Screenwriter | Director | Actor(in that order)
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.
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 since been selected by 22 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 impossibly-practical 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.
Jim would like to think this was an instance of hindsight being 20/20 and not that he was a complete shithead.
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 treat 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