45: Scott Teems – Writer/Director

The Doorpost
July 25, 2015

45: Scott Teems – Writer/Director

GUEST: Scott Teems

From short films to Rectify on SundanceTV, hear how Scott Teems found success in Hollywood… on this episode of The Doorpost Podcast Project!


ScottTeems_HeadshotScott Teems is a Georgia-born writer-director who currently writes, directs, and produces the acclaimed SundanceTV drama Rectify, which has been hailed as “astounding” (Indiewire), “engrossing” (The Hollywood Reporter), and “unlike anything on TV” (The Daily Beast).

Prior to Rectify, he wrote and directed the award-winning feature film That Evening Sun, starring Hal Holbrook and Mia Wasikowska, which premiered at South by Southwest, where it won the Audience Award and Special Jury Award, then went on to win more than a dozen major awards at festivals across North America. It was a New York Times Critics Pick, was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards, and was the recipient of the Wyatt Award, given annually by the Southeastern Film Critics Association to the film that “best represents the essence of the South.”

In addition, Scott recently directed and produced the feature documentary Holbrook/Twain, which chronicles six decades of Hal Holbrook’s Tony and Emmy Award-winning one-man show, “Mark Twain Tonight!” The film, which features Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, and Martin Sheen, among others, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it received rave reviews from The Huffington Post (“an instant classic”), The Los Angeles Times (“intimate, poignantly honest”) and The Hollywood Reporter (“one of the best films showcased in the entire festival”).

Scott has several film and television projects in development, including adaptations of Stephen King’s classic novella The Breathing Method for Blumhouse, Abraham Verghese’s best-selling novel Cutting For Stone for Anonymous Content, and Andre Dubus’s celebrated short story “A Father’s Story.”


“If you’re willing to hurt enough, you can have it” –Larry Brown


Writing and Directing “That Evening Sun”.


Having properly calibrated expectations is the key to almost anything in life.


He maximizes his time by getting up early every morning, having a quiet time to himself, and minimizes all distractions so that he can write.


FILM FORM by Sergei Eisenstein

MYSTERY AND MANNERS by Flannery O’Connor

ON WRITING by Stephen King

STORY by Robert McKee

WHICH LIE DID I TELL by William Goldman








One thought on “45: Scott Teems – Writer/Director

  • Bud Turner

    I don’t know if you still use this address, but if so I wanted to mine your Kramerican past and tell you that this former owner of the controversial Groundhogs was blown away by the latest installment of Rectify. Glimpses of truth, Daniel awakening, great and terrible people exposed while keeping it authentically small town southern. Maybe the best episode yet. I sense that a fantastic season is about to unfold.

    I live in Griffin, you filmed across the street from me, but I understand the intensity of the series and have no interest in distracting you from your job.

    I am no longer involved in baseball…I have the Sock Shoppe and Dry Falls in Griffin as well as 5 other stores in the area. If you ever find yourself in Griffin and want to share some wine let me know. Most importantly keep on cranking out quality shows. This is the year of the Emmy! All the best, Bud Turner.

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