BeatWatch = Audio / Visual
Over a decade of innovative film making
JD Ferenc has been directing and producing award-winning music videos and short films for over ten years before completing an MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Born and raised in Boston, MA, he started his career in Southern California before moving to New York City for the last decade.
In 2016 he directed and produced the shoestring indie feature, Corinthian Leather, which received awards and nominations at several Hispanic film festivals. His passion for the marriage of music and film led to the creation of his film company Beatwatch Films in 2008. Since then he has directed over 60 music videos and dozens of narratives. His #BLM video for Josh Wells song Bangers won Best Music Video at the 2016 Harlem Film Festival.
While at Columbia, he has produced the short films Family Politics, Heaven’s Hotline,God’s First Name, Take5! and his thesis film High Strung directed by Austin Hsieh.
As a producer, JD has collaborated with amazing talent, produced for others and self-produced many projects.
I Gets No Sleep
The experimental six-pack music-video short-film, I Gets No Sleep, is completed.
JD graduates from Columbia and directs pandemic music videos
JD produces his thesis film, High Strung (14 mins), directed by Austin Hsieh on location in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
JD directs God's 'First Name' (9 mins) and produces 'Family Politics' (12 mins) directed by Ron Brown
JD begins his MFA in film at Columbia University, directs 'Tenderstorms' (5 mins) and produces 'Heaven's Hotline' (5 mins) directed by Scott Gerlomes
Three days in Kansas
The band Sky Orchid films three music videos in three days directed by JD in Kansas
Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter-themed music video- Bangers by Josh Wells and directed by JD- wins best music video at the Harlem Film Festival
Corinthian Leather wins Best Independent Feature at The Viva Latino Film Festival
The 4 Elements
JD directs The 4 Elements music video with Saigon and Skematics
The $9,000 feature film Corinthian Leather is shot, with JD as director, producer and editor (98 mins)
Stop and Frisk
JD directs the anti-stop-and-frisk-themed hip-hop video, 'Vultures'
The Money Tub
JD writes and directs The Money Tub (8 mins)
Jason Marrero writes and stars in JD's first short film, Writer's Block (13 mins)
In the Heights
Washington Heights rapper Skematics teams up with JD for the first of many music video collaborations
LAX to JFK
JD moves from the West Coast to NYC
JD directs his first music video for hire
BeatWatch Films Established
BeatWatch Films begins as a project to intertwine music production and film-making, completing 20 music videos over two years
We talkin' 'bout practice
Countless roadtrip and party montages ensue
A used iBook with iMovie completes the first digital film making kit for JD
21st Century digital boy
The Canon Powershot A70 arrives under the Christmas tree, allowing digital video recording up to 30 seconds at a time
Battle of the Joe's
While among the many "Joe's" at Northeastern University, the name JD Ferenc is born as an online handle and DBA name
The camera rolls
The first film directed by JD is a health class safety video, complete with simulated car crash
JD scores a ticket to David Lynch's The Lost Highway at the Kendall Sq. theater
JD's parents attend Lollapalooza and set him up to be the biggest music snob of all time
JD sees Back to the Future for the first time
It was all dream...
Joseph Ferenc Dooling is born