James Borto has made the Chicago area his home most of his life. He attended NEIU to play football and pursue acting, where he was awarded a theater scholarship. While there, he took a great interest in writing and filmmaking, even transferring to Columbia College briefly to pursue those goals. He attended writing workshops at various academies, including Second City.
James worked in advertising as a copywriter for Scott Ross Limited, where he worked on campaigns for Dad’s Rootbeer (Monarch Beverages) and Willy Wonka Candies. At the same time, he worked feverishly on a myriad of writing projects, including short stories, poetry and a deluge of screenplays.
Growing impatient with less than stellar literary agents, James decided to begin shooting his own films, beginning with projects such as Jack and Jill, and Bob, The Intervention of Roger Zivkov, Draw and An American Success Story.
When James is not behind his laptop polishing up screenplays, short stories, or novels, and not working on his many inventions (Cover Keeper, Check For Child, etc.), he can be found on the golf course.