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Tate Bunker

Senior Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres

Director, Zen Film Festival

(414) 324-2333
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MFA, Film, UW-Milwaukee
BFA, Film, University of South Florida


In 2013, Tate Bunker’s feature film Little Red won “Best Feature” and “Audience Choice Award” at the Berlin Independent Film Festival, “Best Feature Film” at the Canada International Film Festival. And he won “Best Wisconsin Film” at the Beloit International Film Festival. In 2019, he released his third feature, The Field, starring Veronica Cartwright (Alien, The Birds) got world wide distribution from Gravitas Ventures with US a theatrical run and 12 film festival selections including Best Feature Film at Chicago Horror Film Festival (2020). Bunker has made over 80 short films, 3 feature films, 250 commercial projects and his other accolades include one Emmy Award and three Emmy nominations, three Milwaukee Film Festival "Best Milwaukee Filmmaker” awards, and a Paris Film Festival “Best Cinematography" prize for his short, Starlite. A Colorado native, Bunker received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, where he now teaches film production.

The Field

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