Talent Guide

James Demo

  • Discipline:Director, Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2015, Grants and Awards 2015


James Demo is an independent filmmaker who writes, directs, and produces documentary and narrative films. Demo’s award winning film “First Time Long Time,” a short comedy starring John Savage and co-starring Emmy award-winning actress Amanda Plummer and Hollywood icon Karen Black, has played dozens of festivals worldwide. Since the start of his company Central Square Films in 2006, Demo has worked with notable artists including Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, Wynton Marsalis for Time Magazine, and Neil Gaiman for the launch of his game “Haunted Mansion.” Demo is currently in production on a feature documentary The Peacemaker, which follows peacemaker Padraig O’Malley over five years into conflict zones in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Nigeria. Since commencing work on The Peacemaker, He has pitched the film at the IFP Spotlight on Independent Documentary Week (Sept 2012), The Points North Pitch Forum at the Camden International Film Festival (Sept 2012) and the Hot Docs Forum in Toronto (May 2013). Demo is a Film Independent Fellow, a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow, a Tribeca Film Institute / A&E IndieFilms StoryLab fellow and a recipient of the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, LEF Moving Image Production Grant and Sundance DFP Grant.

Current Project

The Peacemaker


The Peacemaker follows international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley who helps make peace for others while struggling to find it for himself. The film follows Padraig to conflicts in Iraq, Nigeria, Kosovo and Northern Ireland as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction.