Scott, Garrett: Documentarian Dies at 37

L.A. March 3, 2006–Documentary filmmaker Garrett Scott, an Independent Spirit Awards nominee for “Occupation: Dreamland,” a film he co-directed with Ian Olds, died an accidental death yesterday in California.

“Occupation: Dreamland,” a portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in Falluja, in Iraq, is nominated for the Truer Than Fiction Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. The film was also one of 15 docus selected for the short list of Oscar nominees.

Born in Munich in 1968, Scott studied at the University of Wisconsin. He had also directed “Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story.” His directorial debut, about a man who stole an Army tank and drove it through the streets of a local suburb, debuted at the 2002 New York Underground Film Festival and screened at the Toronto Festival. That summer, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces in Independent Film.

“Occupation: Dreamland” had its world premiere at last year's Rotterdam Festival and its American premiere at Austin's SXSW. The Sundance Channel will premiere “Occupation: Dreamland” next month. The network also aired “Cul de Sac” two years ago.