Tim Kirkman’s latest project, LAZY EYE, a feature-length film he wrote and directed, was released in theaters in November 2016. Tim also produced the film (with Todd Shotz), which stars Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Aaron Costa Ganis and Michaela Watkins.
Tim’s first feature film, the personal diary documentary DEAR JESSE, received numerous honors, including Emmy, Gotham, GLAAD and Independent Spirit Award nominations. Distributed theatrically by Cowboy Pictures, DEAR JESSE was named Best Documentary of the Year by the Boston Society of Film Critics, won the Audience Award at Frameline, and screened in film festivals all over the world. After DEAR JESSE’s HBO/Cinemax Reel Life series debut, Tim was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary Writing.
Tim wrote and directed LOGGERHEADS, which premiered in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Tess Harper, Chris Sarandon, Michael Kelly, Bonnie Hunt, Robin Weigert, Michael Learned and Kip Pardue, LOGGERHEADS won the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest, Audience Awards at the Florida and Nashville Film Festivals, and the top screenwriting prize at the Madrid International LGBT Film Festival. It was released theatrically by Strand Releasing.
In 2010, Tim received an Alfred P. Sloan Award for development of KITTY HAWK, his original screenplay biopic about Wilbur and Orville Wright. He has also recently completed MR. FIX-IT, an original screenplay based on true events in the days leading up to the 1964 Presidential election.
A North Carolina native, Tim Kirkman received his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University’s College of Design, where he majored in graphic design with a minor in journalism. After graduation, he mov to New York City ad worked for more than ten years as an art director for Miramax Films, designing posters and advertising campaigns for award-winning films. While at Miramax, Tim completed an M.A. in Media Studies at The New Shool where he made his first documentary short, JASMINE, which received the top student prize and subsequently screened in festivals around the country.
In addition to his film work, Tim teaches directing at the University of Southern California’s School for Cinematic Arts, as well as screenwriting at the Vermont College of Fine Art. Previously, he taught screenwriting in the now-defunct MPW Program at the USC, as well as Hunter College in New York City. He has served as a mentor for Outfest’s screenwriting lab and is also a freelance commercial director, creating content for clients such as FedEx Office, Michael’s, Erie Insurance, Journeys, and Maurice’s, as well as music videos for artists including Tift Merritt, Katrina Stone, New Hollow Band, Katie Herzig, and Leftover Cuties.