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James Blue

Born: 1930
Death: 1980

Award winning filmmaker James Blue joined the faculty of the University at Buffalo Department of Media Study in 1975.  Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1930, he received his AB in Theatre from Oregon University in 1953 and a master's degree from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (Institute of Higher Education in Cinematography) in Paris.

In 1962, Blue won the Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film "Les Oliviers de la Justice" and in 1969 he was nominated for an Academy Award for "A Few Notes on our Food Problem," a film he produced for the United States Information Agency.  He also received awards at other major film festivals including the Venice Film Festival and the Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival.

In addition to teaching at UB, Blue was a film instructor at UCLA, founding faculty of at the American Film Institute's Center for Center for Advanced Film Studies, Co-Director of Rice University's Media Center and instructor of film at Yale University's Summer Seminar.

  • Sources:
    • University at Buffalo Press Release, September 12, 1975.
    • James Blue Curriculum Vita, circa 1977.
    • "James Blue, 49, is Dead; World-Acclaimed Film Maker."  Buffalo News, June 15, 1980.

Affiliation(s): Media Study
Record Group(s): 16
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