Dean is an award winning director from Loveland, Ohio and currently resides in Los Angeles. Since he was a kid, Dean has been making films for fun and has now turned this into his career. His films have been selected for screening at dozens of film festivals, including the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) and the Academy Award qualifying Nashville Film Festival and Cinequest Film Festival. He was also the recipient of the 60th CINE Golden Eagle Award for Narrative Youth Media, joining previous CINE winners such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Robert Zemeckis. Most recently, he was awarded a student Emmy award for directing his final collegiate film Virtually in Love.