After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the Spring of 2008 with a BA in Mass Communications, Russ immediately moved to Los Angeles to further his career as an editor and graphic designer. In 2009, Russ was an editor, digital image technician and graphic designer on the independent film Obselidia, which was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Award, Best Cinematography and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Obselidia was also nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards.
After Los Angeles, Russ moved back to Little Rock and began working with See Spot Run Productions, handling project for such clients as The Landers Family andArkansas Heart Hospital. After See Spot Run Productions, Russ worked for P. Allen Smith where he was the editor of several television shows, including P. Allen Smiths Garden Home, Garden Style, and Garden to Table. During this time, Russ continued to edit and perform graphic design work on local and national narrative shorts and features. Russ has edited and designed posters for six award winning and nominated short films including Pillow, Seven Souls, The Orderly, Mary, The Discontentment of Ed Telfaire and One Please. In 2013 Russ won two Emmys for the AETN production Champion Trees, Best Documentary and Best Cinematography. As well as being the Poster Designer and Co-Editor for the feature All the Birds Have Flown South.
From 2014 to 2017 he worked as a freelance editor and graphic designer on projects for AETN, The Boys and Girl Club and Local Little Rock Production Houses such as Exclaim Health, Waymack and Crew, C.J.R.W. as well as some work for Vice Live Nation. Russ then worked on the PBS show Mineral Explorers as Senior editor as well as traveling with the crew to remote locations in Peru, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and the United States as the Assistant Camera, Assistant Director and Data Wrangler. Also during this time he was the D.I.T. for the Features Gods Not Dead 2 and Antiquities. In 2016-2017 Russ worked on 2 projects for AETN, Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury (Editor) and Dreamland (Assistant Editor). These projects both won Emmys in 2017.
Russ currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he works as a freelance editor and graphic designer on projects for P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home and Garden Style, C.J.R.W., Waymack and Crew and Classics In Miniatures.
THE LEGEND OF JOAN OF ARC (2018)
BELL RINGER: THE INVISIBLE BRAIN INJURY (2016)
ALL THE BIRDS HAVE FLOWN SOUTH (2014)
CHAMPION TREES (2013)
ONE PLEASE (2014)
RANGE JUNKIES (2012)
THE BLOODSTONE DIARIES (2012)
P. ALLEN SMITHS GARDEN HOME (2016-2018)
MINERAL EXPLORERS (2014-2016)
P. ALLEN SMITHS GARDEN HOME (2011-2013)
P. ALLEN SMITHS GARDEN STYLE (2011-2013)
TWO PENGUINS (FREELANCER 2018)
WAYMACK AND CREW (FREELANCER 2016-2018)
CJRW (FREELANCER 2016-2018)
M3 PRODUCTIONS (FREELANCER 2015-2016)
JONES PRODUCTIONS (FREELANCER 2012-2015)
SEE SPOT RUN PRODUCTIONS (2010-2012)
BARBRAS KENNY (2018)
THE BLOODSTONE DIARIES (2012)
FOOT SOLDIER (2010)
EMMY 2017 BEST DOCUMENTARY POST DIRECTION - BELL RINGER
EMMY 2017 BEST DOCUMENTARY EDITING - DREAMLAND
EMMY 2014 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - CHAMPION TREES
EMMY 2014 BEST DOCUMENTARY - CHAMPION TREES
TRIBECA 2014 BEST NARRATIVE SHORT NOMINATION - ONE PLEASE
SLAMDANCE 2014 GRAND JURY NOMINATION - ONE PLEASE
TASTE AWARDS 2013 BEST BRANDED VIDEO PROMOTION - P. ALLEN SMITHS HOW TO SURVIVE A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
TASTE AWARDS 2013 BEST ORGANIC PROGRAM - P. ALLEN SMITHS GARDEN HOME
LITTLE ROCK 2013 NOMINATED BEST SHORT - MARY
LITTLE ROCK 2011 BEST DIRECTOR - PILLOW
SUNDANCE 2010 GRAND JURY NOMINATION - OBSELIDIA
SUNDANCE 2010 EXCELLENCE IN CINEMATOGRAPHY - OBSELIDIA
SUNDANCE 2010 ALFRED P. SLOAN PRIZE - OBSELIDIA
TWO INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS 2010 - OBSELIDIA
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