Tim Sullivan (director)

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Tim Sullivan
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Born Timothy Michael Sullivan
(1964-07-02) July 2, 1964 (age 52)
Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer

Timothy Michael "Tim" Sullivan (born July 2, 1964 in Plainfield, New Jersey) is an American film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter.


Early career[edit]

His interest in film began as a teenager when he landed a job as a production assistant on the 1983 cult horror film Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn. Sullivan majored in film studies at New York University, and his first writer/director/producer credit was the short A Christmas Treat (1985), for which he won Fangoria magazine's Short Film Search Award. While attending NYU, Sulivan wrote the music news for MTV. After graduating, he worked as a production assistant on such award winning films as Three Men and a Baby, Cocktail, Coming To America, and The Godfather Part III.[1][2]


Throughout his career Sullivan has worn many hats, including acting.[3] Much like Alfred Hitchcock and M. Night Shyamalan, he has cast himself for roles in his own films.[4] He was production manager for the independent films If Looks Could Kill (1986)[5] and America Exposed, (1990)[6] and produced New Line Cinema's Detroit Rock City which starred Edward Furlong and James DeBello. After working in development at New Line Cinema for five years,[7] Sullivan formed his own production company, New Rebellion Entertainment.[8][9]

Sullivan's mainstream directorial debut was the well-received Lion's Gate's horror-comedy,[10] 2001 Maniacs (2005) starring Robert Englund and Lin Shaye.[11] This was followed by Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror (2005) (as co-writer and producer) and Driftwood (2006), a supernatural thriller about troubled youths at a reform camp, starring Raviv Ullman and Talan Torriero.[12]

Having released the long awaited MANIACS sequel 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams,[13] Sullivan gained additional notoriety as celebrity director of Vh1's hit series Scream Queens (2010), as well as creator and host of "Shock N Roll", his weekly talk and video blog on leading web network Fearnet.

Recently re-joining forces with Detroit Rock City director Adam Rifkin for the comedy/horror anthology Chillerama (2011), Sullivan contributed the 'Queer Fear' musical segment "I Was a Teenage Werebear", embracing his passion for camp and rock and roll.

Set to follow Chillerama, a variety of projects produced through Sullivan's production entity, New Rebellion Entertainment; rock and shock cable series Night Songs, Burt Reynolds starring vehicle Dog Years and The Poet in Exile based on The Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek's bestselling novel about his life with Jim Morrison.

Personal life[edit]

Sullivan is openly gay and a passionate activist for equality and NOH8.[14]







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