Meet the Filmmaker: Josh Berkowitz, “Jimmy Los Angeles”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
A: I became a filmmaker to be able to control my destiny and so I would not be subject to whether someone picked me or not.

I love movies so much that I absorbed a unique style that was cultivated overtime. My imagination is not the type where I can pretend the camera isn’t there. I address the camera in almost all my films because I feel like it and I want to be free.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
A: You are going to see some madness. Jimmy Los Angeles is my alter ego and he is a nasty dude. Its an odyssey wherein he battles witches who kidnap his dogs potentially for his own good. He is out of control.

Q: What else are you working on?
A: I just had an art exhibition open on April 15 and will be on display for a month right in the heart of the Santa Fe Art District at SassaBird Fine Art Gallery (840 N Santa Fe Drive). Please come to see it on First Friday in May or on April 15 between 5:30-10:30.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
A: The workout scene was completely improvised. The ladies egg’ed me on and questioned my manhood which led to a very bold and spontaneous choice.

I do pseudo-documentaries for 90% of the films I make .

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
A: https://www.sassabird.art/josh-berkowitz

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
A: They have great taste in movies. Thanks for picking something as risque as this one!

Jimmy Los Angeles will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 21st, 2022 at The Bug Theatre.