James Agee Film Project, 6707 Wells Parkway, University Park, MD 20782, Phone: (301) 277-3880
e-mail: email@example.com— websites: www.ageefilms.org and www.appalachiafilm.org
- M.F.A. (Film), California Institute for the Arts, 1974.
- B.A. cum laude (English & Pre-med), Duke University, 1969.
FILM EXPERIENCE & CREDITS
- 1974-Present – Founder and Director of the James Agee Film Project, a non-profit media center chartered in 1974 “to produce and distribute films which contribute to a greater understanding of the American experience.” In addition to producing and distributing films, the James Agee Film Project serves as a training ground for young media artists.
- 2010 — HOLY DAYS (Director/Cinematographer/Editor) The first series of films ever made on the High Holy Days services of Reform Judaism. The four films include Rosh Hashanah morning and evening, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur.
- 2001 - 2008 — APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People. (Director/ Co-Writer [with Jamie Ross]/ Cinematographer/Editor) The first series ever made on the social, political, and environmental history of any American region. Narrated by Sissy Spacek. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, the Southern Humanities Media Fund, the Cherokee Preservation Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Humanities Councils of TN, VA, WV, PA, SC, and NC. PBS Primetime Broadcasts: April, 2009, 2010.
- 2008 — POWER AND PLACE — Part Four of APPPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People. Part Four is a portrait of Appalachian social, political, and environmental history in the 20th and 21st Centuries.
- 2008 — MOUNTAIN REVOLUTIONS — Part Three of APPPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People. The third film in the series explores the agrarian way of life in the mountains, the Civil War, and the transformational industrialization of Appalachia in the late 19th Century.
- 2008 — NEW GREEN WORLD --Part Two of APPPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People. The second film in the series, it tells the story of the European migrations and wars for Appalachia and its natural treasures.
- 2007 — TIME AND TERRAIN – Part One of APPPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People. The first film in a quartet of feature documentaries on the environmental history of Appalachia.Traces the history of the region from the geological birth of the mountains to 1730, the year that 7 Cherokees sailed to Britain to meet King George II.
- 2007 — FATHER AND SON: Three Films about Growing Up — A collection of portraits of
childhood and family, including Toddlin’, Train Boys, The Three Spears. Producer/Director/
- 2001 — TELL ABOUT THE SOUTH: Voices in Black and White -A Three-part series on the history of Modern Southern Literature. (Producer/Director/Writer) Nominated BEST SERIES OF THE YEAR 2000 by the International Documentary Association (IDA). National PBS screenings, Spring 2001 and Winter, 2002. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting and the Southern Humanities Media Fund, and humanities councils of TN, VA, NC, SC, WV and PA, as well as the Tennessee Arts Commission.
- 2000 –— LET FREEDOM RING -Part Three of Tell About the South (Producer/Director/Writer)
The third film in a trilogy of feature documentaries about the history of modern Southern Literature.Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Premiered February, 2000.
- 1999 –— PROPHETS AND POETS -Part Two of Tell About the South (Producer/Director/Writer)
The second film in a trilogy of feature documentaries about the history of modern Southern Literature. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Premiered March, 1999. Special screenings: New Orleans Film Festival, Kudzu Film Festival, Sinking Creek, IFFM, National PBS broadcast in 2000. Gold Prize, Flagstaff Film Festival; Editor's Choice/Booklist Magazine.
- 1998 –— TELL ABOUT THE SOUTH -Part One (Producer/Director/Writer)
The first film in a trilogy of feature documentaries about the history of modern Southern Literature.Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Premiered March, 1997. Special screenings: USA Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Sinking Creek, IFFM, National PBS broadcast.
- 1995 –— AN AFTERNOON WITH FATHER FLYE (Producer/Director/Writer)
A 30-minute portrait of Father James Harold Flye, mentor to James Agee and author of The Letters of James Agee to Father Flye .
1988-92 –— TO RENDER A LIFE (Producer/Writer/Director/Cinematographer) A feature documentary based on the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans. A detailed portrait of a contemporary poor rural family in the South and an exploration of the documentary process.“One of year's best films”–Andrew Sarris.
Awards: Blue Ribbon–American Film Festival; IDA Best Documentary of the Year Nomination; Crystal Heart Award; Golden Globe Nominee. Special Screenings: National Gallery, Film Forum, Pacific Film Archives, Washington Film Festival, Festival of American Film, Sinking Creek, Atlanta, Wine Country, Heartland Film Festivals.
- 1983-87 –— LONG SHADOWS (Producer/Director/Writer/Editor) A feature documentary on the legacy of the American Civil War–an examination of the ways in whichthe past is part of the present. With Robert Penn Warren, Tom Wicker, Studs Terkel, Robert Coles, JohnHope Franklin, and C. Vann Woodward. Features special prologue in 3-D. Funded by the Humanities Councils for eleven states and by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Special Screenings: Museum of Modern Art, Kennedy Center, PBS, Festival of American Film,Smithsonian Institute, Chicago Historical Society, Southern Circuit, High Museum, American HistoricalAssociation.
- 1980-83 –— THE ELECTRIC VALLEY (Producer/Director/Writer.) A feature documentary on the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Funded by the NationalEndowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards: Emmy Nomination.
Special Screenings: Filmex, Museum of Modern Art, PBS, Kennedy Center, American Film Festival,
Leipzig, U.S. Film Festival, National PBS broadcasts.
- 1975-1979 –— AGEE (Producer/Director/Writer/Editor)A feature documentary on the life and work of James Agee. Features John Huston, Robert Fitzgerald,Father James Flye and President Jimmy Carter. Funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Awards: Academy Award Nominee-Best Feature Documentary, 1980; Blue Ribbon–American FilmFestival. Special Screenings: MOMA, Robert Flaherty Seminar, Kennedy Center, White House, PacificFilm Archives, Berlin Film Festival, Arnhem Festival.
- The Best Video of the Year Award, 2010 –— Booklist Magazine, American Library Association;
- The Mountain Hero Award, The International Mountain Institute, Cosmos Club, 2009;
- International Documentary Association, Best Documentary Series of the Year, Nomination, 2000;
- Tennessee Governor’s Award in the Arts (1980) and the Humanities (1997);
Academy Award Nomination, 1981;
Lyndhurst Prize, 1982-1984;
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1981;
Blue Ribbons, American Film Festival, 1980 and 1992;
International Documentary Association, Best Documentary Feature of the Year, Nomination, 1992;
Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Film Festival, 1992;
Golden Globe Nomination, 1992;
Emmy Nomination, 1985;
First Annual Tennescene Maker Award, TN Film Commission, 1983;
Tennessee Arts Commission Artist Fellowships, 1980, 1985.