J.R. Hughto began making graphic novels while studying Comparative Literature at Cornell University. After moving to Boston, he started turning his comics into movies. His concurrent documentary work led him to the California Institute of the Arts where he pursued an MFA in film and video in 2006. While at CalArts, Hughto completed his first narrative feature, The Thin Time, as well as The Mirror Eye, a mid-lenght documentary on Clement Greenberg, The Mirror Eye, released by ThINC, screened throughout September and October 2006 at New York City’s Luben House and premiered at the MoST in May 2005. Hughto's short film Witness is included in the permanent collection of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Since receiving his MFA, Hughto has founded Independent Movie Supply Company, a production house dedicated to creating low budget films with intense personal vision and integrity. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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