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J.D. Koumendakis

J.D. Koumendakis


Writer & Editor

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J.D. Koumendakis spent her childhood in her family-owned video store in Miami, where it was easy to be enraptured by cinema.  By her early teens, J.D. was writing screenplays, creating makeup and costumes, and dabbling with her parents home video camera.  At 17, she produced, shot & directed her first documentary — based on a local Miami rock band — a steppingstone for her obsession with music and film.  As a resident crew member for 3 years at The Martin and Pat Fine Theatre, J.D. filled the roles of Stage Manager, Makeup, Costuming and Props.

Through the early 2000s, J.D. continued to work in the camera and art departments on several short films, student films, independent films and music videos shot in South Florida.  In 2008, J.D. costumed and production designed the 3x nominated 48 Hour Film Project, The Pigeon Scuffle.  Before making her big move to the West Coast in 2010, J.D. wrote and directed Sheer Luck, which garnered a 2012 Best Short Screenplay Nomination at the Idyllwild Cinemafest.

In addition to producing, writing & directing another music based documentary and a few short films, J.D. has taken on the 1st Assistant Director role most notably on Dogcatchers starring Rusty Schwimmer and Slow Fade, photographed by the fantastic Adam Sklena.

As Costume Designer, J.D. has worked on the Award Winning Horror Feature The Haunting of Whaley House, the family feature Golden Winter and the web series Veronique Von Venom: Horror Hostess HottieRest for the Wicked and Star Seed (available to watch online).  Most recently, J.D. wrapped the found-footage feature Survive, and the much anticipated intellectual crime horror The Divine Tragedies starring the iconic Ken Foree, Barbara Crampton and Sean Whalen.

J.D. resides in Los Angeles, where she is currently costuming Dutch Hollow, and always looking for the next challenge in Web, TV, Film & Stage production — all while working as a resident writer and editor for the self-explanatory site: Tips for Actors.