James Payne


James Payne

James Payne is a documentary film producer and first time director. He began his career working on the feature doc - Hill Stomp Hollar which delved into the peculiar intersection of punk rock and Mississippi hill county blues. In 2001 Payne wrote and produced the award winning- Okie Noodling. The Creek Runs Red, released in 2006, marked his directorial debut. In 2006, Payne started the company FieldGuide, focusing on documentary, commercial and television production services. Recently, Payne produced U.F.O.s at the Zoo, a live music documentary of the Flaming Lips released in 2007. Also in 2007, Payne again partnered with Bradley Beesley as Producer and Co-Filmmaker in Behind the Walls Rodeo - a feature documentary about the lives of inmates participating in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary Prison Rodeo. Payne is currently producing: Finding the Winnebago Guy - a quirky story of a filmmakers obsession and search for the true identity of an internet celebrity, due out in 2008.

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