About Bijou

Bijou Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based independent film company that produces short films and helps authors publish books.  The company was originally established by J Bartell and Ginger Marin.  In March 2015, Bijou published its first book titled “The 231 Club: My Ten Year Journey From Therapist to CIA Courier and Sanctioned Kills – A True Story.” which is J Bartell’s memoir, currently available for sale on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

J BARTELL:  Writer/Technical Advisor.  SAG-AFTRA Actor.   In addition to his acting/writing experience, Mr. Bartell served as a Psychological Adviser on a number of films after having been a psychologist (B.A./M.A.) for eighteen years with many clients in the field of entertainment.  These films include:  “Streets”: Concord-New Horizon, Katt Shea Rubin, director, “Stripped to Kill II”: Concord-New Horizon  “Dance of the Damned”: Concord-New Horizon, “Stripped to Kill”: Concord-New Horizon; “The Phone Call”: Silverstein Productions.

And, holding the title of Combat Master in practical pistol shooting, and having taught Police Officers, FBI agents, SWAT officers and government officials, Mr. Bartell served as a Weapons & Tactics specialist for all of the Concord-New Horizon films listed above as well as for “APEX”: Green Communications, Philip Roth, director and “; “Fugitive X: Innocent Target”, David Heavener, director.  He also appeared as a actor in all the films on which he consulted. 

Mr. Bartell is the co-author, along with Ginger Marin, of seven feature film screenplays and one film treatment.  As for directing, Mr. Bartell directed theatrically at Theatre East in Los Angeles and worked closely with two feature film directors, Katt Shea Rubin and William Keith.  In June 2012 as part of Bijou Entertainment, Inc., he co-produced a short film along with Ginger Marin.  He trained as an actor with Stella Adler, Guy Stockwell and George Shdanoff. J Bartell is also a therapist and behavior expert whose personal website is JBartell.com

GINGER MARIN Writer.  SAG-AFTRA Actor.  As a former network TV journlist at NBC News, NY, Ginger Marin served as producer and writer for the network’s “News on the Hour”, “Sunday Today”, “Nightly News-Weekend Edition”, “NBC News Overnight” and various news special reports. Ginger has written for Tom Brokaw, Maria Shriver, Roger Mudd, Linda Ellerbee, Garrick Utley and numerous other news anchors. She was a news feed producer and news writer for NBC’s affiliate New Service, servicing the network’s 200 affiliates and also worked for Visnews, a London-based international news agency. In NBC’s live operations department, Ms. Marin worked as an audio and camera assistant and enjoyed small appearances on several of the network’s top soap operas. 

As part of Bijou Entertainment, Ms. Marin completed her first short film as a writer/director/producer called “Think Tank” in June 2012.  She previously directed theatrically at Theatre East in Los Angeles.  She is the co-author, along with with J Bartell, of seven feature film screenplays and one film treatment.  As an actress, Ginger Marin has performed in theater productions and some film and television.  She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and in Los Angeles with Guy Stockwell, Joel Asher and George Shdanoff.  Her first fiction book “Adventures in Avalon: An Offbeat & Quirky Adult Bedtime Story” was published in late June 2016.