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Native American and Californian, James Fox is a natural storyteller. After graduating from the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a BFA in Directing, he founded Dawnrunner Inc. and has championed the company through many award-winning projects. Since he entered the film industry in 2001, James has devoted his energies to carefully crafting compelling characters and diverse worlds, which has garnered him accolades including Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Script, and Best Original Story.
Born and raised in Central California, James stumbled into the film industry in 2001 during his first year of college. After accidentally landing a small acting role in a feature film when he attended an audition with a friend, he fell in love with the visual medium, especially the storyteller role of Director. Once that feature film wrapped, he dropped his Genetic Engineering major to pursue further education within the film industry at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He graduated with a BFA in both Directing and Producing. James then founded Dawnrunner Inc. in 2006, which as CEO he led through award-winning projects across the world.
As a Director, James is in pre-production to direct two large feature films scheduled to enter production in 2021. James is also an accomplished screenwriter and has won multiple awards for his scripts. James’ sci-fi drama pilot script, SOL, has received more than thirty accolades during its festival tour and has attracted the interest of several networks. Additional projects, including a TV adaptation of the bestselling CADICLE novel series, and several original series, have also garnered interest and are gaining recognition in film festivals.
James is known for his passion and determination to advance the industry through education and outreach. He has spoken at events like, GPU Technology Conference, NAB, Seattle International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and he dedicates his time and energy on several advisory boards, and through partnerships with children’s arts education organizations. His creativity and technical street-smarts have labeled him a visionary for the future of visual storytelling through new methods and technological innovations.
With his deep-rooted love of science and technology, James approaches every project with a focus on creating believable worlds anchored in genuine science. He is recognized for his strong, charismatic leadership and an inexhaustible well of excitement and energy. When not on set, that energy is channeled into several hobbies and has a propensity to go "crazy deep" into everything, from SCUBA diving to martial arts, sports, brewing, cooking, and more recently the writing of multiple fantasy and sci-fi novels. He is constantly moving and learning.
Whenever asked why he wanted to be a filmmaker, James always responds the same way, "To make the world a better place." From first-hand experience, he has seen the power the Media & Entertainment Industry has over influencing the world. By creating entertaining stories rich with empathy and compassion, he hopes to create positive change in the world.