James Spione is an independent filmmaker based in New York. His latest film, the Academy Award® nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, recounts a U.S. Army infantryman’s life-changing experiences on the scene of a controversial 2007 American helicopter attack made famous by WikiLeaks. The film won Best Documentary Short when it premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, and garnered the Grand Prize for Documentary Short at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The film also won the Documentary Short category for the 2012 Fargo Film Festival and is currently nominated for several BEST IN SHOW awards.
Spione’s first documentary feature, American Farm, detailed the intense intergenerational conflicts on his family’s fifth-generation homestead in central New York State. The film played theatrically from New England to the Midwest, and was subsequently released on DVD by Passion River Films.
Spione has also made a number of fiction films. Perhaps his best-known work was the eerie Sundance favorite Garden, a suspenseful drama starring Oscar® winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and veteran character actor Matt Malloy (Six Feet Under); the film screened at festivals worldwide.
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. Spione also produced the acclaimed independent feature Parallel Sons (Sundance ’95), directed by John G. Young.
Spione lives with his wife, actress Pamela Stewart and his two sons in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.
A special screening of Incident in New Baghdad and in-depth Q&A session with Mr. Spione will be held Friday, March 9, 4:00-5:30 p.m. on the campus of MSUM (Livingston Lord Library, room 103). The documentary screening is being hosted by Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies Department. This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited.
Incident in New Baghdad will also screen at the Fargo Theatre as a part of the Fargo Film Festivalʼs “Best of Fest” closing night, Saturday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. Spione will participate in a brief Q&A session that evening.