Troy Anthony Miller grew up in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City) and is a graduate of the film production program at Northwestern University. After spending a couple years teaching English in Japan, Troy landed in Austin, Texas, where he wrote and directed the micro-budget indie film SEVERANCE, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival to audience and critical acclaim. In 2013 he returned to AFF with his feature screenplay THE HITCH, which won the Horror Screenplay Award and is currently under option with Frank Darabont’s Darkwoods Productions. In 2014, he was one of six writers selected to participate in the 2nd annual Screenwriter’s Lab sponsored by The Black List. Troy is also an accomplished improv comedian, and since 2002 has been performing, teaching, and directing shows all across the country. His nationally-touring comedy troupe CONFIDENCE MEN: IMPROVISED DAVID MAMET is a two-time winner of the B. Iden Payne Award — Austin’s version of the Tony’s — for Best Improvisational Theatre. He currently lives in Los Angeles and has a great view of the Hollywood sign that is somewhat obscured by the tops of three oddly placed and tightly bunched pine trees.