DEREK FREY  - Producer/Director

Filmmaker Derek Frey has a long and successful working relationship with director Tim Burton, joining Tim Burton Productions in 1996 on Mars Attacks! and helming the company since 2001. Frey is currently serving as Producer of Disney’s upcoming live action reimagining of Dumbo. Previously Frey executive produced Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for 20th Century Fox and Big Eyes for The Weinstein Company. In 2012 Frey co-produced Frankenweenie, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Picture. That same year he produced the music video Here With Me for The Killers. 

Frey has worked on numerous feature films, including as Associate Producer on Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Other credits include producer of the documentary A Conversation with Danny Elfman and Tim Burton; writer of the Frankenweenie-based short film Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers; and editor of the comprehensive and award-winning publication The Art of Tim Burton. Derek has worked closely with curators from the Museum of Modern Art on the creation of the Tim Burton touring exhibit, which made record-breaking stops in New York City, Melbourne, Paris, Los Angeles, Seoul, Prague, Tokyo, Osaka, Brühl, São Paulo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Mexico City.

In addition to his work with Burton, Frey directs his own films and music videos, including his 2016 Hawaiian horror featurette Green Lake which had a successful run appearing in over 40 film festivals and collecting 47 awards. In 2012 Frey directed The Ballad of Sandeep, which appeared in over 35 film festivals, winning Best Director at the Independent Film Quarterly Festival and Best Featurette at the Las Vegas International CineFest. Frey’s 2014 dark comedy Motel Providence also proved a success being awarded Best Director at the Filmmaker of the Year Festival and Best Comedy at the ASF and Media International Film Festivals. Frey’s most recent directorial effort Kill the Engine is poised to hit the festival circuit in 2017.

Derek was born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in Communication Studies from West Chester University.

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