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Chris Ver Weil

Chris Ver Weil

Who is Cletis Tout? marks Chris Ver Wiel's sophomore turn at the helm of a feature film. His directorial debut was in 1996 with the super low budget ($200,000) avante guarde film Waiting Game which he wrote based on a play he also wrote by the same name. The film, which told the story of nine recently dead people on a train and their realization about free will, played to enthusiastic audiences amongst the film festival circuit, and won the Audience Choice Award at the San Diego Film Festival.

A native of California, Chris attended the University of Arizona from which he received a degree in English Literature and Behavioral Science in 1984. Upon graduating, he started doing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles. I wanted to be a writer, he explains, "I could tell a good story, and doing stand-up was much more lucrative than waiting tables. I could make $100 for 30 minutes as opposed to waiting tables for five hours and making $100."

Chris went on to appear in a number of TV shows as a stand-up comic and even appeared on George Schlatter's Comedy Club show with the then unknown Chris Rock. In 1990, he wrote Rockula, the comedic story of a young vampire desperately trying to lose his virginity, which was made low-budget and starred Dean Cameron, Thomas Dolby and Toni Basil. After a string of offers to write teen slasher and horror films, and a creative dry spell, Chris quit the business and moved to London. "I lived in London, Spain and Paris for a while and just traveled, he says. The reality was, I didn't have the life experience to actually write anything that mattered."

After several years, he returned to California and wrote Blink of an Eye, which starred Douglas Spain (Star Maps), and Who is Cletis Tout?


Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Chris Ver Weil Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter

Selected Filmography

Not available.