A versatile actor for stage and screen, J.J.'s film and television credits include 10 K (2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival) and The Mulberry Bush written and directed by Neil LaBute (Tribeca Film Festival); Chuck with Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts; Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker (Best Picture 2010) both directed by Academy Award® winner Kathryn Bigelow; We Need To Talk About Kevin; Billie & Billy (DIRECTV); and Law & Order (NBC).
New York theater credits include 10K written and directed by Neil LaBute; The Mulberry Bush by Neil LaBute directed by Maria Mileaf; Falling Short and Jonathan’s Blaze both directed by Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Alexander Dinelaris; The Killing (World Premiere) by William Inge; Sundance directed by Matthew Penn; Intermission by Will Eno; and The Great Pretenders directed by Billy Hopkins with Amy Irving. Kandel is an actor member of Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, SAG-AFTRA, and Actors’ Equity Association.
As a producer, JJ is President and Producing Director of Throughline Artists, co-founder of the signature Summer Shorts Festival of New American Short Plays® program, and founder of the Stage To Screen Initiative. Initiative short films include 10 K, Good Luck (In Farsi), and The Mulberry Bush. The festival returns to the 59E59 Theaters in July 2017 for the eleventh consecutive year.