Scholar / Director / Cinematographer / Editor
Eli Grier Hayes fell in love with cinema at an early age upon viewing the works of directors such as Jim Jarmusch and Agnès Varda. He began studying film and screenwriting as he entered high school, and directed his first short films, “Dancing with Shadows” and “Nobody,” during his senior year. While enrolled at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, he founded Hazel Eye Productions, and also began to review the work of fellow filmmakers. Eli has directed twelve feature films & approximately one hundred short films, and has written countless cinematic analyses. He recently graduated from Lipscomb University with a master's degree in film and creative media.
His films have screened on every continent in the world aside from South America & Antarctica, and have played at a multitude of festivals including The Cannes International Film Festival's Court Métrage, The International Eurofilm Festival, The Visionaria Film Festival, The Princeton Film Festival, The Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne, The Ouarzazate International Film Festival, The Slow Short Film Festival, and The Pune Short Film Festival.