Biography

Kyle Coffman is an award winning filmmaker (writer/director) in the Los Angeles area, originally from the quaint town of Alton, Illinois. After spending 10 years in Washington, D.C. as a residential property manager for luxury high rises, Kyle finally decided to pursue his passion and move to Los Angeles to become a filmmaker. Obsessed with horror movies as a teenager, he found a love in writing and completed his first screenplay at 17. It was at this age that Kyle was presented with the opportunity to write, direct, and star in his first play about teenage adolescence and the consequences of drug abuse. The well received play launched Kyle into an exciting journey writing screenplays and short stories.

 

Kyle attended film school at California State University, Northridge; earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production in 2020.  During this time his horror short film, It’s in the Closet, was nominated for Los Angeles City College’s Fall Cinema Division Selected Films. Kyle’s short story, Prequel to Hell’s Road won 3rd place at the Los Angeles City College’s 17th Annual Writing Contest. His script, Soldier Girl, was chosen by California State University, Northridge Film Department’s faculty to be produced as part of four senior thesis films in his cohort. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the senior thesis films are still waiting to be shot. His recognition as a talented screenwriter was displayed when two of his screenplays placed in the top 25% in The International Page Screenwriting Awards out of 5,000 entries.

 

In addition to the accolades Kyle received while earning his film degree; Kyle published his short horror novel Hell's Road, an adaptation from a screenplay he had previously written with the same title, in 2016.  Later in 2017, Kyle launched the small, independent production company Sebastian Films Unlimited, with the goal of making short films of all genres.  In 2018, Kyle's short film, Another Casserole, was an official selection at the Marina Del Rey Film Festival and won for "Best Writing" at the Los Angeles Pierce College Film Festival. In Feb '22, the production company released its 5th short film, Groomsday, a romance/thriller about two men, who fall in love after a one night stand, and experience a horrific tragedy on the night of their wedding. Groomsday is currently competing in the film festival circuit and was an "Official Nominee" for Best Directer and won "Best Long Short" film at the Merced Queer Film Festival, 2022.

 

In February 2022, Coffman announced Sebastian Films Unlimited will be expanding their media and debuting a horror podcast, created and narrated by Coffman, called Dark Corner, and will feature a new scary story on every episode written by unrepresented writers as a way for those writers to get their work out there and heard by listeners. 

Kyle directed and co-produced the three episode limited web-series, Guys Like You, which premiered on November 19, 2021 on YouTube and has over 1 million combined views of the show. Guys Like You has scored a "Official Nominee" nomination for Best Pilot/Series at the Merced Queer Film Festival, 2022.

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2010 - present
Short Films

Groomsday | 2022

Writer/Director/Producer

-WINNER "Best Long Short" film, Merced Queer Film Festival, 2022

-Official Nominee "Best Director" short film, Merced Queer Film Festival, 2022

Two men fall in love and experience a horrific tragedy on the night of their wedding.

Guys Like You | 2021

Series Director

-Finalist "Best Short Film" PRIDEFILM.online, 2022

-Official Nominee "Best Pilot/Series," Merced Queer Film Festival, 2022

-Official Selection Silicon Valley Queer Film Festival, 2022

A three episode web series about a gay college student trying to navigate his way through life and find his self-worth after meeting three different guys, over three different years, that each leave a unique impact on him.

CrAZEd 2 | 2019

Producer/Writer/Director

-Official Selection Thrills, Chills, and Kills Film Fest 2021

The lunatic clown is back to stalk a drug dealing nurse.

CrAZEd | 2017

Producer/Writer/Director

A lunatic clown stalks a corrupt attorney on his way home from work.

Another Casserole | 2017

Producer/Writer/Director

-Official Selection Marina Del Rey Film Festival 2018

-Winner "Best Writing" Los Angeles Pierce College Film Festival 2018

A grieving wife and mother must face the harsh reality of her new life.

It's in the Closet | 2014

Writer/Director

Los Angeles City College

A student film about a novelist staying in an empty house haunted by an evil force.

2010 - present
Screenplays

Down Below | Horror 

Screenwriter

Three survivors are forced to return to Hallow’s Lake to try to kill a creature that murdered their friends 12 years earlier.

Manipulating Miguel | Psychological-Thriller 

Screenwriter

A teenage boy’s games of seduction with an innocent, but older man, leads to a surprising love affair that ends in a whirlwind of obsession and tragedy. 

Deranged Seduction | Drama, Thriller 

Screenwriter

A teenage seductress transfers to a suburban high school and wreaks havoc on the popular group leaving behind a trail of mayhem and destruction. 

Screaming for Freedom | Drama, Action 

Screenwriter

After a U.S. Senator's son is kidnapped, what seems like a tragedy turns into an opportunity, for the kidnapper and son, to get the upper hand on his crooked father.

Awards &
Nominations

Guys Like You | Series

Director/Co-Producer

"Best Nominee" Pilot/Series, Merced Queer Film Festival, 2022 

Groomsday | Short Film

Director/Writer/Producer

WINNER "Best Long Short" film 

"Official Nominee" Best Director

Merced Queer Film Festival, 2022 

Guys Like You | William, episode 3

Director/Co-Producer

"Finalist" Best Short Film. PRIDEFILM.online, 2022 

Another Casserole | Short Film

Director/Writer/Producer

"Best Writing" award for Los Angeles Pierce College, 2018

Marina Del Rey Film Festival Official Selection, 2018

Manipulating Miguel | Screenplay 

Screenwriter

Placed in the top 25% The Page International Screenwriting Awards

Prequel to Hell's Road | Short Story

Writer

Third Place Winner Los Angeles City College's 17th Annual Writing Contect, 2015.

It's in the Closet | Student Film

Writer/Director

Nominated for Los Angeles City College's 2014 Cinema Division Selected Films, 2014.

Critic Reviews

Guys Like You: The Role of Support in Coming Age

Indie Script Mags

A three episode limited series, Kyle Coffman’s Guys Like You explores its protagonist through the encounters he has with three men who come into his life. Written by its lead actor, Trystan Colburn the story is a layered take on coming of age, questioning its very possibility where self-worth is missing.

Read Review Here

Groomsday: The Price of Others' Cruelty

Indie Script Mags

Kyle Coffman’s Groomsday, featuring Trystan Colburn in a second collaboration with Coffman, chronicles the story of a couple from their early days to their bloodied wedding night. A non-linear narrative wrapped up in 16 minutes, the film keeps returning to the gruesome present, survival in doubt. 

Read Review Here

Film Spotlight on Groomsday

Daniel Hess of ToTony Productions

Film spotlight focuses on the short film Groomsday directed by Kyle Coffman

Read Review Here

CrAZEd Part 2 Review

Daniel Hess of ToTony Productions

Crazed Part 2 comes to us from Producer, Writer, Director Kyle Coffman. Kyle along with George R. Brooks II craft a simple but effective short horror thriller that is guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat.

Read Review Here

Publications

Dark Corner | Podcast

Producer/Creator/Narrator

A horror podcast that features a new scary story on every episode.

Available on SebastianFilmsUnlimited.com June 2022

Hell's Road | Short Novel

Author

A group of teenage friends must fight for their lives on an abandoned road that has been taken over by a satanic cult of cannibals. 

Available at Amazon.com

Falling for Theo | Novel

Author

Currently in 2nd draft.

Another Casserole | Short Story

Writer

Published in Los Angeles Pierce College's literary magazine, Direction, Spring 2017.

Special Skills

Experienced in Final Draft, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, and Davinci Resolve.