erdi is a writer/director/producer from Philadelphia. He founded and runs a film funding company called The Film Fund, which has been featured by Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent, No Film School, AT&T Shape, and more prominent film organizations. The company currently focuses on short film funding and has given away over $60,000 in funding to winning filmmakers.

When he’s not running The Film Fund, he writes, directs, and produces films of his own or for corporate clients. Awards for his film “Son of Blackbeard” can be be found on the film’s page here, where you can also watch the full film. Verdi’s corporate clients include Main Line Health, Soft-Lite Windows, Arctic Buzz, and more.

He also serves as a judge and committee member for Bucks Fever FilmFest.

Verdi received his Master of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship from Lehigh University, where he also received his Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing and minors in film studies and entrepreneurship.

Like any good resident of the City of Brotherly Love, Verdi grew up idolizing Rocky, cheering on Wahlberg as Papale, and watching any Shyamalan film he could get his hands on. Seeing the city in which he grew up portrayed on the big screen awakened something in him. It wasn’t New York. It wasn’t Hollywood or Shanghai. Stories that mattered were happening all around him. And he wanted to start telling them.

Verdi believes a significant film is one that makes its viewers feel—feel anything. If a story can make people laugh, make them cry, or even enrage them, that represents something important. He has been influenced by the work of David Lynch, Sofia Coppola, the Coen Brothers, Martin McDonagh, Darren Aronofsky, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, and Kevin Smith.