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Derek Frey

Derek was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia and has helmed Tim Burton Productions since 2001. Frey is currently producing Disney’s Dumbo, a live-action reimagining of the animation classic set for release in Spring 2019.

Prior to Dumbo, Frey executive produced Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Big Eyes. In 2012 he co-produced Frankenweenie which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Picture. That same year he produced the music video Here With Me for The Killers.

Frey associate produced the 2010 blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, as well as Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He produced the documentary A Conversation with Danny Elfman and Tim Burton; wrote the Frankenweenie-based short film Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers; and edited the award-winning publication The Art of Tim Burton. In 2009 he worked with curators from MoMA to create the popular World of Tim Burton touring exhibit. Derek began his film career assisting Burton on Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, and Big Fish.

Frey also directs independent films. His 2016 horror featurette Green Lake appeared in over 40 festivals, winning Best Film at the Hollywood & Beyond Film Fest and Honolulu Film Awards. In 2014 his adulterous dramedy Motel Providence received Best Short at the Mexico Intl Film Fest and Best Comedy at the Media Film Fest. For the unorthodox working-class comedy Sky Blue Collar (2013) Derek was named Best Director by the Chicago Comedy Film Fest. In 2012 he directed The Ballad of Sandeep, a poignant tale of outsourcing with a moving performance by actor Deep Roy. The film won Best Director at the Independent Film Quarterly Fest and Best Featurette at the Las Vegas Intl CineFest. Frey’s recent works Kill The Engine and God Came ‘Round are enjoying successful runs on the festival circuit.

Short film credits

Director, Producer
Image from God Came 'Round

God Came 'Round

United Kingdom | Jun 2017 | 5:00
Down on his luck flower seller Sandeep pines to make a connection with the girl of his dreams.
22 awards
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Kill the Engine

United States | Jan 2017 | 10:20
Three broken men decide to kill themselves by carbon monoxide poisoning, but the suicide is foiled when the vehicle of their demise fails to start.
17 awards
Image from Green Lake

Green Lake

United States | Apr 2016 | 36:35
Industry hasn’t destroyed all the sacred spaces in the world. In Hawai'i pockets of magic still exist. And so do those that protect them.
Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Image from Motel Providence

Motel Providence

United States | Oct 2014 | 8:54
A cheating counselor working out of a sleazy motel room tests the boundaries of his own advice after a client's startling revelation.
6 awards
Director, Cinematographer, Editor
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Sky Blue Collar

United States | Jul 2013 | 8:00
A businessman and a carpet installer enjoy a wild and playful friendship, but when their class-conscious bosses pressure them to steer clear of each o...
5 awards
Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor
Image from The Ballad of Sandeep

The Ballad of Sandeep

United States | Apr 2011 | 28:40
When his IT job is outsourced to Bangalore, Indian-born Sandeep Majumdar finds himself unemployed for the first time in eighteen years. In an attempt ...
11 awards
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Information on this profile is provided by the person and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 6 Feb 2018