DON THOMPSON is a playwright, filmmaker and producer. He was born in Long Beach, California, and attended UCLA where he received both a Bachelor’s in Film and Television and a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts. While at UCLA he wrote a screenplay that was a finalist in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing competition, and was later mentored by Richard Walter, Chair of UCLA’s screenwriting program. Prior to attending UCLA and while living in New York City, Thompson studied playwriting at Herbert Berghof Studio with Dick Longchamps. Thompson’s first produced play, the anti-war piece LA Book of the Dead, premiered at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Los Angeles. Book of the Dead saw numerous productions throughout California as both a staged play and a reader’s theatre piece. Thompson next wrote a stage adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune Messiah (dir. John Thompson), also produced in Los Angeles. Thompson’s play Tibet Does Not Exist premiered at the Gene Frankel Theatre, New York, and later appeared off-Broadway at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (dir. Brian Clay Leudloff), as well as subsequent productions. Thompson has more recently had two plays developed and produced in partnership with the Maryland Ensemble Theatre: Democracy: A Work In Progress (dir. Tad Janes) and The God of This World (dir. Gene’ Fouche’ -- featured on ITN). Thompson’s plays have seen productions and readings at companies such as Rough Theatre Company, Theatre for Human Rights, Oregon Stage Works, California Institute of the Arts, Nicu’s Spoon, Pride Theatre Company, and others. Beginning with his award-winning debut film Clouds (2000), Thompson has produced, co-produced or co-funded over twenty-five narrative and documentary features though his production company nextPix, including Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle (2014), starring Aubrey Plaza and Parker Posey. Thompson’s film projects have been screened internationally and won awards and special recognition at festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, New York Indie, Movies that Matter, and many others.