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In addition to numerous film festival grand jury prizes, James’ work has earned distinctions such as the Webby, the Telly, the Geekie, the Accolade, and the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant. He was named “Best Director” and “Best Screenwriter” by New York Visionfest for Yesterday Was a Lie, his feature film debut from Entertainment One and IndiePix. His next project is the reality-bending mystery Contre-Coup, currently in development.
James’ live stage credits range from classical to modern. He was listed among the Los Angeles Times’ “Faces to Watch” as part of the Lone Star Ensemble theatre group, and has frequently directed for Daniel Henning and Noah Wyle’s
Blank Theatre Company. James’ directing has been honored by critic Paul Birchall for two consecutive years in Back Stage Magazine’s “Best of the Year” list. His work has been cited by scholarly organizations and journals such as the Shakespeare Association of America and Shakespeare Newsletter.
James recently directed the short western
When the Train Stops. He’s lectured on filmmaking and the science of film perception in venues as diverse as SMPTE, NPR, the University of Arizona’s Center for Consciousness Studies, San Diego Comic-Con, TCU, the University of Texas at Austin, and Space Camp.
James is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.