(b. January 1, 1975)
The son of American draft dogers, Aubrey Nealon was born and raised in British Columbia’s remote Slocan Valley. He moved to Vancouver at the age of fifteen to pursue a career as an actor, appearing in the television series “Neon Rider,” among others. In 1995, he attended the Vancouver Film School (where he currently teaches part-time.) Upon graduating, he used a Kick Start grant (awarded by Telefilm Canada and the Directors Guild of Canada to promising young directors) to direct his first short film, the comedic House Arrest (1998), which played at several international film festivals and was broadcast on the CBC.
His next short film, Abe’s Manhood (2000), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival®, won a Shavick Award for best emerging director in Western Canada and went on to play at more than twenty international festivals. His next short, In Memoriam (2001) – made while he was attending the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto – also debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and was included on the compilation video Made in Canada: The Best of the CFC.
In 2004, Nealon received the inaugural Don Haig Award, a $10,000 cash prize intended to assist promising emerging directors. The screenplay for his semi-autobiographical debut feature, A Simple Curve, won the 2002 Writer’s Guild of Canada’s Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize (under the working title Idaho Peak). The film premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, opened the Canadian Images series at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and was named one of Canada's Top Ten of 2005 by an independent, national panel of filmmakers, programmers, journalists and industry professionals.
Film and video work includes
Neon Rider series, 1990 (actor; TV, one episode)
Hillside series, 1990 (actor; TV)
Neon Rider series, 1991 (actor; TV, one episode)
House Arrest, 1998 (director; co-writer with Geoff Berner)
Rupert's Land, 1998 (assistant to director)
Abe's Manhood, 2000 (director; co-writer with Geoff Berner)
In Memoriam 2001 (director; co-writer with Geoff Berner)
Patti series, 2002 (director; TV)
Made in Canada, Volume 1: Best of the CFC, 2002 (co-director with Andrew Ainsworth, Keith Behrman, Vincenzo Natali, et al)
A Simple Curve, 2005 (director; writer; producer with George Baptist)