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Overview (3)

Born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania, USA
Nickname Jim
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James "Jim" W. Hawk was born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania. He is of German, Irish, Scottish and Native American (Seneca) decent. At the age of three, he was moved to Cleveland, Ohio. In 1972, he pursued a career in industrial sales and marketing with a Fortune 500 company which resulted in being relocated to Rochester, New York, South Bend, Indiana and finally, New Haven, Connecticut.

After spending six months teaching himself non-linear editing programs, Jim attended a training program for studio equipment at a local television station.

Jim's first independent film project was a two hour and four part cinema verite called The Old School Roadster featuring Larry, a local car guy who built a Roadster in his garage. It was aired on television stations throughout Connecticut. The next project was a commercial for Doritos. The winner of the contest would have their entry shown during the Super Bowl. He didn't win, but he made an outstanding creative work nonetheless. Having these under his belt, he needed the next greater challenge...he wanted to make a short scripted movie. Jim wrote, produced and directed Alpha to Omega: Part 4 with limited resources and plenty of ingenuity. He wanted to keep it simple so he developed a screenplay featuring the last man on Earth with a highly creative and unique ending. After lots of work and some luck, it all came together as his first scripted short film. Since that time, he has produced, written and directed several short films, documentaries, music videos, animation films, experimental films and industrial presentations.

Jan Harlan (executive producer for Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg) has viewed much of Jim's work and has given him high marks. F. Miguel Valenti has viewed Jim's work and assessed it as better than much of what is released these days.

Jim has also worked for the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program for three years as an Associate Producer and Director of the "behind the scenes" film of their short film project. He has been interviewed on television regarding the making of one of his short films. He has had several minor acting parts in independent films. He has taken film making classes at a local university. He has had his films shown at film festivals, local venues and on local television.

He is always either planning or searching for his next greater challenge.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: James W. Hawk

Trivia (3)

James W. Hawk is a colleague of USVAA - United States Veterans' Artists Alliance in the categories of "film", "photography", "literature and poetry" . The United States Veterans' Artists Alliance (USVAA) is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organization, founded in 2004 by military veterans and artists. USVAA provides opportunities for veterans in the arts by highlighting the work of veterans in the arts, humanities and entertainment industry along with the contributions veterans have made to the rich cultural history of our nation since the Revolutionary War. Additionally, USVAA networks with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans' communities to find funding and support for individual artistic projects in theater, film, television, the visual/fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.
James W. Hawk in addition to being a filmmaker is a photographic artist which means that he takes his best photographs and manipulates them with Photoshop to gave them that special appearance that he is trying to achieve for each of them. That work can be seen on Fine Art America. You can also view his work there by going to the Fine Art America website and searching for "James W. Hawk".
James W. Hawk was associated with the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program (FITP) for its four year run. He was a student in the Prop Department section the first year. During the second and third years he was an Associate Producer for the student's film project and the Director, Producer, Writer and Editor for the "behind the scenes" film. The last year he was the Director, Producer, Writer and Editor for the "behind the scenes" film.

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