James Verdi’s short film “The Boneyard” takes a look at the remnants of ships hidden along the Arthur Kill, the Staten Island Ship Graveyard. Underneath the hulls of the decaying ships, a museum of stories comes alive.
James Verdi is a native of Staten Island, NY with a passion for filmmaking and history. His first short documentary “The Boneyard,” explores the remnants of ships hidden in the Staten Island Ship Graveyard. Official selection of the 2018 NYC Independent Film Festival.
His next piece, the “Seguine Mansion” is a tribute to George Burke’s tireless efforts to save “the last of the great old plantations on Staten Island.” Winner of the Best Cinematography Award at the 2019 CUNY Film Festival.
Verdi’s newest film “Loyalty & Rebellion,” explores the American Revolutionary War on Staten Island. The film examines the island’s strategic significance during the NY Campaign and the drastic effects the war had on island life.
James graduated from Hunter College with a major in Political Science.