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America Young

Stunt Coordinator, Director

America Young was awarded the 2020 Humanitarian award by UCSD for her work promoting women in the film industry.

America Young is currently working in Film, TV, Animation and Video Games, as a Director, stunt coordinator and stunt woman. To date, she has directed for Network TV, two features, a season of an animated show, a video game and four digital series to name a few.

She has stunt coordinated on projects for Warner Bros, Netflix, Lifetime and Cannal Plus. And worked on 65 video games.

Having stunt coordinated for years, America transitioned to directing seven years ago. While having a solid foundation in action, she is also known for her ability to bring out the best performances in actors, both drama and comedy, while translating subtle and rich story points visually on screen. The projects she has helmed have a wide range from a drag queen comedy to sci-fi action to fantasy action to coming of age drama to exploring domestic violence in a superhero universe.

Her first feature, “The Concessionaires Must Die!!” executive produced by Stan Lee, (www.cmdthemovie.com) is now available on Itunes, Amazon and other VOD platforms. Her most recent digital series, “Whatta Lark”, that pairs a quiet, introverted woman with the fiercest and loveliest of Drag Queens can be watched on Amazon. “Protectress”, a Xena-inspired fantasy, winner of several awards including Best Action, Best Director and Best Fantasy on the festival circuit, is being developed into a feature. And she is attached to, a heartfelt, brilliantly subtle drama, “It’s Not Me” written by John Keating. She was also directed the vertical slice for Resident Evil Village, the most successful game for the franchise yet.

America was pivotal in the rebranding of Barbie with the Barbie Vlog in 2015 and directed the critically acclaimed season of the Barbie motion capture animated series for Mattel which was featured on VICE, Vogue, Glamour and Newsweek among other publications. It has been viewed on youtube over 150 million times and went from 500k subscribers to nearly 11 million in the time she has been working on the Brand.

Her second feature, “Back to Lyla” which is Alice in Wonderland meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind inspired, and will be released later this year. Upon completion of the Warner Bros directing program, she successfully entered the TV world, directing an episode of Blindspot (aired May, 2020) and Legacies (aired 1/23/20) with glowing feedback from both teams. She has now also directed episodes for Roswell and Kung fu. And at the end of 2021 she directed the pilot of Surfside Girls for Apple TV which got a full season order and will release in 2022.

She is a proud founder of The Chimaera Project, a nonprofit that gives opportunities to women in the film & media arts (www.chimaeraproject.org).

When America’s not kicking the crap out of Super-Heroes that support the Superhuman Registration Act, jumping off buildings, teaching actors how to fight or setting herself on fire, she enjoys telling stories, sipping herbal tea and sharpening her pair of Sai.

Courses by America Young

Selling The Punch

Join America Young and Graham Ehlers Sheldon as they show you what it takes to bring a piece of combat from script to screen. For every person who works on a film set, or even any movie lover who wants to know more about stunts, America and Graham provide a foundation in how the professionals plan, rehearse, and wind up Selling the Punch.

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