Jay Keitel was born in Northern California, and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He attended the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon and holds a BFA in Film/Video from CalArts. He has made and worked on numerous film and video projects since his first super 8 movie in 1988, and enjoys photography, traveling, mountain biking, and writing. He lives in Southern California with his cats and dog. He is currently working on a new feature narrative, a documentary, and several screenplays.