James Runde (b. 1993) is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and musician from Madison, WI. His films span both genre and format, from slacker comedies on 16mm to family dramas in high definition. His movie Played Out (2019, 51 mins) won a Golden Badger Award at the 2019 Wisconsin Film Festival.

His most recent project Catholic Boy (2020, 13 mins) is a found footage meditation on Pope John Paul II, JFK, and the CIA. It streamed as part of the 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival’s Wisconsin’s Own Shorts program. Watch in full:

So far, James has worked on little-to-no budget, routinely drawing on family and friends as actors and crew. Learn more about his creative interests and approach from his interview with Cinematalk podcast:

If you would like to reach out to James, whether to screen his work, ask about a collaboration, or just say “hi,” please send him an email at jcrunde@gmail.com.