James is an award winning director and producer -
James didn't go to film school. He taught himself how to read and write in prison after being tried as an adult and convicted at 15 after taking the wrong path in his youth. After his release James produced his first feature film, "JAMESY BOY," based on his early life story. The film stars Mary Louise Parker, Ving Rhymes, and Taissa Farmiga, It was released on Netflix in 2014. Since then, James has concentrated his efforts on documentary filmmaking to develop an award-winning career and a reputation for bold, cinematic storytelling. He is personally invested in creating films that take on complex and systemic issues, and character driven stories, He is also known for his ability to gain unique access to difficult spaces.
For the past five years James has been a Director/Producer for VICE Media where he has directed and contributed to over 60 documentaries for web and TV. James has been selected for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director Showcase at Cannes Lion in 2016, won the TriBeCa Film Festival Special Jury Mention Award in 2015, and was nominated for the D&AD Next Director Award in 2017. In 2017 James created the Solitary Confinement Project, a month-long 24 hour livestream in which James voluntarily entered into solitary confinement for 30 days and broadcast his time inside. The project was nominated for a Webby Award in 2018.
In addition to his film work James dedicates time to speak with and mentor incarcerated youth. He hopes to provide young people with a positive influence and tools to empower themselves.