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. New York theater critic Weston Clay called his award-winning 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.
Currently, James is producing a Kickstarter-funded documentary about a trademark conflict over the phrase Eat More Kale.
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., Emily Rhain Andrews, James Lantz, Carol Rosegg; bottom l. to r. Myesha Gosselin, Emily Rhain Andrews, and James Lantz. Pictured: Top l. to r., Will Roland, Bryan Fitzgerald; bottom l. to r. Julia Lawler, Rufus Jude.