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Karl Shefelman

City:New York
About Me
Karl is a New York based filmmaker who has worked in the industry for many years. His short film "Bill’s Seat", a fifteen-minute psychological thriller, won Best Live Action Short at the 2003 St. Louis International Film Festival. It was also screened at a SlamDunk showcase at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Karl's half-hour period drama, "Elysian Fields", won a Gold Prize at the Worldfest Houston, a Mobil Prize for excellence in filmmaking at the a NYU First-Run Film Festival, and a grant from the New York Academy of Film and Television Arts and Sciences. It was distributed by Tapestry International and sold to several foreign cable networks including BBC-2. Karl has also directed music videos and commercials. In addition to directing, Karl has extensive experience as a professional storyboard artist, working with such renowned directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and Jonathan Demme. This experience has given Karl a deep understanding of visualization from script to screen, shot by shot. Karl also directed a one-act play for the Atlantic Theater Company, participated in directing and script analysis workshops with The Barrow Theater Group in New York, and studied acting with Fred Kareman. Karl received an MFA from the NYU Graduate Film Program and a BA in studio art from Kenyon College. In addition to "Looking for the Jackalope" Karl is developing another feature film, "The Hunters". The screenplay, which he also wrote, was a semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships for screenwriting. Karl is originally from Austin, Texas.
My Films on NewFilmmakers Online

Looking for the Jackalope

Drama, Comedy

A disenchanted New York writer embarks on a comically ill-fated odyssey from New York to Ohio in an attempt to reunite with his old college girlfriend at their 20th class reunion.