Biography

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H. James Gilmore is an award-winning producer/director, and executive producer of Acadia Pictures, a digital production company he founded in 1995. 

As field producer for the syndicated The Christian Science Monitor Reports, Gilmore worked on a number of news-documentary projects for national distribution. Great Lakes/Toxic Lakes (1987) examins the long-range effect of toxic pollution on the Great-Lakes ecosystem. The Rhino War (1988) profiles the fight to save Africa's vanishing black rhinoceros in the Zambezi River valley. And Zimbabwe: A Racial Revolution (1988) documents 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 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) profiles 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) examines 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) presents a biographical profile of the 19th Century American religious leader.

Throughout his career, Gilmore has remained active in the independent film community. The experimental Used Illusions (1989) screened as part of the New England Film and Video Festival. Black Velvet Art (1991) premiered at The Festival of Films on Art in Montreal. The live-action short 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, premiered at the Louisville Film and Video Festival. Chronicle of an American Suburb (2002), a more personal documentary essay about suburbia and the elusive search for the American Dream, premiered at Cinequest, and was broadcast on WTTW Chicago Public Television. And Saving Face (2008), a documentary about a young man’s journey through the Florida penal system, premiered at the Ft Lauderdale International Film Festival.  Between 2009 and 2014 he directed the Voices from Detroit documentary project, culminating in the films Men at Work (2012) and The Forgiving Earth (2014).

H. James Gilmore currently resides in Michigan, where he is a faculty member in journalism and screen studies at The University of Michigan-Dearborn.