Jim Granato is a self-taught, award-winning filmmaker based in Oakland, California.

Since 1996, He has directed and produced several short films and music videos. His recent films, A Day With My Boy: Slug War (2014), was licensed by PBS and premiered on their Online Film Festival, and Angels (2013) was nominated for a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. He has made music videos for Sonny & The Sunsets, Rogue Wave, Ramon & Jessica, Pancho-San and The Bobbyteens.

D Tour (2009), his first feature length film as director and producer, has won several awards including the Golden Gate Award for Bay Area Feature Documentary from the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Jury Prize for Best Documentary from the Bend Film Festival. D Tour premiered nationwide on the PBS Emmy award-winning program Independent Lens in November 2009. He is currently working on a second feature film project with underground "budget rock" legends, The Mummies.

As a freelance Director, Producer, Videographer and Editor, Jim Granato has worked on projects for The History Channel, The Travel Channel, Court TV, Adobe, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum of California, The Exploratorium and dozens of independent filmmakers and organizations worldwide.

In addition to filmmaking, Jim is passionate about music. Under the moniker, DJ Jim G, he created and hosted a weekly internet radio show, "Wax! Crackle! Pop!", on Radio Valencia in San Francisco for over two years. W!C!P! was a commercial free, free form format that featured an eclectic mix of rock, soul, funk, country and jazz from all over the world. Now available as a podcast, W!C!P! featured a wide variety of guests including Mike Watt, Jonathan Richman and many more.

“As a Creative Director at Adobe, I’ve worked with Jim G. for years, on a variety of projects, and in different capacities. Jim is a talented and versatile filmmaker, comfortable in all areas of production and post. More importantly: in this work, you spend a lot of time working closely with people, and you want to hire people you like to be around, who play well with others, and who work hard and Jim delivers on all of the above.”

- Dan Cowles, Sr. Creative Director, Adobe

"Jim pulled off a miracle shooting our verité doc under trying conditions: an 8-day walk across windy, rainy Iowa. He has a talent for anticipating action, nailing the critical shot, and delivering B-roll that you don’t expect to need (but invariably do). His strong work ethic and keen sense of humor made the long days fly by. With his steady hand on the tiller and sensitivity towards the subjects, my directing load was very light indeed."

- Ralph King, Hawkview Pictures

"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jim Granato for the better part of ten years through his work as the videographer for hire at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and other Bay Area film projects. He is an incredible PRO with a deep knowledge of the field of filmmaking, a passion for film, whose supportive and collaborative spirit is invaluable to the film community. SFMOMA values his work, his attention to detail, his professional demeanor and his timeliness with respect to project deadlines - that’s why he is the first one we call when we need documentation! As a filmmaker, he is a wonderful talent who has a unique voice. I cannot say enough good things about Jim G!"

- Gina Basso, Program Associate, Performance & Film, SFMOMA

"Jim Granato is a total professional, who brings all of his skills and experience to whatever work is in front of him. I have had the pleasure of working with him both personally on outside projects and in our video department at the Exploratorium. At work, one (of many) great things about Jim's style is that he always finds new and interesting ways of telling visual stories about a variety of subjects. He is up to speed with an ever changing field in terms of technology/new equipment/formats, and Jim has a deep knowledge of film and filmmaking. I would hire him again in a heartbeat."

- Nicole Minor, Director of Moving Images, Exploratorium

"Jim Granato is fantastic to work with. Aside from being a great filmmaker in his own right, he is a valued collaborator with a deep knowledge of film, video and sound technology. He has shot video for SF Sketchfest for over a decade and is always the first call we make."

- David Owen, Co-Founder, SF Sketchfest

Jim is available to work on any size of project and has the ability to assemble crews for larger projects. If you are interested in working with Jim, email him through the link at the bottom of this page with your project specifications. Thanks for looking!