Adam Collis is an award winning filmmaker, a studio feature film director, and a film professor at one of the world’s leading film schools.

Adam has also done extensive research on the independent film business and has created many programs which connect the entertainment industry and academia.

As a graduate student at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Collis directed the highly lauded MAD BOY, I'LL BLOW YOUR BLUES AWAY, a short film about a seventh grade girl giving her first Valentine.  The film won top honors at over a dozen major film festivals including Aspen Shortsfest, Austin Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Festival of Shorts.

MAD BOY launched Collis’s professional directing career.  Just six months after graduating, he was hired to direct SUNSET STRIP, a 20TH Century Fox feature about the Los Angeles rock ‘n roll scene in the early 1970s.  It enjoyed favorable reviews in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times and other publications.  The film, produced by Art Linson (Fight Club, The Untouchables, Heat), boasts an exciting young cast featuring Jared Leto, Nick Stahl, Adam Goldberg, Simon Baker, Rory Cochran and Anna Friel.  At $15 million, the budget was unprecedented for a first-time director just out of film school.  Collis has also directed several other short films and documentaries and has produced two comedy pilots, STORMY JUSTICE WITH JUDGE TONY CLIFTON and HAI-TV.

As a film producer, Collis developed the feature film script, for him to direct THE LONG BLUE YONDER, an uplifting coming of age story about a Montana teen and his eclectic girlfriend.  The script was a Nichols Fellowship quarterfinalist, was on the Hollywood Blacklist of exceptional screenplays and has been lauded and supported by directors Alexander Payne (Sideways) and Jason Reitman (Juno) as well as by former Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment (20th Century Fox), Bill Mechanic.  The film is being produced by Brunson Green, producer of the Oscar nominated film, The Help.

Collis is also nearing production on Car Dogs, which he will direct and which he describes as a Glengarry Glen Ross coming of age story on a car lot.

Collis recently received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management where he led a six-month, six person study on current trends in independent film marketing, distribution and exhibition with over 300 industry professionals interviewed.

Collis teaches filmmaking at the University of Southern California and, for the past 3 years, he has served as Visiting Professor of Film Directing at Arizona State University where he revamped the Directing and Capstone programs.  While at ASU, Collis also created the successful Skype-screening series, Hollywood Invades Tempe!, which has hosted over a dozen major Hollywood filmmakers, including the creative and producing minds behind STAR TREK, JUNO, TRUE BLOOD, AUSTIN POWERS, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, 2012, DAZED & CONFUSED, COLLATERAL, CAPOTE, MONEYBALL, THE HELP and more.  Guests have included Bennett Miller, Richard Linklater, Bryan Burk (partner, Bad Robot/JJ Abrams), Larry Franco (producer Anonymous, 2012) and many others.  Collis also facilitated and managed the ASU Industry Guest Lectures program, bringing major Hollywood producers and thought leaders to Tempe such as three time Sundance award-winning producer Ted Hope and film financing expert/author Jeremy Juuso.

Collis also founded and runs The Director’s Perspective Studio, which gives up-and-coming actors and writers the opportunity to work with and learn from top tier directors, producers and casting directors from film and television.  Guest have worked on such films and television shows as TWILIGHT, JUNO, SOURCE CODE, LARRY CROWE, UP IN THE AIR, PRISON BREAK, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, GREY’S ANATOMY, WEEDS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, NO ORDINARY FAMILY and many others.  Recent guests include Jason Reitman, Wyck Godfrey (producer, Twilight), Jeb Brody (head of production at Focus Features), and others.

Collis grew up in Lexington, Kentucky where he was an All-American soccer player.  He received his BA in Religion from Duke University where he played soccer on the 1986 NCAA Championship team.  He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.



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