Galen Summer grew up in rural Massachusetts where he won his first award for filmmaking at the age of twelve, when his variety show featuring clay-animated aliens doing sped-up kung fu swept the Local Cable Access Awards. After graduating from Boston University, he moved to Colorado and began directing whatever came his way: corporate videos for a cowboy clothing company, music videos for Christian rap acts, and a short comedy about suicide that some people found rather offensive.
After a few years, Galen moved to New York City in search of higher profile directing work. Upon settling in Greenpoint, he was approached to direct Lessons from a Tailor, a short documentary about renowned Brooklyn-based clothing manufacturer Martin Greenfield. The film, which was originally commissioned as a tribute video for a one night event, went on to screen at festivals all over the country and was picked-up for air by PBS.
A representative from The New York City Ballet saw the film and asked Galen to direct a series of short documentaries for the company. The resulting films—Pointe Shoes, Recreating a Tutu’s Splendor & Pas de Deux—were an enormous success, racking up more than a million views online, and were featured on websites like The Huffington Post, The Atlantic & The New York Times.
His recent commercial work includes five short documentaries for Downy and a three spot broadcast campaign for Keurig. When he’s not directing commercials and brand films, Galen is developing longer-form projects including a new documentary feature set in the world of Hollywood stuntmen and women.