37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Temple Fennell Headshot

Temple W. Fennell Jr.

Founder and CEO, ATO Pictures, LLC

Temple Fennell is the CEO and founder of ATO Pictures, LLC.  ATO Pictures (Art Takes Over) is a motion pictures finance, production and distribution company that provides U.S. distribution and production funding.   ATO releases its films theatrically through its partnership with Samuel Goldwyn Films in the distribution entity, IDP (Independent Distribution Partners).  In 2002, Mr. Fennell co-founded ATO Pictures with in Johnathan Dorfman, international music artist Dave Matthews and music executives Coran Capshaw, Michael McDonald and Chris Tetzeli.

Mr. Fennell began his film career as a designer and director for music videos, commercials and short films in New York City.  Mr. Fennell attended the American Film Institute as a directing fellow and directed the award winning short, “Howard Black,” starring John C. Reilly.  Mr. Fennell graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science, Systems Engineering, and is a member of the Omega Rho academic honor society.