James has over a decade of experience in developing and producing original media content as a writer, producer, and director. His work has received numerous awards and has been invited to international film festivals around the globe. His film, “Wianbu - Comfort Woman,” won the East Coast Regionals and nominated as a national finalist at the 35th Student Academy Awards (Oscars ®).
Before his filmmaking career, James earned multiple degrees in film production and performing arts, including an MFA degree in Film directing and screenwriting from Columbia University, and worked on numerous productions to gain hands-on experience as a filmmaker.
In addition to his own work, James serves as a freelance cinematographer and editor to directors and producers on both coasts as well as parts in between. Most recently, he is working with a production company in Hollywood, Hierarchy Pictures, developing a dramatic motion picture screenplay, “To Each His Own.” A music drama following the journey of four artists through their ups and downs in becoming legendary musicians.
Columbia University, MFA: Film directing & screenwriting
New York University, SCPS: Film production
HB Studio, Performing Arts: Acting
Binghamton University, BS: MIS
35th Student Academy Awards (Oscars ®) - Nominee
Telluride Film Festival - Filmmakers of Tomorrow
Strasbourg International film festival - Best Short Screenplay
Sehsuchte International film festival - Honorable Mention
The National Board of Review of Motion Picture - Finalist
Columbia University film festival - Faculty Honors
Doc. Prod Workshop CT Lab (Spring 2019)
Documentary Production W/Shop (Spring 2019)
Film 2: Intermediate Lab (Open Campus)
Film 2: Intermediate Lab
Intro to Writing for Screen (Open Campus)
Intro to Writing for Screen (Spring 2020)
Intro to Writing for Screen
Script Analysis (Spring 2019)
Script Analysis CT Lab (Spring 2019)