Hartley Powells Bio
Always interested in film and writing, Hartley nonetheless pursued a degree in Computer Science and became a computer programmer to pay the bills while pursuing his writing career. As fate would have it, he chose a day job that inflicts an unrelenting barrage of frustrating experiences that he has managed to channel into his writing. He has written dozens of short stories and still finds time to work on his science fiction novel between screenplays.
Hartley worked on and off in video production for over 15 years, writing and directing several shorts and concert films. In 1998, he formed Wooden Spaceship Productions with his sister, Keller, who refers to him as the perfect cross between Dilbert and Robert Rodriguez. Since forming the company, his primary goal has been to produce shorts and low-budget features, as well as supply equipment and expertise to filmmakers around the region. Wooden Spaceship is now one the most fully equipped low-cost production companies in Oklahoma, owning their own Arriflex super 16 camera package and Steadicam, which he operates himself.
Hartley co-wrote and directed the action feature Valence Theory and is the cinematographer on the feature Littleflower (currently in production) and the shorts Always Means Fun, Wind and Mimesis, all of which were shot on 16mm. He is currently writing the script for his next feature, and will be working on several films that are shooting in and around Oklahoma City this summer.