JACQUELINE CASTEL is an internationally award-winning director, screenwriter, and curator, who weaves occultism, surrealism, erotica, and genre cinema into her storytelling.
Her work has been featured at more than fifty festivals worldwide, including Sundance, SXSW, Rotterdam, BAMcinemaFest, Sitges, and Fantasia along with national tours of Japan and the UK. She has written for and directed cult auteurs John Carpenter and Jim Jarmusch, and collaborated with David Lynch for his Festival of Disruption in 2018. Castel’s work has appeared on platforms as varied as The New York Times, The BBC, NOWNESS, VICE, Italian Vogue, Interview Magazine, and AMC Network’s Shudder.com.
She is currently in production directing the feature documentary A MESSAGE FROM THE TEMPLE, about transgressive UK artist collective and ritual sex magick cult Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth featuring British artist and provocateur Genesis P-Orridge, with the support of the Tate Britain in London.
Castel is attached to direct a French-Japanese erotic thriller from a script co-written by her and Sasha Grey, a feature which Castel will be directing in Tokyo. She is additionally attached to direct a Canadian supernatural drama written by Jae Matthews of musical act Boy Harsher, which placed first at the Berlin Film Festival JETS Co-Production Initiative, as well as being selected as a participant at the Frontières International Co-Production Market at the Fantasia Film Festival and the pitch market at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montréal. Her first feature screenplay, psychological horror film MIHARA, was the recipient of the Ivanhoe Pictures Award at the IFFAM Project Market in Macao, China in 2017 for its merit as an international co-production and is currently in development with Toronto-based production company Impossible Objects. In 2019 she began development on a series adaptation of OCCULT AMERICA, based on the book by writer and historian Mitch Horowitz.
Castel is a co-director at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in NYC and a freelance programmer for events and screenings internationally. She artistically directs events and experiences, with clients including the Red Bull Music Academy and Atlas Obscura. She has created live projections for engagements at the Guggenheim and MoMA P.S.1, and events for VICE and BOUND NYC. Her Kirlian Aura Photography work has been showcased at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and as part of Tony Oursler’s Eclipse installation at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris.
She earned her Film & TV BFA with Honors at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as taking additional coursework in film programs at the Academy of Performing Arts FAMU in the Czech Republic and at CalArts in Southern California. As an undergraduate she was a National Student Academy Award nominee for Best Experimental Film, the recipient of the Nestor Almendros Cinematography Award, and twice nominated for the Wasserman award, NYU's top recognition.
She is an avid international traveler and holds triple citizenship in the United States, France, and Canada.
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