Phil Scarpaci's directorial career began directing plays at the Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. Since then, he has directed countless award-winning projects in a wide range of genres, from theatre to independent feature films to Disney children's programming, music videos, and commercials.
Feature films include the award-winning In the Key of Eli, Blue Bus, and Welcome to September. All films have garnered awards on the domestic and international film festival circuit, including Best Feature, Best International Feature, Audience Awards, Best Comedy, and Best Ensemble Cast.
Scarpaci has also directed award-winning children's programming for Disney for over 20 years. Projects include numerous After School Specials and two series, Beyond the Page and Safety Smart Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Other directing projects include episodes for SAF3, a prime-time action series from the creators of Baywatch, and the sitcom pilot, Swallow Your Bliss, which he also co-created.
Scarpaci’s short film, A Cat Tale, won the audience choice award at the 2020 Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival.
Feature-length Driving Home to New Orleans was honored at the New Haven International Film Festival in 2021. His 2022 - 2023 series, The Blind Dog and Walter - In Search of Kindness, is in post-production on part three.
Los Angeles theatre credits include Baby Oh Baby - Whitefire Theatre (World Premiere), The Abby Yard – Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (World Premiere), Consider The Tulips – Group Repertory Theatre (World Premiere), New Orleans Revisited, It’s Called The Sugar Plum, The Loveliest Afternoon Of The Year, Skirmishes, All The Kings Men and Chekhov’s The Bear and The Proposal. In 2020, Scarpaci directed the world premiere of Hollywood Love at the Dylan Thomas Theatre in Wales. In addition, the 2023 production of Chapatti had a sold-out run at The Sherry and extended the run at the Whitefire Theatre. Read the Review.
Phil Scarpaci's diverse directing background has one common thread; his unique ability to establish a creative and collaborative work environment. It's not uncommon for actors to say Phil's approach to directing promotes some of "my best work ever" and that his feel for the material and his touch with actors make it so special to work with him.
THE Blind Dog and Walter - ROAD TRIP
THE Blind Dog and Walter
DriVing Home To New Orleans
A CAT tale
From Page To Stage
Swallow Your Bliss
In The Key Of Eli
SAFETY SMART SCIENCE WITH BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY: Germs & Your HeaLth
SAFETY SMART SCIENCE WITH BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY: FIRE
SAFETY SMART SCIENCE WITH BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY: ELECTRICITY
BEYOND THE PAGE
Welcome to September
Doll In The Dark
D.A.R.E. To Be Aware
No Big Deal
Big Brother Blues
I'm No Fool
It's Not My Fault
A cat tale
Winner Audience Choice Award - Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival 2020
Short Online Selection - 19th Annual First Glance Film Festival, Los Angeles 2019
Official Selection - Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2019
Official Selection - Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival 2018
In The Key Of Eli
Winner Audience Award - Feel Good Film Festival
Winner Funniest Flick - Silk City Flick Fest
Winner Audience Award - CGIFF
Winner Best in Fest - Swansea Bay Film Festival
Winner Best Supporting Actor - Monaco International Film Festival
Winner Best Supporting Actress - Monaco International Film Festival
Winner Best Ensemble Cast - Monaco International Film Festival
Winner Best Original Story - Monaco International Film Festival
Best International Feature - Swansea Bay International film festival Wales
Winner Best Feature - Memphis IFF
Winner - River Bend Film Festival
Winner - Macon Film Festival
Welcome To September
Best of the Festival - Berkeley Film Festival
Best Feature - Mania Film Festival
Best Feature - JAFF Film Festival
Best American Feature - Swansea Bay Film Festival, Wales
Bill Nye The Science Guy
Won the prestigious:
IDMA/DVDA Excellence Awards 2009 for Excellence in Children's Programming
One of two awards given this year in this category to Disney, (the other went to Wall.E).
Beyond The Page
Cine Golden Eagle
Film Council Bronze Plaque
Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award