Weiler is a critically acclaimed award winning writer and director. He
is recognized as a pioneer because of the way he makes and distributes
his work. Millimeter magazine called Lance a “tech iconoclast” and Wired magazine named him "One of twenty-five people helping to re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood."
His work has been featured in Time and Forbes and on television programs such as Entertainment Tonight and CNN. His first feature, The Last Broadcast, is currently distributed in over 20 countries. It has the honor of being the first all digital release of a motion picture to theaters nationwide and has enjoyed runs on HBO and IFC. To date The Last Broadcast a self-distributed effort, has grossed over 4 million dollars worldwide.
Lance's newest feature, Head Trauma, had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival in 2006. This past fall Head Trauma had a 17 city DIY digital theatrical run before hitting stores and retail outlets nationwide on DVD.
In addition to making feature films, Lance also directs commercials and music videos. He often lectures at universities and film societies about the changing landscape of content creation and distribution. He has spoken at the Cannes, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals and has consulted for large ad agencies, entertainment companies and corporations.
Lance also splits his time as a partner in a new media tech consultancy called Seize the Media. STM was created to address the gap between burgeoning technologies and entertainment. STM’s clients have included Microsoft, Earthlink, Ubisoft among others.
Lance is also the founder of the Workbook Project a “social open source” project for filmmakers. The Workbook Project’s goal is to help filmmakers understand the changing landscape of funding, production, promotion, and distribution in a digital age.
Currently, Lance is writing a book entitled Putting the Mass Back in Media, which will be released in 2008. He is also developing a number of television, film and cross medium projects.
Prior to the release of The Last Broadcast, Lance spent seven years working as a camera assistant and operator, on large commercial shoots all over the world. During that time he had the honor of working with a number of amazing cinematographers, such as Darius Khondji, Harris Savides, and the late Conrad Hall.
To learn more about Lance visit http://lanceweiler.com
"Any number of big-deal filmmakers - M. Night Shyamalan, for one - would be well-served by a viewing of the low-budget Head Trauma. ...this simple and effective psycho-thriller creates a mood of dread and dissociation, and sustains it, without resorting to elaborate special effects, or a colorful crowd of actors, or otherworldly mystical hooey." 3 out of 4 stars
- PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
"I'm giving this film my first ever 10 and have to say the hopes and dreams of the great American horror are now on Weiler's shoulders."
"With his second outing, Weiler proves himself a seriously skilled director. His tone has much in common with the recent spate of Japanese horror films. There's the emphasis on atmosphere, the sad, restless ghosts of the past, the jittery camerawork. It's a wonder Hollywood hasn't snapped him up to helm one of the countless J-horror remakes taking place stateside (The Ring, The Grudge, Pulse). It's almost depressing to think what Weiler could have done with the recent revision of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2001 chiller Pulse."
- THE ALIBI
"HEAD TRAUMA will leave you scratching yours in the midst of a fantastic, scary ride that leaves no unanswered questions and does its job with the utmost competence and sheer unalloyed glee."4 stars
- FILM THREAT
"Works its way under the skin, raising neck hairs while teasing us to pry open its psychological puzzle box."
- LA WEEKLY
"The growling, hooded figure which dogs George through the story is an absolutely terrifying apparition, perhaps the simplest and most haunting monster to grace a movie screen since the debut of Freddy Krueger in the original "A Nightmare On Elm Street."
- BLOODY DISGUSTING
"One of this year's touchstones... Demonstrating once again that ingenuity and invention are more important than millions of dollars in budget, Weiler most effectively works within the confines of the dark house. As more and more unsettling things start to happen, it's almost as though the house were growing into a full-fledged, recently awakened character that is not sure what it wants to do when it sees that it's under attack... Head Trauma creeped me out."
"A slick, original, attention-grabbing feature... pushes the medium to the edge of its artistic bounds."
- ALBUQUERQUE WEEKLY
"Horror outing that revives the under appreciated monster of the id to great effect."
- MOVIE CITY NEWS
"You know the ones: Jacob's Ladder, 12 Monkeys, even Lost Highway. Head Trauma is a solid induction into these halls of creepy mindfucks."
- THE PORTLAND MERCURY
"Elicits effective creeps. A well executed haunted house exercise that treads the psychological vs. supernatural line."
- AIN'T IT COOL NEWS
"Incredibly creepy... good re-creation of 70's horror."
"Fright classic... surprisingly effective chiller."
- THE OREGONIAN
"HEAD TRAUMA is completely pro. From packaging to film quality to the movie's website, it seems like there was big money behind this film."
- LOCAL IQ