James Lantz is an award-winning filmmaker and playwright who has produced over 200 commercial films, many for Fortune 500 companies such as American Airlines, American Express and Alamo.
His documentary short film and essay THE SIGN was published in The Guardianand won the Best Documentary Award at the 2016 Boston Short Film Festival.
As a playwright, James's work has been produced Off-Broadway, played nationally and internationally including San Francisco, Topeka, Kansas; Cape Town, South Africa; and London UK. New York theater critic Weston Clay called his award-winning LGBT-themed play, THE BUS, "Theater magic," and British Theatre Guide said it was "fascinating."
In 2016, THE BUS won the state winner award in The Clauder Prize.
James has programmed films for The Brooklyn Museum of Art, worked as an adjunct college instructor, and a high school teacher where he was named Teacher of the Year by the student body.
He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife, two sons and a scruffy dog named Rufus who is sometimes seen in TV commercials.
Photo and illustration credits front page: Top, l. to r., David Link, James Lantz, Carol Rosegg; bottom l. to r. Emily Rhain Andrews, Myesha Gosselin, Leon Winkowski. Pictured: Top l. to r., Asa Baker-Rouse, Julia Lawler; bottom l. to r. Anderson Cooper, Teresa Lorenco.