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Writer & Director


Of Dark Genre Thrillers

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Writer & Director


Of Dark Genre Thrillers

Nate Ruegger on set directing the short horror film "Trust Me"

Nate Ruegger on set directing the short horror film "Trust Me"

Filmmaking Runs in My Blood

I am a writer & director of dark genre thrillers.

I was born and raised in L.A. by an actress and a producer who made me the genre fan I am today. My first memory was seeing Return of the Jedi. My bedtime stories were Batman comics. My family movie nights were Hitchcock double features. At the age of 7, I had the good fortune to voice act on the Emmy-winning series Tiny Toon Adventures – and after working for Steven Spielberg – there was no turning back. 

My passion for writing & directing dark genre thrillers took me to Dartmouth College, USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and a film festival circuit with my short thriller "Another Life" - while garnering some notable recognition along the way:

  • Featured on The Blood List - the most-liked, unproduced scripts in the dark genre space
  • Featured on The Bitch List - the most-liked, unproduced screenplays that pass the Bechdel test
  • Semifinalist at the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition (Top 1.5%)
  • Second Round at the Sundance Episodic Story Lab
  • Second Round at the Austin Screenwriting Competition

Currently, I'm writing a number of genre thriller features and TV pilots, directing a horror short Trust Me through post-production, and gearing up to write & direct my first feature.

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REEL / TRAILER - "Another Life"

From the award-winning short thriller about a female veteran who has three days to kill an innocent man or they both die

SHORT FILM - "Another Life"

Winner of the Best Dramatic Short Film at the Houston International Film Festival, Official Selection in 12 Film Festivals including Newport Beach and Big Bear Lake, and called "one of the best independent short films" by HOLLYWIRE.

Production Stills

Courtesy of Isaiah Rhodes Inderrieden - "Another Life"

From the horror film TRUST ME - courtesy of cinematographer Kelsey Talton

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