James Brown

Based in Auckland, NZ. I have always been a creative person, excelling in art from an early age. I studied a BFA at Elam School of Fine Arts majoring in Intermedia and began directing and editing short films. I received a number of scholarships and developed a passion for storytelling through narrative film, culminating in a short feature shot on 16mm.

Since graduating in 2003, I have work full-time as an offline editor working across all editing platforms. I have discovered a love for employing beautiful images and intimate stories in engaging documentary films.

I have edited for top New Zealand filmmakers: Roger Donaldson, Justin Pemberton, Pietra Brettkelly, Tom & Sumner Burstyn, Julia Parnell and Briar March and won the 2013 Best Documentary Editing award with Annie Goldson at the New Zealand Film Awards.

I have shot and edited for producers of TV and online content for corporate and community outreach programs: Ogilvy, FCB, Flying Fish, FarmerClark, The Human Rights Commission, The Learning Connexion and Myspace.

I have also directed numerous documentaries, music videos and internet spots which has involved travelling to Africa, UK, Europe, Japan and the US. My feature documentary directorial debut “Red, White, Black & Blue” won awards at numerous festivals around the world, including Best Documentary at the Idyllwild Cinema Fest and Best Documentary Editing at the Amsterdam Film Festival.

 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4090518/

Selected Filmography

2017
“CAPITAL in the 21st Century” – Creative Assistant
“Red White Black & Blue: Odyssey” – Director / Editor

2016
“MCLAREN” – Editor(Dir. Roger Donaldson. In Post-Production)

2015

“Red White Black & Blue: Gold” – Director / Editor(in Production)
“Dog’s Best Friend” Feature Doc – Editor(Dir. Eryn Wilson)
“Paddle for the North” Feature Doc – Editor – (Dir. Simon Lucas)

2014
“Drug Court” TV Doc – Editor – (Dir. Julia Parnell)
“Red White Black & Blue 3” Feature Doc – Director / Editor

2013
“He Toki Huna / New Zealand in Afghanistan” Feature & TV Doc – Editor – (Dir. Annie Goldson & Kay Ellmers)
“Lost & Found in China” Feature Doc – Co-Director / Editor – (Co-Directed with Anton Leach)
“Pretty Brutal” Feature Doc – After Effects Artist – (Dir. Monica De Alwis)
“Soul in the Sea” Feature Doc – Online Editor(Dir. Amy Taylor)
“Flickering Time Bomb” Feature Doc (in post-production) – Tech Support(Dir. Pietra Brettkelly)
“Know Your Mind” Online Series for Victoria University – Editor (Dir. Alison Farmer & Simon Clark)
“Taonga  – Not dead fish” Short Doc (in post-production) – Editor(Dir. Oliver Kraft)

2012
“Red, White, Black & Blue” Feature Doc – Director / Editor
“Red, White, Black & Blue” Trailer – Director / Editor
“I Want To Walk With My Moko” Short Doc – Editor – (Dir. Alison Farmer & Simon Clark)
“The Rise of Mt Eden” Doc Trailer – Director / Editor
“notes to eternity” Feature Doc – Early Editor – (Dir. Sarah Cordery)

2011
“Brother Number One” Feature Doc – Editor – (Dir. Annie Goldson)
“Brother Number One” Trailer – Editor
“Some Kind of Love” Feature Doc – Early-Editor – (Dir. Thomas Burstyn)
“Maori Boy Genius” Feature Doc – Co-Editor – (Dir. Pietra Brettkelly)

2010
“The Creative Adventures of James Brown” Online Series – Director / Editor
“South Auckland Poets’ Collective” Short Doc – Editor – (Dir. Oliver Kraft)

2009
“Making a Difference at Work” Short Doc – Editor – (Dir. Briar March)
“Fighting for Pay Equity” Short Doc – Editor – (Dir. Briar March)

2008
“Msanii: Artists of Bagamoyo” Doc – Director / Co-Editor

2007
“Art in The Freezer” TV Doc – Editor

2003-2006
Various short docs and music videos. Works available on request.

Honours & Awards

He Toki Huna: New Zealand in Afghanistan. 2013 Editor
Best Documentary Editing 2013. New Zealand Film Awards (with Annie Goldson)

Lost & Found in China. 2013 Director / Editor
Official Selection 2014. Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles)

Red White Black and Blue. 2012 Director / Editor
Best Documentary 2013. Idyllwild Cinema Fest
Best Documentary Film Editing 2013. Amsterdam Film Festival
Best Feature 2013. Raglan Film Festival
Nomination – Best New Zealand Documentary 2013. Documentary Edge Festival
Nomination – Best Director 2013. Idyllwild Cinema Fest
Nomination – Best Documentary 2013. San Diego Black Film Festival
Nomination – Best Diaspora Documentary 2013. Africa Movie Academy Awards
Rising Star Award 2013. Canada International Film Festival

Elevator (Music Video). 2006 Director / Editor
Finalist 2006. Handle the Jandal

Short film submission. 2002
Denise Gerald Scholarship

2 thoughts on “James Brown

  • Hi James,

    Had a look at some of your work and I really like your style and commitment to the story. I am wondering if you are currently taking on work? I am working with a new team of producers at NZME and we are constantly looking for talented editors.

    Great work,

    Sean Loftin

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