Filmmaker, Photographer, Producer, Visual Artist, Editor; these are the hats and talents of James Del Gatto.  A native New Yorker, James became fascinated with film at the age of five years old.  James isn’t afraid to take risks and this resulted in an opportunity to be one of the pioneers in developing hip-hop DVD magazines.  DVD magazines were the predecessors to the and highlighting well-known artists as well as the “up and coming”.  The Come Up DVD magazine helped launched the career of Nicki Minaj.
From his reputation with the Come Up Magazine, an opportunity opened up for James to tour with Grammy Award winner, hip-hop artist TI (Clifford Jones).  From 2003 to 2008, James Del Gatto was granted unprecedented access and followed hip-hop artist T.I. (aka Clifford Harris Jr.) relentlessly with a camera, capturing impromptu conversations and situations even when the camera should have stopped rolling.  This experience became his first feature-length film, a documentary, Rubberband Man.  This parallels TI’s transformative journey and the influences of Atlanta contributing to his rise as “King of the South”.
Since then James has directed over 20 music video for artists such as; Joe Budden, B.o.B., Bobby Valentino, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Juelz Santana, Sheek Louch, Jeremiah, T.I., and Saigon. His latest project is a photo story that mixes realism with surrealism; If I Fall, I’ll Fly, which features model Jessica Kylie.
James graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with BFA in Film and Cinema Studies. He currently co-producing a feature film starring, Zach McGowan, Taryn Manning and Joe Pantoliano. James is currently completing a script for Shatter, a feature film that James will produce and direct in 2016.