J.D. Funari is a Los Angeles based trailer editor and producer at Netflix. His work over the last decade has been featured on numerous marketing campaigns for filmmakers such as Adam McKay, Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher, Denis Villeneuve, Alex Garland, and the late Jean-Marc Vallée.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, J.D. started shooting and editing short films in his teens, culminating with Evening Message in 2002, which was hailed by FilmThreat.com in a four star review as "...required viewing for any grass-roots filmmaker."
In 2009 J.D. edited the feature length screenwriting documentary Tales from the Script, directed by Peter Hanson. It was released theatrically in 2010 by First Run Features and went on to receive praise from national critics, earning a 75% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also profiled on Leonard Maltin's TV show Secret's Out and recommended on Twitter by Iron Man director Jon Favreau.
In 2012 J.D. joined Mark Woollen & Associates, one of the premiere movie marketing agencies in Hollywood. There he edited Key Art and Golden Trailer award-winning trailers for movies including Birdman, Bad Words, and Only God Forgives, as well as widely seen trailers for Fifty Shades of Grey, Ex Machina, and Sicario.
J.D. came aboard Netflix in 2019 as a member of their newly formed in-house marketing team Creative Studio. Later that year he was invited by PromaxANZ to share his career experiences with attendees in Sydney, Australia. In 2020 he presented as part of Promax Europe's virtual conference and in 2021 for Film2Future's The Art of Trailer Making.
Exposure, a short film J.D. directed, edited, and produced, debuted online last year after garnering multiple awards during a multi-year global festival run.
When not making trailers, he can be found posting foodie content to Instagram and chronicling his movie watching on Letterboxd.
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BEST OF YEAR TRAILER LISTS
2017 - ThePlayList.net - Annihilation
2016 - Trailer-Track.com - Fences
2014 - IndieWire.com - Under the Skin
2014 - ScreenCrush.com - Under the Skin
2013 - PastMagazine.com - Only God Forgives