Frank Mosley is an actor and filmmaker from Texas (b. 1983). He is an alumnus of the 2015 Berlinale Talents, a participant of the 2017 NYFF Artist Academy, and a graduate of Black Factory Cinema's 2016 Workshop for Auteurs, led by the late Abbas Kiarostami in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba. He's been called "a superb actor and filmmaker" (RogerEbert.com), "an indie hard-hitter" (The Playlist), "a robust on-screen presence" (Anthem), and "the kind of experimentalist we don't see often enough...with a pair of soulful eyes behind which there always seems to be something going on" (Keyframe). He was the recipient of a 2013 Visionary Award from Fort Worth Weekly, which declared him "the John Cassavetes of Texas" in a 2012 cover story.
His directing work includes his 2014 feature film and online interactive experience Her Wilderness, which has been called "a truly unique work with a distinctive voice" (Indiewire), "a vibrant fantasy that transcends the narrative form" (Smells Like Screen Spirit), "hypnotic...an intellectual choose-your-own-adventure story" (Sound on Sight), and "the best experimental narrative of the year...at once alien and achingly resonant, it burrows deep into your subconscious like a vivid fever dream" (Indie Outlook). His short films and video installations such as Parthenon, Casa De Mi Madre, Spider Veins, and Two Story, have been exhibited at the Champs-Elysees Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Dallas Museum of Art, Northwest Film Forum, Anthology Film Archives, The New School, 14 Pews, Maryland Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Marfa Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival, and on MUBI, Fandor, Kinoscope, Filmmaker Magazine, and KERA's Frame of Mind (PBS).
His performances have been seen at festivals such as Cannes Semaine de la Critique, Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW, New Directors/New Films, MoMA, AFI Film Fest, Viennale, BAMcinemaFest, VIFF, Tate Britain, Jeonju Film Festival, and the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. His breakout role in Justin D. Hilliard's 2009 feature The Other Side of Paradise was hailed as "a potent dose of sexual chutzpah" (Variety) and "an appealing performance with intriguing elements of depth" (The Hollywood Reporter). He's since gone on to appear in other films such as Shane Carruth's Upstream Color (2013 Sundance Special Jury Prize winner), Daniel Patrick Carbone's segment in the omnibus feature Collective:Unconscious, Calvin Reeder's companion films The Bulb and The Procedure (2016 Sundance winner for U.S. Short Fiction), Zachary Shedd's Americana, Dustin Guy Defa's Person to Person, and Jon Jost's final narrative film They Had It Coming. Frank's leading role in Cameron Bruce Nelson's 2014 IFP Narrative Labs feature Some Beasts won him the Independent Visions Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance at the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival, and has been called "one of his best performances to date" (Hammer To Nail), "a subtle, quiet miracle...a career making performance with physical choices that leap off the screen" (Truth on Cinema), and "one of the best male performances of 2017" (Film Pulse).