Isaak James

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Isaak James (born Jean-Yves Hasson on Cape Cod, Massachusetts) is an American film director, actor, singer and musician. He is the founder of Last Ditch Pictures. James is based in New York.

Education[edit]

James graduated New York University's Tisch School of the Arts

Film[edit]

James has appeared as an actor in several films. In 2006, along with his sister Eva James, he wrote, directed and starred in Special Needs[1] a controversial film about people with disabilities. Special Needs was acquired by Lloyd Kaufman at Troma Entertainment in 2007.[2] The film played in several film festivals between 2007 and 2008.[3] Special Needs is available to purchase on DVD and rental through NetFlix.[4]

James completed his second feature Hungry Years in 2009. The film stars Tah von Allmen, himself, Michael J. Burg, Ashlie Atkinson and Michael E. Knight.[5] PopMatters praised it for being very funny, awarded it 10/10, and compared James to Woody Allen.[6] The Miami Herald found it betrayed signs of the filmmaker's inexperience, with over-talky scenes needing editing and self-conscious actors, despite some amusing scenes.[7]

James completed Turbine in 2011. The film played at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival[8] as well as the Saint Louis International Film Festival[9]

Television[edit]

James has appeared in TV shows including I Wanna Be a Soap Star 2.[10]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gibron, B."Special Needs: Film Review", DVDtalk, July 8, 2007, 2007
  2. ^ Garrett, D."Troma talks up Isaak James", Variety Weekly, August 17, 2007
  3. ^ Vettier, Colin. "Special Needs (review)". Horreur.com. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Marks, J."Special Needs DVD Review", Variety.com , September 10, 2008
  5. ^ Wilkofsky, M."Hungry Years Article", Soap Opera Digest, August 12, 2009
  6. ^ Gibron, B."Hungry Years Review", Popmatters, June 30, 2009
  7. ^ Rodriguez, Rene (Oct 23, 2009). "Economy doesn't stop Ft. Lauderdale's film show". Miami Herald. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Turbine Festival Listing", FLIFF Website, November, 2011
  9. ^ "Turbine Festival Listing", SLIFF Website, November, 2011
  10. ^ SOAPnet Star Chat Transcripts "Chat with Isaak James", SOAP Transcripts, July 15, 2005