Selected Film:

We Live This

Selected Film:

We Live This

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About the Filmmaker

James has concentrated his efforts on documentary filmmaking to develop an award-winning career and a reputation for bold, cinematic storytelling. He is personally invested in creating films that take on complex and systemic issues and is known for his ability to gain unique access to difficult spaces. For the past three years James has been a Director/Producer for VICE Media where he has directed and contributed to over 60 documentaries for web and TV. James has been selected for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director Showcase at Cannes Lion in 2016, won the TriBeCa Film Festival Special Jury Mention Award in 2015, and was nominated for the D&AD Next Director Award in 2017. In 2017 James created the Solitary Confinement Project, a 24-hour livestream in which James voluntarily entered into solitary confinement for 30 days and broadcast his time inside. The project was nominated for a Webby Award in 2018.

Dive Even Deeper

Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…

Dance like it is for your survival…

  • Pick a song that you like to dance to or select a song from a dance playlist on one of the streaming services. Next, clear some space in your home for a dance floor and then press play. Put yourself in the shoes of the subway dancers in the film and dance to feel strength and power. Dance as a way to counter any feelings of shyness or smallness. Dance as “a way in,” to get closer to yourself and your body and feelings.
  • Afterwards, reflect on how it felt. Can you incorporate this kind of freeform, spontaneous dance into your daily routine? Can you invite others to join you?

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