J.R. Hughto is a filmmaker and photographer whose work explores duality, principally the friction between nostalgia/modernity and documentary/lyricism. Diamond on Vinyl, written, directed, and produced by Hughto, premiered at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival. The film has garnered critical acclaim from The Hollywood Reporter, Film Threat, Hammer to Nail, and Twitch Film, among many others, and was awarded Best Director and Best Ensemble at the 2013 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles as well as Best Feature Drama at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. Diamond on Vinyl was released by Gravitas Ventures in North America, and currently screens in nearly 70 countries on The Sundance Channel.

As a producer, Hughto has screened films internationally including at Slamdance, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Viennale, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. His photography has appeared in print in the German edition of Wired Magazine, and has shown in Los Angeles, San Diego, Syracuse and Buffalo, NY. In addition to his creative projects, Hughto consults through his company Clockmaker Digital, fostering innovative, low-cost filmmaking practices. He currently works as the Director of Production at Trailer Park and teaches filmmaking at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television in the Masters Program in Production for directors and cinematographers.

Hughto holds a Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking from the California Institute of the Arts, a BA with honors in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, and is both an Avid Certified Support Representative (ACSR) and an Avid Certified Instructor (ACI).


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