Jim Towns is a formally trained painter and illustrator, an alumnus of the Savannah College of Art & Design. After graduating he worked in Philadelphia and New York City for several years as an illustrator and set designer for theatre before immigrating back to his native Pittsburgh.
In Pittsburgh he re-dedicated himself to painting and mixed-media assemblage. His work is in private collections across the United States and in England.
Under the aegis Mad Monkey Productions he wrote and co-directed three films between 2000 and 2006 with friend and collaborator Mike McKown: 2003ís The Sleep of Reason, 2005ís One Nail too Many, and the recently-completed Prometheus Triumphant, a Fugue in the Key of Flesh .
Since late 2005 Towns has lived in Los Angeles, CA. He has written five independently-produced screenplays (Abandoned, The Vicious Circle, Murder on the Red Sea, The Scroll, and the upcoming Scions of Atlantis) and also a one-act stage play entitled Two Fools at the Feet of a Hanged Man. He has provided storyboards and art direction for the independent films The Coming, La Muerte, and Killer Krabs.
He currently works at Fox Studios in Hollywood, and plans to return to Pittsburgh in spring of 2007 to film his sophomore directorial effort.