Jeffrey W. Byrd is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Once a protégé of Spike Lee, Byrd started his film career by working on several of Lee's films including Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X and Jungle Fever. Byrd has directed more than one hundred music videos and numerous television commercials as well as feature films such as Jasper Texas, Seventeen Again and King's Ransom. His latest film project, A Beautiful Soul, was in post-production and scheduled for release in 2012. Byrd is a native of Brooklyn, New York.