About Me

I write and direct movies. Human flaws and moral ambiguity are interesting. I want to explore why perfectly intelligent people, who seem to have some sort of grasp on life, go around acting in a self-defeating way. Humans express their neuroses in many ways, and that is what makes people fascinating. I love those quirky, edgy, nonverbal, silent, tiny little moments, those powerful interchanges between people, things that almost always go unsaid, that people know are happening all the time but nobody has the courage to talk about. That's what I make movies about. The ideal film is neither prescriptive nor conclusive; it is ambivalent and it will move people when they are in the theater and make them think only after they leave. I want people to walk away with work to do, investigate, ask questions of themselves. I may like to talk about or be interested in a more philosophical or political agenda, but film is, ultimately, about narrative. It is about telling stories that are engaging and dramatic. I leave the comfortable and familiar to others. I consider it my job to make images that are difficult and strange.


Teri Carson was born in Mexicali, B.C., Mexico. She is a Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist who works in photography, text, film and video.

Her awards and honors include winning first prize for her short scripts Poly Esther, Chucky’s Feast, 1st and 10, Shlomo's Night Out, her feature screenplay Ratacholo and a coveted spot on the prestigious Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium. Her short films have been shown at festivals around the world and at curated film exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego. Her short films Heartbreak in 209 Cuts and Toñita Runs Away, premiered at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and can be seen online.  Her latest short films, Leave the Light On and Crusty, premiered at the 2014 Broad Humor Film Festival, and her latest, Toñita Learns to Skate will premiered at the Cinexico Film Festival in Baja, Mexico. She is currently editing the third installment of the Toñita series, Toñita und Shlomo.  Teri is also a writing mentor to teen girls at Writegirl.

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.--Vincent Van Gogh