J.J. Sefton

“Born in Red Hook Brooklyn, in the year who-knows-when . .”

I grew up in the Flatbush/Midwood section of Brooklyn, the son of NYC public school teachers. My mother survived the Nazis and emigrated here in ’49, eventually teaching Shakespeare and grammar in one of America’s worst inner-city high schools (think Ice Cube reciting “Hamlet” with Zsa Zsa Gabor’s accent). Dad emigrated to New York from Chicago with a degree from the Art Institute and wound up teaching fine art in “the ‘hood” for over 30 years. He gave me an appreciation for cubism, impressionism, expressionism, opera, symphonies, Gershwin, Copeland, Swing and Jazz.

I’ve been writing professionally for just over 30 years, both for film and television as well as in advertising and marketing. Aside from stints as a story editor for Academy Award winning producers Al Ruddy and Dino DeLaurentiis, I’ve had a number of my scripts produced as feature films, one of which is actually halfway decent despite the muttering, mumbling leading man.

Aside from that, I’m a huge film history buff, as well as a lifelong model builder (trains and planes). As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve recently decided to take up painting.