On June 22, 2022 Richard Blue passed away. Rest in Peace Richard.

In Richard’s memory, if you would like to help advance the work of the James Blue Alliance, please consider contributing through the following GoFundMe Memorial.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-richard-blue?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

The James Blue Alliance

The James Blue Alliance (JBA) is a team of scholars and film appreciators which has coalesced around the memory of James Blue, a University of Oregon graduate and postgraduate student who, after a certificate from French based Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC) emerged as an award-winning and innovative documentarian.


The purpose of the James Blue Alliance is to bring a great modern documentarian into plain sight by promoting, disseminating, and enhancing the multiple contributions James Blue offered to the
world of cinema and beyond.

Filmography:

Hamlet, USA, 1951-1952, 8mm film, 40 min

The Silver Spur, USA, 1956, 16mm film

Paris á I’Aube (with Johan van der Keuken), France, 1957, 35mm film, color, 10 min

Une Tragédie en Trois Mauvaises Actions, France, IDHEC, 1958, 35mm film, 5 min

Amal, Algeria, 1960, 35mm film, b/w, sound, 21 min, written and directed by: James Blue, cinematographer: Paul Fougerol, pro­duced by: Les Studios Africa/Georges Derocles, produced for. Direction de I’Agriculture et des Forets, © Georges Derocles

Le Voleur, Algeria, 1960, 35mm film, b/w, silent, 20 min

La Princesse Muette, Algeria, 1960, 35mm film, b/w, silent, 12 min L’Avare, Algeria, 1960, 35mm film, b/w, silent, short

Le Jardin des Roses, Algeria, 1960, 35mm film, b/w, silent, 18 min L’Endormi, Algeria, 1961, 35mm film, b/w, silent, 10 min

Le Menuisier, Algeria, 1961, 35mm film, b/w, silent, 10 min Le Match-de-Catch, Algeria, 1961, 35mm film, b/w, silent, 12 min

Les Oliviers de la Justice [The Olive Trees of Justice], Algeria/France, 1962,35mm film, b/w, sound, 78 min, written by: Jean Pelegri, Sylvain Dhomme, James Blue, after a novel by: Jean Pelegri (1956, Editions Gallimard, Paris), directed by: James Blue, dialogue: Jean Pelegri, cin ematographer: Julius Rascheff with Ouakil Boubekeur, edited by. Su­zanne Gaveau, Marie-Claude Bariset, music: Maurice Jarre, produced by: Les Studio Africa/Georges Derocles, © Georges Derocles

A Letter from Colombia, Colombia/USA, 1962,35mm film, b/w sound, 9:30 min, written, directed, and narrated by: James Blue,          cinema tographer: Stevan Lamer, produced by: United States Information Agency (USIA)

The School at Rincon Santo, Colombia/USA, 1962,35mm film, b/w, sound, 10:40 min, written, directed and narrated by: James Blue, cinematographer: Stevan Larner, produced by: United States Information Agency (USIA)

Evil Wind Out, Colombia/USA, 1962, 35mm film, b/w, sound, 10 min, written, directed and narrated by: James Blue, cinematographer. Stevan Larner, produced by: United States Information Agency (USIA)

The March (The March on Washington, August 28, 1963), USA, 1963-1964, 35mm film, b/w, sound, 32 min, directed and narrated by: James Blue, produced by: United States Information Service (USIS)

A Few Notes on Our Food Problem, Taiwan/lndia/Kenya/Brazil/USA, 1968, 35mm film, color, sound, 35 min, written, directed and narrated by: James Blue, cinematographer and co-director: Stevan Larner, co-written by: Gill Dennis, edited by: Lee Alexander, Meyer Odze, produced by: United States Information Agency (USIA)

Karate Texas (with David MacDougall), USA, 1971-1973, Super 8 film, color, unfinished

Kenya Boran, Parts I and II (with David MacDougall), 1974,16mm film, color, sound, 66 min, directed by: James Blue, David   MacDougall, cinematographer: David MacDougall, sound: James Blue, produced by: Norman Miller in cooperation with National Film School of Great Britain and the ministry of Natural Resources, Government of Kenya, with a grant from the National Science Foundation (USA)

Boran Herdsmen (with David MacDougall), 1974,16mm film, color, 20 min

Boran Women (with David MacDougall), 1974,16mm film, color, 20 min

Harambee – “Pull Together” (with David MacDougall), 1974, 16mm film,   color, 20 min

Who Killed Fourth Ward? A non-fiction Mystery in Three Parts, USA,1976-1977, Super 8 film, transferred to 2 inch video for broadcast, color, sound, produced and directed by: James Blue, cinematogra­pher: Brian Huberman, sound and edited by: Ed Hugetz, with: Tom Wright (Journalist), produced with support from: Media Center at Rice University, Houston, Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), National Endowment for the Arts, KUHT-TV, Channel 8, Houston, TX,

Part One: Witnesses, 54:30 min;

Part Two:Suspects, 61:20 min;

Part Three: The Guilty, 57 min

The Invisible City (Houston’s Housing Crisis) (with Adèle Naudé Santos), USA, 1979, Super 8 film and 3k inch video, color, sound, directed by: James Blue, Adèle Naudé Santos, video and film production: Lynn Corcoran, Tom Sims, produced with support from: Texas Committee for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, KUHT-TV, Channel 8, Houston, TX, Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), produced by: SWAMP, humanist advisors: Baruch Brody (Rice University, Houston, Chairman Dept. Philosophy), June Holly (Director, Houston Committee for the Hu­manities and Public Policy), Harold Hyman (Rice University, Chair­man Dept. Sociology), Naomi Lede’ (TSU, Director of Research, Urban Resources Center), William Simon (University of Houston, Professor of Sociology), Maria-Luisa Urdaneta (University of Texas, San Antonio, Medical Anthropologist), Douglas Uzzell (SMU, Urban Anthropologist)

Part #1, 59:30 min

Part #2, 29 min

Part #3, 29 min

Part #4, 29 min

Part #5, 59:30 min

The Invisible City (Summary) (with Adèle Naudé Santos), USA, 1980, Super 8 film and % inch video, color, sound, 60 min, directed by: James Blue, Adèle Naudé Santos, video and film production: Lynn Corcoran, Tom Sims, produced with support from: Texas Committee for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, KUHT-TV, Channel 8, Houston, TX, South­west Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), produced by: SWAMP, humanist advisors: Baruch Brody (Rice University, Houston, Chairman Dept. Philosophy), June Holly (Director, Houston Committee for the Humanities & Public Policy), Harold Hyman (Rice University, Chairman Dept. Sociology), Naomi Lede’ (TSU, Director of Research, Urban Resources Center), William Simon (University of Houston, Professor of Sociology), Maria-Luisa Urdaneta (University of Texas, San Antonio, Medical Anthropolo­gist), Douglas Uzzell (SMU, Urban Anthropologist)

Unproduced scripts

King’s Mountain and Its Heroes (with Richard Blue and Gill Dennis), USA, 1970, script for a feature film

Gill Dennis, Watch for the Razor Act, USA, 1968, script based on an idea and research of James Blue

The March

https://themarch.uoregon.edu/

The March is a documentary by filmmaker James Blue (1930-1980) about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August of 1963. Blue filmed participants as they prepared for the March on Washington in their home cities, followed them as they traveled to Washington, and recorded their reactions as they listened for the first time to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic speech “I Have A Dream” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.