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 currently teaches animation and 16mm filmmaking in the RTF Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Making films in Texas has given Geoff the opportunity to continue to make movies that are very personal to him…and often very different from the standard commercial film. He is currently in different stages of pre-production on three feature projects.
He has directed fourteen short films (both animation and live action) and a half dozen segments for other directors' television and film programs, and been fortunate enough to collaborate with a wide variety of artists, filmmakers, and musicians along the way. His critically acclaimed Monkey vs. Robot screened at over 30 festivals worldwide, was distributed theatrically, and ultimately broadcast on HBO, PBS, and Univision. His most recent short, Bubblecraft, premiered in 2006 and served as a laboratory for developing his own unique animation process and style. Geoff wrote software specifically for animating this film and later co-wrote an expanded version of this software for his next project, MARS.
MARS is a feature length rotoscoped, sci-fi, romantic comedy which he completed in March 2010. Geoff was the writer, co-producer, director, and character animator on MARS-which proved by far the most complex artistic effort he has undertaken and easily the one he is most proud of. MARS continues to screen worldwide at festivals and has just been acquired for limited theatrical screenings and worldwide television and VOD distribution. Along the way MARS has won Best Animated Film at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, Jury Award at Indie Memphis Film Festival, Honorable Mention at The Dallas Video Fest, and Second Place Best Animated Feature at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago.
Geoff was one of 22 directors chosen to remake a portion of Richard Linklater's groundbreaking film Slacker for an Austin Film Society Benefit. This new film will premiere in August 2011.
In 2009 Geoff was named one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine. His teaching was also recognized in 2009 when he was awarded the University of Texas' Board of Regents' Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. He has written (or co-written) five feature length screenplays.
Films directed by Geoff include:
Slacker 2011, scene 16 (2011)
Bottomfeeder and Chum (2005)
Eight Movements (co-directed with Melanie West) (2005)
Trip To Roswell (music video) (2005)
Northside Blues (2005)
The Presidential Blues (2004)
Ten is My Favorite Number (2003)
Out of Bounds, as part of Six in Austin (2002)
Trip To Roswell (animated short) (2001)
Monkey vs. Robot (1999)
Under the Sheet (1999)
Scented Air (1998)
Lil' Brother (1997)
The Game (1997)