In addition to numerous film festival grand jury prizes, James’s work has earned distinctions such as the Webby, the Geekie, Accolade Awards, Telly Awards, the Axiem, the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, and the R.C. Norris Screenwriting Award. He was named Best Director and Best Screenwriter by New York Visionfest for Yesterday Was a Lie, his feature film debut from Entertainment One and IndiePix Films.

James’s live stage credits range from classical to modern. He was listed among the Los Angeles Times’s “Faces to Watch” as part of the Lone Star Ensemble theatre group, and has frequently directed for Noah Wyle and Daniel Henning’s Blank Theatre Company. James’s directing has been honored by critic Paul Birchall for two consecutive years in Back Stage Magazine’s “Best of the Year” list. His work has been cited by scholarly organizations and journals such as the Shakespeare Association of America and Shakespeare Newsletter, and he recently served as a writer/director on the multi-award-winning series Star Trek Continues.

James has spoken on filmmaking and the science of film perception in venues such as SMPTE, NPR, the University of Arizona’s Center for Consciouness Studies, T.C.U., and Space Camp.