David Comtois is an American director, writer, and producer. He is best known for his work in the independent film world, having written and directed the award-winning feature film Red Heaven, as well as the short films The Disappearance of Willie Bingham and The Waiting Room.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, David Comtois was always drawn to the creative arts. He began making short films with his friends in high school, and was inspired by directors such as Stanley Kubrick and the Coen brothers. After high school, Comtois attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, graduating in 2001 with a degree in production.
Comtois’s first feature film, Red Heaven, was released in 2006. The film was an official selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and earned numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Florida Film Festival and the Best Feature Award at the Seattle Underground Film Festival. Red Heaven was also nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.
In addition to feature films, Comtois has also directed several short films. The Waiting Room, which was released in 2007, was an official selection at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival. Comtois’s most recent short film, The Disappearance of Willie Bingham, was an official selection at the Slamdance Film Festival and won the Jury Award for Best Short at the Gen Art Film Festival.
Comtois’s work has been praised for its strong visual style, complex characters, and unique blend of drama and dark comedy. His films have been praised for their “emotional depth” and “intelligent storytelling.”
Comtois has also served as a director and producer on several television shows. He directed an episode of the critically acclaimed medical drama House M.D., as well as an episode of the sci-fi series Fringe.
David Comtois’s work has earned him numerous accolades, including the Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Red Heaven, and the Jury Award for Best Short at the Gen Art Film Festival for The Disappearance of Willie Bingham. He continues to work in the independent film world, and is currently in pre-production on his next feature film.