Misty Talley

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Misty Talley is an American film director and film editor. She also teaches at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Talley is the first woman to direct an original film for Syfy.


Talley graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in fine arts from the Visual Arts Media Program. She originally intended to become a video installation artist and teaches editing at her alma mater.[1]


Talley became the first woman to direct a Syfy original film when she directed the 2015 television film Zombie Shark.[2] She chose to direct shark films because she loves monster movies and thinks that shark films are a genre "for filmmakers to cut their teeth on". Talley stated that she loves the challenge of shooting shark-based films. She said that her shark films are more of an action adventure with camp and focuses more on the characters than similar films.[3] Her other productions include editing productions for Lifetime and local filmmakers. The majority of the feature length films she works on are edited in Lafayette with about five projects being worked on at once.[1]

Her short film Ten To Sing was selected for the Cannes Film Festival short films corner as part of the Marché du Film.[1][4] The short film is almost 13 minutes long and is about an elderly woman who finally decides to leave her home, only to discover that she is the last person on Earth.[5] Talley stated, "I've made two short films over the span of three years. I'm really excited to learn about how I can make more content at a faster pace with better quality and longer run times, too."[4]

She owns the production company Fable House which is based in Louisiana and focuses on New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.[2]


Directed films
Year Title
2011 Soup's On[6]
2014 Ten To Sing[1]
2015 Zombie Shark[2]
2016 Ozark Sharks [5]
2017 Mississippi River Sharks[7]
2018 Santa Jaws[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Misty Talley". Face Magazine. October 1, 2014. p. 12. Retrieved July 24, 2019 – via Issuu.
  2. ^ a b c Courville, April (November 23, 2015). "Meet six Louisiana women who changed the film industry". Daily Advertiser. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Arceneaux, Bill (July 1, 2019). "The Shark Lady: An Interview with Misty Talley". Big Easy Magazine. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Wyatt, Negan (May 6, 2014). "UL professor screening short film at Cannes Film Festival". Daily Advertiser. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Misty Talley work samples". Audience Awards. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "About". Official website. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Insane-sounding Syfy movie 'Mississippi River Sharks' makes us want to stay clear of the levees". The Advocate. July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "Santa Jaws". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 24, 2019.

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