Jim McKay

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
Originally intending to be an English teacher, Jim McKay moved instead into the realm of documentaries, music videos and public service spots. This eventually led to features and the release of "Girls Town" (1996), his ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1961 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Director (23)

BrainDead 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Power 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Mr. Robot 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Good Wife 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Bosch 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Director

Rectify 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Betrayal 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Americans 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Zero Hour 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Blue Bloods 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Boss 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Tremé 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

In Treatment 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Big Love 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Hung 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Breaking Bad 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

New Amsterdam 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Angel Rodriguez 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

The Wire 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Our Song 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Girls Town 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Everyday People (TV Show)

Director
Producer (16)

Mosquita y Mari 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fourplay 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fourplay: Tampa 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Me @ the Zoo 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Memorial Day 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Room 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Brother to Brother 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Johnny Berlin 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Sleepy Time Gal 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Our Song 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stranger Inside 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Spring Forward 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Movie 1999 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Mute Love 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tree Shade 1998 (Movie)

("produced in association with") (Producer)

La Boda (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (3)

Our Song 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Girls Town 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Life Support (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (1)

Law & Order 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith 1995 (Movie)

camera production assistant (Camera Assistant)
Editor (1)

Girls Town 1996 (Movie)

(Editor)
Other (2)

Tree Shade 1998 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day 1997 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Originally intending to be an English teacher, Jim McKay moved instead into the realm of documentaries, music videos and public service spots. This eventually led to features and the release of "Girls Town" (1996), his first effort as a director and co-scenarist which won both the Filmmakers Trophy and a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The story of four friends who think their senior year in high school is supposed to be proms and fun but discover far more angst, was made for under $100,000 and shot on 16mm film. McKay worked on the script with his stars Lili Taylor, Bruklin Harris and Anna Grace and also served as the film's editor.

Relationships

Daughter
born in May 2001

Hannah Weyer

Wife
married on August 21, 2000

EDUCATION

Hackensack High School

Hackensack, New Jersey 1980

Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts
intended to become English teacher; classmates included Michael Stipe and Tom Gilroy

Boston College

Boston, Massachusetts
intended to become English teacher; classmates included Michael Stipe and Tom Gilroy(Secondary Education)

Milestones

2004

Produced "Brother to Brother" a drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature

2000

Wrote, produced and directed "Our Song", about three high school girls who live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; released theatrically in 2001

1999

Produced Tom Gilroy's "Spring Forward"; shown at the Toronto Film Festival; released theatrically in 2000

1998

Served as a co-producer on Chris Smith's documentary "American Movie"

1998

Assisted in the producing of Lisa Collins' Student Academy Award-winning short "Tree Shade"

1996

Made directorial debut with "Girls Town"; also contributed to the script; won two prizes as Sundance Film Festival

1994

Worked as camera production assistant on docudrama "Roy Cohn/Jack Smith", starring Ron Vawter

Began career making music videos

Directed "Tourfilm" and numerous R.E.M. music videos

Founded C-Hundred Film Corp with R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the ABC sportscaster of the same name.

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