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Dale C. Metz


One of the short films being screened this year by the Fort Myers Film Festival is Genesis, a sci-fi short written and directed by Dale C. Metz and Ted Souppa and starring Lily Cardone, Sophie Grace, Emily Norcia and Ayana Sorenson.

Dale Metz has been a photo and film enthusiast for years though he began a formal study of photography in 1998. Upon retiring in early 2010 from a career in fire service as a deputy fire chief, he resolved to pursue filmmaking. Since 2011, he has made 28 short films, including A Face in the Crowd, Juvie, Ride, Jenny and Elle, Genesis, An Orphan in Time, God’s Will, Manifest: Destiny, Dragon Child, The Deepest Cut, Genevieve, Until Tomorrow, The Rules, Music Box, TRuSTWoRTHY, Nozomi, The Grand, Changing Worlds, On the List, On the Edge, The Plan Has Changed, Pathways the Trilogy: Chossing Fate, The Malice Trilogy: Unseen, See, Recycled, Awry, Fragile House and Shadow Speak. He edited 24, produced 23 and wrote 11 of these films.

Born and raised in Florida, he received a Bachelor degree from Florida State and studied photography at Seminole Community College and through various workshops. He relies on his ability as a still photographer to tell a story through film. His approach to cinematography is very similar to still photography; seeing the moving image as a collection of still photos.

Metz has won numerous awards and recognition for his photography and short film work and donates time as a board member with the Florida Institute of Recording, Sound and Technology (F.I.R.S.T).

April 8, 2019.


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