After graduating from Howard University in the nations capital with a degree in political science/pre-law, Melvin James worked as the Director of Community Organizing for a major housing development corporation and organized numerous youth camps and programs for neighborhood youth in his hometown of Newark, NJ. His career in film took flight when one of his scripts was optioned by New Line Cinema with Jim Carrey slated to play lead. So Melvin heeded his call and made the decision to pursue a career in film full time. Melvin has worked as a Producer, Production Manager, Production Coordinator, Assistant Director, and a host of other positions on films such as Night Falls On Manhattan, The Devil's Own, Ransom, Donnie Brasco, and Godzilla, just to name a few. He has also worked under such acclaimed directors as Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, Roland Emmerich, Mike Newell, Spike Lee and Ron Howard. This experience has afforded Melvin the opportunity to learn from the best, and to develop his own style of writing and directing. His debut feature film, "King of Hearts" received rave reviews and critical acclaim and set the tone for his no holds barred and clever styled approach to making movies. Melvin followed up his feature film debut with "Honeybee" for Artisan Entertainment and "A Miami Tail" for Lion's Gate Films. Among directing several award winning short films and hit television shows like "College Hill" on BET, his feature film the hit indy comedy "Still A Teen Movie" broke the top 100 most downloaded films list on itunes for the first month of it's release. Melvin James' latest short films, "While The Cats Away" which he directed and "Life After Her" which he co produced, were both official selections of the 2013 and 2017 Cannes International Film Festival respectively. Melvin James is currently in pre-production on directing his latest short film, "Therapeutic Shift" for Academy Award submission as well as his latest feature film titled "Sister Trouble" shooting in Atlanta in 2018.
Name: Melvin James
Lives in: New York City, New York
Company: Melvin James Filmworks
Occupation: Director, Editor, Producer and Screenwriter
Unique traits: Photographer, Creative Direction, Acting Coach