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Filmmaker James Redford passes away at 58

Documentarian and activist James “Jamie” Redford has passed away at the age of 58 from bile-duct cancer. His passing on Friday (October 16) was first announced by his wife, Kyle, on ...
October 20, 2020

Documentarian and activist James “Jamie” Redford has passed away at the age of 58 from bile-duct cancer.

His passing on Friday (October 16) was first announced by his wife, Kyle, on Twitter. In her post, she remarked: “We’re heartbroken. He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many. He will be deeply missed. As his wife of 32 yrs, I’m most grateful for the two spectacular children we raised together. I don’t know what we would’ve done w/o them over the past 2 years.”

James Redford, son of actor, activist and filmmaker Robert Redford, directed several documentaries through KPJR films, the prodco he co-founded with Karen Pritzker, including The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Paper Tigers, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope and KPJR’s most recent project, Playing for Keeps, about the importance of play for human beings — children and adults. For HBO, he helmed Kindness of Strangers, Mann v. Ford, Toxic Hot Seat and Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.

Redford also co-founded and served as chair of The Redford Center, a non-profit film and media prodco co-founded with his father to shine the spotlight on environmental and climate justice through original production and fiscal support for other projects.

“Jamie was not only our intrepid co-founder, board chair, chief storyteller and a friend to us all — he was a builder of community, our community,” wrote Jill Tidman, executive director of the Redford Center, in a post announcing Redford’s passing. “And I have never been so moved as I have these past few days, receiving the most stunning outpouring of love and support from so many of you who knew him.”

In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Kyle Redford said her husband, who had been living with liver disease for years, was awaiting a liver transplant when cancer was detected in his bile duct last November.

For more information on gifts that can be made in memory of James Redford, visit this page.

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