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David Schmoeller, M.A.

Associate Professor
Department of Film
Office: FDH 425
Phone: 702-895-2535

Biography

David Schmoeller has been an internationally recognized feature film and television writer-director (10 feature films, many hours of network television, and numerous award-winning shorts) for more than three decades. Schmoeller is currently an associate professor of film production and runs the film department’s UNLV Short Film Archive.

Schmoeller recently completed principal photography on the feature film Little Monsters, the story of two 18-year-old boys who are released from prison on their 18th birthdays after killing a 3-year-old boy when they were 10. The movie, Schmoellers’ tenth feature film, will be screened as a work-in-progress at the Fantaspoa Film Festival in Porto Alegre, Brazil in May 2012 as part of the Lifetime Achievement Award he will be given by the festival. 

Schmoeller's first feature Tourist Trap, which he wrote and directed in 1978, was recently selected as one of the 130 landmark horror films of all time in the Jonathon Rigby book, Studies in Terror, Landmarks of Horror Cinema, which was published in February 2012. Tourist Trap was also cited as the favorite film of master storyteller of modern horror, Stephen King, in the jacket of his book Danse Macabre. Discussing Schmoellers’ work, King says “the writer-director (Schmoeller) has the uncanny power to present terror in even more effective ways than many major studio releases.” 

Details can be found by searching David Schmoeller on IMDB, or Wikepedia or by going to davidschmoeller.com.