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Clinical Professor of Communication
Jim Gilmore
3029 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

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Jim Gilmore is a documentary filmmaker/photographer teaching courses in media production and film studies within the JASS discipline. Professor Gilmore has worked for a number of media organizations, including The Christian Science Monitor in Boston and New Hampshire Public Television. Throughout his career, he has remained active in the independent film community. He serves as executive producer of Acadia Pictures, an independent non-fiction production company he founded in 1995, and as associate director of The Acadia Institute of Oceanography, a summer camp in marine science based in Seal Harbor, Maine. Professor Gilmore holds a MA in broadcasting and film from the University of Iowa and a BA from Kalamazoo College.


BA Theatre Arts & Political Science, Kalamazoo College, 1983

MA Broadcasting & Film, University of Iowa, 1984

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Selected Publications

Zimbabwe: A Racial Revolution (1988), gold plaque in television documentary, The Chicago International Film Festival.

Alone Together (1990), honored with the American Film Institute’s Robert M. Bennett Award for excellence in local television production.

 First in the Nation: The New Hampshire Presidential Primary (1992), silver medal for local programming, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Telly Award-winning Soul of a Woman: The Life and Times of Mary Baker Eddy (1994)

The Shipyard Dance (1999), profiling groundbreaking choreographer Liz Lerman, screened at the Louisville Film and Video Festival and received a Communicator Award.

Chronicle of an American Suburb (2002), premiered at Cinequest and broadcast on WTTW Chicago Public Television.

Saving Face (2008), a profile of one young man’s journey of redemption through the Florida penal system, premiered at Ft Lauderdale Film Festival.

Men at Work: Voices from Detroit's Underground Economy (2012), Award of Merit, Broadcast Education Association, distributed by Berkeley Media.

The Forgiving Earth: Voices from Detroit's Urban Farms (2013)

Currently in post-production on Without a Map: Voices from Detroit's Innovators and developing a new cultural documentary focusing on the women of professional poker.


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