James Jandak Wood is a writer, filmmaker, and playwright based in the San Francisco area.
James grew up outside of Providence, coincidentally, during the era of Outside Providence. He ran track and cross-country at Villanova University (punctuated occasionally with classwork), graduated, had two amazing children, and married Jennifer Jandak Wood: a talented singer, musician, and brilliant scientist.
After studying film classes at the Film Arts Institute and the Bay Area Video Coalition, James embarked on his first film - a feature documentary. The film, Crude Impact, screened in over thirty film festivals and won many awards. Crude Impact has been translated into five languages and broadcast in numerous countries around the world.
James has written and directed a number of other short narrative and documentary films. He also wrote and directed two full-length plays: A Modern Encounter, and The Chaotic Art of Life.
The Normal School Literary Magazine recently selected James' short story, Grand Slam, for publication in their Fall 2018 edition.
James is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Oregon State University. As an undergraduate, James earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University. He also studied studied Shakespeare and Contemporary British Fiction at Oxford University English Literature Summer School.