Justin Meckes is a writer and filmmaker living in Durham, NC. His writing career began with a journal inspired by a reading of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. This was quickly followed by a news article concerning a week-long expedition to the Amazon rainforest and a long-form piece about a cross-country drive.
After these excursions, his attention turned to writing novels. But these efforts were short-lived due to a detour into filmmaking. It took ten years of heightened interest in movies—in which IFC’s Media Lab Shorts Uploaded featured one of his short films—for Justin to return to his original vocation.
Justin’s short stories have been published in various online journals and magazines such as The Broadkill Review, Map Literary, Idle Ink, and Bewildering Stories. In 2019, he was hired to write a collaborative science fiction novel for Hidden Key Publishing and began writing children’s books for his toddler.
Much to his surprise, Justin also returned to filmmaking in 2019 and has rapidly produced several short films. According to FilmFreeway, his works are among the most selected by film festivals on the submissions website. His latest film achievement entails a screening at the Academy-Qualifying 23rd RiverRun International Film Festival.
Place of Birth: Raleigh, NC
Education: UNC-Asheville, 2001
Influences: Aldous Huxley, Michael Crichton, Haruki Murakami, Anthony Bourdain