West at the Venice Film Festival in 2013
October 5, 1980
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Ti West (born October 5, 1980) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, and occasional actor, best known for his work in horror films. He directed the horror films The Roost (2005), The House of the Devil (2009), The Innkeepers (2011), The Sacrament (2013), and the Western In a Valley of Violence (2016). He has also acted in a number of films, mostly in those directed by either himself or Joe Swanberg.
West's directorial work includes the 2001 short The Wicked, and feature films The Roost (2005), Trigger Man (2007), The House of the Devil (2009), The Innkeepers (2011), and The Sacrament (2013). He appeared in 2004's The Woman Who Split Before Dinner as Old Man Conrad. In 2009, West wrote, produced and directed the web series Dead & Lonely for IFC Films. The first series run ended in October 2009. West disowned the 2009 horror film Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, citing massive interference and re-editing as the reasons. He wanted to remove his name completely from the film and give directing credit to Alan Smithee, but his request was denied.
West was set to direct The Haunting in Georgia, the sequel to The Haunting in Connecticut, but left the project in March 2010. In 2012, he worked with Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid and the Radio Silence Productions hosts Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Chad Villella on the anthology horror film V/H/S. He directed the segment "Second Honeymoon".
In June 2015, it was reported that West would direct an episode of MTV's Scream television series. He directed the penultimate episode of the first season, titled "The Dance". He has also directed an episode of Jason Blum and Eli Roth's WE tv horror series South of Hell, titled "Take Life Now". West wrote, directed, produced and edited the Western film In a Valley of Violence, starring Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, and John Travolta. It premiered at South by Southwest in March 2016.
|The Wicked||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|2005||The Roost||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Professor||Also composer|
|2009||Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever||Yes||Yes||Story credit|
|The House of the Devil||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Favorite Teacher|
|2012||V/H/S||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Segment: "Second Honeymoon"|
|The ABCs of Death||Yes||Yes||Segment: "M is for Miscarriage"|
|All the Light in the Sky||Yes||Director|
|2015||Scream||Yes||Episode: "The Dance"|
|South of Hell||Yes||Episode: "Take Life Now"|
|2016||In a Valley of Violence||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Wayward Pines||Yes||Episodes: "Exit Strategy" and "Bedtime Story"|
|2001||NYIIFVF Short Film Award for Best Director – Student Film||The Wicked||Won|
|2005||Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best with Less||The Roost||Nominated|
|2009||Best of Puchon||The House of the Devil||Won|
|Gold Hugo for After Dark Competition||Nominated|
|2011||Toronto After Dark Film Festival Fan's Choice Award for Scariest Film||The Innkeepers||Won|
|SXSW Spotlight Premiere Audience Award||Nominated|
|2012||Fright Meter Award for Best Director||Nominated|
|Gold Hugo for After Dark Competition||The ABCs of Death (shared with Kaare Andrews, et al.)||Nominated|
|SXSW Midnight Audience Award||V/H/S (shared with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, et al.)||Nominated|
|Sitges Film Festival Maria Award for Best Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2013||Gold Hugo for After Dark Competition||The Sacrament||Nominated|
|Venice Horizons Award for Best Film||Nominated|
|2014||Fright Meter Award for Best Editing||Nominated|
|Gérardmer Film Festival Syfy Jury Prize||Won|
|Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Limited Release/Direct-to-Video Film||3rd Place|
|2015||Fangoria Hall of Fame||Himself||Won|
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