Born on November 1, 1991 in Cleveland, OH, MJ Furillo began his filmmaking journey at the age of 15 years old when he was invited to a childhood friend's home to make an independent home movie. Unsure of what to expect, it was this day that MJ discovered "ketchup" could be used to imitate blood. MJ found this so fascinating that he began experimenting with his own home videos and within a year led him to enroll in Media Technology at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (CVCC) in Brecksville, OH where he began studying video production while still in high school. Upon graduation at CVCC, Furillo moved to Chicago where he would ultimately receive his B.A. in film and television production at Columbia College Chicago.
After graduation, MJ went on to direct, edit and film for American Blues Legends Billy Branch and Breezy Rodio, Country Music Artists Tim McGraw, Eli Ell and Ben Gallaher, actress Vivica A. Fox and actor Omar Gooding, R&B group Final Draft, hip-hop artists Lil Jon, Ludacris, Young Thug, Gunna, Moneybagg Yo, Tory Lanez, Gucci Mane, Young Dolph, Ying Yang Twins, TeRex Productions, DJ Drama, Kali Cass, Beat King, Queendom Come, Yung Joc, JBAR, King Louie, Huey, Lil St. Louis, Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta's Bambi and Alexis Skyy, Comedians Kelly Kellz and Druski and American Football Wide Receiver and rapper, AB aka Antonio Brown.
Furillo recently released his third short film, "Umbrella of Unity" which was accepted and screened at the 2021 My RODE Reel International Film Competition. The film was well-received by audiences upon release which prompted MJ to begin development on the official feature film scheduled to begin production in summer 2024.
Furillo has also filmed and edited commercials for V Shred, TAO: Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan: ATL, Club Avalon: Hollywood, Sovereign Brands Wine and Spirits with Rick Ross, The Sportsman Channel, Latin Stove, Gerber Avalanche brands and the popular, Warped Perception, YouTube channel.