Spencer Susser

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Spencer Susser (born 1977) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer.[1]

Susser is the only American member of the Australian filmmaking collective Blue-Tongue Films.[2] His short film I Love Sarah Jane, featuring Mia Wasikowska, won Best Narrative Short at the 2008 Nashville Film Festival,[3] the Reel Frontier Merit Award at the Arizona International Film Festival, and the Canal+ Award at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Susser co-wrote the project with David Michôd. In February 2011, it was reported that Susser is developing a feature-length film based on the short.[2]

His feature film debut Hesher stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman.[1] It appeared at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the United States on May 13, 2011.

Susser co-directed the music video for Lana Del Rey's song "Summertime Sadness" with Kyle Newman.[4]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Notes
2010 Hesher Yes Yes Yes Yes Also title designer
2017 The Greatest Showman No No No Yes Also second unit director

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Notes
1999 Ah Weak & Wide Astry Yes Yes Yes Yes
2001 R2-D2: Beneath the Dome Yes No No No Also additional cinematographer
2003 Roughing Up with Witness Yes Yes Yes Yes
2005 A Love Story Yes Yes Yes Yes
2008 I Love Sarah Jane Yes Yes Executive Yes
2012 Eugene Yes Yes No Yes
Latch Key No No Executive No
Today's the Day No No Executive No
2013 Happy Accidents No No No Yes
The Captain Yes Yes Yes Yes
2016 Shiny Yes Yes Yes Yes Also cinematographer, visual effects, animator and various voices
2021 Save Ralph Yes Yes Yes Yes

Camera Department[edit]

Year Title Position Notes
2002 From Puppets to Pixels: Digital Characters in 'Episode II' Camera operator Documentary short film
2005 Lucky Camera operator Short film;

Also sound recorder

2007 Spider Second camera Short film
2009 Inside the Square Camera operator Documentary short film
2011 Bear Additional camera operator Short film;

Also pre-visualization

2016 Treespass Additional photography Short film


  1. ^ a b "Interview: Spencer Susser Talks The Birth of 'Hesher,' Accidentally Getting Into Sundance". indieWire. May 11, 2011. Archived from the original on May 11, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Blue-Tongue Aussies reach the Oscars". theage.com.au. Associated Press. February 22, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Top awards announced for the Nashville Film Festival
  4. ^ Official music video for Summertime Sadness on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVjsGKrE6E8

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