ISN'T IT ROMANTIC
TODD STRAUSS-SCHULSON (Director) has been a one-man movie-making machine ever
since his grandfather gave him a video camera for his bar mitzvah (after years
of relentless pestering).
Born and raised in Queens, he attended Emerson College, where he won numerous
awards, including Panavision's prestigious New Filmmakers prize. Upon
graduating, Strauss-Schulson moved to Los Angeles. It wasn't long before he was
helming high-concept music videos for major label artists. His music video work
led to a six-month stint in China and Thailand, where
he wrote and directed "MTV Whatever Things," with an all-western cast. It became
the most popular show on MTV Asia with an international audience of over 250
Back in the States, Strauss-Schulson has directed short films and TV shows with
comic greats like Stephen Colbert, Amy Schumer, Seth MacFarlane, Jeffrey Tambor,
Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres, Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, Thomas Middleditch,
Adam Devine, Eric Andre, Laura Silverman, Natasha Leggero and Damon Wayans.
Strauss-Schulson's personal project "Mano-a-Mano" was a selection of the 2008
SXSW Film Festival. In 2009, SXSW invited Strauss-Schulson back to premiere his
new short film "Big Pussy," which was subsequently selected to screen at the
world famous Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
At age 29, he helmed his first feature film, "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas."
The film-which was released in 2011 in stereoscopic 3D (the first stoner movie
ever shot in 3D and the first Christmas movie ever shot in 3D and arguably the
first comedy ever shot in 3D and this is the longest sentence to ever use the
term 3D this many times)-boasts a comedic cast including Kal Penn, John Cho and
Neil Patrick Harris. His sophomore effort, "The Final Girls," for Groundswell
Productions, had its world premiere on Friday the 13th at SXSW's opening night.
It won the Audience Award at the Stanley Film Festival, was a Gala Premiere at
the Los Angeles Film Festival, and was the closing night film at the 2015
Midnight Madness series at the Toronto Film Festival. In the years since, it has
amassed cult status-counting Stephen King, Sam Raimi, and Quentin Tarantino as
Strauss-Schulson is currently developing a number of feature films at his
company, Ulterior Productions.
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