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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

James Becket

JameBecket grew up in Lakeville, Connecticut, a small New England town. He had two ambitions, one was to make the Olympic ski team (no, broken leg wrong year), the other to become a writer (yes). There was no role model to go into films with a country lawyer father and piano teacher mother, so a number of years were wasted on a first class education (Harvard Law School and doctorate in Switzerland – good skiing). His film school was making the movie Que Hacer in Chile during the election of Salvador Allende, Que Hacer. Seven years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees took him around the world filming refugee crises. And then making the big move to Hollywood, so a late start in writing and directing. But he finally found the vehicle for his passion in film, the art that combines all the arts. He lives in Ojai, California with his current wife, Camilla, and eight year-old daughter Lydia. Lydia has epilepsy which has meant making a number of films for parents who first receive the diagnosis that their child has this seizure disorder. Everything the Beckets wish they had known. He’s always writing, always looking for financing to get those great scripts on the shelf made.