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Beginning as a painting major at Otis Parsons and the Pacific Northwest College of art in Portland, OR, James integrated video art into his installation work. James then started his production journey working at Portland’s iconic Will Vinton Productions (precursor to Laika) in stop-motion animation and then into the world of live action productions from Hollywood to Seattle. As a cinematographer and director his work has been seen millions of times on the big screen, online and at film festivals from Berlin to Brazil. Recently, the short film Retch was the recipient of Best Film at the Seattle Black Film Festival. Other notable projects include the 70’s themed adventure film They Reach, the short film Crazy Cat Lady (featured in the apocalyptic anthology Impact 50), music videos for Sir Mix-a-Lot, SYML, Smokey Brights and commercial content for The BBC, Discovery +, Microsoft, Amazon and Sana Biotech. His company Wintersfilm LLC provides production services including Aerial cinematography, 4K video, lighting and post-production services. Recent continuing education includes the American Society of Cinematographers Masterclass in Hollywood.