James Dowell was born in Texas and has had a career as an artist in New York and Texas since finishing graduate school at the University of Iowa. He has made numerous experimental short films both in New York and Texas. Symbiosis Films was founded by him and John Kolomvakis in 1993 with the purpose of making documentary films about artists in different media.
John Kolomvakis came to New York from his home in Chania, Crete in 1966. His ongoing interest in film has led to a body of short films that challenge traditional narrative with dream-like imagery. He has studied filmmaking at NYU and The New School. Symbiosis Films comes out of his many collaborations with James Dowell.