland, Florida Series
Documentary

When people of color set out an ambitious goal to reach their highest potential, only to be faced with societal barriers.

110%

This project got the green light!

Pink

Los Angeles, California Series
Drama

As narcotics hit Washington DC hard in 1987, four young girls are forced to provide and protect as their parents lose to the drug game.

125%

This project got the green light!

Blossom

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

Transgender entertainer/activist Blossom C. Brown finds answers to her troubled past while aspiring a career in the entertainment industry.

80%

This project got the green light!

Uneasy The Show

Oakland, California Series
Comedy, Drama

Two brown girls take on student loans, MFA drama, & techie jargon in Oakland: home of the Black Panthers & now, $3000 one bedroom apartments

103%

This project got the green light!

Established

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Drama

After losing their car and savings, two lovers fight to build a life in LA while enduring the changes of an unstable industry.

87%

This project got the green light!

Curls For Humanity

Chicago, Illinois Series
Comedy, Other

After living a carefree lavish existence in Los Angeles, biracial sisters are forced to migrate to Chicago where they explore their racial i

96%

This project got the green light!

I Friggin Love you

Los Angeles, California Series
Drama, Romantic Comedy

Love can make you or break you.

91%

This project got the green light!

The Vth Column

Los Angeles, California Series
Horror, Sci-Fi

Horror/Scifi series. Episode 1. A couple flees from a stranger, who refused to let them out of his car, after hitching a ride.

102%

This project got the green light!

Hatched

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

After a recent personal loss, one woman's grief turns to obsession as she searches for clues about missing children in a national forest.

87%

This project got the green light!

My Summer as a Goth - Final Post Production Funding

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Drama, Teen

Sometimes you need to go to the dark side to see the light.

103%

This project got the green light!

Chasing Fletcher Allen (Formerly Stalking LeVar)

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

One woman's story in finding a balance between the external things that she believes she needs with the internal answers that she's been avo

89%

This project got the green light!

Cherry Picking

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A bride questions if waiting until marriage to have sex was the right choice, voicing concern to her very sexually active female cousins.

107%

This project got the green light!

Messy The Web Series

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Romance

A web series about love, marriage, separation, kids, and dating all under one happy roof! I swear this will not make you cry!

100%

This project got the green light!

The Apple Tree

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A closeted high school football player is forced to volunteer at a retirement community after getting in trouble with the law, where he form

82%

This project got the green light!

One Bird at a Time

Portland, Oregon Series
Comedy, Drama

When do-gooder and lovable neurotic Julie strives to save the neediest and the craziest in the world, she has to start in her own backyard.

105%

This project got the green light!

In the Blue Hour

New York City, New York Company
Drama, Experimental

What are we supposed to make of a life? A perfect hostess invites her friends to attend one last party - and you are invited!

101%

This project got the green light!

Escaping Freedom

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A doubting pastor must question everything he believes when his free-spirited sister challenges his view of what being free truly means.

101%

This project got the green light!

Parallel Chords

St. Louis, Missouri Film Feature
Drama, Music

A young violinist struggles to break free from her pianist father to find her own voice.

115%

This project got the green light!

Lost Bayou

Lafayette, Louisiana Film Feature
Drama, Family

A struggling addict ventures out into the Louisiana swamp to discover that her estranged faith healer father is hiding a troubling secret.

118%

This project got the green light!

A Room Full of Nothing

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.

105%

This project got the green light!

The Atavist

Pittsfield, Berkshire County Film Feature
Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman travels to the past, but when the things she leaves alter history, she must get them back to save the future.

292%

This project got the green light!

Rich Kids

Houston, Texas Film Feature
Drama

A group of Latino teens in a poor community break into Los Ricos, a local mansion, to forget their difficult lives and live a different one.

101%

This project got the green light!

Clementine

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A heartbroken woman stows away to her estranged lover's lake house where she becomes entangled with a teenage girl.

111%

This project got the green light!

What Lies West

Santa Rosa, California Film Feature
Drama, Teen

Just out of college, Nicolette takes a job babysitting an anti-social teen with a desperate desire for adventure.

92%

This project got the green light!

Hide and Seek

Washington, District of Columbia Film Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

An indie rock musician turned stay-at-home dad makes an impulsive wish, propelling him into an alternate reality.

130%

This project got the green light!

The Benefits of Gusbandry

Portland, Oregon Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

Love is so gay. One Woman, One Man, a lot of weed, a little crying and NO sexual attraction whatsoever. "Hilarious, irreverent.." - OUT.com

103%

This project got the green light!

Half the Picture

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

HALF THE PICTURE is a feature documentary about working women directors in Hollywood.

82%

This project got the green light!

F*ck Yes Series

Los Angeles, California Series
Romance, Comedy

F*ck Yes! is what affirmative consent sounds like. Sex made hotter. SoSFW (sort of Safe For Work.)

133%

This project got the green light!

Film Festival Secrets 2.0

Atlanta, Georgia
Film-related Business, Filmmaker Resource

Join the community that will shape the next edition of this practical guide to film festivals.

119%

This project got the green light!

Auld Lang Syne

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

An annual New Year’s Eve party becomes occasion for disaster as three couples' lives unravel spectacularly over the course of the evening.

80%

This project got the green light!

Rewind: Play

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Documentary

Playful exploration of adults who enjoy the simplicity of childhood revelry amidst grown-up pressure

82%

This project got the green light!

Arcadia Bay

Portland, Oregon Film Short
Mystery, Sci-Fi

A pair of military scientists discover they are living inside a simulation and set out to learn why.

132%

This project got the green light!

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New York City, New York
Other

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104%

This project got the green light!

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