Bill Dumas is a filmmaker, actor, singer/songwriter and drummer.
He was one of the first organizers of the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign serving as the original webmaster and continued throughout the campaign as Video Production Director.
He has also written, produced and/or directed several feature and short films. His feature documentary: Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search For America's POWs won the Best Documentary Award at the Ft. Myers Beach Film Festival and Best Historical Documentary at the Visions Film Festival in W. Virginia. The film also screened in the U.S. Congress and a DVD was distributed to all the members of the U.S. Congress and Senate by Congressman Ron Paul of Texas in an effort to pass legislation (HRes 111) which will establish a House Select Committee to investigate abandoned POWs from past (and current) wars.
The documentary chronicles the American Korean War POWs who were abandoned in N. Korea and Vietnam. He wrote a feature screenplay about this story for Oliver Stone while he was a screenwriting Fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
Bill's feature music documentary, "The Reducers: America's Best Unsigned Band," premiered at Connecticut College in September, 2006.
On the narrative film front, Bill wrote, produced and directed, UNTO OTHERS (2000), a DV feature, starring, Bob Cicchini (GODFATHER III, PRIMARY COLORS), Charles Gunning (WAKING LIFE, NEWTON BOYS, SLACKER, MILLER'S CROSSING) and Duane Whitaker (PULP FICTION, DUSK TIL DAWN II). The film is currently in post-production.
DOING UNTO OTHERS, a feature documentary about the making of UNTO OTHERS was presented at the 2001 Independent Feature Film Market in New York City and was the opening film of the New London Film Festival. It also screened at the Thunderbird International Film Fest.
Bill co-produced the DV feature thriller CAMP UTOPIA with Duane Whitaker and Patricia Isgate (producer of LA WOMAN, written by Ray Manzarek.) Camp Utopia recently screened in LA. Bill was Associate Producer of Duane Whitaker’s 16mm feature, TOGETHER AND ALONE (1997) distributed by Troma and was co-producer of Sean Hughes’, Bonnie and Clyde 35mm feature, THE BARROW GANG (1994). His 35mm 30-minute short, THROUGH THE WALLS (1993), produced in the Panavision New Filmmaker Program, was a finalist in the USA Film Festival.
Bill completed a commissioned adaptation of Steve Stephen’s novel, ANYBODY LOVE, with director Julie Dash attached. He was a writer on REVERBERATION, the true story of The 13th Floor Elevators, for Mike Alvarez/Rhino Films. His script, TALK SEX, was produced by Playboy's, Mystique Films in 2001.
In the past few years, Bill has been pursuing an acting career and has appeared in several short/feature films and commercials. He is a member of June Chandler's, Actors, Etc. where he has performed in showcases at the Victory Theatre in Burbank. He is repped by Sylvia Ferguson and Associates.
Bill received his MFA from the American Film Institute while interning at Paramount Pictures and Propaganda Films. He has taught screenwriting at Connecticut College and the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. In the early 90s Bill served as Director of Development for SPI Entertainment in Beverly Hills and was a script reader for Marvin Worth (Malcolm X) and Albert Berger (Election, Little Miss Sunshine) at Paramount Pictures. Prior to studying at the AFI, Bill was affiliated with the Boston Film and Video Foundation and wrote, produced and directed several short films. He also studied screenwriting at the Harvard University Extension School in Cambridge and filmmakiing with Hungarian filmmaker/playwright, Miklos Vamos at Connecticut College where he directed the short film, No Time.
On the music front Bill performs as a singer/songwriter/guitarist in Los Angeles at such venus as The Whisky, The Pig & Whistle and Kulak's Woodshed. On the east coast he performs with his band "Blonde Furniture" based in New London, CT. Bill has played drums on the east coast with The Whales, Vacant Lot and The Glenn Phillips Band and here in LA with Manic 5-0 and HS.
In 1984 Bill began a solo recording project (Blonde Furniture) in Connecticut and the following year released the 12" EP, "Has More Fun." At the same time he formed his own record label, Vinyl Siding Records. Bill was executive producer of nine vinyl albums including "Made For TV" featuring John Cale. His compilation albums, Towers of New London, Vol. 1 & 2 featured The Reducers, voted the best unsigned band in the US by CMJ (College Media Journal) in 1985.
In 1984 Bill played drums over the phone with Paul Schaeffer and band on David Letterman. The show featured Bob Dylan and Liberace.
Receiving his bachelor's degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach, Bill had concentrations in music, art, psychology and history. He also taught computer programming at Thames Valley State Technical College in Connecticut, weight training at the YMCA and was a Senior Configuration Management Analyst for General Dynamics.