Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas began his career in film-making while attending university at SUNY Purchase College, where he majored in Liberal Arts and Communications. In 2007, Justin began an internship with Baeble Music, an indie music website operating out of New York City. In the winter of 2007 and into 2008, Justin created a commercial for the website and edited several music news segments that were broadcast on the site weekly. Upon graduating SUNY Purchase in the summer of 2007, Justin lent his writing and editing abilities to People’s Television, an upstart film company founded by Nicholas Bruckman, and contributed to the creation of the documentary short “The Grey Movie” as the film’s associate producer. Legendary documentary film-maker Albert Maysles (“Gimmie Shelter”, “Salesman”), was the adviser on the film. In the fall of 2008, Justin took an intensive course on film and video editing at the New York Film Academy; that same year, he filmed and edited a documentary on the theatre project “Men Always Leave”, a play written and directed by playwright and spoken word artist Naima Yetunde Ince.In 2009, Justin contributed to the production of the short film “The Bridge”, directed by Philipp Wolter; on set he assisted in grip and lighting. In 2009, Justin established his own production company, Justin Case It Rains Productions, and initiated work on his first full-length documentary, an indictment on the current state of the hip hop community and culture entitled “The Lost Tapes”. Starting in 2009, Justin has also become an accomplished organizer, working with the New York City non-for-profit organization The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) on their annual Black August Fundraiser Concert. In the spring of 2011, he was certified as a TV studio producer for BRIC Arts Media’s BCAT Television Network, Brooklyn’s public access television station; he now writes, films, and edits his own monthly music showcase for the channel.

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