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GLORY ROAD marks the film directorial debut of JAMES GARTNER, who has had an illustrious career in advertising. From his very first job as a disc jockey to his current position as one of the top commercial directors in the world, Gartner's philosophy has been to consistently focus on the quality of the work. Throughout the past twelve years, James has created an impressive body of work that includes worldwide clients such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Visa, among others. His international experience ranges from such geographically diverse spots as Federal Express to the famous Visa "Burro” in Italy.

When Gartner graduated from Farris State University, Michigan, he immediately entered the world of entertainment and media. He began working as a disc jockey for a rock radio station, then started producing and writing radio commercials in association with Chuck Blore and Ken Draper. He subsequently joined Bonneville Communications in Salt Lake City, where he wrote and produced a variety of commercials and public service announcements for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Gartner soon began directing projects, developing many classic storytelling spots driven by the emotions of everyday life and remembrances of childhood. He joined the newly formed Gibson Lefebvre Gartner (GLG), where his career began to flourish, catching the attention of numerous agencies throughout the nation. Within one year, James had been nominated and won his first of two Directors Guild of America Awards. James' copywriting background still drives him to remain quite involved in the initial conceptual stage. On numerous projects, James enters the creative process during the early elements, collaborating on preliminary ideas. AT&T "Beaches” is a prime example in which James worked closely with the creative team from the original concept, together creating a touching story.

Although Gartner is primarily based out of Santa Monica, California, with additional offices in New York and Chicago, he resides in Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife Lauri and their three children.


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