Festival Year: 2017
Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy is a writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor who has worked on everything from music videos and commercials to motion capture animation, scripted and reality television, and fiction and non-fiction film.
Scott’s journey as a filmmaker began at Skidmore College, where he majored in theater with a concentration in directing. He was a DJ for WSPN, and spent his junior year abroad in London. Soon after graduating, Scott moved to New York City where he went from a P.A. and A.D. on music videos to directing his first video for Def Jam artist Nikki D, which garnered him a Gold Prize at The Houston Film Festival. This was followed by several number-one internationally aired music videos including Jimmy Cliff’s remake of “I Can See Clearly Now.”
Scott went on to establish himself as a director of music videos, commercials, and promos for clients like CBS, Mattel, DreamWorks Animation, and MSN.com. He directed second unit on the Showtime movies “Last Exit to Earth” and “Sea Wolf.” Scott then had the unique opportunity of being hired by low-budget legend Roger Corman to direct four TV features.
Scott’s debut documentary, OT: our town, tells the underdog story of the first play in twenty years at Dominguez High in Compton, California, and their attempt to produce Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. OT screened and won awards at festivals like: Toronto, Los Angeles (best documentary), Tribeca, SXSW, Palm Springs Int’l (audience award), and Aspen (audience award). OT was also ‘short listed’ for an Oscar nomination, nominated for Best Documentary by the Independent Spirit Awards, and awarded a Human and Civil Rights award from the National Education Association (NEA). OT had great critical success, and was included on several ‘best of’ lists, including the L.A. Times and Seattle Times.
Scott grew up in Berkeley, CA, and now resides in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles with his wife, Catherine Borek, and their two daughters Tessa and Eden.
Festival Year: 2017