Writer/director Frank Mosley is a filmmaker and actor from Texas who was “born to make movies” (Gordon and The Whale). He received his B.A. in English and a minor in film from The University of Texas in Arlington. He is a 2010 Venice Days candidate, top 20 IFP Narrative Labs Finalist, 2011 Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas recipient, and 2012 Culture Column Award Winner, and 2013 Visionary Award winner from FW Weekly, the publication which also featured Mosley as its 2013 June cover story and declared him “the John Cassavetes of North Texas”.
His first feature film HOLD, deemed “one of the best films of 2010” (Cinemalogue), “a practically flawless piece of filmmaking” (Pegasus News), “daring and well made” (Gordon and the Whale), and “bold, stark, and unflinching” (Cinehouse UK), had its premiere in spring 2011 at the ReRun Theater in Brooklyn, NYC, and is now available to rent/own through the distribution label, Fifth Column Features.
He was a juror for the Dallas Video Festival (2009) and Oak Cliff Film Festival (2012), a panelist for the Lone Star International Film Festival (2007/2011), and has talked about his films on NPR and Good Morning Texas. His award winning short films, video installations, and music videos that have been exhibited at various U.S. film festivals and other venues such as The Dallas Museum of Art, 500X Gallery, and The Metrognome Collective, are now available for viewing on MUBI, including LITTLE BOY, HOLY THE SABBATH, TWO-STORY, LEAVE, LIONS’ DEN, and I COULD LIVE IN HOPE.
Frank is also the founder of an improvisational film collective, Backyard Movies, Inc, established in 2007. He has lectured on acting/directing at/for the esteemed KD Studio & Conservatory, Dallas Museum of Art, Colin County Community College film program, and SMU Meadows School of the Arts. He is also an oft-contributor to FILMMAKER magazine and KERA’s “Art ’N Seek” blog. He is currently at work on his large scale, multi-platform feature installation film, HER WILDERNESS, based on his stage play HOT/COLD, which was declared “groundbreaking” (Fort Worth Weekly) and “an event not to be missed” (Pegasus News) during its limited performance run at the Four Day Weekend Theater in Fort Worth, TX in 2009.
As an actor represented by both The Atherton Group and Linda McAlister Talent, he has acted in “one of the best ensembles of the year” (Pop Matters) in Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color (2013 Sundance, Berlin, and Viennale film festivals, Gotham Award Nominee-Best Feature), in Sundance Lab Finalist Yen Tan’s poignant 2006 short Coda, in Clay Liford’s Wuss (2011 SXSW, AFI Fest-Audience Award 2011), with Robert Longstreet in Eric Steele’s Cork’s Cattlebaron (2012 Maryland, Sidewalk, and DGA Texas Filmmakers), in Sai Selvarajan’s Telly-winning and PBS-produced Separated by Light, opposite Ernie Hudson in the 2014 TV drama Gallows Road, alongside Ben Foster in David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013 Sundance, Cannes, IFC), and received a 2009 AOF Fest Best Supporting Actor nomination, alongside stalwarts such as Ron Perlman, for his portrayal of a misfit ex-con in Justin D. Hilliard’s The Other Side of Paradise. He even appeared as the lead in a Toadies music video and acted in legendary filmmaker Jon Jost’s last few narrative feature films, Gentry County Stories and DeadEndz. He’s set to star opposite Lindsay Burdge and Heather Kafka in Cameron Nelson’s upcoming drama Some Beasts, which was a 2013 Austin Film Society TFPF grant recipient and one of six selected U.S. Narratives in Progress at the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. Of his acting, Variety says he “performs with a potent dose of sexual schuztpah”, Hammer to Nail claims he “underplays perfectly”, Rogue Cinema says “he’s the epitome of cool”, and Smells Like Screen Spirit tells, “he can induce simultaneous states of humor, menace, and intrigue.”
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