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J.J. Alani

Producer | Writer | Director
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David & Layla (2005) | Beyond Paradise (2016) | Gilgamesh: First Epic
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J. Jonroy Alani | Jay Jonroy
6' 0" (1.83m)
Performs ages 39-45
WGA | DGA | The Royal Photographic Society, U.K.
Middle Eastern | Mediterranean | French
Brown (Short)
165 lbs
Soccer | Tennis | Equestrian
Middle Eastern | French | Spanish
Spanish | French | Portuguese
Drums | Harmonica
Lighting | Production | Writing | Editing | Directing | Art Department | Producing | Composing  Less
United States (with valid passport) (Authorized to work in United States)
Not willing to work unpaid
* Starred info submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume (has not been verified by IMDb).

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Projects in Development (5 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
  • Primary photo for Another ParadiseAnother Paradise Director, Producer, Writer  Less Script
  • Primary photo for GilgameshGilgamesh (TV Series) Creative Executive, Writer  Less Script
  • Primary photo for Gilgamesh: First EpicGilgamesh: First Epic Producer, Writer (as J. Jonroy Alani)  Less Script
  • Primary photo for Gilgamesh: ImmortalityGilgamesh: Immortality Director, Producer, Writer (as J. Jonroy Alani)  Less Script
  • Primary photo for Layla and DavidLayla and David Director, Producer, Writer  Less Pitch
Films in Production (1 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
  • Primary photo for AmorousAmorous Director, Producer, Writer  Less
Past Film & Video (4 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent?Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent? (Video) Art Director, Director, Production Designer  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for Beyond ParadiseBeyond Paradise Art Director, Director, Music Editor (final), Line Producer, Producer, Production Designer, Post-production Supervisor, Writer  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for MargreetMargreet (Short) Executive Producer  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for David & LaylaDavid & Layla Costumes (Kurdish Wedding wardrobe) (as Jay Jonroy), Director (as Jay Jonroy), Choreographer (Layla's and wedding dance) (as Jay Jonroy), Music Supervisor (as Jay Jonroy), Producer (as Jay Jonroy), Post-production Supervisor (as Jay Jonroy), Writer (as Jay Jonroy)  Less 2005 $121K / —

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Additional Credits (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Gilgamesh * – Writer/Producer Newroz Films + Films Int'l Corp + ...
  • David & Layla * – Director/Writer/Producer
  • Amorous * – Director/Writer/Producer
  • Beyond Paradise * – Director/Writer/Producer
  • Gilgamesh: In Search of Immortality * – Director|Writer|Producer Newroz Films + Films Int'l Corp + ...

Additional Awards (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival * – Spirit of the Independent Award 2006
  • Mons International Festival of Love Films - Films d'Amour, Belgium. * – Grand Prix du Public - Audience Award 2007
  • Washington DC Independent Film Festival * – World Cinema Award 2007
  • WorldFest Houston * – Silver Award 2007
  • Transilvania International Film Festival - Cluj, Romania * – Best Romantic Comedy Award 2010
  • Festival International du Cinéma d'Auteur de Rabat (independent films - Rabat, capital of Morocco.) * – Grand Prix du Public + Cash Prize 2007
  • WorldFest Houston * – Dean's Best Script Award + Cash Prize 2009

References (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Gill Holland, CEO, The Group Entertainment, New York * – Executive Producer / Producer / Co-producer, New York. + 1 212 868 5233
  • Jonathan Gray, Attorney, Founder/Partner of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP, New York * – Entertainment Attorney & Film Producer, New York. +1 212 966 6700
  • Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe, Attorney, Goodloe Law, Los Angeles * – Entertainment Attorney, Goodloe Law, Century City, Los Angeles. +1 310 456 7473
  • Elsa Ramo, Elsa Ramo Law Offices, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles * – Entertaiment+Production Attorney, Elsa Raomo Law Offices, Beverly Hills. +1 310 284 3494
  • Anne-Marie Pecoraro, Attorney - Paris, France * – Production+Financing French & Euro Films & TV +33 1 42 99 94 50

Prior Job Titles (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Writer *
  • Producer *
  • Director *

Additional Resume Info (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • * Based in Los Angeles and Paris, J. J. Alani aka J. Jonroy Alani also works in New York, where he taught and worked for 15 years. Feature Film Director, Directors Guild of America (DGA) member and a Writers Guild of America (WGA) member in New York since 1996, Alani is the Writer/Producer/Director (as Jay Jonroy) of _David & Layla (2005)_ (qv), a political romantic comedy. (He dedicated David & Layla to the "Layla"s of the world and to his family members lost in genocide.)

    His latest Written/Produced/Directed feature Beyond Paradise is a drama cross-cultural love story is distributed in North America via MarVista Entertainment; and World-wide via Cardinal XD..

    Beyond Paradise was nominated for Imagen Awards 2106: Best Actor (Ryan Guzman) alongside Antonio Banderas and Mario Casas, and also for Best Actress (Francia Raisa) along side Juliette Binoche and Morena Baccarin

    See the genesis of the story inspired by true events at

    Alani tweets about World Cinema on Twitter @FilmFavorites. With thousands of followers, the site posts the Trailer with a few hints of the uncommon recent & classic must-see films of the world.

    Official Selection at 28 international film festivals, David & Layla won 8 Awards, including Mons Festival International du Film D'Amour's Grand Prix du Public against La Vie en Rose, 2 Days in Paris and Lady Chatterley. ( )

    David & Layla received notable praise from the Nobel Laureate, Oscar nominee Screenwriter and acclaimed Playwright, Harold Pinter: "A bold, politically relevant film made against impossible odds." Plus, critical reviews in the New York Times, Variety, Washington Post, LA Times, etc.

    Alani is the Executive Producer of Margreet, a story about the legend of Mata Hari set in Paris. It was officially selected to World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2015 Short Corner. Margreet is produced by Alani's PA Zoya Skya who costars with Riley Smith in the film. [Iconic Hollywood star Greta Garbo played Mata Hari in the classic movie Mata Hari ]

    In Los Angeles, Alani is busy funding and packaging two epic scripts inspired by man's first written epic poem, the 5000-year-old historical allegory Gilgamesh as two screenplays: _Gilgamesh: First Epic (????)_ (qv) and _Gilgamesh: Immortality (????)_ (qv). Plus, he is completing a TV Pilot and four episodes of Gilgamesh TV Series of one-hour episodes, adopted from the aforesaid two Gilgamesh feature films.

    In Paris, Alani is in pre-production of a feature entitled 'Another Paradise'. Also, he in the development of a political romantic comedy entitled 'Layla and David' inspired by his David & Layla movie.

    He studied at The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (Advanced Screenwriting Practicum) in Los Angeles, 1985-1989.

    Hollywood's largest studio, Time Warner/Warner Bros, as well as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Turner Classic Movies, etc., continue distribution of David & Layla. Its music score is on 60+ international music sites, including iTunes.

    Following Creative Photography studies at the London Camden School of Arts, Alani worked briefly as a Fashion Photographer in London and Paris. He continues his interest in photography on Twitter @1PhotoDaily, and on Pinterest at J.J. Alani- Fashion, Style, Haute Couture.

    In Paris, he studied at the Sorbonne University, 1990-1994, receiving a "Diplôme Supérieur de Langue et Civilisation Françaises."

    In New York, he coached graduate students at the Graduate Department of New York University Film School- Tisch School of the Arts on their final thesis projects, 1996-2000.

    He served as volunteer Acting Coach at the Circle in the Square Broadway Theater School in New York where his then wife, Olga Alexandrova aka Layla Alexander, was studying, 1995-1999.

    Earlier in England, he had received a (B.Sc.) Bachelor of Science with First Class Honors in Science and Sociology at Leicester University, (D.I.C.) Diploma of the renowned London Imperial College, and (M.Sc.) Masters Degree in Cybernetics at London University.

    In London, as a Marketing Executive with ICL, he worked with the creators of the Monty Python TV series, while at night he studied 'Acting, Speech, and Movement' at the 'City Lit'- the City Literary Institute.

    A member of The Royal Photographic Society (U.K), Alani is an amateur Art collector and a Patron of World Music Institute in New York.

    He is the founder of "Human Rights For All- No Exceptions!" featured on Facebook and on Twitter @HRights4All, each with thousands of followers. These sites focus on female empowerment, equality, justice and equal human rights for the oppressed nations and the minorities of the world, including LGBT- Lesbians, Gays...

    A dual American and British citizen, J.J. Alani was born in the Middle East. Fluent in English and French, he understands and speaks Spanish & Portuguese, as well as a few Middle Eastern languages, making a total of seven languages. He has lived and worked in Paris, London, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

    Written By: Gill Holland IMDB filmography:
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