Stuart B. Pollard
January 26, 1967
|Alma mater||Georgetown University, BSBA 1989|
USC School of Cinematic Arts, MFA 1994
|Occupation||Producer, director, writer|
Early life and education
Pollard was born in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Kentucky Country Day School. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1989, then spent three years working for New York's McCann-Erickson before moving to Los Angeles to earn his MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, Pollard created Lunacy Unlimited, a production company that created a number of award-winning commercials and documentaries before eventually shifting its focus to features.
Pollard made his feature film debut in 1999, producing, writing and directing Nice Guys Sleep Alone, starring Sean O'Bryan and Vanessa Marcil. A romantic comedy about the dating scene in Louisville, the independent production was broadcast in over a dozen countries and carried on cable television's HBO. The film became the first Netflix exclusive, garnering press coverage from USA Today, Time, and Variety.
In 2005, Pollard delivered his second feature film. He produced, wrote, and directed Keep Your Distance, starring Gil Bellows and Jennifer Westfeldt. The thriller depicts a seemingly perfect marriage, which slowly dissolves at the foot of betrayal.
Pollard received a number of producing credits for independent films from 2006 through 2015, including Ira and Abby and Bass Ackwards. In 2015, Pollard founded his production company Lunacy Productions in order to break free of the "one at a time" model of independent filmmaking and have multiple projects in development at a time. Lunacy has offices in Louisville, Kentucky, and Los Angeles, California, and focuses on supporting emerging filmmakers while also working on new materials with established talent.
With Lunacy Productions, Pollard produced the critically acclaimed survival thriller Rust Creek, which won the Best Thriller Feature Award at the San Diego Film Festival. His latest release is the romantic comedy Plus One, starring Jack Quaid and Maya Erskine.
|1999||Nice Guys Sleep Alone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Directorial Debut|
|2005||Keep Your Distance||Yes||Yes||Yes||Breckenridge Festival of Film Best Feature|
|2006||Ira and Abby||No||Yes||No|
|2013||Forty Years From Yesterday||No||Yes||No|
|2017||And Then I Go||No||Yes||No||New Hampshire Film Festival Best Feature|
|2018||7 Splinters in Time||No||Yes||No|
|2018||This Is Home: A Refugee Story||No||Yes||No||Sundance Film Festival Audience Award|
|2019||Rust Creek||No||Yes||Story||San Diego Film Festival Best Thriller Feature|
|2019||Plus One||No||Yes||No||Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award Narrative|
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- "About Lunacy Productions". Lunacy Productions.
- Aretakis, Rachel (May 1, 2015). "Stu Pollard launches new filmmaking venture". Louisville Business Journal.
- Adams, Kirby (January 19, 2019). "How Iroquois Park plays a key role in this drug-fueled Kentucky thriller". The Courier-Journal.
- "2018 Award Winners". San Diego Film Festival.
- Keel, Eli (June 12, 2019). "Filmmaker Stu Pollard comes home with award-winning rom-com 'Plus One'". Insider Louisville.
- "Equity Financing 101 with Stu Pollard". Film Independent.
- Summers, Michael (October 3, 2005). "Award-winning thriller Keep Your Distance premiers at Cinema Center Tech". Fort Wayne Reader.
- "New Hampshire Night Ignites the Celebrations for 17th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival". New Hampshire Film Festival. October 13, 2017.
- "2018 Sundance Film Festival Award Announced". Sundance Institute. January 27, 2018.
- "Plus One from Studio71 wins Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival". Red Arrow Studios. May 4, 2019.
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