Brian Bolster grew up in suburban Boston, MA before attending and graduating from the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His short documentary films have screened at over eighty international film festivals including Sundance, Full Frame, Outfest, Slamdance, and AFI Docs, and have also been distributed by The New Yorker, The Atlantic Video, Aeon Video, and United Airlines among other channels. His most recent film, Departing Gesture, won the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Florida Film Festival and the Audience Award for the Wrap's 2019 Online Film Festival. Other awards include the 2017 New Hampshire Film Festival Film of the Year for his short film, Winters Watch, and Best Director at the 2016 Tacoma Film Festival for his documentary, The Tricks List. Brian is a five-time alumnus of Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and his short documentary The Lookout won the festival’s Big Sky Award in 2012. In 2014 his short documentary One Year Lease won the award for Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and was a Cinema Eye Honors 2015 nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking and was also a finalist for The Wrap’s Online Short List Film Festival in 2015.