Jim Lively is an Artist and Curator at Martsolf Lively Contemporary in Richardson, Texas. www.martsolflivelycontemporary.com His artwork and art films have been recognized in numerous juried competitions, publications and film festivals. Jim is also an accomplished author. He received the 2016 Merrimack Media Outstanding Writer Award for his new novel, Punitive Damages. In addition, Jim has exhibited his artwork in several group and solo exhibitions across North America and in Europe. He was presented a Certificate of Excellence for the 2015 Palm Art Awards. In the past two years, eleven of his short experimental films have been either selected or won best in genre at film festivals in the world. Among the highlights, his film, The Soul of Vinyl; Abbey Road Side 2 screened at the 2016 New York City Independent Film Festival and Still Mad as Hell screened at the 2017 New York City Independent Film Festival. Jim’s film, The Case of the Deranged Sommelier won Best Experimental Film in the 2016 Directors Circle of Shorts Film Festival and in the 2017 Lionshead Film Festival in Dallas. His film, Put Another Needle on the Record won Best Experimental Film at the 2017 Austin Indie Fest. Jim's film, The Right to Bear Arms was an official selection at the Cardiff International Film Festival in Wales. Two new films, Spinning Vinyl and The Existentialist TV have just been selected to the 2018 Ft. Worth Indie Film Showcase.