Beecher W Reuning is a writer/director living in Southeast, TN with his wife April (a feature film producer) and two daughters. He serves on the Cinema Faculty at Lee University and is passionate about furthering the craft of cinematic storytelling through his own work as well as his students'.
He started like most filmmakers, writing story outlines on scrap paper and using his parents' camcorder to create no-budget music videos. In his undergraduate studies, he embraced the importance of rewriting and collaborating with others. This elevated his work to the point he received a full scholarship to obtain a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Virginia. While there, he seized the opportunity to work on other student productions where he learned, practically, what worked and what didn't. During graduating school, the three short films he wrote and directed played in 31 festivals, won 18 awards, and received theatrical distribution in 30 countries.
Upon receiving his MFA degree, he took a position creating commercial content for his alma mater. The advertisements and music videos he created received millions of views and won several Telly Awards. Currently he teaches on the Cinema Faculty at Lee University but continually pursues his own film career by writing several feature screenplays with the hopes of going into production with one soon.
Notable Awards & Nominations:
3rd Place Comedy - College Emmy Awards
1st Place Tennessee Narrative - Knoxville Film Festival
Best Student Film - Burbank International Film Festival
Best Feature Screenplay - UPIKE Media Arts Festival
Semi-Finalist - Big Break Screenwriting Competition
Best in Show - Push Film Festival
Gold Remi Winner - WorldFest-Houston Film Festival
Silver Telly - Student Narrative Film - Telly Awards
First Place - Narrative - BEA Student Video Competition
Best Fiction Film - Progeny Film Festival
Student Platinum Best in Show - Aurora Awards
MFA Cinema/Television Directing - Regent University
BS Telecommunication - Lee University