Jay Wade Edwards is a Writer, Director, Producer and Editor of feature films, shorts, music videos, and most recently the digital series, “The Kino-Edwards Picture Show.” Most of his work involves Monsters. Pants-wettingly scary monsters!
Jay is perhaps best-known as a Senior Editor and Producer of the animated series “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (2000-2014). A professional television and film editor since 1991, Jay’s other credits include documentaries for CNN and TBS; Cartoon Network’s “Squidbillies”, “The Brak Show”, “Space Ghost Coast to Coast”, “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell”; and The Disney Channel’s “Gravity Falls”, and “Wander Over Yonder.” He also acted as Supervising Editor and Producer on Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007) which featured on over 950 screens. Premiere Magazine called the film, “The most successful, full-on surrealist film since Bunuel and Dali’s 1930 L’Age d’Or.”
Edwards’ filmmaking career began when he wrote, directed, and edited a trio of short science fiction films, known collectively as The Monster Trilogy (1998-2000). The Monster Trilogy was a hit at international film festivals from Austin to Liverpool and garnered several enthusiastic reviews, including, “One of the funniest and most loving salutes to Z-grade films ever made…”
Jay’s independently-produced feature, Stomp! Shout! Scream! (2005), premiered at the Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference. The Austin Chronicle said, “Stomp! Shout! Scream! does it better than American International Pictures ever did… as much fun as an episode of Hullabaloo– snappy bouffants, earnest braniacs, hippy-hippy-shake and all.” The award-winning film went on to screen at over thirty film festivals. In 2009, the film enjoyed a modest theatrical run by Monogram Releasing and was re-released on home video as “Monster Beach Party A Go Go” by Indican Pictures.
The Kino-Edwards Picture Show (2015), Jay’s latest project, is an anthology web series that re-creates iconic Hollywood movie scenes. The entire series is shot in Edwards’ living room, using only on-hand props and costumes. All roles have been recast with women playing the (always juicier) men’s roles — as a comment on gender tropes in classic Hollywood cinema and how those shine a light on a changing America today. The ten-episode series includes scenes from Tootsie, Blade Runner, Goonies, Double Indemnity, Miracle on 34th Street, Diner, The Maltese Falcon, Miller’s Crossing, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Rushmore.
Jay currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and is polishing-up several monster-movie scripts.