Born and raised in Upstate New York, J.D. Funari got his start during the summer of 2000, when he made his first movie, the dark dramatic short Seven O'Clock. The following year, J.D. directed, shot, and edited Evening Message, which he self-distributed in March 2002. The short was met by enthusiastic reception at numerous NY screenings and hailed by FilmThreat.com in a four star review as "...required viewing for any grass-roots filmmaker."

J.D. relocated to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue a career in entertainment, where he has since worked primarily as a TV & film  editor on projects for a number of major networks, studios, and filmmakers.

2010 marked J.D.'s first feature length movie, the screenwriting documentary Tales from the Script, directed by Peter Hanson and released theatrically by First Run Features. The movie was praised by national critics, earning a 75% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, featured on Leonard Maltin's TV show Secret's Out, and recommended on Twitter by Iron Man director Jon Favreau.

J.D. fulfilled a long-time career goal when he was hired by Mark Woollen & Associates in 2012, one of the premiere movie marketing agencies in Los Angeles. There he edited Key Art and Golden Trailer award winning trailers for the movies Birdman, Enemy, Bad Words, Don Jon, Only God Forgives, and Simon Killer. Most recently his editorial can be seen in the campaigns for Newness, Annihilation, Fences, and HBO's The Defiant Ones.

Earlier this year J.D. directed a short film titled Exposure, which is now in post-production.

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