JACK BALLO - Producer / Director

Jack Ballo talking at Screening of his movieJack Ballo, a self taught filmmaker, launched his video production company, Ultravision, in 1985. Over the years, Ballo has worked on hundreds of projects behind the camera, editing, producing and writing. His years of video production experience led him to making films that have social value and bring attention to important stories about interesting people.

In 2008, Ballo started making humanitarian documentaries. His first film, WRONG TURN, (2008) highlighted a Canadian man who built houses for families living in shacks in the Dominican Republic. In 2010, Ballo went back to the Dominican Republic and made an award-winning short film called ELIO (2010). He continued making various films about social issues including his next documentary about a singer songwriter, Mary Gauthier, who searches for the truth about her adoption. BEFORE YOU LEAVE (2012) won Best Short Documentary at the film’s premiere at the Garden State Film Festival.

Ballo went on to co-write his first screenplay, THE DOO DAH MAN (2015), based on the true story of his own experience hitchhiking to California and being picked up in a stolen car by a con artist who broke out of prison. The award-winning feature film is a Flatiron Pictures production and is going into distribution by Invincible Pictures.

DESTINY’S BRIDGE (2016) is his latest feature documentary. The film is a about a homeless minister who leads a community living in the woods while facing eviction. The film’s look into tiny houses for the homeless has been a prominent force for the “Tiny Houses for the Homeless" movement. Ballo continues to speak at community screenings and colleges about the cause behind the documentary.

Ballo has taken an interest in sharing his experiences and enthusiasm in making films without big budgets and large film crews. His blog, DIY Documentary, is designed to help young future filmmakers who never went to film school, as well as anyone who missed their calling and still has a story to tell. His passion for cinema verite films can be found in his work where he allows his stories to unfold with an unplanned natural approach, while filming without any crew, sophisticated equipment or funding. Along with his blog, he does workshops about his “Do-it-Yourself" approach to documentary filmmaking that opens a door to untrained filmmakers with a vision and passion to tell a story.

"Everyone has the desire to fight for what they believe in. It's not that the brave aren't determined enough, it's those who sit back and watch that make change so difficult."

-Jack Ballo


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