James Rowe wrote and directed the HBO-released feature Blue Ridge Fall and Breakwater, which stars Dermot Mulroney. As a student Rowe made the jazz-inspired short film Sax Man, which was bought by PBS and he was invited to join the American Film Institute (AFI) as a Directing Fellow. At AFI, Rowe set up his first feature screenplay at Oliver Stone’s Illusion Entertainment, which became Blue Ridge Fall. The film starred Peter Facinelli (Twilight, Nurse Jackie), Chris Isaak, and Academy Award nominee Amy Irving (Traffic, Zero Hour). Rowe wrote the screenplay (as Samuel Tilsen) for the internationally acclaimed film Ijé: The Journey, starring African movie icon Genevieve Nnaji (Lionheart). Rowe has taught directing and screenwriting at the Colorado Film School, CU-Denver, and the New York Film Academy, and led workshops in Moscow and Florence. He lives in Los Angeles.