Kristen Epland grew up in California’s beautiful Central Coast. She studied Political Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Austin Peay University in Tennessee. However, it was a violent tornado that rekindled Kristen’s passion for the arts, especially film, theatre and dance; and compelled, if not propelled her relocation to Los Angeles.
In 2005, Kristen founded The Passion for Dance Project, a non-profit organization awarding grants and scholarships to struggling dancers in the Los Angeles area. The experience made Kristen realize that she had natural gifts for organization, fund-raising and time-management. She harnessed these talents taking the logical next step: Producing. She had the opportunity to produce two film festival favorites, Jawbone and Scavenger. She rediscovered her love of acting in 2011, starring in the television pilot A Little Bit of Laughter, opposite veteran actor Barry Bostwick.
Kristen is part of a writing team painstakingly developing the memoir of an Angola death row inmate into an episodic based around the notorious prison. She co-created animated series, Bite Me, with writing partner Gregory Locklear, and they are producing the project with Joe Dante (Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, The Hole).
In addition, Kristen is currently in development for the incredible true story: Becoming Beland, a feature length film about a musician who struggles to find himself through drugs, music and eventually God, but realizes that after years of searching, that the key to finding himself, is finding his real father. Visit www.becomingbeland.com for more information.