Tim Bartell is a writer-director-producer. Born and raised in Wisconsin, he later moved to Los Angeles to begin his film and television career. As a young actor he had a long list of TV and film credits. Early on, Tim was developing his comedy chops at The Comedy Store and in the improv group The L.A. Connection.
He later turned to writing & directing, starting with his 2005 award winning short film, First Date Meltdown. The film debuted at the Hollywood Arclight in the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, and went on to play in 22 film fests. In 2008, Tim wrote and directed his satiric comedy web-series, Fun with War Crimes. The eight-part series was featured by site editors on YouTube, Jib-Jab, and Democratic Underground.
Dirty Beautiful (2015) was Tim's feature film debut as a writer-director. It World Premiered at the 25th Cinequest Film Festival and played in 67 U.S. and international festivals, winning 48 awards, including 15 Best Narrative or Best Comedy trophies. The film received distribution and can now be seen on Amazon, Tubi, Vudu, and other platforms. Tim's style of filmmaking has been likened to that of Alexander Payne and Billy Wilder. His L.A. based company, Doggie Dream Productions, has several projects in development.
Former VP of Magic Elevator and one of the Producers of its ventures. He helped managed Magic Elevator’s International Sales and Marketing Department at most major film markets such as Hong Kong Film Market, Cannes Film Market, AFM, EFM and MIPTV. Former founder and Former Director of Filipino International Film Festival L.A. Producer of over 20 feature films such as “Jaguar,” “Downside of Bliss,” “Ghost Goggles," The Broken Ones," and “Monster & Me.” His films have been distributed in almost 30 countries around the world.