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KNOWBODY CREATIVE

a full service boutique production company based in NY

Owner & CEO, JT Schindler, is a husband, father, and filmmaker from Queens, NY. He is a freelancer with years of experience working on a variety of projects ranging from feature narratives, documentaries, commercials, music videos, fashion films, and short films.


His work focuses on Gender Equality and telling stories that have been forgotten or altered by historians. He is a firm believer in Equal Rights, Equal Pay, My Body My Choice.

He freelanced for many years at Above Average as a director of photography and got his start in the industry working with Jerry Seinfeld on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," where he penned his first professional script for the Dick Corcoran sketches. 

As a martial artist he draws much of his leadership and inspiration from his childhood heroes. Sensei, Debbie Pittak, took him on as a student at four years old, the youngest student she had ever accepted. Senesei taught him honor, discipline, and humility. She was a shining example of inner strength. On her recommendation, he read Miyamoto Musashi's “The Book of Five Rings.” It taught him the difference between cutting and slashing. How to be decisive, how to be a true leader, and how to cut without hesitation. Lao Tzu’s novel, the Tao Te Tsing showed him that true leadership comes when the people can say, “We did this ourselves.” Grandmaster, Sensei Tatsuo Shimabuku, would practice the same kata over & over. He taught us that "there is always something that can be improved." It is with this commitment that we dedicate ourselves to the craft of filmmaking, and the lifelong pursuit of storytelling. 

Currently he is directing a one-shot Feature Film "Cargo Van" to be filmed in New York during October 2022.
Two Film PAs must protect an expensive bottle of wine from being stolen and drive away with their lives.
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In March he wrote & directed "The Tragedy of Tissaraka" in honor of his wife. Currently in Post-Production
When an ancient warrior is confronted in the desert she must fight off her would be captors before they discover the hidden village she has sworn to protect.
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He most recently directed TRILLO & SUEDE Present; Casanoir, a multi-award-winning film noir parody short film. Featuring a ventriloquist detective and his wooden partner it is the Winner for Best Web Series, Best Comedy, Best Noir, Best Soundtrack and more in thirty nine international film contests.
(Currently in Festivals)

Awards & Nominations:

2022 Winner – Best Comedy Film: New York International Film Awards

2022 Winner – Best Parody Film: New York International Film Awards

2022 Winner – Best Noir Film: New York International Film Awards

2022 Winner - Best Writer: Couch Film Festival, Toronto Canada

2022 Winner – Best Comedy Film: Oniros Film Awards, NYC

2022 Winner – Best Parody Film: Oniros Film Awards, NYC

2022 Winner – Best Producer: Rome International Movie Awards
2022 Winner – Best Director: Rome International Movie Awards

2022 Winner – Best Actor: Rome International Movie Awards

2022 Winner – Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Rome International Movie Awards

2022 Winner – Best Comedy: Paris Film Awards

2022 Winner – Best Comedy Short: Paris International Film Awards

2022 Winner – Best Comedy Short: Hollywood’s Monthly Film Festival

2022 Winner – Best Comedy: Hollywood Int. Golden Age Festival

2022 Winner – Best Comedy: New York Istanbul Short Film Festival

2022 Winner – Best Short Film: Paradise Film Fest, Budapest, Hungary

2022 Winner – Best Comedy: Brno Film Festival, Czech Republic

2022 Winner – Best Comedy: Europe Film Festival, UK

2022 Winner – Best Short Film: London Int. Monthly Film Festival

2022 Winner – Best Comedy Short: Silver Mask Live Festival, LA

2022 Winner – Best Comedy: New York Movie Awards

2022 Winner – Best Comedy: Short to the Point, Bucharest, Romania

2022 Winner – Best Actor: Gold Star Movie Awards

2022 Winner – Best Parody Short: Independent Shorts Awards

2022 Winner – Best Comedy Short Film: Moody Crab Film Festival

2022 Silver Award – Comedy: London Movie Awards

2022 Silver Award – Comedy: Florence Film Awards, Italy

2022 Silver Award – Short Film: Milan Gold Award

2022 Bronze Award –Short Film: Tokyo Film Awards
2022 Honorable Mention: Big Apple Film Festival, NYC

2022 Honorable Mention: Seoul International Monthly Festival

He also fulfilled multiple roles on the short film, "People Are Only Interesting When You Get To Know Them"
A documentary that uncovers the hardships endured by a man with a rare disease that takes an extraordinary turn.
Directed by Nathan Morris.
Starring Jonathan Dauermann (Hello, Beautiful)
Accepted by several Oscar Qualifying Film Festivals.  
Currently available for viewing on Film Shortage.

(Distributed by Film Shortage)
 Official Film Screener

Awards & Nominations:
2020 Rhode Island International Film Festival, Rhode Island, USA Oscar Qualifying 
2020 Austin Film Festival, Texas, USA Oscar Qualifying 
2020 PÖFF Shorts, Tallinn, Estonia Oscar Qualifying  
2020 Coney Island Film Festival
 
In 2019 he produced, and was the Director of Photography for the short film, "Meat Lovers"
A short comedic horror film about a bad dinner. 
Directed by Dan Stebbins
Starring Shana Goodman (Wendy/Gigi) and Edgar Eguia.

(Distribution Rights Available)

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Awards & Nominations:
2020 Best Micro Short at the Genre Blast Film Fest
2020 Best Micro Short Film Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Festival- Buffalo, NY. 
2020 Nominated for “Outstanding Micro Short” Monsters of Film- Stockholm, Sweden. 
2020 Slash Film Festival- Vienna, Austria. 
2020 Coney Island Film Festival- Brooklyn, NY. 
2020 Hot Springs International Horror Film Fest- Hot Springs, AR. 
2020 Chicago Horror Film Festival - Chicago, IL.

2020 Mile High Horror Film Festival- Denver, CO. 
2020 Astoria Film Festival- Queens, NY. 
2020 Screamfest Horror Film Festival- Hollywood, CA.
2020 Hellifax Horror Fest- Halifax, Canada. 
2020 Sin City Horror Fest- Las Vegas, NV. 
2020 Spook Screen Film Festival- Cork, Ireland. 
2020 FilmQuest Festival- Provo, UT. 
2020 Upstate NY Horror Film Fest- Rochester, NY
2020 LUSCA Caribbean International Fantastic Film Fest- San Juan, Puerto Rico

In a co-production with South Korean director Huei Song Son, he wrote & produced "Homesick",
A short dramatic film about a terminally ill writer returning home to tell her family she's dying. 
Starring Iman Artwell-Freeman (Alterscape)
It received the official stamp of approval from the South Korean Minister of Culture.
(Distributed Privately in South Korea)
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Awards & Nominations:

2018 NewFilmmakers Program

2018 Nevada Women Film Festival

2018 Kansas City Film Festival

2018 IndieFest Film Festival (Women Filmmaker)

2018 Hoboken International Film Festival