Icon Independent Films is a northern New Jersey-based company operated by Billy Tooma. He founded it in 2006 with the intention of making both short and feature-length films. By 2009, Tooma had gradually come to the realization that his passion for filmmaking centered squarely upon producing documentaries. Sometimes alone, sometimes with a collaborator, Tooma's goal for Icon Independent Films is to create what he calls "visual literature."


Billy Tooma was born in New Jersey and has been a resident of the Garden State his entire life. He holds a BA in English (Literature and Secondary Education) as well as an MA in English (Writing) from The William Paterson University of New Jersey. In 2017 he successfully defended his dissertation, earning a Doctor of Letters in Literary Studies from Drew University. His storytelling influences include David McCullough and Ken Burns. Tooma is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Community College Humanities Association and a trustee on the Board of the New Jersey College English Association. He is an Instructor of English at Essex County College.



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