Tim Sullivan (director)

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Tim Sullivan
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BornTimothy Michael Sullivan
(1964-07-02) July 2, 1964 (age 54)
Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, songwriter, 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 (2010),[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.

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", followed by the Rifkin written and directed Burt Reynolds starring vehicle The Last Movie Star (2017), on which Sullivan earned an Associate Producer credit.

Personal life[edit]

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







  1. ^ Twitch Film: Interview with Tim Sullivan by Dave Canfield Archived July 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Tim Sullivan filmography by year
  3. ^ Findarticles.com: "Duo share nightmares.(Chris Kobin and Tim Sullivan in movie of Tobe Hooper)(Brief Article)"
  4. ^ CBR: interview/article about Tim Sullivan and Chris Kobin by Emmett Furey
  5. ^ Bloody Disgusting: Interview by Elaine Lamkin
  6. ^ Dred Central: interview of Tim Sullivan by Ryan Rotten
  7. ^ Tim Sullivan filmography by profession
  8. ^ Inbaseline.com: New Rebellion Entertainment Archived August 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Tim Sullivan speaks of New Rebellion Entertainment at Myspace
  10. ^ ES Splater: Interview with Tim Sullivan
  11. ^ Twitch Film: interview with Tim Sullivan by Dave Canfield Archived July 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Coming Soon Archived June 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ First Look Studios Acquires '2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams'
  14. ^ Stranahan, Lee (November 30, 2010). "Is Hollywood Ready for a Gay Male Adult Actor in Mainstream Roles?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  15. ^ 0 Comments Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau Gets a Trailer and Release News

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