FOUNDING OF ATLAS PICTURES
Chicago-based writer, producer, director, Manchester is analyzed, organized, and concise. Executing visions with artful ingenuity, he employs strong team ethics in order to create impacting narratives.
In late 2013, he founded production company Atlas Pictures with colleagues from The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago. Their 2014 short dramatic film, "Melancholic," took the team to the Top 200 Finals in HBO's Project Greenlight, premiering on HBO as part of the final public-voting round before the series' start.
In 2014, after numerous festival appearances around the globe, Manchester penned The Things We've Seen, his debut feature which has since gone on to screen at over ten festivals around the United States, winning two Best Feature Awards, a Best Picture nomination, Best Actor and Best Actress awards, a Rising Star award for lead actor Jarrett Maier, a Best Original Screenplay award, and three additional Best Supporting Actor, Best Young Performer and Best Actress nominations.
The Things We've Seen was also awarded the coveted Gold Remi award at the 50th Worldfest Houston, joining the ranks of George Lucas's THX1138 and Steven Spielberg's Amblin. It is set for release in North America and China in Spring 2018. Manchester is currently in pre-production on his sophomore feature film.