BIO: JAMES MOLL
Photo by Don Holtz. © 2012 Don Holtz Photography
James Moll’s work as a filmmaker has earned him an Oscar, two Emmys and a Grammy. James has directed, produced and edited many documentaries, including the sports adventure RUNNING THE SAHARA, executive produced by Matt Damon; Oscar winning THE LAST DAYS, executive produced by Steven Spielberg; Emmy winning INHERITANCE, about the daughter of a Nazi concentration camp commander, and FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH, for which he earned his Grammy.
James produced ALWAYS FAITHFUL, a feature-length documentary about American Marine Corps war dogs and their handlers in Iraq and Afghanistan; and WHEN I RISE, depicting the civil rights struggle of opera star Barbara Smith Conrad.
Moll’s television credits include the NBC feature documentary special PRICE FOR PEACE – produced by author Stephen Ambrose with Steven Spielberg – about WWII in the Pacific. Other television credits include programing for AMC, Showtime, HISTORY, VH1, and Hallmark.
In addition to his work as a filmmaker, James established and headed the non-profit Shoah Foundation with Steven Spielberg for the purpose of recording and preserving more than 50,000 ‘visual histories’ of Holocaust survivors.
James currently serves as co-chair of the DGA Documentary Award and is an active member of the Executive Committee of the Documentary Branch of the Motion Picture Academy.
Born in Allentown, PA and raised in Los Angeles, Moll grew up in a musical household and considered a career as a pianist and composer before following another passion and earning a degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Before graduation, he worked in feature film development for film producer Lauren Shuler Donner (Mr. Mom, X-Men).
Moll serves as co-chair for the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Documentary Award, and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Documentary Branch of the Motion Picture Academy.