Award-winning BMI writer Mark James treated friends to a special screening of the short film Trade Day, for which James composed his first film score. Written, directed and produced by Lee Williams, "Trade Day" revolves around a young boy and his grandfather and the monthly trading meetings in the town square. The short was filmed on Universal's back lot and on the campus of California State University at Long Beach.
Gathered outside the screening room at BMI Nashville are BMI's Thomas Cain and Patsy Bradley, Mark and Karen James, and BMI's Paul Corbin
Among James's biggest hits are "Suspicious Minds," "Hooked On A Feeling," "Moody Blue" and "You Were Always On My Mind." His songs have appeared in such movies as Kramer vs. Kramer, Honeymoon in Vegas, Twisted Down, Breathless, Someone to Watch Over Me, That’s the Way It Is, Practical Magic, Jerry and Tom, Frequency, and Reservoir Dogs. James attended the UCLA Extension Film Scoring Program and the Dick Grove Composing and Arranging Program, with private film studies at the American Film Institute.