“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
― Ingmar Bergman
Jeff Stillwell is a writer, director, actor, musician, and YouTuber from Portland, OR. He's originally from the small town of Issaquah, WA, where he began his creative journey singing in garage bands and making short movies with friends on DV cameras.
He experienced his first taste of success in 2007, when his musical solo project Deer City achieved notoriety via Myspace.com, followed by multiple mentions in The Seattle Stranger and airplay on KEXP 90.3 FM. In 2008 Stillwell performed at the EMP Sound Off! competition alongside
Hey Marseilles, and ultimately self-produced 6 albums as Deer City.
He graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2015 with a degree in Art History and Film Studies. During this time he also produced his first two film projects - a David Lynch-inspired neo-noir called 'HENRYK,' followed by a short World War 1 melodrama,'Togoland.' He also took his first film acting job at this time, playing the central character in Lara
Jean Gallagher's short film 'Stage II.'
Relocating to Portland, OR in 2016, he continued to
take both acting roles and Script Supervising jobs,
while also directing 4 music videos with cinematographer Robert Schemltzer. He then produced his latest surrealist short film, 'EZRA,' also with Schmeltzer behind the camera.
As an actor, he appeared frequently in the Netflix original show 'Everything Sucks!'
Around this time, Stillwell made his first YouTube video essay, titled: 'Why Brian Wilson is A Genius.' This video would eventually reach over 1 million views, with several of his videos reaching similarly sized audiences. He continues to churn out YouTube content on a monthly basis, now supported by his sponsor, INTOTHEAM. He has also started a Patreon account for those who want early-access to exclusive content.
Stillwell continues to create music videos, films, original music, and YouTube videos. 'EZRA' is currently being considered at film festivals worldwide. He can be hired as a freelance director, Production Designer, and Script Supervisor.
"Music is genuine and healthy and the stimulation I get from molding it and adding dynamics is like nothing else on earth."
- Brian Wilson