Kevin Nail is an award-winning filmmaker and a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington where he is pursuing a bachelor-of-fine-arts degree in film/video. He first attended UTA from 2007-2010 where he earned a BA degree in journalism. Nail worked as a freelance journalist from 2010-2017. During that time, he taught himself screenwriting which led to him penning his first two feature screenplays between 2012-2016; his second script, “Training Camp”, received high scores from the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition. In 2018, he returned to school to pursue a filmmaking degree.
That year, he wrote/directed/produced the short film, Motivation Monday, which screened at multiple festivals across several states from 2019-2020. The film won “Best Student Film” at the South Texas International Film Festival and at the Austin Indie Fest. It was also awarded “Best Drama Film” at the Prison City Film Festival and an “Award of Excellence” at the BisonBison Film Festival, which included a $1000 prize.
In 2019, Nail wrote and directed the short film, The 4, which completed post production in 2020. The film was an award-winning selection at the 2021 Indie Open Screen Festival. Also in 2020, he wrote his third feature screenplay, An Apple from the Tree, as well as writing, directing, and producing the short film Legend Mary, which is currently in post-production.
Nail also has experience as a sound mixer, which he served as on the short films, Metanoia, and Veteran’s Heart, and the feature film Blindfold; he also served as Foley artist on Veteran's Heart. He worked as gaffer on the short films, Alabama Son and I May Have A Problem. Additionally, he has experience as key grip, which he worked as on the short film, Snapshot; and production assistant, which he served as on the short film, Hugo’s Plane, as well as the multi-media project, Firebones.
Nail graduated with honors from UTA in the Fall of 2020. He hopes to pursue an MFA degree in screenwriting from the University of Texas in Austin.
Nail holding the award for "Best Student Film" at the 2019 South Texas International Film Festival