Testimonials

Jay is the ultimate package of talent and professionalism. Getting to collaborate with him was such an enjoyable experience. This is the only testimonial I’ve ever written and I wouldn’t vouch for anyone unless I truly respected them. I’ve worked with him a few times now and definitely will continue to do so.
— Keleigh Kremers, actress "The Interview" / "Amanda's Game"
I hope to work with Jay again and that’s all any of us really want to know, right? The trust he creates on set for not only the actors, but every creative individual speaks volumes. As a producer I felt safe to trust him with the project and he has proven this trust was not a mistake - from pre through post his work ethic and creativity has brought together a remarkable project. As an actor I felt a sense of immediate trust which allowed me freedom to explore and play. It has been truly a great experience.
— Devin Goodsell, producer/actor "If."
I have been fortunate enough to know and work with Mr. Jay Holben on various projects over the last 20 years. Jay’s knowledge, patience, work ethic, creative energy, and professionalism are second to none. He has been, and always will be my first phone call on any project... whether he likes it or not.
— Mark Reynolds, supervising producer "My Hollywood"
It’s rare to find a collaborator who is as creative as he is knowledgeable. Jay Holben is as can-do as can be and has creatively gotten me out of more than a few tricky production jams while never just resorting to throwing money at a problem.
— David Williams, producer HBO's "Femme Fatales"

"To say the least, Jay is an absolute pleasure to work with. He understands, respects and guides vision. His energy and skill set are unrivaled and our entire team of creators love working with him. He brings a sense of calm, expertise and creative power on set which is a rare cocktail of traits to find in this industry."

- Nayri Leanna Gregor, Founder "So In the Know"

My project felt in very safe hands with Jay directing. He’s easygoing, open to suggestions and a true collaborator.
— Shanice Kamminga, writer/actor/producer "If."
My success is defined by the quality of the wondrous creative people I collaborate with. Working with Jay Holben makes me extraordinarily successful.
— Kimberley Browning, Founder Hollywood Shorts
Working with Jay Holben is the film industry on a whole other level. Not only is he professional, timely and precise about every detail, but he also listens to others input and knows how to work as a team to get the best results possible. He has his own vision, but that is never the end-all-be-all with Jay. He can easily work new ideas into the plan while keeping everything on time and completely top-tier in results. I have had such a great time working with Jay between his ability to hold composure in trying situations, calm others down, fixing problems and just being absolutely fun and goofy to be around. He makes everyone feel comfortable and allows them to enjoy their time on set without letting anything or anyone get out of hand. I strongly recommend this brilliant man for any task you may throw at him.
— Brittany Flickinger, Story Producer, "My Hollywood"
Jay was a great client, always responsive and conscientious of not just our needs as a facilitator, but also those of his own clients. It was nothing short of a pleasure working with him and I look forward to the next opportunity for collaboration.
— Rami Rank, Universal Studios Production Services, NBC Universal
While Jay’s technical knowledge and ability are both incredible, the best part about him is that he makes the people around him better. He’s easy to work with while still getting people to produce their best work.
— Dave Shepherd, writer "Alone"
He is very down-to-earth, knowledgeable and friendly. I felt very comfortable working with him right off the bat, which makes a huge difference as the talent. He is honest, but not harsh. He was able to harness my strengths, and pushed me to break through my weaknesses in my performance. Jay is an extremely talented man who is also able to connect with the talent in order to create visual magic. I’d work with him any day, and I would trust him with any project I had.
— Becka Adams, actor "Alone"
He has an uncanny ability to keep attitudes high and he is very good at understanding the collaboration process.
— Benjamin Molyneux, director of photography "My Hollywood"
Jay Holben is a professional, dedicated filmmaker who, in addition to having the perfect face of calm during any situation, truly is enjoyable to work with and best of all, enjoys the crazy art of making film.
— Akie Kotabe, actor "The Marina"
Jay Holben is an extremely talented director. He’s clear with his vision and communicates this with actors effectively. He’s a true professional and a pleasure to work with!
— Chanel Marriott, actress "These 4 Walls"
When Jay came to work with us at ActionGroupA, I was surprised. Our script was tough, and our band of miscreant artists were even tougher. We invited him to join us based on his amazing director reel, but what he brought to us was more than his unique talent. It was Jay’s personality that won us over. His passion for filmmaking was evident in all that he did. As a director Jay lets the actors play and compassionately redirects with specific notes, inspiring us with his vision of the story. He is both a creative genius and nurturing artist. We all love working with Jay. So much so we invited him back to direct and shoot with us many times. It’s an honor and a privilege to work with Jay Holben!
— Glenda Suggs, actress "The Marina" and "These 4 Walls"
Jay made my experience professional, but more importantly fun. He was really willing to hear me out about the direction I wanted to take my character and help me find a compromise within the material. I felt instantly at ease working with Jay.
— Karin Pyrak, actress "These 4 Walls" and "The Marina"
As an actor working with Jay Holben, it was easy to trust him to guide my performance. It was like working with an old friend. He immediately settles into the moment and makes what needs to happen happen. His professionalism and specificity on set is a dream to work with.
— Nathaniel Edwards, actor "These 4 Walls" and "The Marina"
Jay is one of my favorite directors to work with, that’s for sure! Is there a way to hire your own director to be in an entourage? I’d choose Jay!
— Amber Dawn Lee, writer/producer/actress "Black Tar Road"
I’ve had the pleasure to hire, work with, and respect this man who has changed the way I work, shoot and create. He walked into our production with only a 1 week prep, 4 hour rehearsal and a 10 hour shoot schedule to make it happen. Not only did he make it happen but he taught me by doing what he does. He has one of the most approachable, humble dispositions, you would think he was a man that was seeking advice, but what is true is that he looks to his surroundings for inspiration. He is flexible... open to be affected. He is non-confrontational and nothing but a gem in the world of filmmaking. The second project I had the pleasure of seeing him work on was nothing but gorgeous and was a product that created an envy in me that I wish I could say I had been in his chair... but I can’t because it was Jay Holben who created what I can say was one of the most beautiful pieces I ever produced.
— David Haverty, actor "The Marina" producer "These 4 Walls"

Awards and Distinctions

The Jay Holben Theatrical Scholarship

In 1990, Jay Holben created the Horizon Technical Guild at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. The HTG was designed as a professional training program for theatrical technicians and provided a collegiate-level education to an high school extracurricular program. Holben was the sole instructor for this program from 1990-1993. When he left the high school in 1993, Holben was awarded with the creation of the Jay Holben Theatrical Scholarship, to be given to the Outstanding Theatrical Technician at Horizon every year. The Scholarship is funded every year by a parent association.

 

- FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS-

  • 2012 - Best Short Film - Descent - StayTunedTV.net
  • 2012 - Best Writer - Descent - StayTunedTV.net
  • 2006 - Audience Award Dramatic Short Film - The Night Before - The Valley Film Festival
  • 2004 - Best Director - Descent - HD Fest
  • 2004 - Best Short Film (Runner Up) - Descent - HD Fest
  • 2004 - Best Cinematography - Mindgame - Image Fest
  • 2004 - Best Director Short Film - Descent - Cine-Macabre

Press

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Archive of press releases:

September 11, 2004 - PARANOID PLAYS AT INAUGURAL DOLLAR BABY FESTIVAL

August 20, 2004 - DESCENT TO TOUR WITH MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

August 20, 2004 - LOS ANGELES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL TO SCREEN DESCENT

August 20, 2004 - DESCENT SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

August 15, 2004 - DESCENT SET TO SCREEN AT HERMOSA BEACH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

July 21, 2004 - DESCENT MAKES CANADIAN DEBUT

April 7, 2004 - DESCENT AND HUNGER SELECTED TO SCREEN IN SCOTLAND

March 2, 2004 - PREMIERE FEATURE DEBUT 30 MILES AND DESCENT

October 23, 2003 - THE NIGHT BEFORE MAKES FILM FESTIVAL DEBUT

October 22, 2003 - HALLOWEEN BRINGS PARANOID DIRECTOR TO LOS ANGELES FILM SCHOOL SCREENING

October 31, 2002 - NEW YORK POST HIGHLIGHTS HOLBEN'S HUNGER

October 22, 2002 - HOLBEN'S HORROR SHORT GETS NOD FROM JOHN CARPENTER

February 1, 2002 - PARANOID GOES "HI-REZ" ONLINE

January 25, 2002 - THE DARKMAN COMETH PARANOID PREMIERES ONLINE

January 22, 2002 - STEPHEN KING DOLLAR-BABIES UNITE AND COLLABORATE ON SHORT PROJECT