Jack gravitated towards the camera precociously when he became the youngest photographer to be featured in the internationally acclaimed FotoFest. He continued on the path to being a director by shooting short films, interviews, and avant-garde fair.
After graduating from St. John’s School in Houston, Texas, a school immortalized as RUSHMORE by previous alumni Wes Anderson, Jack moved to the bohemian paradise of Austin to attend the University of Texas and, in particular, the RTF program (Radio, Television, Film). He continued to foster the filmmaking community as a founding member of Paradigm at SJS and as a member of the leadership team at UT film club, UFA (University Filmmakers Alliance). In college his documentary on Nokoa the Observer, an independent Austin weekly struggling to survive, appeared on PBS. His short, DOS BLOKES, won a 48 hour competition (selected by Robert Rodriguez) and premiered at SXSW.
He has since gone on to Producing for Attic Light Films with his brother, Ed McWilliams and his business partner Milan Chakraborty. They have made 5 feature films together.