Jack Sholder

Jack Sholder is a US based Artist.

Jack Sholder was born in Philadelphia where he studied to become a professional trumpet player.  While still in high school, he performed under such conductors as Leopold Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy.


After studying at Drexel Institute of Technology, the University of Edinburgh and L’Université de Besançon, he graduated from Antioch College with a degree in English literature.


Jack began his career as a film editor, working on the feature documentary King: From Montgomery to Memphis which was nominated for an Academy Award.  He won an Emmy for his editing work on 3-2-1 Contact. After writing and directing several award-winning short films, Jack directed Alone In The Dark in 1982 for New Line Cinema with Martin Landau, Jack Palance and Donald Pleasance.  He then wrote Where Are The Children starring Jill Clayburgh for Ray Stark and Columbia and directed Nightmare On Elm Street II.


His next feature for New Line, The Hidden, won many awards including the Grand Prix at the Avoriaz Film Festival, Jury Award at the Sitges Film Festival, and Best Director at Fantasporto. Premiere Magazine called it “one of the ten most underrated films of the ’80s.”  This was followed by Renegades with Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips and By Dawn’s Early Light for HBO with Martin Landau, James Earl Jones, Rip Torn, Rebecca de Mornay, and Powers Boothe.

Jack has directed movies and television for MGM, Paramount, Universal, Warners, Fox Network, Showtime, Discovery, NBC, Liongate, and others


In 2004, Jack founded the Film & Television Production program at Western Carolina University where he was Professor in the School of Stage & Screen and Director of the FTP program until 2017.  He currently lives in Asheville, NC.