PEARRY TEO, Ph.D, Min.D, Ed.D, CSC
Singaporean Chinese writer/director PEARRY TEO established himself with the short film Liberata Me, winning Best Short at the New York International Film Festival, which garnered the attention of U.S. producers. He soon made history as the first from his native country to direct a Hollywood feature film with The Gene Generation (Lionsgate), based on a comic book series with a cult following, starring Bai Ling and Academy Award® winner Faye Dunaway.
Additional directorial credits include the medieval action/fantasy Witchville (Universal) filmed on location in China, Dracula: The Dark Prince (Lionsgate) with Academy Award® winner Jon Voight, the Clive Barker-inspired horror festival hit Necromentia (Image Entertainment), and The Curse of Sleeping Beauty starring Ethan Peck, India Eisley, and Natalie Hall.
Teo served as an Executive Producer on The Wachowski / Tom Tykwer film Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros) starring Oscar® winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. He also co-produced George Romero’s Day of the Dead with Millennium Films while simultaneously directing Hellboy VR, the Virtual Reality experience for the 2019 movie starring David Harbour and Milla Jovovich.
Teo collaborated with author Christine Converse on Bedlam Stories, a novella from an original scripted project by Teo that combines elements of reporter Nellie Bly’s undercover investigation of a mental institution in the 1920s, with the heightened fictional world of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. The novella became a #1 bestseller, prompting the forthcoming full-length novel.
Teo’s films have won several awards including Best Horror Feature for Dead Inside at the Women’s International Film Festival, and Best Feature for The Gene Generation at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. Most recently, Teo’s movie The Assent, starring Academy Award Winner Tatum O'Neal, opened to a sold-out show at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, followed by the sold-out US premiere at the Shockfest Film Festival in Las Vegas, where Teo won for Best Director.
Fantasy Demo Reel
Gate to the Emerald City
Honors and Awards
- 2019 Shockfest Film Festival (Las Vegas) — Best Director (The Assent)
- 2013 Shriekfest International Horror / Sci Fi / Fantasy Film Festival Judge
- 2012 – Women’s International Film Festival
Grand Jury Award – Best Horror Feature (Dead Inside)
- 2008 – San Francisco Independent Film Festival
Grand Jury Award – Best Feature (The Gene Generation)
- 2005 – Sedona International Film Festival
Audience Award – Best Short Film (Take Me Somewhere Nice)
- 2003 – New York International Film Festival
Genre Award – Best Short Film (Children of the Arcana)
- 2002- New York International Film Festival
Genre Award – Best Short Film (Liberata Me)