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The Filmmaker

Jim Granato
D TOUR Director/Producer/Director of Photography/Co-Editor

What keeps him motivated as an independent filmmaker:

Like most other people in this crazy business, I love movies! I love to tell stories and experiment with moving images. I’ve been obsessed with film most of my life. I don’t know what else I would do. In the film, Pat states early on that he doesn’t have a back-up plan. Well, I subscribe to the same school of thought. You’ve got to keep your passion right in front of you.

His three favorite films:

That’s the worst question you can ask a filmmaker, or a film fanatic. Of course there are too many good films to pick from, but three that are close to my heart are: Harold and Maude, Five Easy Pieces and Gimme Shelter.

His advice for aspiring filmmakers:

Work with a producer. Work with an editor. Have an open mind. Don’t forget to go outside every once in a while. Go for a walk. Surround yourself with as many interesting and creative people as possible. Get as much feedback as you can, and it’s all right to take or leave whatever they have to say. Remember, it’s your film.


Jim Granato is a self-taught filmmaker who originally hails from Bloomington, Indiana. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996, he has produced and directed several short films, screening both locally and worldwide. In addition, Granato has received many credits on a variety of independent film and television productions. Among some of these are award-winning documentary features including Taggart Siegel’s THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN (2005), Michael Jacobs’s Audience of One (2007) and Dori Berinstein’s Some Assembly Required (2008). D TOUR is Granato’s first feature film as director and producer.

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