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Born in 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio, Sheldon Gleisser graduated from the Ohio State University in 1982 with a degree in photography and cinema.

Sheldon's short film Still Life with White Bread took first place at the Cleveland International Film Festivals FilmOhio 82 competition.

Other short films are Mime Legend (1986) which went on to win first place in the Central Florida Film Festival, the Northern Kentucky Film and Video festival, the Atlanta Fantasy Fair, and took a bronze plaque at the Greater Columbus Film and Video Festival. Tellers Ticket, based on the award-winning short story by Delaware, Ohio author Robert Flanagan, netted an honorable mention at the Houston International Film Festival, as well as taking the 1991 Hometown USA video festival award in the Arts and Entertainment category.

Survivors Guilt, a short film about Holocaust Denial completed in 1995, won honorable mention at the Jewish Video competition and was screened at the Dresden Film Festival in Dresden, Germany. Fountain of Youth was Sheldon's first feature film, completed in 1997. It was screened at the Wexner Center in Columbus and has been picked up by THF Pictures for overseas distribution. Since then, Sheldon was cinematographer on the feature film Me and Grandma and has made the short films Dinner at the Tarantino Home (which took home the Pyramid award from ACTV in Columbus as best filler) Battle Babe, and Republican Spots I and II. In 2000, Always Independent Films in San Francisco contracted with him to do the internet series Trailer Trash, a series of short film satires that includes Moses: The Legend Continues and Xada: Jewish American Warrior Princess.

Gleissers short film NecroGenesis premiered at the 2005 Wexner Center short film and video showcase. Bless You, another short, was shown at the 2005 Dances with Films film festival in Los Angeles. He has recently completed shooting his second feature length independent film, After the Invasion of the Giant Termites with frequent collaborator Robert Flanagan.


"All the world will be your enemy, prince with a thousand enemies, and if they catch you, they will kill you...
But first, they must catch you. Digger. Listener. Prince with a swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will always survive." - Richard Adams, Watership Down


Sheldon Gleisser can be reached via email at SwiftWarning@gmail.com

You can also reach him and comment on his films at his Myspace page.