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Don Handfield

Don Handfield

Writer and director Don Handfield recently partnered with two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Town, Hurt Locker) to form a new company, The Combine, which will develop commercially viable, high quality content that will attract and support top tier creative talent across the board. The entity recently signed an overhead deal with Indian Paintbrush and already has several projects set up that they are producing: Slingshot at Paramount, which Handfield will write and Renner will topline, King of Heists written by Will Staples and produced with Black Bear Pictures and Teddy Schwarzman. They are also producing a Steve McQueen biopic with Greg Shapiro (Hurt Locker) set to star Renner that is being written by James Gray, directed by Ivan Zacharias, and financed by Cross Creek (Black Swan).

Don has worked steadily as a screenwriter; he penned original romantic comedy pitch Love Always from DreamWorks, Genius for Warner Brothers and producer Jerry Weintraub (The Karate Kid, Ocean's Eleven) and developed several other endeavors at major studios.

Handfield received critical acclaim for his short film directorial debut My Name Is starring French Stewart (NBC's 3rd Rock from The Sun), which qualified for an Academy Award entry after winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival in 2005. His film also earned worldwide honors at festivals in Rome, San Francisco and Houston. Handfield was featured in Filmmaker Magazine as one of the top 25 New Faces of Independent Film that same year.

Handfield began his Hollywood career as an actor (Deep Impact, The Profiler) before finding his passion behind the camera. He was a Producer at E! Entertainment, and helped launch The G4 Network for Comcast. His work as a commercial director earned five Telly Awards and was twice featured in the Creative Showcase of Shoot Magazine. He is also a Fellow of the Film Independent (FIND) Director's Lab.

Handfield received his B.A. in Journalism/TV Broadcast from The Ohio State University with a minor in Theatre Performance and Film.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2012.

Don Handfield Facts

Birth Name Earl Donald Handfield
OccupationDirector, Actor, Screenwriter
BirthdayNovember 26, 1971 (52)
BirthplaceHerndon, Virginia, USA

Selected Filmography

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