Frank Mosley is an actor and filmmaker from Texas. He's 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 Magazine), and "the sort 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 North Texas" in a 2012 cover story.
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, BFI London, Viennale, BAMcinemaFest, VIFF, Tate Britain, Jeonju Film Festival, and the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. His breakout role as a misfit ex-con in Justin D. Hilliard's 2009 feature The Other Side of Paradise was hailed as "a potent dose of sexual chutzpah" (Variety), "an appealing performance with intriguing elements of depth" (The Hollywood Reporter), and that he "induces simultaneous states of humor, menace, intrigue, and sexual bravado" (Smells Like Screen Spirit). 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, Aaron Schimberg’s Chained for Life, Jim Cummings’ Thunder Road (2018 SXSW Grand Prize winner), 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, as a farmhand going through an existential crisis, won him the Independent Visions Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance at the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival. It's been called "one of his best performances to date" (Hammer To Nail) and "a subtle showcase of expressions and body language...one of the best male performances of 2017" (Film Pulse).
As a director, his films and video installations such as Parthenon, Casa De Mi Madre, Spider Veins, and Two Story, have been exhibited at the Slamdance Film Festival, Champs-Elysees Film Festival, Dallas Museum of Art, Northwest Film Forum, Anthology Film Archives, The New School, 14 Pews, Sie FilmCenter, Triskle Art Center, Maryland Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Marfa Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival, and on MUBI, Fandor, Kinoscope, Filmmaker Magazine, and KERA's Frame of Mind (PBS). James Slaymaker of Vague Visages wrote: "The short films of Frank Mosley are miracles of economy. Finely observed, conceptually audacious and formally assured, Mosley’s filmmaking reflects a remarkable maturity and ambition rarely exhibited in the contemporary landscape of low-budget American cinema. Mosley is a major cinematic voice." Her Wilderness, Frank's 2014 feature film and online interactive experience, has been called "a truly unique work with a distinctive voice" (Indiewire), "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" (Indie Outlook). In summer 2018, The Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, NYC presented A Fortnight With Frank Mosley, the only retrospective of his films to date. In their program notes on his work, Spectacle wrote: "His fascination with matters of identity, memory, and temporality bleed through every frame of his films – few directors working today can touch Mosley’s narrative and media savvy."