This Documentary was awarded the World Premier at the 2008 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival at the Cinema Paradiso
H. James Gilmore is an award-winning producer/director, and is executive
producer of Acadia Pictures, a small production company he founded in 1995.
A native of the Chicago area, Mr. Gilmore began his career at WSBT-TV in
South Bend, Indiana where he worked as a writer and producer. From
there he moved to Boston and took a job with the fledgling television
operations of "The Christian Science Monitor."
As field producer for the syndicated The Christian Science Monitor Reports,
Mr. Gilmore worked on a number of news-documentary projects for national
distribution. Great Lakes/Toxic Lakes (1987) examined the long-range effect
of toxic pollution on the Great-Lakes ecosystem. The Rhino War (1988)
profiled the fight to save Africa’s vanishing black rhinoceros. And Zimbabwe:
A Racial Revolution (1988) documented the state of race relations between
blacks and whites eight years after independence. The latter program was
honored with a gold plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival.
In 1989 Mr. Gilmore joined the staff of New Hampshire Public Television where
he produced a number of documentary projects for national distribution
through the American Program Service to PBS stations. Alone Together (1990)
profiled the crisis of the American family, and was honored with the American
Film Institute’s “Robert M. Bennett Award” for excellence in local television
production. First in the Nation: The New Hampshire Presidential Primary
(1992) examined the history and culture of America’s first political primary
and received a silver medal for local programming from the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting. And the Telly Award winning Soul of a Woman: The Life
and Times of Mary Baker Eddy (1994) presented a biographical profile of the
19th Century American religious leader.
Throughout his career, Mr. Gilmore remained active in the independent film
community. The experimental Used Illusions (1989) was screened as part
of the New England Film and Video Festival. A documentary about Black
Velvet Art (1991) premiered at The Festival of Films on Art in Montreal. The
short narrative Pale in your Shadow (1996) was honored with a director’s
citation at the Black Maria Film Festival. The Shipyard Dance (1999), profiling
groundbreaking choreographer Liz Lerman, screened at the Louisville Film
and Video Festival and received a Communicator Award. Chronicle of an
American Suburb (2002) was a more personal documentary about suburbia
and the elusive search for the American Dream. It premiered at Cinequest,
and was broadcast on WTTW Chicago Public Television. In 2005 Gilmore
served as co-producer of Dare Not Walk Alone (2005), a documentary
about the Civil Rights era in the nation’s oldest city.
Today H. James Gilmore resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he is a lecturer
in Journalism and Screen Studies at the University of Michigan Dearborn. He
recently traveled to the Cannes Film Festival where he served as a faculty
mentor at the American Pavilion. He recently completed a new documentary
entitled Saving Face, which profiles the experiences of a teenage boy who
got caught up in Florida’s criminal justice system and is set to premiere at
the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. Mr. Gilmore holds a BA in communication
arts from Kalamazoo College and a MA in broadcasting and film from the
University of Iowa.