Jim Vendiola



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Jim is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened internationally, and whose unconventional style has garnered critical notice. He was recently named one of Newcity's FILM 50 of 2016, alongside such production notables as Dick Wolf (Law & Order), The Wachowskis (The Matrix Trilogy), and Joe and Kris Swanberg.

In 2010, he wrote and directed the short Drift, which won two audience awards, while generating bicoastal producer interest in its development as a feature.

His original feature script—a dark, coming-of-age drama—Sunny Days, received excellent coverage from Electric City Entertainment (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines) and OddLot Entertainment (Drive, Ender's Game), while The Black List called it: “a beautifully written, complex character study with a bewitching atmosphere...evaluated purely on the depth, artfulness, and insight of its writing, [it] is better than the vast majority of scripts.”

His psychological horror short, Violets, received the 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival's 2015 Audience Award, and is currently on a theatrical roadshow as part of Full Spectrum Features’ annual film anthology Chicagoland Shorts Vol. II. The Independent Critic called the film, “difficult to describe...but impossible to forget."