Jim is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened internationally, and whose unconventional style has garnered critical notice. He was named one of Newcity's FILM 50 of 2016 and 2018, alongside such production notables as Dick Wolf (Law & Order), The Wachowskis (The Matrix Trilogy), and Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies).
His original feature script, 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.”
Jim's psychological horror short, Violets, which reframes the genre's more common predator/prey dynamic, received the 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival's Audience Award. His most recent film, Library Hours, is a revisionist throwback to vintage erotica that favors empathy over objectification, and stylistic purpose over the male gaze. Reviewing its sold-out West Coast Premiere at HBO's Outfest LA, one critic wrote, “The material in the hands of a lesser writer or director could have been exploitative, sexually gratuitous and even insensitive, but under Jim Vendiola [it] is anything but.”