Cam Archer is an American independent filmmaker, photographer and sound designer, currently residing in Santa Cruz, California. Archer's first success was with his 2003 student produced short film, bobbycrush, about a young boy's unrequited love for his best friend. The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, received a Student Academy Award nomination that same year and inspired much of Archer's future work.
After being work-shopped at the 2005 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, Archer's first feature film, Wild Tigers I Have Known, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and went on to be distributed theatrically in 2007 by IFC Films. The film follows 13 year-old Logan, as he comes to terms with his sexual identity, the hell of middle school, wild mountain lions and life with his single mother. Cinematographer and frequent Archer collaborator, Aaron Platt, received a 2007 Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work on the film. Gus Van Sant and producer Scott Rudin were executive producers on the project, in addition to producers Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy.
Archer's second feature film, Shit Year, premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, as part of their Director's Fortnight program. The black and white film follows actress Colleen West, as she is forced to reexamine her career, her psychological well being and a recent, failed romantic relationship with fellow actor, Harvey West. The film also features narration by Rickie Lee Jones, and performances by Melora Walters, Bob Einstein and Theresa Randle. The film was produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy, released theatrically at the IFC Center in New York City in the fall of 2011 and on home video by Factory 25 in the fall of 2012.