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James Agee Film Project



The James Agee Film Project was founded in 1974 by filmmaker Ross Spears, who was involved at the time in producing a documentary on the life of Tennessee author James Agee (1909-1955). Following the success of the film “Agee,” which was nominated for an Academy Award, the company expanded to produce and distribute documentary films. The company’s productions have included “The Electric Valley” (on the Tennessee Valley Authority), “Tell Me About the South,” and “Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People.”

Ross Spears was born in 1947 in Johnson City, Tennessee. His mother, Mary Alice Hunnicutt, was a public school teacher and his father, Ross H. Spears, Jr., was mayor of Johnson City in 1959-1961 and again in 1963-1965. Spears earned a MFA degree in 1974 from the California Institute of the Arts. He has been honored for his work by such awards as a Lyndhurst Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Tennessee Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities, and the aforementioned Academy Award nomination for best feature documentary.

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James Agee Film Project Photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0471
Scope and Contents The James Agee Film Project Photographs consist of a number of historical photographs and negatives from the northeastern area of Tennessee that were donated to or copied by the film project from local Tennessee families and businesses. The images document life in the region during the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. Included are images of Johnson City, Jonesborough, and Washington County showing East Tennessee families, residences, businesses, agriculture, landscapes,...
Dates: 1875 - 1956; Majority of material found in 1950-1951; Other: Date acquired: 1995-07-11