Chandler Kauffman likes telling stories. If they’re funny, that’s awesome. True? Well even better.
While attending film school at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts, Chandler honed his comedy-writing chops serving as Executive Editor of NYU’s notorious humor magazine The Plague. After graduation Chandler worked his way up in the camera and lighting departments of numerous features, TV shows, music videos and commercials, being fortunate enough to learn his craft from some of the best directors, DPs and technicians in the business.
Chandler broke into directing commercials with his work as the writer/director of two award-winning eBay spec ads, which were written up in numerous magazines before screening at Cannes Lions, where Chandler was named one of ten notable new directors by The Commercial Film Producers of Europe. Since then he has directed and shot for many of the top agencies, brands and networks, with representation for commercials by production companies including Playroom (a division of Giraldi), Maysles Films and Cutter. Chandler has also served as a creative director and writer, developing original branded content for clients such as OWN, Clorox and Novartis.
Chandler’s award-winning narrative and documentary work has screened at numerous international film festivals. His short doc The Skisherman, about an extreme water sport and the characters who practice it in the waters off of Montauk, NY, won the Documentary Competition at the Film Series at Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios and garnered an Honorable Mention at the LA International Film Festival.
Returning to his comedy-writing roots, Chandler recently wrote, directed and co-exec. produced the original TV pilot Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector, a character-driven dark comedy about a down-and-out Postal Inspector whose quest for renewed meaning in his life leads him to seek the guidance of a new-age life coach and ultimately immerses him in the most bizarre case of his career. With a cast of recognizable character actors, and an oddly enthusiastic following amongst real life US Postal Inspectors, Karl Manhair recently premiered at the Vail Film Festival and has since screened to big laughs at numerous fests on it’s way to streaming distribution.
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
Proctor & Gamble
Take Two Interactive