I’m James W. Newton, a documentary Producer Director. I make films for production companies and produce independent projects – like the award winning feature-length doc Janapar: Love On A Bike. I shoot my own films which tend to be narrative, character-driven and observational. I like to tell bold stories with integrity about extraordinary people we can all relate to.

In 2003, with a borrowed camera from my university (a ropy Sony PD150) and without filmmaking experience, I travelled to the Amazon. I’d heard about an American nun whose humanitarian campaigning work had provoked death threats. Keen to tell real stories, I tracked her down and began to document her work.

Dorothy Stang fought illegal loggers who threatened peasant farmers that lived in the forest, and after 35 years of campaigning, her own life was increasingly in danger. But a short while after I filmed with Dorothy, she was tragically murdered.

I made some short films about her work and my footage featured in an Emmy nominated HBO documentary about her life. My encounter with Dorothy and the experience of recording her story, ignited a passion in me, to make films about extraordinary people and to give the courageous and vulnerable a voice.

 

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