JAMES KAELAN is a new media writer, director, and producer. His mobile-first, VR, and traditional film collaborations have shown at Sundance, Slamdance, Tribeca, Cannes, AFI FEST—along with scores of other festivals around the world—and have been featured in publications from VICE to The New Yorker.


His latest project, the vertical video feature America the Beautiful, premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival in January, 2019, tells the story of a political centrist who, after the 2016 presidential election, gets drawn into the orbit of a racist militia in San Bernardino. Shot entirely on vertical iPhone, America the Beautiful is a mobile-first, found-footage thriller for our turbulent political moment. 


Kaelan is also the co-founder of the film crowdfunding and distribution platform, Seed&Spark, the founding editor of the film and new media print-only magazine, BRIGHT IDEAS, and the former editor of MovieMaker Magazine


America the Beautiful // Writer + Director // Mobile-First Feature // Slamdance Film Festival 2019


The Visitor // Writer + Director // VR Short // AFI FEST, Cucalorus, SFIFF, Slamdance Film Festival 2016

Hard World for Small Things // Producer // VR Short // Sundance, Tribeca, AFI FEST 2016

Before the Spring // Writer + Director // Short Film // Aspen Shortfest 2016

EEL // Writer + Director // Feature Film // Sarasota, AFF Wroclaw, Portland Film Festival 2015

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