Passionate About Inspiring Others
Spencer T. Folmar was born near the Magic Kingdom in Eustis, Florida.
At a young age, Spencer moved to the Rust Belt of the country in Central
Pennsylvania. In the midst of farm lands, scorched coal hills, and wooded forest,
Spencer and some of his high school friends started filming YouTube videos in
place of school assignments.
Spencer’s passion was ignited in these short form videos, so he moved on to doing commercial work locally and nationally, and then tackled his first feature film “Fortified” (2008) at the age of 17. Spencer then went on to attend Grove City College and after his freshmen year, he shot his second feature film. “Guilt & Sentence” (2010) went on to win festival awards and premiered to a sold-out audience at the Historic Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, winning a Carnegie Mellon Business Plan competition for a video family legacy company, and winning numerous other local and statewide video competitions, Spencer went to New Zealand and earned a certificate in Leadership from Capernwray Bible School. Spencer made a brief detour in England to take another course at Capernwray, before heading to Florida to earn his first graduate degree- a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.
A recent seminary graduate, Spencer was accepted as a Graduate Film Candidate at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and moved to Singapore. In an unexpected turn of events, the school closed due to bankruptcy of its Asia campus. This prompted Spencer to move to Seattle for three years where he worked in nonprofit and corporate video production jobs. Spencer worked at Microsoft, Cut, Run Studios, and Intel, while simultaneously directing all video production at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
In 2016, Spencer decided to pack up all his belongings and move to Los Angeles where he would pursue a full-time career in film making. Then in 2018, Folmar formed the non-profit Veritas Arts INC and started on another endeavor of owning a historic theatre. Veritas Arts acquired the historic Guthrie Theatre in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Under the Veritas Arts name, Folmar also started a film festival in western PA. Veritas Arts mission is "Tell Stories That Liberate" and do so with education, distribution, financing and developing feature films.
While planning another film, Folmar felt compelled to bring light to the overwhelming opioid epidemic ravaging America. When he visited his home in central Pennsylvania, and after hearing so many heartbreaking stories he felt the best way to bring attention in the media was through film. "Shooting Heroin" was then brought to life. A film about a small town taking justice into their own hands to stop the spread of drugs by whatever means possible. This movie begins its theatrical tour in 2019 and is planning a wide release in the first quarter of 2020. With the completion of "Shooting Heroin", Folmar's next film titled "Bonhoeffer" is now in its development stages.
MFA Candidate at NYU Tisch School of the Arts
MA Theological Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary
BA Communication Studies at Grove City College
MBA Texas A&M University (in progress)
Excellence in Filmmaking at Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best Screenplay at Los Angeles Movie Awards
Carnegie Mellon Business Plan Competition Silver
Grove City College Elevator Pitch Creative Thinking Winner