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  James Byrne is a multi-media artist who graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Elected Studies  and earned an MFA in video art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

  His video art is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Walker Art Center, among others.  His work has been exhibited in prestigious museums and galleries internationally and has been honored with grants and fellowships from the NEA, MSAB, Bush Foundation, and Jerome Foundation.        

  His video installation, "Scale Drawing" is currently showing at Walker Art Center in The Body Electric exhibition.       James writes and directs narrative films, makes digital drawings, and designs projections for public spaces.  

  His two feature films, "Great Lakes" and "Ninety-Nine Pages", and many of his short films have enjoyed success on the film festival circuit.  James received a McKnight Artists Fellowship for Screenwriting

  He lives in St. Paul with his wife Carol.


 Awards for his screenplay 

"Things To Do Before Leaving" 


Finalist 2018 Women's Film and Script Showcase,

  Los Angeles

Best Screenplay 2017 Hollywood Verge Film Awards,

  Burbank, CA

Official Selection 2017 Catalina Film Festival

Third Place (drama) 2017 Los Angeles Screenplay 


Top Finalist 2017 Hollywood Hills Screenplay 


Finalist 2017 Write Room Screenplay Competition,

  Sherman Oaks, CA

Finalist 2017 Buga Screenplay Competition,

  Oakdale, CA


   Awards for his screenplay“Circled In Red”


Official Selection (Second Place) 2017 New York   

  Metropolitan Screenplay Competition 

Finalist 2017 Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition

Finalist 2017 Buga Screenplay Competition

Finalist 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Finalist 2014 California Film Awards


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