Marcus van Bavel was born in Tempe, Arizona in 1960 and has lived in Texas for 45 years. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, with additional studies in film production. He worked on several low-budget action pictures as a cameraman, and his first film as writer and director, THE TEXAS COMEDY MASSACRE, was selected by the Hof Film Festival (Germany) and the Florence Film Festival in 1987. Parts of it also appeared on ABC Television's "America's Funniest People" in 1992.
REDBOY 13, his second film, was selected by the South by Southwest Film Festival in 1997 as the opening night film, and by the Film Society of Lincoln Center for Independent's Night, 1997. It also played in the Louisville, Long Island, and Narrowsburg Film Festivals in 1999. REDBOY is distributed on home video by Vanguard Cinema.
Van Bavel built for his own use a geodesic-domed, 3600 sq-ft soundstage near Bastrop, Texas, for the production of REDBOY 13, and he lives in Austin with his wife Angélique and daughter Morgan Claire.
He is the owner and chief engineer of DVFilm, a company which provides post-production services and software for independent filmmakers.
Photo: John Langford