Director Herbert James Winterstern (Jamie) brings a fresh, distinct approach to the art of filmmaking. Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Jamie was exposed to movies far beyond his years at an early age. What began as a late night hobby watching Steven Spielberg’s classics with his father, quickly turned into a passion Jamie would pursue throughout his childhood and eventually cultivate into his career.
The stories and visuals from the classics he watched as a boy instilled a motivation in Jamie to create high quality, visually entertaining pictures, and at the age of 18, he moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue the craft of motion picture directing.
In 2003, Jamie began his undergraduate studies at Whittier College where he also kicked for the school’s NCAA football team. He transferred to Pepperdine University in 2004 to pursue a degree in Television Production. In 2005, Jamie won “Best Dramatic Short” at the Pepperdine University Film Festival for his film, HIGH SOCIETY, and was also accepted to the Critical Studies program at University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. While attending USC, Jamie competed in NCAA track, running the 110m as well as the 400m hurdles. He graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Critical Studies.
In 2008, Jamie’s acceptance into USC’s Cinematic Arts Graduate Production program allowed him to further develop his directing style into an art. After completing the first year of his masters program, Jamie was awarded the Thomas B. Bush Memorial Scholarship for excellence in cinematography and directing. He graduated in 2011 with an MFA in Film and Television Production.
In spring 2011, Jamie wrote and directed a short film, Son of a Don, starring "24" regular Carlo Rota. Industry executives applauded Jamie for his fresh, unique approach to directing as seen in Son of a Don which is now optioned and currently in development for a television series. Writer Gregory Anderson (Stomp the Yard) is attached.
In summer 2011, Jamie wrapped editing a feature film for Infinity Media and began discussions with producer Michael Ohovan to direct a commercial thriller as his directorial debut. He is also in development with producer Warren Zide (Final Destination, American Pie) for Zide’s next film franchise.
Jamie also expanded his reach to commercial work and has directed, edited and produced eight commercials for companies in multiple industries over the past year.
In spring 2013, Jamie wrapped his first television series work on "Siberia", in which he directed 5 episodes and is credited as a co-producer and lead editor for the entire 13-episode series. In May, NBC acquired the television drama series which will premiere on July 1 at 10 pm (taking over the spot held by JJ Abrams' show, "Revolution").
During the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Jamie's Team USA Hockey Ad "Dear Canada" went viral online and was featured by various media including Sports Illustrated, USA Today, ABC World News and the Bleacher's Report.