Philip Chidel


I’m an indie filmmaker.  Crowdfunding preacher.  University prof.  And aiming to be a fellow pioneer in social media-based storytelling. That’s where the future lies, and that’s what rocks my boat.

As a filmmaker, after spending a decade in production and development in Los Angeles, I wrote, directed, edited, and produced the indie feature Subject Two. This modern-day Frankenstein story premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Screen International included me as one of their Top 15 Filmmakers to Watch. So that was nice. The movie is now in distribution worldwide, and you can find it on Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix, among other places.

After a series of odd gigs, I made a short film called ‘Til Death, a Kickstarter-backed horror romance that went on to win Best Short at three separate film festivals. I also wrote a feature, Open Book, a romantic drama that won the Grand Prize at the Table Read my Screenplay Competition at the Austin Film Festival. This year, another feature screenplay, the killer thriller This Man Must Die, was named as a Finalist in the 2014 PAGE International Screenwriting Competition.

So good things are happening. I’m also preparing a dual online release for the feature film and web series Your Good Friend, a moving tale of unexpected friendship directed by Matthew Jacobs. In addition to fostering new independent film and transmedia projects, I work as a social media consultant for Microbe Films, and as a film instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. There, I’ve created a course in Social Media Marketing for Entertainment, which is now required curriculum for film producing students. I’d love to spread some of that good gospel on this site as well.

I’m also a diehard Washington Redskins fan, bleed orange and black for the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles, go Blue, and strongly believe in the unifying power of the independent artistic voice.