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Jim Ault

Documentary Filmmaker / Author / Ethnographer
James Ault Productions
Northampton, Massachusetts


James Ault is a documentary filmmaker, ethnographer and writer committed "to help make a difference in the world through the educational and communicative powers that the online delivery of documentary video now makes possible." Educated at Harvard and holding a Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University, his study of African politics and cultures and his field research on "New Right" groups in the U.S. both drew him into ethnographic filmmaking. Born Again: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church, was his first film and ran as a prime-time special on PBS in 1987. His book on that project, Spirit and Flesh (Knopf 2005), examined the reasons for the entrenchment of fundamentalist Christianity in the U.S. and was chosen one of the 5 best non-fiction books of the year by The Christian Science Monitor. His instincts as an ethnographer draw him toward dramatically compelling stories that offer viewers a window into cultures outside their own, arising out of the filmmaker's own informed understanding. Filming for his latest project, the two-part documentary African Christianity Rising, began in the late 1990s and was only completed in 2013. The accompanying e-book he is writing will embed documentary video within the text. Ault has taught sociology, ethnographic film and documentary filmmaking at Smith College, the University of California, San Diego and Calvin College. James Ault Productions in Northampton, Mass. offers full production services as well as workshops, including to educational institutions, at http://jamesault.com/.



Documentary Films Directed by James Ault

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Born Again

"Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church"

Born Again: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church, was his first film and ran as a prime-time special on PBS in 1987.

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James Ault is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author. His latest documentary films are available at http://jamesault.com/.

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