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Following Hoop Dreams, James wrote and directed his first dramatic feature, Prefontaine (1997) - the story of legendary Oregon distance runner Steve Prefontaine. Distributed by Hollywood Pictures, the film starred Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey and Lindsay Crouse. Prefontaine had its world premiere at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
James directed the highly regarded TNT movie, Passing Glory, which starred Andre Braugher, Rip Torn, and Ruby Dee. Most recently, he directed Joe and Max, the story of legendary boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and the two historic bouts they fought in the 1930s. Joe and Max stars Richard Roundtree, David Paymer, Peta Wilson, and Til Schwieger and had its premiere on Starz! in March of 2002. It was nominated for ESPN's Espy Award. James is also writing and slated to direct a feature on the life and career of baseball great Roberto Clemente.
Lastly, he is nearing completion of another ambitious Kartemquin project: The New Americans, which is a six hour PBS mini-series following the lives of contemporary immigrants and refugees, on which James serves as a director and executive producer along with Gordon Quinn.
James received a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from Southern Illinois University after earning a B.S. in Communication Arts from James Madison University in Virginia. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park with his wife, Judy Roth, and their three children.
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