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. 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), 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, a documentary about a young man’s journey through the Florida penal system, premiered at the Ft Lauderdale International Film Festival

H. James Gilmore resides in Michigan, where he is a faculty member in journalism and screen studies at The University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is currently directing a long-term oral history project called Voices from Detroit. Mr. Gilmore holds a BA in communication arts & political science from Kalamazoo College and a MA in broadcasting and film from the University of Iowa.