Austin Stark

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Austin Stark is a writer, director, and producer. He is a founding partner of the New York-based film production company, Paper Street Films.

Austin’s latest project is DITCH PLAINS, a Montauk-set thriller which he wrote and will direct in the summer of 2018. He is also attached to direct THE GOD COMMITTEE, which he co-wrote with Mark St. Germain, for Crystal City Entertainment.

As a writer/director, Austin’s first feature was THE RUNNER, a political drama starring Nicolas Cage, Sarah Paulson, Peter Fonda and Connie Nielsen. The film was released theatrically by Alchemy in 2015.

As a producer, Austin’s most recent film is Maya Forbes’ INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics. Mark Ruffalo received a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actor”. 

Austin’s other films as a producer include: Tony Kaye’s DETACHMENT (starring Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks & James Caan); 2012 Sundance Film Festival Opening Night Film HELLO, I MUST BE GOING (starring Melanie Lynskey & Blythe Danner); 2010 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winner HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE (starring Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman & Kate Mara); Werner Herzog’s MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE? (starring Michael Shannon & Willem Dafoe); and 2009 Sundance Film Festival darling PETER AND VANDY (starring Jason Ritter & Jess Weixler).

Austin began his career working with Academy Award-winning producer Martin Richards (CHICAGO). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in New York City.