Jim Whitney

Jim Whitney

Jim Whitney

Producer/Cinematographer

Jim Whitney is living his dream – traveling the world making films about people and subjects he truly cares about. For the past 20 years, Jim’s career has taken him to all corners of the globe – from the Amazon to Africa and the Arctic – as he has focused upon environmental issues, musical communities and indigenous cultures. After attending Brooks Institute of Photography, then graduating from the University of Southern California’s film program, Whitney began his career as an editor. His editorial work appeared on nearly every major U.S. network and received a variety of awards, including a FOCUS Award for excellence in documentary editing and an Emmy-nomination. His first professional editing assignment, the NBC/Tom Brokaw special Gangs, Cops & Drugs, was one of the highest-rated documentaries on American television.  Since 2001, Whitney has worked independently as a director, producer and cinematographer. Recently, his work with the international organization Religion, Science, and the Environment (RSE) has given him the opportunity to film some of the world’s most prominent scientists and religious leaders from over 25 countries. This RSE project has resulted in over seven films, including The Green Patriarch, broadcast on The Hallmark Channel. In addition, Whitney was able to combine his love of music with his love of documentaries by recently completing a series of films for a World Music program on European television. His camera work has also appeared in the films Call of Life, Awakening the Dreamer, and Climate Warrior. Whitney recently completed the internationally broadcast Sons of Africa, a moving story of the sons of two warring fathers — Uganda’s notorious Idi Amin and Tanzania’s revered Julius Nyerere. Together, they climb Mount Kilimanjaro as a statement of peace, reconciliation and a new Africa.  http://www.sagemtnfilms.com