Butler has been directing since the age of eight, when he forced his father -- Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler -- to voice the rubber ducks who starred in Josh's first short films. Eventually, Bulter graduated to directing human beings, and at the age of 12 he won Coronet Films' International Video Contest with a touching five-minute short about the growing pains between a mother and daughter in Southwest Louisiana. In high school he produced three 30-minute narratives as well as a regionally-acclaimed 30-minute documentary about the residents of a small Louisiana town named DeQuincy.
Accepted into the University of Southern California's prestigious Cinema-Television directing program while still a junior in high school, Butler entered the university's early admissions program and began his formal training. He was selected to direct a Senior Thesis film from his own script, which became the widely acclaimed, award-winning short Will Work For Food.
Upon graduation, Butler went on to garner acclaim as a film and television editor, most notably editing the Sundance Film Festival award-winner Paul Monette: The Brink Of Summer's End. He directed and edited commercials, trailers and reality-television programs before becoming the supervising editor of the innovative and well-reviewed USA Network/Sci-Fi Channel series GvsE/Good vs. Evil. Butler quickly began directing Second Unit on the series, as well as directing Second Unit on the feature film Sweet Jane, a favorite at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.
Butler then went on to direct and edit a full episode of Good vs. Evil, which was sent out for review and among other raves received an A- in Entertainment Weekly. This success led to Butler's directing another episode of Good vs. Evil and then four episodes of Sci-Fi's hit series The Invisible Man. He also directed an episode of USA's The Huntress.
Most recently, Butler directed another film for USA Cable Entertainment, the Christmas fantasy Prancer Returns, which is executive produced by the legendary Raffaella De Laurentiis.
Butler has also managed to find time to start a production company, Kinetic Pictures (www.kineticpictures.com) with his writing and producing partner, Chet Fenster. They have recently sold a movie to Fox Television entitled Prom Queen, which will be co-produced by New Line Television and Trilogy Entertainment. They are also co-executive producers of ESPN's first original television film, A Season On The Brink.
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|Birthday||November 30, 1973 (43)|