Hailing from the crisp air of New England by way of the vibrant streets belonging toNew Haven, Connecticut, Jimi James is a filmmaker who started young-just 8, armed with a VHS camcorder. Through the years, the craft evolved from VHS in-camera edits to co-founding the innovative marketing agency, JxL Creative. A Brooks Institute alum from '04-07, he further dived into the industry as a script analyst for The Weinstein Company. The world witnessed his directorial prowess when his music videos took center stage on MTV, specifically a feature segment on Matt Pinfield's 120 Minutes. With published work from Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Playboy, he then branched out into advertising. While living in New Haven as a working class waiter, he brushed elbows with the academics at Yale University. This led to film collaborations with emerging directors like Pippa Bianco and Emmanuelle Pickett as their cinematographer for several Yale thesis films. He co-directed the super 16mm short, "Alan Loves Claire" and imparted wisdom on narrative storytelling at Yale as a guest lecturer for Professor Sarah Lasley’s intro to film classes. An honorary degree is more than deserved. He currently resides and operates out of the high desert in northern Nevada next to Tahoe living an alpine existence emerging only to shoot indie scale projects in LA, Austin and New York. A true outsider who loves producing genre films, with stories about functional relationships given external tests, and is hugely inspired by the writing of Raymond Carver, Thom Jones, Flannery O'Connor and the directing work of Stanley Kubrick and David Fincher.