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Kent Hayward is a filmmaker, writer, director, and film production instructor. He earned his BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying under David Bordwell, J.J. Murphy, and Tino Balio. He received his MFA in film production from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking with Thom Andersen, James Benning, and Jules Engel. Hayward has taught film production and film studies at Loyola-Marymount University, California State University San Bernardino, and El Camino College.
Hayward's work has been screened at over 25 festivals, including Dances with Films, DocuWest, New Filmmakers, and Film Independent's Cinema Lounge. The Los Angeles Times' Kevin Thomas declared Hayward's film Homestead Artifact "deeply affecting... Hayward has succeeded beautifully." LA Weekly called it "an affecting rumination on the importance of memories." In 2014, 7 Dudley Cinema at the historic Beyond Baroque Arts Center in Los Angeles hosted a retrospective of Hayward's films, including August, Dream Experiment #2, and his documentary about walking across L.A., Sunset to Sunset.
Hayward began working in the film industry in visual effects and editorial on Hollywood blockbusters including The Dark Knight, Inception, Terminator 3, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. He's also done extensive post-production work on 3-D IMAX movies such as James Cameron's Aliens of the Deep and Ghosts of the Abyss.
More recently, Hayward's editing company, Chops, produced creative content for clients including Radio City Music Hall and Random House. Hayward has curated outdoor summer film screenings for the L.A. Drive-In Movie Series and the Venice Canals Row-In Movie Series.
Currently, Hayward is collaborating with current and former CSULB students on webisodes for a transmedia production based on the world of his screenplay Lunar Estates. He is also fundraising for a new documentary.