DeMille received his MFA in Film Directing from UCLA, where he wrote, directed and produced a number of award-winning films. His thesis film, The Absence, played at dozens of festivals around the country and received numerous awards, including Best Film at the San Diego Comic-Con. He has since written several feature-length screenplays, and has edited independent shorts, features, and documentaries, as well as commercial content for HBO, Sundance, Hulu and a number of high fashion brands. In 2018, he edited the short film My Nephew Emmett, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action short. He is currently developing his first feature.
My Nephew Emmett
At 2:30AM on August 28, 1955, in the most racially divided state in the country, 64-year-old Mose Wright tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Louis Till.
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.
Benjamin Moss, a middle manager at a shadowy corporation, is just following orders when he accepts an important mission to hunt down stolen documents. When he arrives at a mysterious town where many of the inhabitants have vanished, he is forced to confront the devastating consequences of his work and must choose whether to continue to obey his orders.
The Absence was an official selection at over two dozen festivals nationwide, and has received numerous accolades including an ASC Heritage Award and Best Film at the San Diego Comic-Con.