James E. Duff (Director, Producer, Writer)
James E. Duff earned his MFA in directing from USC's School of Cinematic
Arts, where he won a fellowship for excellence in directing actors. His award-
winning short film, “Life is a Sweet,” screened at over 40 festivals worldwide.
His documentary, “The Cycle Also Rises,” was broadcast nationally on PBS
as part of the POV series, and he spent two years in West Africa directing
development and human rights documentaries. He has taught filmmaking in
Kenya, to Saharawi refugees in the Sahara Desert, and at the Prague Film
School in the Czech Republic. In the theatre, James has worked with New York
companies such as Ensemble Studio Theatre, and has directed productions at
such venues as The Cherry Lane Theatre and SoHo Playhouse, as well as the
NYC International Fringe Festival. “Hank and Asha” is James’ feature film writing
and directorial debut.
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