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Eric Stacey, Producer at Landfall Productions

Eric Stacey, composes a shot for “Purple Mind.”

Eric Stacey began making his own films at an age when many filmmakers have already retired.   In 1996, after decades in Hollywood as a child actor, production assistant, writer, assistant director and editor  on features, series and industrials, Eric made the decision to begin producing his own films.  Co-producing the six hour PBS travel series, “America’s Scenic Rail Journeys,” for Oregon Public Broadcasting was the impetus, and in 1997 Eric started work on what was to become a CINE Golden Eagle award winning documentary, “The Waldorf Promise,” investigating the use of Waldorf teaching methods in public schools across the country.  As a child, Eric remembers asking his father, then head of Production at Warners, why he had never made any films on his own.  “Because I like the security of working for a big company,” Eric remembers his father saying.  It was good advice which Eric has managed to ignore for a lifetime.
Over the past several years, Eric has written, produced and directed fourteen hours of both documentary and narrative feature film through his company, Landfall Productions, Inc..   His most recent work and second feature is “Purple Mind” (Nominated Best Drama, Won Best Actor – BareBones Intl. FF).   In 2009, Eric produced the hour television documentary, “A Hollywood Scrapbook,” an homage tracing his father’s career from New York theater usher to Head of Production at Warners, which won a 2009 Silver Telly Award.   A year earlier, in 2008, Eric made the  acclaimed documentary, “A Passion for Sustainability,”  focusing on twelve Oregon businesses following the principles of The Natural Step movement.  The program continues to air on over 100 PTV stations nationwide and won a 2008 Telly Award.  Before moving to Oregon in 2005, Eric co-wrote, produced and directed a micro-budget comedy-horror film, “Director’s Cut,” (Best Horror/Comedy – Shriekfest).  Eric has made films for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Institute of Mental Health and industrial films for General Telephone of California.  As a DGA Assistant Director, Eric assisted directors including Blake Edwards, Howard Zeiff, Steven Spielberg and Franklin Schaffner.  Two regional theatre productions  – Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” (Hawaii Foundation on Culture & Arts) and an original one-act world premiere of Christopher Senter’s “The Writer” at the Beverly Hills Playhouse – gave Eric invaluable directing experience he has applied to his films.   Eric’s professional producing career started with “A Berkeley Christmas,” which he co-produced at the American Film Institute in the early 1970s, immediately after his father’s death during the production of Noel Black’s, “Run Shadow Run” the first major studio feature about student filmmakers and independent film.


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