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James Darling was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and has had a lifelong interest in storytelling. Early creative exploration with short stories, cartooning and animation as a child eventually led to live-action video productions throughout high school. James studied filmmaking at New York Universityís Tisch School of the Arts where his education was supported by The Universal Studios Fellowship, The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation, a Tisch Scholarship and a Deanís Grant. During his junior year, James served as President of the Tisch Student Council, advocating for student rights to the administration, faculty and community. He won an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Award for his feature-length screenplay, "In Motion", based on the life motion picture pioneer Eadweard Muybridge. His short film, "Mom vs. The Undead", premiered at the 2005 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and went on to screen at numerous film and genre festivals around the world. At the 2006 NYU First Run Film Festival, James received the Producing Award for his work on "Rusty Forkblade", an epic Viking film that proved to be one of the most ambitious projects ever to come out of NYUís film program. He has worked regularly in the New York film industry, and offers inexpensive video playback and on-set editing solutions for student and independent productions. James is currently developing a number of original feature and television projects, and he is in post-production on his thesis film, "Citizen", which received a grant from the Caucus Foundation. James splits his time between New York and Toronto but plans to go wherever the stories take him.

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