At twenty-two, after earning Summa Cum Laude in literature and studying film, Halfdan Hussey wrote his first screenplay while driving a cab in New York City. He directed and co-produced a truly independent feature, He's Still There, that opened to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. The film was a hit at the Critic's section of the festival: "Ultimately, He's Still There is a sincerely great movie full of feeling and aspirations. Halfdan Hussey demonstrates not only an idea but also a remarkable ability to translate an idea to film. Halfdan Hussey is not only a 'goodfella' but a young bravo regazzo. Above all he is a bravo regista (great director)." --Francesco Carrara, Venice Film Festival (Il Piccolo)
Soon thereafter, he directed Still Waters Burn, which also received its own due praise: "I really like Still Waters Burn. Its young director shows brilliant promise and talent." - Robert Wise (Four-time Academy Award Winner; legendary director of The Day The Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, and Sound of Music)
Professor Hussey co-founded and developed the Cinequest Film Institute (Cinequest Distribution and Cinequest Film Festival) in the Silicon Valley to empower creativity and innovation. Having stayed ahead in digital film making, exhibition, and distribution for years, Cinequest was named by The Ultimate Guide to Film Festivals as one of the Top 10 amongst the world's 2,000 festivals and deemed the place where you "find the future of film." A pioneer in digital distribution and marketing, Cinequest created a successful distribution division to further its work in delivering award-winning films to fans via DVD, Internet, and Internet Television. Cinequest has formed a sister company, Cinequest Mavericks Studio LLC, to make and market A-list movies utilizing ground-breaking media and technology platforms.
Professor Hussey was named one of the top 25 people who dramatically changed the Silicon Valley over the past 25 years by Metro Newspapers 2010. Recently, he returned to writing and movie-making. His debut book, To the Dogs, tells the dramatic story of a man who leaves a world of integrity to fall into one of crime, leaving his sons with an inheritance of corrupt power. The sons must decide whether to continue the ways of their father or return to the world of dogs, the land of unconditional love and inner power.
Professor Hussey continues to balance his creative work and business with a lifelong passion to empower others to create and live their dreams. He works with Cinequest Picture the Possibilities (PTP) to inspire youth around the globe and to connect their visions of a better tomorrow, through film, to leaders. He has developed an empowerment program and accompanying book called The 7 Powers, the powers to create anything. PTP serves youth in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York City, Mexico City, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Phnom Penh. PTP has partnered with Cinequest Mavericks Studio to create a powerful and inspirational documentary, Life is Love of women who have emerged from the slavery of trafficking free and transformed by love. www.cinequestptp.org
"Strength comes from the people involved and how great their passion and skills are. The leaders of Cinequest have both of those. That's why it's been with us for some time and will still be here long into the future." - Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder, Apple Inc).