John J Budion

writer / director / vfx

John J. Budion is an award winning writer, director, and visual effects artist, with over 15 years of experience in the film and television world. He started out his career at the tender age of 17, while concurrently working towards his degree at New York University.



John's latest endeavor is the penning of his first feature screenplay.  A story close to his heart for the past decade, hit the pages this summer and recently concluded principal photography!  Find a synopsis of this magical tale of 6 young boys below and more on the film's IMDb or Website.



Coming of age, Drama

Logline: Inspired by true events, a man recounts the summer of '94 when he and his brother plotted revenge against their abusive father.

Pitch / Stand By Me meets The Sandlot

This coming of age story follows 6 boys in the summer of ’94 and the unbreakable bonds they formed in the face of life's greatest adversities; sweat and tears not likes and shares.

John, 8, and Anthony, 12, have high hopes of a Knicks Championship and a new, easier life. John relies on his older brother and his imagination for protection from their abusive father as they plot revenge against him. They've always had just each other and their secrets, until they meet a group of boys who show them the love and companionship only achieved through the laughs, sweat, and tears of sport and boyhood mischief.

The film will be unveiled through our protagonist John, with narration by his older self from present day, as we follow this magical story of 6 young boys.

ROCKAWAY has concluded its Film Festival run, winning an impressive 9 Major Awards (6 Best Feature Films, 2 Best Actor, 1 Best Director) The film has gained major distribution and will have a wide release in 2019! For more on ROCKAWAY check out the website.



John J Budion

Writer / Director / VFX Artist • New York & Los Angeles