James Beatty

I was born in St. Louis, MO and raised on motorcycles by a loving mother and a strong father. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Principia College and graduated with the school's Broadcast Journalism Award for Excellence. After graduating, I worked for two years at KSDK Newschannel 5, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis. Starting out as a production assistant, I soon took on the duties of a Floor Director and News Gatherer for the Morning and Noon News Broadcast shows. Between those two shows, I was often sent out with a cameraman to help gather news stories.

One of the stories changed my path in life. A 9 year old girl was shot and killed through the front door of her home by a drug dealer. The scene was horrifying and after the interviews were completed, I turned to the cameraman and asked "How do you move on after this?" The cameraman said, "Go get drunk."

I couldn't live with that answer. I wanted to tell stories that inspired... not depressed. That led me to Chapman University, in Orange, CA, where I was awarded the Talent Scholarship Award for a Master's Degree in Film Production. My thesis short film, Not Good-bye was awarded the namesake: ReelHeART Award at the ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.

Following my graduate studies, I spent a couple of years directing, shooting, editing and working anywhere I could as long as it was with a camera. Then I found the story I had left St. Louis for. A story, if nothing else, that would inspire me and make me a better man. So I set out on the Road Less Traveled to find adventure, to bond with my brother, and to better understand my father.

Now I am very proud to share my first feature film documentary: Road Less Traveled. I hope you enjoy this incredible adventure of two brothers, seeking a connection with their father and learning about each other, as they ride motorcycles across the remote, challenging and beautiful America.