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We are proud to offer downloadable unedited versions of our interviews with the people who appear in our films (and even some who didn't, for space reasons, make the final cut).

From AGEE:

Ellie Mae Burroughs, whose name in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men was Allie Mae Gudger. Her photograph hangs in the Museum of Modern Art's collection.


Robert Fitzgerald (1910 - 1985), Agee's close friend who edited The Short Prose of James Agee and wrote a wonderful remembrance of James Agee for that book.


Oliver Hodge , a fellow student at St. Andrew's school in Monteagle, TN. Mr. Hodge's interview is presented in two parts.

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John Huston (1906 - 1987), film director, friend, and co-writer with Agee on the film The African Queen .


Paula Tyler, James Agee's aunt, his mother's younger sister.


From To Render a Life:

Will Campbell (1940 - 2015), a Baptist minister, author, and notable activist in the Civil Rights movement in the American South. Rev. Campbell's interview did not appear in the completed film, but is well worth a listen.


Alan Cheuse (1924 - 2013), novelist, teacher, and longtime literary commentator for NPR.


From Long Shadows:

Albert Murray (1916 - 2013), an essayist, critic and novelist who influenced the national discussion about race by challenging black separatism, insisting that the black experience was essential to American culture and inextricably tied to it.


From Tell About the South:

Albert Murray (1916 - 2013), an essayist, critic and novelist who influenced the national discussion about race by challenging black separatism, insisting that the black experience was essential to American culture and inextricably tied to it.


Coming:

Father James Harold Flye, James Agee's childhood mentor and lifelong friend.

Olivia Saunders Wood, James Agee's first wife.

Alma Neuman, James Agee's second wife.

Mia Fritsch Agee, James Agee's third wife.

Robert Saudek, Agee's roommate at Harvard. Saudek collaborated with Agee on the Abraham Lincoln series for Omnibus Television in 1954.

Dwight Macdonald, a friend of Agee's since prep school days and a colleague at Fortune Magazine.

President Jimmy Carter, a reader and admirer of James Agee's work. Carter's favorite book was Let us Now Praise Famous Men.

Elizabeth Tingle, one of the sharecropper children from the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Her name in the book was Margaret Ricketts.

The James Agee Film Project has recorded many wonderful interviews for its productions, and we plan to release them in their entirety. If you are interested in hearing any specific interviews, please contact us.

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