photo courtesy of Adrian Sangalang

photo courtesy of Adrian Sangalang

James Y. Shih is a writer, director, producer, educator and digital media professional with strong industry experience.

James studied Economics and Theatre at the University of California, San Diego. After graduation, he attended Mandarin Training courses at the National Taiwan Normal University

In Taiwan, James also worked as a production assistant and performer on such sets as AXN's "The Amazing Race 3: Taiwan" and Against Again Theatre Troupe's "Sound of Silence.

On his return to the states, James applied his varied experience and education as a Producer for RiLL Films which released Fight Life, a feature length documentary that takes an in-depth look into the lives of professional Mixed Martial Arts fighters, in January 2012 .

After "Fight Life", James has made other films that have traveled the festival circuit, such as the short narrative Distance and Moment.


James was a Co-Producer on the sci-fi feature narrative Advantageousa film about a mother and a daughter surviving together in the dystopian future of 2041. It is currently available on Netflix.


Always determined to strengthen his skill set, James recently completed his MFA in Screenwriting at California State University, Northridge where he also taught as a Teaching Associate. He continues to work on a number of exciting, ongoing film/video projects.