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