FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Tribeca 2014 (19 April): World Premiere
- Hot Docs 2014 (29 April)
- AFI DOCS 2014 (19 June)
- Traverse City Film Festival 2014 (31 July): Special Award Founders Prize
- Camden IFF 2014
- Tallgrass IFF 2014 (18 October): Outstanding Documentary in Recognition of Social Action (Golden Strands Documentary Award)
Spione’s earlier documentaries include the feature American Farm, detailing the demise of his family’s fifth-generation homestead in central New York State, and the poignant portrait film Our Island Home, about the last surviving denizens of a vanished settlement off the coast of Virginia. The latter film is part of a trilogy of shorts, including last year’s Spirit of the Bird and the upcoming Watermen, which explore the unique culture and history of one of the last rural coastal regions in the United States.
Spione has also written and directed a number of fiction films. Perhaps his best-known work is the eerie Sundance favorite Garden, a suspenseful drama starring Oscar® winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and veteran character actor Matt Malloy (Six Feet Under). He also directed The Playroom, starring Pamela Stewart (The Reception), which opened at New York’s Walter Reade Theatre as part of the “Independents Night” series, and was featured on the national cable program Reel Street.
His first film Prelude earned a Student Academy Award® from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was seen at numerous international film festivals. Mr. Spione also produced the acclaimed independent feature Parallel Sons (Sundance ’95), directed by John G. Young.
"The subject could hardly be more important... these conscience-driven dissenters have moving tales of personal hardship."
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Riveting... not to be missed."
Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"A remarkable documentary."
Juan Gonzales, Democracy Now!
"Hard-hitting, alarming... James Spione's superb Silenced describes the Obama-era prosecution of whistleblowers as leakers and even potentially terrorists."
Pat Aufderheide, Documentary Magazine
"One of the most important films this year."
Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"James Spione lifts the lid on the lives of three officials who tried to do the right thing but found themselves on the wrong side of draconian security laws. A film that resonates more than ever today."
Olivia Ward, Toronto Star
Sarah Gopaul, Digital Journal