Jim Picariello is a screenwriter/filmmaker breaking into the industry from rural, coastal Maine. It's a surefire plan!
His dark romantic comedy screenplay, The Cult of Us, was a Quarter-Finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship and is a Coverfly Top 2% Project, and his short script, Ninja Chiropractor, was a Semifinalist in the 2019 Austin Film Festival, where he's a 2-time Pitch Finalist. In addition, he is a 2018 Stowe Story Labs alum.
Most recently, Jim's optioned feminist, animated, family feature screenplay, Igor and Frankie, is a Coverfly Top 1% Project and his first 4-minute short film, This Time It’s Shopping, made for $100, was selected by 18 film festivals and won 5 top awards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kjo-creLVk
This earned the attention of Sesame Street, who hired Jim to make a short film about “The Number 6” on a Maine farm, which aired on HBO's Sesame Street in 2018.
Jim’s subsequent 5-minute short film, Passive Aggressive Dads, was selected by 22 festivals, including Sedona, Nantucket, Breckenridge, SOHO, and BFI London. The film won 3 top awards, including Best Comedy (up against features) at the Beaufort International Film Festival. https://vimeo.com/275326334
His family-friendly short film, The Mushroom Huntress, starring Hoyt Richards (the world's first male supermodel) and Lacey Hannan, is currently in festivals.
THE CULT OF US
Two women fall in love as they try to save the other from their respective cult.