About Geoff Marslett

Geoff Marslett is a native Texan who took a circuitous path to filmmaking, studying mathematics, philosophy, art, science, and languages at St. John’s College (1996) before returning to Texas to pursue an MFA in filmmaking at UT (2001). In addition to making films, Geoff teaches in the RTF Department at The University of Texas at Austin.

He is probably best known for directing the two feature film, “MARS” (2010) and “Loves Her Gun” (2013), but he is also a producer on the award winning documentary “Yakona” (2014), director of a dozen short films including the classic “Monkey vs. Robot” (2000), and an actor in Josephine Decker’s festival hit “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” (2014).

His professional career began with the critically acclaimed short film “Monkey vs. Robot” which screened at over 25 festivals worldwide, was distributed theatrically and broadcast on HBO, PBS, and Univision. In 2010 he completed his first feature film, “MARS”, an animated, sci-fi, romantic comedy starring Mark Duplass and Kinky Friedman. “MARS” premiered at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival and went on to show around the world at many film festivals including BFI London, Sitges, Sidewalk Film Festival, Maryland, Heartland and Lund Fantastic Fest. Along the way it won awards at the Dallas Video Fest, Just For Laughs Chicago, Indie Memphis, and The San Francisco Independent Film Festival.

He followed up with “Loves Her Gun”, a dark, live action, indie drama starring Trieste Kelly Dunn, Francisco Barreiro and Ashley Rae Spillers. The film also premiered at SXSW where it won the prestigious “Louis Black Lone Star Filmmaker” award. Both “MARS” and “Loves Her Gun” are available commercially now.

This year Geoff has branched out as both a producer on the award winning documentary “Yakona” and as an actor in films like “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely”. Geoff was recently named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine and received the Board of Regents Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor Award for his teaching at the University of Texas at Austin.

His work has garnered press from Time Out London, The New York Times, Variety, The Village Voice, The Austin Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Indiewire, Wired, Hollywood Reporter, Think Progress and many more national publications.

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