Van Dusen’s career began with a fib or two, which is pretty ironic for a guy who’s body of work is so rooted in honesty. Post film school, he briefly worked as a PA on film sets until he was able to convince the people watching his student work that he was already a director. By 23, he was directing commercials, earning a reputation for capturing dramatic and emotional stories that feel absolutely real.
Bruce divides his time as an indie filmmaker. By age 28, he tackled his first feature, Cold Feet, which became a dramatic finalist at Sundance Film Festival. His sophomore feature, Backseat, received critical acclaim on the worldwide festival circuit. In 2009, Bruce directed The Surge: The Whole Story, a lauded feature-length documentary with an unblinking examination of the 2007 U.S. troop escalation in Iraq. His most recent work is Away From Here, an indie drama about a recovering addict starring Nick Stahl and Alicia Witt. He has been honored by AICP/MoMA, The One Show, Art Directors Club, and New York Festivals.