In addition to being a filmmaker, Jim is also an avid music fan. His weekly internet radio show, "Wax! Crackle! Pop!", aired 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. You can listen to more shows through the Mixcloud link at the bottom of this page.

Let My Love Open the Door


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"The idea for this video has been circling around my brain since we finished tracking it," says Zach Rogue, of Rogue Wave. "A fantasy about what I could tell my younger self if I had the chance." Music Video promo for Rogue Wave's 2017 album, Cover Me. Directed, Co-Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Crossing the Divide


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In April, 2017, two dozen Iowans walked 85 miles from Indigenous Iowa's Little Creek Camp to Des Moines for the April 29 Climate Justice Rally. Along the way they are met by strong opposing views from locals (and fellow neighbors) who received bad misinformation or "fake news" about the group's intentions. This short documentary chronicles how two groups on either side of the political divide get caught up in a firestorm of disrespect, sparked by a Confederate flag and an attack video funded by a pipeline company. Cinematography by Jim Granato

D Tour


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D TOUR (99 mins), is an award winning, powerful, evocative and deeply personal story. Combining a band road trip with a personal quest for an organ donor, the film follows the journey of Pat Spurgeon, a talented indie rock musician on the rise, whose life becomes consumed with the care and feeding of his failing kidney. Spurgeon, a previous kidney transplant recipient, is part of the organ donor / recipient community, a special group whose lives become entwined in life and death. On one side are those who are saved through tragedy or by an incredible gift from a living donor; on the other are the families of the donors, who are offered a chance for hope and bittersweet resolution for their loss. D TOUR is filled with unexpected twists and the joys and sorrows of life. Produced, Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato

Oowa Lenses


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Kickstarter campaign video for iphone 6 lens attachment. Directed, Photographed and Edited by Jim Granato

The Glowing Portrait


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Four hour pastel pencil instructional video for artist Cuong Nguyen. Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

The Campaign to Breathe Free


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Short campaign video for Breathe California, a Bay Area non-profit organization that fights lung disease, advocates for clean air and advances public health through education and services. Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Adobe Spark Aina Story


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Promo video for Adobe Spark. Co-Videography by Jim Granato.

USF Maps


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Recruitment video for the University of San Francisco's Masters program in Asian Pacific Studies. Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Science of Sharing


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One of several promo videos made for the Exploratorium and their Science of Sharing exhibition, where they investigate competition, cooperation, and social interaction. An unexpected event occurs in the face of a co-worker. Do you bring it up or let it hang? Many critical challenges we all face—issues like energy crises, international conflict, ecosystem collapse, and climate change—revolve around social perceptions, expectations, and interactions. Directed, Written, Co-Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Introducing Exploralab


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Trailer for fun and interactive science book for kids, designed by The Exploratorium. Directed, Written, Co-Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Happy Carrot Health Food Store


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Sonny & the Sunsets' "Talent Night At The Ashram" was originally intended as a series of short films based on Sonny's songs that would then tell a bigger story. That never quite happened, but one of the short films they did finish has been relesased, "Happy Carrot Health Food Store." Made by Jim Granato, it's a funny, literal take on the song as Sonny attempts to shop for vegetables, dietary supplements and sunglasses. The song and video take a psychedelic turn near the end, courtesy animator Teppi Ando. It's worth your seven minutes and you can watch it below. - Brooklyn Vegan Directed, Co-Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Vivid Dreams


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After years of yearning to go to Africa, Joan’s three-month stint as a Peace Corps volunteer turns sour on Christmas Eve when she is 'psychevac'd' back to the states and admitted to Georgetown Hospital mental ward. The drug required by the Peace Corps to be taken as a protection against malaria is said to cause only vivid dreams, but no one mentions the other side effects of psychotic tendencies, including suicide and murder. Produced, Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato

The Making of a Bell


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We explore the creation of a bell for the Exploratorium's new home at Pier 15. Artist Nick Diphillipo has been designing and casting bells and other objects for over thirty years. He teaches bell making at The Crucible in Oakland, California, as well as other foundry-related subjects. Directed, Co-produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Slug War


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Army soldiers, on a mission to protect a satellite dish, are caught up in a battle with an unexpected visitor. Meanwhile, filmmaker Jim Granato collaborates with his son, Alex Rey (age 4), competing with his unstoppable energy and spontaneous creativity. Photographed, Edited, Written, and Directed by Jim Granato.

Angels


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An innocent man walks through San Francisco clueless to the fact that the Blue Angels are in town practicing their air show. After several encounters with the mysterious roars from above and the city's more colorful characters, our hero snaps and runs amok, seeking shelter. The movies are just around the corner! But, in our hero's case, he's on their corner. Photographed, Edited, Written, and Directed by Jim Granato.

Altamont Wind Farm


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Southeast of San Francisco, on the way out to California's Central Valley, thousands of wind turbines dot the landscape of Altamont Pass. Mounted both in rows and individually, machines with large propellers catch the wind, turning round and round at different speeds. Learn how wind energy is generated and stored for use in this most peculiar area, and its impact on living things both near and far. Directed, Co-produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Electric Guitar


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The electric guitar-few things sound more exciting or alive in the world of music. But how does it work? The Science in the City team visit with Bay Area based electric guitarists Ava Mendoza and Henry Kaiser, plus Subway Guitars very own Fat Dog, to shred away some mysteries of this beloved instrument. Join us as we get down to the dynamics, parts, styles, and timbre that buzz within in a body full of signals, magnets, and wires. Directed, Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Sending Humans To Mars


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What would it take for humans to travel to and live on Mars—and who is daring enough to do it? In this episode, we explore the Mars One project, which is planning human settlement on the red planet, and hear from scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center about adjusting to the Martian environment. We also meet the brave Bay Area residents who are hoping to make this journey. Directed, Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato

Living With Wildlife


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With the ever shifting boundaries between humans and wildlife in the Bay Area, the daily routine for many has it's challenges and rewards for all involved. Based on biological studies and direct experiences, we focus on a few of our favorite neighboring species who interact with us humans, and our way of life, in more ways than you may think. Directed, Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Urban Astronomy


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Cities are known to produce a lot of light pollution, making it a challenge for astronomy enthusiasts to view the heavens within city limits. For us in the SF Bay Area, these issues apply, however, exciting results can still be attained between sky gazing and learning about how we all fit into this big thing we call "space". Directed, Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Carl Davis at the Paramount Theater


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One of three promo videos for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival featuring legendary composer Carl Davis visiting the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA for the first time. Carl Davis would go on to create a site specific live score for a rare screening of Abel Gance's legendary epic NAPOLEON. Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

At the Beginning of the End


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Ramon & Jessica's "Empire" riffs on themes of post-apocalyptic society, DIY culture, and political stagnation. Released just days before the 2012 election, "Empire" is timed to comment on the current election hype, while reflecting on the turmoils of the past four years: climate change, Occupy Wall Street, economic uncertainty, and amidst all this, the continuation of everyday life by everyday people. Directed, Co-Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Jack White PopUp Performance


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Last minute shoot of famed rocker Jack White performing, with his band, in the middle of the woods in Golden Gate Park during Outside Lands in San Francisco. Produced and Edited by Jim Granato.

March of the Kodachrome Soldier


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An in-camera edit and then hand-processed super 8 "one-reeler" of Lucio (Rev. Screaming Fingers) & Pat (Phantom Drummer) playing near the railroad tracks. Don't try this at home. "March of the Kodachrome Soldier" by Reverend Screaming Fingers. 2011 Directed, Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato.

Kick the Fences Down


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Mixing found footage with 16mm & HD elements, Pancho-san's Patrick Abernethy (formerly of Beulah & Rogue Wave) trips through a landscape where the horses must run free. This is the debut music video from the SF Bay Area's Pancho-san . "Kick The Fences Down" is available on their self-released, "Oh, Mellow Melody..." Produced and Edited by Jim Granato.

West Is San Francisco


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A film collaboration (32 min) between six San Francisco filmmakers. A frenetic fusion of night and day, movement and stasis, work and play - an iconographic city rides the flux of boom and bust in the 21st century. Co-Directed, Produced, Edited and photographed by Jim Granato

So Long, Kodachrome


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A deal goes down in a shady motel room where our (anti-)hero gets more than he bargains for. "So Long, Kodachrome" is an ode to super 8 and the beloved, now defunct, popular color film stock while paying homage to a famous 70’s American landmark film. Photographed, Edited, Written and Directed by Jim Granato

SFMOMA Presents Inhabitant


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Created by choreographer Sello Pesa, conceptual artist Vaughn Sadie, and the Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre, Inhabitant features long-time company members Humphrey Maleka and Brian Mtembu. The work involves a research process that culminates in street actions and a political gathering where the issues of the neighbourhood are addressed—always countered or partnered with the dancers’ movement and the possibilities of light in the area. The performers blend in and out of the crowd and passersby are invited to join in, drawing attention to everyday encounters and the movement of people through the site and creating a shifting lightscape beginning at dusk and continuing through nightfall. This live art event was commissioned and presented by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Lead Videography by Jim Granato

Afternoon Dream


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A woman falls asleep on a mountain top, descending into a dream that reconnects her with nature. Shot on Super 8 Kodachrome and Ektachrome (later hand-processed), "Afternoon Dream" comes from a series of films which take on solitude, landscapes, and the passing of time with more of an experimental and minimalist approach. Photographed, Edited and Directed by Jim Granato

Designated Routes


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An exploration of landscapes set to the natural rhythm of nature and time: From the beginnings of a road trip leaving a city to a desert bed of mountains and sand. A transportation of another kind occurs as mist and the tides offer a distinct view. Back on the rails, only a shadow knows its destination. Low level clouds help the earth cool. After an orbit has been complete the city from which we've leaped lies awake waiting for our return. Live Music Score by Destiny Muhammed. Photographed, Edited, and Directed by Jim Granato

Dunlop Strings


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Promo video for high end guitar strings for Jim Dunlop Guitar Products. Photography by Jim Granato

Human Skins


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In October, 2003 I got together with several friends to participate in the 48 hour film project. At that time it was a fairly new idea that pushed filmmakers to write, shoot, and edit a short film within a weekend. The festival supplied you with a list of specific instructions (as described in the opening sequence) that we, as participants, had to include in our film. We received our instructions on a Friday evening, and about 15 people deliberated for hours late into the night what the film should be. I ended up writing a script in an hour during the wee hours early that next morning. Then our group shot for about 19 hours Saturday, editing all day on Sunday and showed the film THAT evening to an enthusiastic packed house in San Francisco. This version here features a different opening scene which was added a few months later to let a completely different packed house audience in on the know that "this is not any ordinary story". Co-Produced, Written, Edited, and Directed by Jim Granato

Carbon Copies


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A team of astronauts orbit around a "dead" planet working endless hours to build a space station colony for their inhabitants. One astronaut threatens to break the mold and ventures solo to the primitive planet looking for something more. Featuring the music of Brando, taken from the Luna Music/recordhead release "Single Crown Postcard". **WINNER, BEST MUSIC VIDEO, 2002 DOWNSTREAM FILM FESTIVAL** Directed, Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato

Hot City Boy


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The Bobbyteens' pack s punch in their first music video with some help from their friends. Filmed in one day all over San Francisco armed with a case of beer, a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner and a super 8 camera. Directed, Co-Produced, Photographed, and Edited by Jim Granato

The Picnic


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Shot in only a couple of hours and edited in camera on a single roll of super 8 black and white film. A look at food, wine and the complexity of the moment. Photographed, Edited, and Directed by Jim Granato

W!C!P! #15


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Jonathan Richman is our very special guest for this episode of W!C!P! as we dedicate two hours to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground. Lou would have turned 72 on March 2nd, 2014. It’s well known that the Velvets were a huge influence on Jonathan and The Modern Lovers. Celebrate Lou Reed’s Birthday with music, stories & observations from the one & only Jonathan Richman! Originally recorded for Radio Valencia broadcast March 2, 2014.

W!C!P! #37


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There aren’t a lot of guys in punk rock (or rock & roll, period) who appear to have their feet more squarely on the ground than Mike Watt, who in his own regular-guy way has been the heart, soul and conscience of the music ever since his days playing bass in the Minutemen. A musical team player who lives by the notion of “jamming econo” (living and touring frugally, with an eye on the music rather than the trappings), Watt took some time out to converse with DJ Jim G about bass, Pedro, D Boon, The Stooges, opera and his latest project, with fellow musicians Stefano Pilia and Andrea Belfi, the more experimental post-rock power trio Il Sogno Del Marinaio. Originally recorded for Radio Valencia broadcast August 31, 2014.

W!C!P! #57


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My friend, Pam Torno, Oakland based DJ and vinyl enthusiast, stops by W!C!P! and sets fire to the joint with her electrifying records. From the street-wise soul classic sounds of Joe Bataan and Sugar Pie DeSanto to the overlooked rocking combo madness of Dakíla (the “Filipino Santana”), to the even more overlooked sub-SUB genres of “cruise rock” and the Manila sound! Tune in. Originally broadcasted live on Radio Valencia March 1, 2015

W!C!P! #62


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Gil Ray (Game Theory, Loud Family) and Alison Faith Levy (Loud Family, The Sippy Cups) have been performing solo and in bands, based in the Bay Area (and beyond), for decades now. A big chapter of their musical lives include playing with the revered and largely influential singer/songwriter Scott Miller. Scott had passed away unexpectedly 2 years ago on April 15. Here we pay tribute to Scott, share stories and connect the dots musically with just some of the artists that make up this rich family tree Gil, Alison and Scott are a part of. Originally recorded live for Radio Valencia on April 19, 2015. Gil Ray passed away on January 24, 2017 of complications from cancer.

W!C!P! #69


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Friends of rock n roll, DJ Jim G is thrilled to welcome San Francisco icons Maz Kattuah and Russell Quan from the Mummies and The Phantom Surfers (among many others) on W!C!P! The Mummies are the greatest live rock n roll band. EVER. Don’t believe me? COME ON UP. A week before they unleash the fury all over their Burger Boogaloo headline spot, Maz and Russell stopped by to spin some records and speak about the “budget rock” scene they helped build alongside numerous other DIY garage bands from the bay area. From humble beginnings that quickly blew up ending the 80’s with an insane sonic blast and charging into the new decade, leading a dedicated underground following that kicked off the 90’s revival garage punk rock movement worldwide. Recorded live June 28, 2015 for Radio Valencia broadcast