Justin Meckes is a writer and award-winning filmmaker living in Durham, NC. His writing career began with a journal, which was inspired by 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, Bewildering Stories, Idle Ink, The Writing Disorder, Quail Bell Magazine, and Map Literary. And he is presently at work on a novel set on a fictional island off the coast of North Carolina.

In 2019, he returned to filmmaking. And according to FilmFreeway, his works are among the most selected by film festivals on the submissions website. His animated short, The Hot Air Balloon, was screened at the 23rd RiverRun International Film Festival, which touts itself as “one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States.” His other works have played festivals all over the country.

You can learn more in his CV and follow him on Twitter or Instagram. You can also watch his films on this website or on Vimeo. Justin’s email address is

Place of Birth: Raleigh, NC
Education: UNC-Asheville, 2001
Influences: Aldous Huxley, Michael Crichton, Haruki Murakami, Anthony Bourdain
Year(s) in Review: 2019-2021