Todd Felderstein directs narrative and nonfiction feature, television and stage productions and has won global recognition in each.  He is a directing member of the Actors Studio and a humanist photographer with a focus in documentary, portrait and editorial.

 

Todd was the first director to bring live theatre back to Los Angeles with the production of She Kills Monsters at the Warner Grand Theater for Encore Theatre Group in the Southbay. He produced Tzeva Adom, The Color Red which stars Shani Attias. The film was programmed in over fifteen international festivals taking honors in half which include the American Pavilion's "Emerging Filmmaker Honors" at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and NBCU Shortfest. That same year Todd directed & produced Reservations which stars Dale Raoul (HBO's True Blood) that was programmed in eleven festivals while winning two "Best" awards. A year prior, Todd directed the stage version of Reservations receiving best actress, playwright and production accolades at the Hollywood Short+Sweet theatre festival along with recognition from the City of Los Angeles.

 

Todd created Smartphone Theatre at the onset of the pandemic and spent the following two and a half years producing and directing over 50 original online plays, poetry readings and conversations that have engaged thousands of viewers from all over the world. These digital productions feature Oscar and Tony winners and acclaimed talent from Broadway to Hollywood which include: Oscar winner Alan Arkin, Oscar nominated director Mark Rydell, Tony winner Poetri Robert Hays, Susan Sullivan, Mitch Ryan, David Selby, Stan Davis and dozens of others.

 

Todd co-wrote the Spider-Man Animated Series starring Neil Patrick Harris in the title role and created the character "Shikata" for Sony TV and the MCU which was voiced by Gina Gershon in the series.

 

Todd's nonfiction work includes the feature documentary Magics. Produced in Israel, this film details how humor bridges cultures as administered by a "medical magician" throughout the country's many pediatric hospitals. That film screened in festivals all over the world winning five. His short-form nonfiction has allowed Todd to interview: Senator Brad Sherman, Tom Hayden, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Moss among others. His music nonfiction has featured: Booker T., Preston Glass, Ray Parker Jr., Niki Haris, Michael Thompson, John JR Robinson, Bobby Watson and so many others.

 

Todd is one of twelve American filmmakers chosen to participate in the 2007 filmmaking TALA masterclass founded by the Los Angeles Jewish Federation.

 

For seven years, Todd served as the executive director of The Story Project, a 501c3 founded by actress/philanthropist Dina Merrill and her husband whose mission was to employ storytelling in the media arts to further communication skills in youth living in challenged communities. Throughout this tenure Todd worked with hundreds of teens across the country, created curricula and had frequent engagement with high net-worth supporters. Todd also served on the board beginning in 2003.

 

Todd is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, a former amateur triathlete and a nidan in aikido. He is a teaching artist at Venice Arts and the Los Angeles Center of Photography.

ASSOCIATIONS

  • Motion Picture Editors Guild (Local 700)

  • (IDA) International Documentary Association

  • SAG/AFTRA

  • Los Angeles Center of Photography

  • Directing Member, The Actors Studio

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Todd Felderstein & Councilman Mitch O'Farrell

BOARDS

 

  • The Story Project (Executive Director)

  • Los Angeles School for Global Studies

  • Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

  • San Pedro International Film Festival

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & PANELS

 

  • University of Southern California (USC)

  • California State University, Los Angeles

  • San Pedro Int. Film Festival

  • Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

  • Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

  • Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)