Aaron Beckum is a writer, director, musician and part-time geography teacher living in Los Angeles CA.
Originally from Kansas City, Aaron grew up mostly in Europe and came to LA by way of Vancouver, BC. His first short film was awarded an Achievement in Direction Award from the Directors Guild of Canada. In Los Angeles he worked closely with Mike Mills, Miranda July, and as a creative director within Roman Coppola’s TDB Special Projects.
His directing work can be seen in spots for clients Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Facebook and more. His short films and music videos have screened internationally at festivals including Vancouver International Film Fest, Raindance, London Sci-Fi, Fantasia and Woodstock.
His work is often informed by Scandinavian deadpan humor mixed with a touch of 1970s American slapstick. He loves to mix lo-fi practical effects and feel good adventure while always remaining heartfelt and human.
Aaron is currently developing a feature film with the support of the Sundance Institute.
Outside of filmmaking, Aaron spends his time writing and performing music, ocean swimming, repairing stereo receivers and hang gliding. In addition, he also holds a PhD in Melmingtonian Physics from ITTTT Technical School in Las Cruces, NM , spearheading research in ultra-deep cryogenic technology and 7-dimensional pan shielded, stereoscopic computer modeling.
**Best Narrative Short** Nevada City Film Festival
**Special Jury Prize** Seattle International Film Festival: Science Fiction + Fantasy Film
**Director’s Guild of Canada Achievement in Direction** enRoute Student Film Festival (Featured on all Air Canada flights)
**Nominated Best Picture & Best Acting**
Young Cuts Film Festival, Montreal
**Audience Choice Award** Eat The Young Film Festival, Hollywood
Vancouver International Film Festival Woodstock Film Festival Raindance Film Festival, London UK Fantasia Film Festival, Montreal QC Rooftop Film Festival, Brooklyn NY Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax NS Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival London Sci-Fi Film Festvial Toronto After Dark Film Festival Seattle International Film Festival: Science Fiction + Fantasy Film Saint Louis International Film Festival Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival DEDfest, Edmonton AB
Short Shorts International Film Festival, Tokyo Big Sur International Uninvited International Film Festival, Paris