BEN SHELTON | 2017 BIO
Ben Shelton is the director of the Netflix Original film Candy Jar starring Christina Hendricks, Uzo Aduba, Jacob Latimore, Sami Gayle and Helen Hunt. The film is a romantic comedy that was shot in Atlanta, Georgia, was just completed, and will be released later this year.
Shelton is currently in post-production on The Messenger, a pilot presentation he wrote, directed and produced, starring Tom Bergeron, Jean Smart and RJ Walker. The project is a nuanced dark comedy/drama about the Messenger of Death, in the tone of a classic episode of the Twilight Zone.
Shelton also recently produced two film adaptations of critically-acclaimed plays, including Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) written by Will Eno, directed by Will Eno & Oliver Butler; starring Rainn Wilson, and Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy (written by and starring the acclaimed author/comedian Barry Marder), directed by Pierre Balloon and produced by Jerry Seinfeld. Shelton produced both projects with Gil Cates Jr. and the Geffen Playhouse.
Shelton is also the creator of the scripted TV comedy series Impress Me. He wrote, directed and produced all 13 episodes of the first season, which is executive produced by Rainn Wilson. Impress Me stars Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead) and Jim Meskimen (Parks & Recreation) as celebrity impressionists who want to be dramatic actors. Impress Me aired on Pop TV and is being distributed internationally by Hat Trick International. The half-hour comedy co-stars Angela Kinsey (The Office), Dana DeLorenzo (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Piotr Michael (MadTV) and Melissa Villasenor (Saturday Night Live).
Shelton’s other credits include the creator/writer/director of The Daly Show (starring Tim Daly; distributed by Virgin America), the creator/writer/director of The FlipSide (distributed by SoulPancake Productions), writer/director of Metaphysical Milkshake (starring Rainn Wilson), the director of Bad Guys (a pilot presentation for NBC), and the director of Kid President: Commander in Chaos (for Kid President: Declaration of Awesome on the HUB network), and the Live Action Director on Storybots Super Songs. In addition to his film and television credits, Shelton’s work online has amassed more than 20 Million views, including many award-winning short films such as My Name Is Lisa (Winner of Best Short Film, 2007 YouTube Awards).
Shelton has had the privilege to direct: Whoopi Goldberg, Betty White, Taye Diggs, Nathan Fillion, Erika Christensen, Steven Weber, Kevin Pollak, Cameron Monaghan, Amy Brenneman, Grace Helbig, Weird Al Yankovic, Chris Colfer, Brandon Routh, Dean Cain, Tom Bergeron, Michael Rosenbaum, Beth Riesgraf, Paul Adelstein, Camryn Manheim, Jean Smart, Jane Leeves, Alyson Stoner, Steven Tobolowski, Kevin Conroy, Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart, Casper Van Dien, Christina Bianco, Colleen Ballinger, Josh Groban, and many others.
Shelton’s commercial work includes national TV and digital campaigns for clients such as TED Talks, Smuckers, WE Day, Lowe’s, ConAgra Foods, Fox Mobile, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, NBA All-Star Weekend, Kansas City Royals, Timberland, MySpace Super Fan Paul Brogan, eHarmony, Clorox, California Casualty, National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, Current TV, ESPN Radio, Mobizzo and Fox’s Super Bowl Pre-Game show.
Shelton's current screenplays in development include Football is Easy, Just Not Right, Yesterdays, The Rap Artist and Android Man.
A Southern California native, Shelton earned a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Puget Sound, and he received his film school education from visiting sets, sharing lunches, and watching Laker games with his uncle, writer/director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup).