Jai grew up in Richmond, Virginia’s vibrant film and arts community. He attended Hampton University as an English major, where he devoted much of his free time to making short films and showing them at a monthly screening in Richmond called Project Resolution. While at Hampton, he was awarded a scholarship to study film at Oxford University during the summer before his senior year.
Upon graduation, Jai was named a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellow and granted admission to American University’s MFA Film program. At American University, Jai distinguished himself early on as a stand out narrative filmmaker. He graduated summa cum laude and his thesis film, Speak Now, screened in festivals around the country. Jai has worked on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, served as the supervising producer and editor of Hampton University’s “The View from Hampton U,” and worked as the visual effects assistant on season 2 of AMC’s TURN.
Jai was selected for the 2016 Shoot Magazine New Director’s Showcase.
Jai’s latest project is the award winning feature film, TRI, an inspirational sports drama focused on the world of Triathlons. He is currently an adjunct professor in VCU’s Cinema department, and is in development on his second feature film.