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Northwestern School of Communication

Spencer Parsons

Associate Professor; Head of Production
Spencer Parsons

Spencer Parsons's latest feature film, Saturday Morning Massacre, premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, and was awarded Best Feature at the 2012 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. His previous feature, I'll Come Running (2008) played numerous festivals, has screened on the Sundance Channel and is distributed by IFC. His award-winning short films include Chainsaw Found Jesus (2011), Once and Future Asshole (2005), Resolution (2002), and A Common Confuxion (1999). Parsons served as senior programmer for Cinematexas International Short Film Festival in Austin, Texas , from 2000-2003, and continued as a board member and curator-at-large until 2007. He has curated programs of films for the Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greece), L'Alternativa (Spain), Rooftop Films (Brooklyn, NY), Exploding Cinema (London), Fusebox Festival (Austin, Texas) and for the Block Cinema at Northwestern. He has worked on the programming committee of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and has served on awards juries for SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, and Chicago Underground Film Festival. His writing has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Cinespect, Film in Focus and Filmmaker Magazine. Parsons teaches Advanced Production, Directing Actors for Camera, and Media Production, among other courses.


  • MFA, Film Production, University of Texas at Austin
  • BA, English, Kenyon College