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Ross SpearsRoss Spears has been making documentary films for more than twenty-five years and is considered one of the most accomplished documentary filmmakers now working in the United States. He has won such prestigious awards as a Lyndhurst Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Tennessee Governor's Awards in both the Arts and Humanities, and an Academy Award Nomination for Best Feature Documentary. William Sloan of the Museum of Modern Art wrote that "Spears has made a lasting and significant contribution to American film. All of his works possess a rare vigor and discipline that is unique." The films of Ross Spears deal primarily with the history and culture of his native region, the American South.

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Jamie RossAs a producer, writer, interviewer and editor, Jamie Ross has played an integral part in the James Agee Film Project for over twenty-five years. Her talent for sparking new ideas and her ability to raise funds to pursue them have been invaluable assets to our films. Jamie Ross began her work with the JAFP in 1981 when she edited the fifty-five minute version of AGEE, an academy award nominated feature biography of the writer James Agee.

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Kenton CoeKenton Coe composed the film scores for Universal's "Birds in Peru," written and directed by Romain Gary for his wife Jean Seberg, and for eleven full-length documentary films by director Ross Spears: "Agee," "The Electric Valley," "Long Shadows," "To Render a Life," and "Tell About the South." "Agee" received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary and has had numerous international showings including a Kennedy Center premiere attended by President Carter. "The Electric Valley" has been shown nationally on PBS.

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