About Jim Picariello

Screenwriter | Director | Actor(in that order)

Jim lives in Brooksville, Maine with his wife Jill Day and his two girls, Lucena and Isla.

He is a screenwriter/filmmaker and continues to demonstrate his near-genius decision-making skills by trying to do so from rural, coastal Maine.

Jim is a Stowe Story Labs alum and his dark romantic screenplay, The Cult of Us, was a Quarter-Finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship. His short script, Ninja Chiropractor, was a Semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival screenplay competition, and his modern, feminist, family-friendly feature, Igor and Frankie, was a “Second Rounder” in Austin and was in the “top 10%” in the Nicholl Fellowship.

Jim’s 5-time award winning short film, This Time It’s Shopping, made for $100, was selected by 18 film festivals.

This achievement got the attention of Sesame Street, who hired Jim to make a short film about “the number 6” which takes place on a coastal Maine farm. His Sesame Street short can be found here on HBO at minute 19 and it’s adorable. 

Jim’s subsequent short film, Passive Aggressive Dads, has been since been selected by over 20 festivals, including Sedona, Nantucket, Breckenridge, SOHO, and BFI London. The film has also won 3 top awards, including Best Comedy (up against features) at the Beaufort International Film Festival.

He is currently directing and in the post-production process with a family-friendly short film, The Mushroom Huntress.

A Little History

In 1993, Jim was slated to graduate from UMass Dartmouth with a brilliantly-chosen combined degree in Philosophy and Electronic Music Production.

Without a clear career path, and some lingering spiritual aspirations, Jim was promptly recruited into a Buddhist, Computer Programming Cult.

No, you read that right.

And it was run by a guy named Frederick Lenz, a.k.a. Zen Master Rama.

Jim would like to think this was an instance of hindsight being 20/20 and not that he was a complete shithead.

After being rescued from the cult from friends and family (thanks again, everyone), Jim became an activist against destructive mind control cults and the grip they have over their followers.

Since then, Jim has been a Socially-Conscious Web Entrepreneur, run a quaint food Co-op, founded Wise Acre – a widely distributed all-natural frozen dessert company (which was wildly successful until it crashed and burned in 2008), and was an Instructional Designer at a local maritime college.

Feel free to get in touch: jimpicariello (at) gmail.com


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