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The son of a legendary canoeist and a revered cartoonist, Keith Boynton was destined for strangeness from a very young age. At eleven years old, he caught the acting bug, and he spent his formative years performing tiny roles in community-theater productions of Gypsy, The Music Man, and the world premiere of Rip Van Winkle: A Musical Legend. At the Hotchkiss School in his hometown of Lakeville, Connecticut, Boynton moved on to starring roles in The Fantasticks, A Chorus Line, and The Marriage of Figaro. It was at Hotchkiss that Boynton began to combine his passion for the theater with his love of writing, resulting in the creation of several plays, including his award-winning The Improbable Tragedy of Dr. Ivan Roshashonnavich, which was performed at a benefit by Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Sam Waterston, and Meryl Streep.
As a student at Amherst College, Boynton continued his acting endeavors, as well as studying playwriting under acclaimed playwright Constance Congdon, who introduced him to the notion of "conflict." Boynton graduated from Amherst in 2005 with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors, but without sufficient Latin to really understand what any of that meant. By now, Boynton had already had his first (harrowing) experiences with low-budget feature filmmaking, and, tragically, he was hooked for life.
In 2003, a drunken conversation with improv colleague Michael Rhoton (now Michael Redfield) had resulted in Boynton's first feature film – a road movie called Miles that has yet to see the light of day. Undaunted, Boynton continued to have conversations, drunken and otherwise, with various likeminded friends – a process which eventually led him to collaborate with Timothy Hahn on the conceptualization and filming of his second feature, The Now.
In addition to his filmmaking efforts, Boynton has produced two of his own plays off-off-Broadway, causing the New York Times to label him "a talent worth watching." He sang lead vocal on the song "Be Like a Duck" from the Grammy-nominated children's album Philadelphia Chickens, and has twice performed on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. He is presently editing his third film, Keeper, set to be released whenever it's darn well ready.© 2010 Keith Boynton