| James Bertrand Longley|
Documentary filmmaker, producer,
Iraq in Fragments, Sari's Mother, Gaza Strip, Portrait of Boy with Dog
Iraq in Fragments. Based on the Film by James Longley, Iraq in Fragments
Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, Wesleyan University, University of Rochester
Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Documentary, MacArthur Fellowship
Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
James Longley (filmmaker) Wikipedia
James Bertrand Longley is an American filmmaker.
His work includes the documentary, Gaza Strip, released in 2002. His production, Iraq in Fragments, presents a view of Iraq and Iraqis during the first two years of Iraq war. It was awarded three jury awards at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature, but lost to An Inconvenient Truth. His short film Sari's Mother premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short but lost to Freeheld.
In 2009, Longley was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Grant."
Between 2007 and 2009 Longley was working on a film in Iran. The film was cut short during the time of the elections and ensuing protests in June, 2009. On Sunday, June 14, The New York Times Lede blog reported he "was arrested with his translator while interviewing people on a street in Tehran, near the Interior Ministry," and later interviewed him about his and his translator's experiences. This film is currently on hold indefinitely.
He is the founder of Daylight Factory, a production company committed to creating documentary films about international subjects with international appeal.
Longley is an active contributor to The D-Word, a worldwide online community of documentary filmmakers. Currently Longley is making a documentary film in Pakistan. He is working with Project Kashmir producer and director Susain.
Longley's middle name is a tribute to philosopher Bertrand Russell. He studied "film and Russian at Wesleyan University and the All-Russian Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) at Moscow." Longley is fluent in Russian.2011 United States Artists Ford Fellow
2009 MacArthur Fellow
2008 Academy Award nomination, Best Documentary Short
Emmy Award nomination, Best Cinematography
2007 Academy Award nomination, Best Documentary Feature
2006 Award for Best Documentary Directing, Sundance Film Festival
2006 Award for Best Documentary Editing, Sundance Film Festival
2006 Award for Best Documentary Cinematography, Sundance Film Festival
2006 Gotham Award, Best Documentary Film
Best Documentary, Cleveland International Film Festival
Gold Hugo, Chicago Film Festival, Best Documentary
Grand Jury Award, Full Frame Festival
International Documentary Association Award, Best Documentary Film
International Federation of Film Critics Award, Thessaloniki
Nestor Almendros Award, Human Rights Watch Film Festival
1994 Student Academy Award