"Discovering James Blue" is a documentary film on one of the great--but now little known--directors, scholars, and teachers in the history of cinema, James Blue. James lived from 1930 to 1980. Born in Tulsa, he grew up in Portland, Oregon, majored in Theater at the University of Oregon, served in the US Armed Forces, attended the prestigious Institute of Cinema Studies in Paris (IDEHC), conducted a legion of interviews with cinema's greatest directors, pioneered teaching cinema studies, co-founded major cinema studies programs, and produced and directed major, award winning international fiction and non-fiction films including the Cannes Prize winning neo-realist film "The Olive Trees of Justice" shot in Algeria during the war, the Academy Award nominated "A Few Notes on Our Food Problem" shot world-wide, "Who Killed the Fourth Ward" shot in Houston, and the landmark Civil Rights documentary film, "The March," shot in Washington D.C. during the Civil Rights struggle.
This film documents the life, art, cinema, teaching, social contribution, and archives of James Blue.
The James Blue archives are made possible by James Blue Foundation directors Richard Blue and Dan Blue, Film Scholar Gerald O'Grady, Screenwriter Gil Dennis. The James Blue Research and Archive Project at the University of Oregon is made possible by Film Conservator and Scholar Richard Herskowitz, Archivists James Fox and Elizabeth Peterson, Professors David Frank, Suzanne Clark and Daniel Miller, and many others.
This film "Discovering James Blue," is made possible and made by Master Filmmakers Peter Frengs, Krysta Maksim, Terry Bishop, Maclean Cannon, and Daniel Miller. It is inspired above all by James Blue, his work, his humanity, and the integrity and humanity of all those voices, people and stories, he cared for, filmed and brought to the world.
Special Thanks to all of those listed above.