TOM PUTNAM (Director):
Tom Putnam has been recognized as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazineand is a recipient of the Independent Feature Project (IFP) Fast Track Award. In addition to directing THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE, he recently completed producing and directing the World War II feature documentary RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE, which was lauded by Varietyfor its “unerring visual acumen” in its ability to reveal the psychological scars of warfare. The film premiered at the 2006 Locarno International Film Festival, where it was the only American film chosen to be part of the festival's prestigious Critics’ Week section. A special one-hour version of the film was broadcast on PBS through their Emmy® Award-winning Independent Lens series in November 2007.
His previous short films include BROADCAST 23, an eight-minute horror/comedy that was financed by Fox Searchlight and which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. BROADCAST 23 has gone on to play over 80 international film festivals, including the London Film Festival and Montreal's Just For Laughs.
Putnam also wrote, produced and directed the short film phenomenon TOM HITS HIS HEAD, which has played over 200 international film festivals -- more than any other short film in history. TOM HITS HIS HEAD has qualified for Academy Award® consideration and won 15 major awards, including the Spirit of Slamdance at the Slamdance Film Festival and Grand Jury Prize at Aspen Shortsfest, the world's premiere short film festival. TOM HITS HIS HEAD has been broadcast on PBS and HBO, released theatrically in Europe and is now available on home video through Vanguard Home Entertainment. A graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, Putnam is also a partner in the Los Angeles-based production company Three-Headed Monster with fellow USC classmates Michael Harbour and Jeff Malmberg. Their feature screenplay WHERE THE HELL IS BILL? was one of 32 finalists (from over 2,200 entries) for the Austin Heart of Film screenplay competition and has been a three-time finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Labs. In addition to their short film and feature credits above, the three have optioned a number of feature screenplays and series pilots to various production companies.