J.R. 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. As a Syracuse undergrad, J.R. won an Academy Foundation Grant from AMPAS for his supernatural/neo-noir thesis short “…AND THE RAIN CAME DOWN.”
He is the writer-director and star of the feature film “DIVIDED WE STAND,” a college political thriller (his Columbia master’s thesis film). “DIVIDED” won Columbia’s coveted and prestigious Milos Forman grant, and an Eastman Kodak film stock grant based on its screenplay.
J.R.’s genre scripts have placed in the Top 25 Features of the Roadmap Jumpstart Writing Competition, the Fade In Awards Sci-Fi Competition, the Shore Scripts Feature Contest, the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition, the Page International Screenwriting Awards, and ScreenCraft’s Feature, Action & Thriller, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror, and Fellowship Competitions.
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