SUSAN DYNNER – DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Susan Dynner began her career at the age of fifteen as a band photographer when she started photographing bands such as The UK Subs, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag as well as UB40, Psychedelic Furs, Squeeze and many more. Her photos have been published on album covers, in books, on t-shirts, and in magazines.
After earning her degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Susan moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions, including jobs at Touchstone, Richard Donner Productions, DiNovi Pictures, and Wolfgang Petersen’s Radiant Productions. Later, she joined Charlie Sheen and Nick Casavettes’ Ventura Films as VP of Creative Affairs, before leaving to join Steve Herzberg as a Producer and VP of Development/Production for Prairiefire Films, who had deals with Sony and AOL.
In 2003, Susan teamed up with producer Mark Mathis, and together they formed Stillwater Films. There, they produced the feature film “Brick”, written and directed by Rian Johnson, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lucas Haas. “Brick” won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the Sundance Film Festival, 2005, and was released by Focus Features.
Most recently, Dynner formed Aberration Films, and under that banner, released “Punk’s Not Dead”, a documentary feature that she directed, produced and shot. The film, which premiered at the AFI SilverDocs Film Festival, has received much acclaim. Celebrated by critics from Variety to The Hollywood Reporter to the LA Times, it went on to screen at many more prestigious festivals, including Melbourne, Copenhagen, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and AFI Dallas, before its theatrical run (32 US cities and worldwide distribution). She also produced the feature documentary, “After Porn Ends”, which is currently one of the top titles on iTunes, Amazon and Netflix.
Susan Dynner just produced “Free Ride” (for which she was a Film Independent Producers Lab Fellow), starring Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet and Drea DeMateo.
This fall, she is gearing up to direct and produce “Blank Nation”, an independent comedy based on the true story of the start-up of BlankTV.com, starring Haley Joel Osment, Michelle Trachtenberg, Ethan Peck, Camilla Luddington, Jackson Rathbone and Aimee Teegarden.
Following that, Dynner will direct/produce “The Fall of Eve”, a raw and gripping story about three women whose lives intertwine with surprising results.
Aberration Films currently has several other projects in various stages of development.