From the beginning John Paxton Jr. has always had big dreams and the courage to pursue them. Born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he was surrounded by crime, drugs and violence throughout his youth. Like others growing up in an urban environment, he watched his friends and family fall through the cracks of society, adding to the frightening statistics of an Atlantic City which few cared to see in the shadows of the big money casinos. It is impossible to know if it was his mother's undying optimism, his father's cool, calm disposition, or the spirit of Atlantic City where big risks bring big rewards, but John managed to avoid a similar fate of those around him.
After finishing high school, where he excelled in the classroom, John left Atlantic City for Central NJ and Rutgers University. It was here he was captured by a great professor who inspired him to tell his story and others like his because they were valuable. So John took to capturing elements of his life through the lens and that was the beginning. In eight years he earned his bachelors in Psychology, and two masters’ degrees – one in Education and a second in Counseling Psychology. He continues to keep close ties with Rutgers University where he is currently an adjunct professor in the Africana Studies Department.
In 2004 John was called to put his talents into practice after talking to several homeless people on the streets of NYC on his way from a photoshoot. It was then he was reminded of the words to spoken to him years before…tell the stories that others cant tell for themselves. With that John created his production company and set to work on accomplishing that task. As a writer, teacher and director, John has found his way to reach others—one that allows him to use his talent and passion for writing, music, film & photography. John's goal in directing and producing narrative films & documentaries is to bring to light the social issues that affect the world today. Through his production company, AmmeAifos [pronounced Aim E Eye Foos] John unites the arts across different media to tell stories that enlighten people as well as entertain them.
He has written, produced, and directed several films which have garnered him awards as well as a graphic novella. Two features “Rebecca’s Window” shot in Atlantic City, “Sniff shot on location in Brazil, and a several short films with his current flagship film 800 Pound Gorilla beginning its festival run. He is currently writing the Biography of Ernesto “Ernie” Davino former Las Vegas Mafioso of “Hole in the wall Gang Fame” and working on a feature length Horror/Thriller screenplay “Mary’s Rise.”