Colleen Davie Janes is a multi award winning director and screenwriter. She is a graduate of Boston University with a BS in Communications/Film with a concentration in Acting.
Her style leans towards fast paced, serio-comic dramas focused on relationships and family, often with complicated women at their centers and her work has received distribution via First Focus International as well as multiple steaming services. Her most recent project is an official selection of the Oscar® qualifying Holly Shorts Film Festival.
A recent recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts artist’s grant “Anonymous Was a Woman”, Colleen is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors, and was honored by SHOOT Magazine at the DGA as a “New Director to Watch”.
Colleen began her career in film as a Production Assistant in features. She later became a sought after Production Coordinator in commercials, music videos and features, working with such directors as: Oliver Stone, Brian DePalma, Robert DeNiro, Hype Williams, John Bayer, Jonus Ackerlund and M. Knight Shyamalan. In between coordinating positions, Colleen directed and produced her own commercial spots: Edge Auto Rentals, Chelsea Guitars Series (DiMassimo NY).
She is an actor’s director as a conservatory trained actor in Meisner as well as Strasberg and other Method techniques.
She overlapped her acting work with Stand-up comedy, performing in over 20 venues internationally. While a performer, Colleen was always directing, including NYC theatre: “Merde, Melissa!” at Theatre Studio Inc. (TSI) “Cowboy Mouth” at The American Theatre of Actors (ATA) and “The Paradox of Authorship”, awarded a place in the Samuel French Competition of Plays Off-Broadway at the Harold Clurman Theatre.
Her work has taken her all over, from Iraq to LA. Her work on the Oscar short listed feature documentary and Sundance Grand Jury nominee “Quest for Honor” dir. Mary Ann Bruni is a particular honor.
Colleen is also a former below-the-line manager.
Some Colleen Trivia:
- Born and raised in Nashville, TN
- Fifth of seven kids
- Stand-up comedian
- Father & Grandfather were professional wrestlers
- Accepted into the Air Force Academy
- Rocks some major classical sax
- Habla Español
- Fitness buff – Fitness America Vegas 2x
My Grandpappy and Dad, I mean look at them!