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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 29 October 1975San Antonio, Texas, USA
Nickname Ghost

Mini Bio (1)

Award-winning director Duane Graves has produced a remarkably diverse body of work ranging from documentary, slapstick comedy, Bigfoot period horror, spaghetti Western and pitch black Jonathan Swift re-imaginings. Known for crafting singular movies that hearken back to bygone eras in cinema, Graves both edits and co-directs all of his original films with actor and filmmaking partner Justin Meeks, and also served as cinematographer for many of their early outings.

Born in 1975 in San Antonio, Texas, Graves attended Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he met film school peer and future collaborator Meeks before graduating in 1999. Graves continued his motion picture studies at The University of Texas at Austin film school before eventually partnering with Meeks, forming Greeks Films in 2000.

In 2001, Graves premiered his own award-winning documentary Up Syndrome (2000) at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City. An intimate, playful portrait of his childhood chum born with Down Syndrome, Up Syndrome (2000) took home numerous awards at festivals across the globe, including the National Media Award from the National Down Syndrome Congress of the USA in 2002, and the Grand Prize at the 2006 Movies Askew Film Festival hosted by director Kevin Smith in Hollywood. Critically-acclaimed for its refreshingly unsentimental approach to an often serious subject, it is available in the USA on HULU.

Graves then co-wrote/co-directed his debut narrative feature with Meeks, The Wild Man of the Navidad (2008), a 70's drive-in style horror yarn based on the real life journals of Dale S. Rogers and starring Meeks. The film premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and, following a later stop at Austin's Fantastic Fest, was released internationally by IFC Films in 2009. It was recently named the best Bigfoot movie ever made by Ain't it Cool News and is streaming on Shudder.

Graves' sophomore effort, the 80's-influenced urban cannibal horror Butcher Boys (2012), was written and produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) with Tobe Hooper, and loosely based on Jonathan Swift's satirical essay A Modest Proposal. Graves and Meeks met Henkel while studying in his screenwriting and film production courses at A&M in the late 90's. Featuring the largest cast of Chainsaw franchise alumni ever assembled, Butcher Boys debuted at the 2012 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal - one of the largest genre fests in the world. It was recently named by Blumhouse.com as one of 10 Amazing Horror Movies You Might Have Missed and was released to North American audiences by Phase 4 Films/Entertainment One in 2013.

In 2013 Graves co-wrote/co-directed the 60's-inspired spaghetti Western Kill or Be Killed (2015), also starring partner Meeks and featuring genre icons Michael Berryman, Pepe Serna, Edwin Neal, and Luce Rains. The indie Western was shot across 600 miles of rugged Texas locations, and premiered in competition at the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival before being picked up by Image/RLJ Entertainment for wide release in March, 2016.

Graves resides in Austin, Texas.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (12)

Studied screenwriting and film production under Kim Henkel, co-writer of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), who has since co-produced several of his projects.
Has used a visual homage to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) in every one of his movies. In Up Syndrome (2000), the documentary's subject Rene Moreno wields a chainsaw above his head during an interview scene, there is a dead upside-down armadillo on the roadside in both Headcheese (2002) and Rio Peligroso: A Day in the Life of a Legendary Coyote (2004). Also in Headcheese (2002) are many of the original shocker's now famous locations. Other favorite visual nods are similar opening/closing title sequences, extreme closeups of frantic eyes and distant, wide horizon shots with a desolate road positioned along the bottom edge of the frame as a car slowly crosses the landscape - all of which are present in his debut narrative feature The Wild Man of the Navidad (2008).
Grandson of Jake Graves, who also worked in the movie business as a stunt driver of antique automobiles.
One of his first jobs was selling video cameras at a Best Buy in San Antonio.
Worked for Apple Computer, Inc. from 2000 to 2010 before leaving to direct. He has sited the company's artistic sensibilities as the main reason he was able to produce several of his early films while employed there.
Has premiered films at Slamdance, Tribeca Film Festival, Austin's Fantastic Fest, Dallas International Film Festival and Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival.
Originally studied Anthropology in college.
His production company name, "Greeks Productions," is derived from the surnames of co-directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks.
His father worked as an engineer for KENS-TV, the CBS affiliate TV station in San Antonio, Texas, while he was growing up. Mr. Graves often brought home broken or discarded cameras, then fixed them for Duane, who began experimenting with them at a very early age. Duane has often described this as the main reason he took an interest in filmmaking.
Attended Health Careers High School - a highly selective National Blue Ribbon school for students interested in careers in the medical field - in San Antonio, Texas.
Has visited hundreds of famous movie locations around the world, making a hobby of photographing them as they appear today. He has also worked many of them into his own films.
Selected along with Jay Duplass and Justin Meeks as one of Austin's top filmmakers to direct Slacker 2011 (2011), a remake of Academy Award Nominee Richard Linklater's debut film Slacker (1991). The segment by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks appears in the DVD bonus material of their Western Kill or Be Killed (2015).

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