Doug Maguire Poster

Biography

Doug Maguire was born on April 11th, 1973 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. After dropping out of Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he studied technical writing and electronic engineering, Maguire tried his hand at screenplays and making movies. While enrolled part-time at Emerson College in Boston, Maguire quietly made a name for himself as "the guy who can do it all" - write, direct, produce and edit - and by making it all come together on a shoestring budget. Most everything Maguire learned was picked up by reading indie filmmaking magazines, books by his favorite directors and paying close attention to every frame of his favorite movies, along with listening to the audio commentaries available on laser discs.

At the age of 23, Maguire found himself fired from the poster shop where he worked (selling movie posters and movie memorabilia), bankrupt, and dropping out of film school due to lack of funds and no financial aid. Instead of surrendering to these minor setbacks, Maguire set sails for a cross-country road trip and landed in Burbank, California.

Maguire created two controversial underground rap albums that were self distributed to casting directors and casting agents around Los Angeles. The first album, Scar Wars ~ Episode II: Attack of the Phone-E, was hailed by only himself as "genius" because the entire project was made in his car while he lived in poverty for over a year. After receiving a few breaks (Maguire worked as a stand-in for A-list talent) he used his money to create Scar Wars ~ Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Sense. This album, in particular, scared off many of his contacts. Maguire destroyed his reputation and a few lowly actors along with him that he deemed "bad for the biz." The final installment to Scar Wars was Episode I: The Phantom of the Matrix. When the albums failed to catch on the way Maguire had hoped, he quit making music and put Hollywood on hold. The Scar Wars "thrill-o.g." was never completed.

Maguire would then transition into graphic art. This was a natural next step for him since he had the only hand in marketing Scar Wars. Maguire's T-shirt company, PenalTees, is an outlet for his need to "stick it to the man any way you can" attitude through art.

In 2011, Maguire began production on the very independent movie Bank Roll (2012) through his company, MagCo Entertainment. This little indie went on to receive a few accolades Maguire had hoped for, winning Best Dramatic Feature at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, along with the People's Choice Award, where audiences voted it the best in the fest of 2012. The movie also won for Best California Feature at the California Film Awards, was honored with an Award of Merit from The Indie Fest and Los Angeles Movie Awards topped it off with an Honorable Mention. Scott Bailey also picked up his first trophy for the character he played, winning Best Supporting Actor from HRIFF 2012 under Maguire's direction.

He has one son with Katherine Maguire.