I’m a filmmaker whose mission is to heal the world through laughter.
Justin Warren is the third of three boys born to James and Judge Joyce Warren in Little Rock, Arkansas. He began pursuing music and the performing arts in elementary school. At the age of eight, he wrote and directed numerous short films with a home video camera. He sang in the school choir and performed in numerous stage plays. In tenth grade he began writing original music and playing guitar.
Justin attended Hendrix College where he graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts and Dance. There he recorded two solo albums of original music, both which were highly reviewed. Justin performed in over a dozen plays and won awards for his bold playwriting. He and five classmates traveled overseas and performed for a summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest theatre festival in the world. They co-wrote and staged a hillbilly adaptation of Macbeth, which sold out multiple times and received a four-star rating by the Fringe critics. Around that time, Justin and his family were featured in the 2008 CNN Documentary “Black in America: The Black Man” with Soledad O’Brien, which was seen by over 25 million people around the world.
After college, Justin went to work for the Methodist Church as a youth director. There he mentored over fifty youth, creating a space encouraging spiritual growth, equality and justice. During his tenure, he applied and was accepted into the film program at USC while in the middle of planning his wedding with his longtime college sweetheart. They married in the summer and Justin moved out to Los Angeles while his wife finished her pharmacy degree back home.
Reunited with his wife, Justin graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production in 2014. He wrote and directed dozens of films, in addition to editing and doing sound work on two thesis documentaries. Just after film school, Justin worked for Tremolo Productions under Oscar-winning director, Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom), where he co-edited a series of short documentaries for Barbra Streisand’s multi-platinum album, Partners.
Most recently, Justin wrote, directed, co-edited, produced and co-starred in his first comedy feature film, Then There Was Joe. The film stars comedian, Ray Grady, who just debuted his half hour special on Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level on Comedy Central. The movie premiered on February 3, 2018 in Little Rock at the Ron Robinson Theater, for a standing-room only, sellout crowd. The Arkansas Cinema Society, founded by writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special, Loving), showcased the film as the first of its Homegrown Film Series. “Joe” is currently on a national screening tour. Justin wants to use his talents to heal the world through laughter — one movie at a time. Visit him online at www.justinwarren.me
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MY LATEST FILM
Then There Was Joe is a feature-length comedy based on the incredible true story of my estranged brother. I wrote, directed, co-edited and produced “Joe” as well as co-starred in the film with Ray Grady. That’s us on the poster. This video goes into the backstory a bit.
Then There Was Joe (Official Trailer)