Biography

Aiden Keltner, a San Diego and Los Angeles based filmmaker, directed a school video project when he was eight and has been making films ever since. His homeschooling background gave him the freedom to pursue his filmmaking career. Through high school he worked on two feature films in addition to dozens of commercials and hundreds of short films in positions ranging from Production Assistant to Grip and Best Boy Electric to Cinematographer. Aiden has worked with some of brightest upcoming directors and cinematographers at schools such as AFI, USC, and UCLA, in addition to working with industry professionals on commercials and features. Aiden uses the knowledge he gained on these sets to support his passion for directing.

 

Aiden chooses to tell authentic stories of the communities around him. Because he has multiple family members with mental disorders and his father is a psychiatrist, mental illness has always been a part of Aiden’s life. Aiden wants to use his voice as a filmmaker to tell stories of the mentally ill community whose voices have been ignored and forgotten. Aiden has directed multiple award-winning short films. He is dedicated to his craft and will continue to tell compelling, powerful stories in the future.

REFERRALS FROM PAST COLLABORATORS

JODI CILLEY, PRODUCER, FILM CONSORTIUM SAN DIEGO

Aiden is one of the most professional, dedicated, and talented filmmakers I know.  He brings a strong work ethic, dependability and a positive attitude to any set.

JONATHAN HAMMOND, DIRECTOR, GROOVEKO PRODUCTIONS

Aiden is the hardest worker I have ever had on one of my sets.  He has an eye for detail, he is focused and he is always a pleasure to have around.

MICHAEL GIER, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, SILVER DOVE FILMS

Aiden was a pleasure to work with.  He showed up early, did a great job on set, made suggestions that were helpful, and caught two things for us that would have ruined the shot had he not noticed it.  I’d definitely hire him again.

DANIEL AGUSTIN, CINEMATOGRAPHER, EDGE-WISE PRODUCTIONS

I have had the pleasure of having Aiden on my crew for a number of shoots this past year. His enthusiasm and work ethic were much appreciated in the grip dept on some of our long grueling shoot days.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

 

MY FILMS

Estranged (2020) - Narrative Short

Unlabeled (2019) - Documentary Short

Natalie (2019) - Narrative Short

The Freelance Wanderer (2019) - Documentary Short

Withering Adolescence (2019) - Narrative Short

Into the Horizon (2018) - Narrative Short

Code of Honor (2017) - Documentary Short

Writer/Director/Editor/Producer

Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Producer

Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Producer

Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Producer

Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Producer

Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor

Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Producer

COLLABORATIONS

A Prayer Beyond Borders (2020) - Documentary Short

Expect a Miracle (2020) - PBS Documentary Short

Trés Bien (2019) - KPBS Documentary Short

Kathy (2018) - Narrative Short

Jordan Loves (2018) - KPBS Webseries

92115 (2018) - Narrative Short

Motherly Advice (2018) - Narrative Short

Andi (2017) - Narrative Short

Cinematographer

2nd Unit Cinematographer

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

Editor

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

AWARDS AND HONORS

Best Narrative Short Film

Best Student Film

Best Documentary Short

Student Film Jury Award

Audience Choice Award

Honorable Mention

Best of San Diego

Best of San Diego

Official Selection

Official Selection

2x Official Selection

Official Selection

5x Official Selection

2x Official Selection

iVIE Awards and Student Film Festival

GI Film Festival San Diego

Pegasus Film Festival

Coronado Island Film Festival

Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival

Prague International Indie Film Festival

Quarantine Film Challenge

48 Hour Film Project

Indy Shorts International Film Festival

National Film Festival for Talented Youth

Pegasus Film Festival

Grand Foundation Student Film Festival

San Diego Film Week

Hellbender Student Film Festival 

 

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