J.R. Jarrod (a.k.a. Jaxon Ronin) is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, director and actor with a BFA in film/minor in drama from Syracuse University, and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. He is the writer-director of the independent, urban, coming-of-age feature film “Divided We Stand,” which spun a tale of sexual assault, betrayal and abuse of power well before those issues filled our current public discourse. J.R. also stars in the film as Troy Jefferson. “Divided” won Columbia’s coveted and prestigious Milos Forman grant, and an Eastman Kodak film stock grant based on the strength of its screenplay.
In the year 2020 alone J.R.’s genre scripts placed in the quarter and semifinals of the Final Draft Big Break Competition, Shore Scripts Feature Contest, Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition, the Page International Screenwriting Awards, and Screencraft’s Action & Thriller, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror, and Screencraft Fellowship competitions. In previous years his scripts placed in Final Draft’s Big Break competition, and in the semifinals of the 2019 WGA Writers-for-Writers Fellowship.
From fairy tale/spy thrillers, to supernatural horror, to action/crime thrillers, J.R.’s brand of dark but redemptive genre films offer high entertainment value and broad commercial appeal.
He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and can be seen as the lead in “Divided We Stand.”