He has written and directed the feature films Crush (2009), starring Christopher Egan, Needle (2010), starring Michael Dorman, Jessica Marais, Travis Fimmel, Trilby Glover, and Ben Mendelsohn and The Reckoning (2014), starring Jonathan LaPaglia and Luke Hemsworth, which was released in Australia on September 5, 2014 after premiering at CinefestOZ on August 29. The Reckoning had its Australian television Premiere on the 7th December 2015 on Channel ONE (Network TEN). John V Soto founded Filmscope Entertainment, with Deidre Kitcher in 2007.
Filmscope Entertainment is an Australian-based production company that makes high quality, commercial genre films for worldwide audiences.
Their recent feature film The Reckoning (2014) a $2.35 million crime thriller starring Jonathon LaPaglia and Luke Hemsworth was completed in January 2014. In 2010, Soto wrote and directed Needle, a Supernatural Thriller starring Ben Mendolsohn, Trilby Glover and Michael Dorman, which met great success internationally with sales agent Lightning Entertainment selling the film into over 82 countries.
"Needle" was released on 62 screens in Turkey where it landed at Number. 4 at the box office July 29, 2011 and ran for 13 weeks.
The film was acquired by Sony for Australia and had a limited theatrical release on 8 screens before its home entertainment release.
Soto"s 2009 film Crush, which he wrote and co-directed, also received worldwide attention being sold in 54 countries. Soto helped edit the trailer which has become a viral hit amassing over 5 million views on YouTube. Soto has written the script of Prey (2009) and in 2007 Soto directed a short film called Repulsion.