John Vourlis has 20+ years experience working in the entertainment industry. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor in Film and Digital Media at Cleveland State University. Previous to that he was VP/General Manager at the Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning motion picture specialty lighting company, Luminys Systems Corp.
John is the author of Yoga For Freedom, unique travel book about a group of yoga students from Cleveland, Ohio who traveled to Nepal on a “volutourism” trip to raise awareness about the problem of child slavery and came home forever changed by the experience. He is a published author of short stories, including “A Case of Insomnia” in the Sherlock Holmes anthology Shadows Over Baker Street. John has also been writing screenplays for 20 years. He was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting and has written nine scripts for the children’s’ educational DVD series Rainbow Valley Police Department, as well as the text for several video games.
John was recently nominated for Best Ohio Director at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival for his short film, “Rocket from the Grave”. The film also received 2nd Prize for Best Short Comedy-Drama at the festival. His company, Hometown Media Productions, is currently making a documentary on bocce tentatively titled Breaking Balls, and a new sci-fi adventure comic book series called Time Spanners.
John has an M.F.A. in Film Production from the highly acclaimed USC school of Cinema-Television, as well as an M.A. in English and a B.S. in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He worked in Space Propulsion Technology at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland before embarking on his career in film and writing.