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Jim Picariello


Jim Picariello


Jim Picariello is a writer and director living in Brooksville, Maine.


Brooksville, ME

Festival Year


Film Title

The Mushroom Huntress

Artist bio

Jim’s a screenwriter/filmmaker who is trying to break into the industry from rural, coastal Maine. It’s a surefire plan!

He is a 2018 Stowe Story Labs alum. His dark romantic comedy screenplay, The Cult of Us, was a Quarter-Finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship, his short script, Ninja Chiropractor, was a Semifinalist in the 2019 Austin Film Festival screenplay competition, and he’s a 2-time Pitch Finalist at Austin.

Jim’s first short film, This Time It’s Shopping, made for $100, was selected by 18 film festivals and won 5 top awards.

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 short film, Passive Aggressive Dads, was selected by 22 festivals, including Sedona, Nantucket, Breckenridge, SOHO, and BFI London.

The film has also won 3 top awards, including Best Comedy (up against features) at the Beaufort International Film Festival. He has co-written and directed his latest family-friendly short film, The Mushroom Huntress, starring Hoyt Richards (the world’s first male supermodel) and Lacey Hannan.