Halfdan Hussey is the Director and Co-Founder of Cinequest Inc and the CEO of Cinequest Maverick Studio LLC. He is the author of To The Dogs and 7 Powers of Creating and the film director and producer of Life is Love and Seizing Me. Halfdan was named one of the 25 people who dramatically changed the Silicon Valley over the past 25 years by Metro Newspaper 2010. He is a Linkedin Influencer.
Halfdan Hussey was raised in Boulder, Colorado. His father was a teacher and worked part-time as a projectionist. He would often join his father, when he worked as a projectionist, to watch films from the booth.
He graduated from University of Colorado summa cum laude with a degree in English.
He later moved to New York City and took film classes at NYU. While writing the screenplay for his first film, He’s Still There, he worked as a taxi cab driver in New York City.
He co-founded the Cinequest Film Festival with Kathleen Powell in 1990. Initially, the festival was a three-day event that occupied a single theatre. It has now grown to be a two-week event that brings in over 100,000 attendees and over 600 artists from around the globe. It was recently listed as one of the top 10 film festivals and best digital festivals by The Ultimate Guide to Film Festivals.
Hussey has written two books, To The Dogs and 7 Powers of Creating. To The Dogs is a fictional novel about two brothers who must decide whether to follow their father’s footsteps in crime or take another path. 7 Powers of Creating is a non-fiction novel that shows the seven necessary steps to transform one’s ideas into reality.
He is the CEO of Cinequest’s Maverick Studio LLC. This company produces, co-produces, and distributes films, documentaries, television, and new media.
In 2003, he produced and directed Seizing Me.
In 2008, he wrote and directed Still Waters Burn.
In 2014, he directed and produced Life is Love. The film centers around Somaly Mam and young women who are survivors of sex trafficking in Cambodia.