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Jake Thomas

Benchtree Entertainment
Director
Los Angeles, California
“Shedding” is my debut feature, after a lifetime of making shorts. Lots of live action. A little animation. Wrangling in my brother, parents, cousins, and friends as cast or crew. I write not only for my own projects, but other folks too. I’ve got two shorts in pre-production with two different producing teams.

I really like working in specific genres, like fairy tales, black-and-white war movies, westerns, mysteries, musicals, fantasy, and science fiction. Those are the movies I also love watching. "Singin' in the Rain" is the greatest movie of all time, and if any one movie survives the zombie apocalypse, that should be it. A close second would be “The Adventures of Robin Hood” with Errol Flynn. Have ever seen a movie called “Star Wars?” That’s pretty darn good too. “Casablanca” and “On the Waterfront” are my favorite dramas. I recently hosted a group marathon of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies leading up to “Avengers: Endgame.” It took two and a half months!

I LOVE movie history. If we run into each other during the festival, I can give you a rundown of all the blockbusters that filmed at the biggest stage on the Warner Bros. lot! Hint: they involve water, and lots of it.

What’s my next thing? I’m writing another short film, which takes place in the comic book industry during the 1960s. I’m psyched about it.

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My Filmmakers Sessions

Saturday, August 24
 

4:35pm