The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
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Tom Provost

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow 2021

About Tom Provost

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Honors program, with emphases in both English Literature and Film, Tom moved to Los Angeles where he has worked steadily writing, directing, editing and acting…and, for a long while, waiting tables. He co-wrote the film Under Suspicion starring Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. The screenplay was nominated for an Edgar Award.  His feature directorial debut was The Presence. The genre-twisting ghost story stars Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, Shane West and Golden Globe Nominee Justin Kirk. The movie won numerous awards on the festival circuit including Best Picture and Best Director. Lionsgate released it in Fall 2011. A graduate screenwriting professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Provost works steadily as a script doctor and consultant. He also teaches the popular series of classes on filmmaking called Cinema Language: The Art Of Storytelling, in Los Angeles and around the country. You can find some of his writing at both and