Craig William Macneill

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Craig William Macneill is an American film director, writer, and editor. He is most known for his feature film debut The Boy, which premiered in the narrative competition at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival[1] and which was also based on a previous short film he co-wrote, directed, and edited titled Henley, which screened in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival[2] and won the grand jury prize for "Best Short Film" at the Gen Art Film Festival[3] and Clint Eastwood’s Carmel Film and Arts Film Festival. Macneill is directing the first season of the limited anthology television series Channel Zero: Candle Cove.[4] The show is executive produced by Max Landis and Nick Antosca and stars Paul Schneider and Fiona Shaw.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Macneill was born in New England, and moved to Northern Virginia where he attended high school.  He graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Fine Arts after having studied under filmmakers including Stan Brakhage.[6]  


Feature films[edit]

Macneill's feature debut is The Boy, starring David Morse, Rainn Wilson, Jared Breeze, Mike Vogel, Bill Sage, Zuleikha Robinson, and Aiden Lovecamp. The film was produced by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller and the company SpectreVision.[7]

Macneill directed Lizzie, a psychological thriller starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart.[8]


Macneill is directing the first season of the limited anthology television series Channel Zero: Candle Cove.[9] The show was created by Nick Antosca and stars Paul Schneider and Fiona Shaw.[10]

Short films[edit]

Macneill has written, produced, edited, and directed a number of short films before The Boy, among them is a 2011 short Henley, which won a "Best Short Film" award at the 2011 Gen Art Film Festival Film Festival and the 2012 Carmel Film and Arts Film Festival. Henley was one of 64 short films selected from 7,675 submissions to screen in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[11]

Among the short films that Macneill has both directed, produced, co-wrote, and edited include the award winning short film Late Bloomer, which screened as an official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival,[12] it won the audience award at the 2004 Lake Placid Film Festival,[13] and was screened at film festivals worldwide [14]

Experimental film[edit]

In 2009, Macneill, along with co-director Alexei Kaleina, completed an experimental film titled The Afterlight, which had its world premiere at the International Rome Film Festival and was acquired for limited theatrical distribution through Cinema Purgatorio. The film stars Michael Kelly, Ana Asensio, Jicky Schnee, and Rip Torn.

Personal life[edit]

Macneill lives in New York City, New York, he was the recipient of a 2009 Jerome Foundation Grant.[15]


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