Photos with Neville Kiser
BiographyGreenville, South Carolina, USA
Neville Kiser was born in Greenville, South Carolina, the fourth of eight children. When he was 10, he moved with his family up north to Kalamazoo, Michigan. He received his BA in Journalism from Taylor University, a small liberal arts college in central Indiana. During his studies, he spent a semester in Los Angeles and interned for legendary director/producer/writer Garry Marshall at Henderson Production. Following this, he pursued a MA in Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Read more... area of the Shandong province called Linyi. Upon his return to the States, he pursued his MFA in Screenwriting at UCLA, studying under the instructor/mentorship of Dustin Lance Black. While studying at UCLA, Kiser won various accolades, including the Jack Oakie Memorial Award for Excellence in Comedy Screenwriting, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences' Fellowship, and the Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme Scholarship. In the spring of 2012, Kiser won honorable mention at the UCLA Screenwriter's Showcase for his original TV pilot script, "Dead Run." In the fall of 2012, he was selected to adapt a short story for producer James Franco, written by Robert Boswell entitled "Guests," from his own collection of short stories published in one volume as, "The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards." Following this, in his final year of study at UCLA, Kiser's feature script, "Man of Sorrow" -- based on the tragic true story of the final years of Oscar Wilde's life -- was a Feature Winning script at the 2013 UCLA Screenwriter's Showcase, and was honored at a ceremony in June, 2013, at the Writer's Guild of America theater. In December 2013, "Man of Sorrow" landed on the annual Hollywood Black List, of the best unproduced screenplays of the year. Since UCLA, Kiser has worked as the writer's assistant for Dustin Lance Black. He is repped by Peter Dealbert of Pacific View Management, and Keya Khayatian, Lauren Meltzner, and Amanda Hymson of UTA.