CT Director - Filmmaker / CT Screenwriter / CT Photographer

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James W. Hawk, FilmmakerJames W. Hawk - Director - Filmmaker - Screenwriter

James Hawk - filmmakerJames "Jim" W. Hawk was born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania. He is of German, Irish, Scottish and Native American (Seneca) decent. At the age of three, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. In 1972, he pursued a career in industrial sales and marketing with a Fortune 500 company which resulted in being relocated to Rochester, New York; South Bend, Indiana; and finally, New Haven, Connecticut.

After spending six months teaching himself non-linear editing programs, Jim attended a training program for studio equipment at a local television station.

His first project as a filmmaker was a two hour, four-part cinema verite called The Old School Roadster featuring Larry, a local car guy who built a Roadster in his garage. It aired on television stations throughout Connecticut. Jim's next filmmaking project was a commercial for Doritos. Having these first works under his belt, Jim needed the next greater challenge...he wanted to make a short narrative film.

Fulfilling a life-long passion, he wrote, produced, edited, d.p.ed and directed Alpha To Omega: Part IV with limited resources, but plenty of ingenuity. He wanted to keep it simple, so he developed a storyline and script about the “last man on Earth.” After much work—and with the help of a “few good men”—it came together as his first narrative short film.

Since that time, Jim has produced, written, edited and directed many short films, documentaries, music videos and industrial presentations. For two years he served as an Associate Producer and for four years as the Director for the “behind the scenes” film for the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program. He has been interviewed on television about the making of one of his short films, and his films have been well received by local television stations, film festivals and other public venues.

Jan Harlan (Executive Producer for Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick) has viewed many of Jim's films and speaks highly of their quality and content.

Jim has been invited by Fox Searchlight to submit one of his feature length scripts for their consideration. He was also approached by a film distributor that was interested in one of his short films.

He was approached by a producer to direct a $5 million budget film, but Jim had to decline the offer because he didn't feel that he could do justice for that particular film.

Jim continues to work with the professors and study the art of filmmaking at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut—and he is always either planning or searching for his next greater challenge.

Jim is currently seeking funding to make a feature film.