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I’m a filmmaker currently living in Massachusetts. I have a Bachelor’s in Radio, TV and Film from South Dakota State University (2000) and attended New York Film Academy in the Summer of 1997. I also spent five years in Hollywood after graduation working at the American Film Institute. What I’m working on now are what I call cinematic parables. I’ve become something of a lay theologian these last few years and have been using film to explore/articulate some of my ideas. I use the term 'parable' loosely, as my shorts are probably more cryptic than the direct teachings of Christ. Though His words also held deeper, more mysterious meanings beyond the surface narrative. And naturally He'd be a far superior film-maker if he ever chose to pick up a camera! I use a very low-fi approach, shooting on film exclusively and employing the conventions of B-movies and Underground Cinema of the 60s and 70s to covey a Christian message. I'd like to think that my work is pioneering in that way, filtering the message of the gospels through the aesthetics of Lynch, Herzog, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and even the Universal Horror films of the early 20th Century. There are four shorts and a feature on my website. There are also production stills, some screenplays and reviews. If any of you are in the New England area and would be interested in working on upcoming projects, do let me know. I've been using my time in quarantine to finish up post-production on a new short, BERNADETTE, and prepping my second feature, SECRET MESSIAHS!, which will start shooting as soon as my production team is ready to come outside again. So please take a look and I'd love to hear your feedback. https://www.metrofilmproduktion.com @MetroFilmProduk Keep up the good work and God bless, - James
"Confessions of a Prodigal Son", a feature film I scored, and which my brother wrote, produced, and starred in, is in the midst of a run of a number of theater showings nationwide. We've already screened in Colorado Springs, Chattanooga, and Dallas, and we have upcoming showings in the LA area, St. Louis, Wilmington NC, and potentially Boise, ID. More to come soon—hosting a showing is open to anyone who wants to, and we keep seeing more locations pop up in the list. If any of you are interested in attending any of the showings, you can purchase your tickets at our film landing page. Though both my brother and I have been pursuing independent careers in the film industry in LA for a while, this is the first project we worked on together, and we were greatly surprised and delighted when it got picked up by Cinedigm, one of the biggest independent distributors out there, for a wide DVD release March 24th. Would sure love for any of you A&F'ers out there to catch a showing! Check out the trailer here.