James Moll is an American director and producer of film documentaries and television documentaries. His documentary work has earned him an Academy Award, two Emmys, and a Grammy. Moll's production company, Allentown Productions Inc., has been based at Universal Studios since 1994, primarily producing film and television projects focused on stories of non-fiction. Moll serves on the Executive Committee of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves as a chair of the Documentary Award for the Directors Guild of America.
James Moll at the Movieguide Awards in February 2019.
|Alma mater||USC School of Cinematic Arts|
Moll graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1987. He began his professional career as an intern reading scripts for film producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who later hired him as an assistant to French writer-director Francis Veber for Veber's American remake of "Les Fugitifs" (Three Fugitives).
Film and televisionEdit
In 2018, Moll completed his work[note 1] on the Netflix television docuseries Medal of Honor in concert with executive producer Robert Zemeckis. The documentary miniseries profiles the acts of heroism and selflessness exhibited by eight American soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor, the United States military's highest and most prestigious military honor for acts of valor.
Moll directed the 2017 documentary Obey Giant, which chronicles the artist Shepard Fairey's personal story, from his Charleston, S.C., skate-scene roots to his rise as a veritable brand of iconoclasm. It also examines the relationship between street art, activism, punk rock and politics. Producers of the film include actor James Franco.
Moll directed the 2011 feature documentary Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, profiling the career of the rock band Foo Fighters, which is led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. On February 12, 2012, Moll won a Grammy Award for the documentary.
In 2009, Moll was nominated for two Emmy Awards winning one of them, from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Inheritance. The film profiles Monika Göth Hertwig and her struggle dealing with her father's involvement in The Holocaust. Monika's father, S.S. Captain Amon Göth, was executed for war crimes in 1946. Amon Göth attained international notoriety after being portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in the movie Schindler's List.
Moll is director and producer of the 2007 feature-length documentary Running the Sahara about three men who ran 4,300 miles across the Sahara desert from Senegal to Egypt. Matt Damon is the executive producer of the film, which promotes Water.org (formerly the H2O Africa) Foundation, co-founded by Damon to raise awareness of clean water initiatives in Africa.
He directed and produced the feature-length documentary Price for Peace, which premiered prime time on NBC on Memorial Day 2002, hosted by Tom Brokaw. The late author Stephen Ambrose and Steven Spielberg are the executive producers. The film focuses on America's involvement in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. It was produced in collaboration with DreamWorks and the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
In March 1999, James Moll received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for directing The Last Days. Steven Spielberg is executive producer of the film, which chronicles the lives of five Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.
Moll is Founding Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (also known as the Shoah Foundation), having established the non-profit organization with June Beallor in 1994 for Steven Spielberg. Moll and Beallor ran the day-to-day operations the Shoah Foundation from its inception in 1994 until 1998, and later worked with the foundation on the production of documentaries. The goal of the Shoah Foundation was to collect tens of thousands of videotaped testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust around the world. Within five years, the number of testimonies in the archive was over 52,000, in thirty-two languages.
|2018||Medal of Honor||Yes||Yes||TV Series documentary; credited as executive producer (8 episodes) & director (3 episodes)|
|2018||Days That Shaped America||No||Yes||TV Series documentary; credited as executive producer|
|2017||Trenches of Rock||No||Yes||Documentary; credited as executive producer|
|2015||Mully||No||Yes||Documentary; credited as executive producer|
|2015||Living in the Age of Airplanes||No||Yes||Documentary; credited as executive producer|
|2011||A Path to Honor||No||Yes||TV Series documentary; credited as executive producer|
|2011||Foo Fighters: Back and Forth||Yes||Yes||Winner: Grammy Award for "Best Music Video, Long Form"|
|2010||Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal||No||Yes||Documentary|
|2010||When I Rise||No||Yes||Documentary|
|2008||Running the Sahara||Yes||Yes||Documentary|
|2008||New Kids on the Block: A Behind the Music Special||No||Yes||TV Movie documentary; credited as executive producer|
|2008||A Timeless Call||No||Yes||Documentary short|
|2006||Inheritance||Yes||Yes||Winner: Emmy Award for "Outstanding Interview" – also credited as editor|
|2006||Ten Days that Unexpectedly Changed America: Massacre at Mystic||Yes||Yes||TV Series documentary|
|2004||The Four Chaplains: Sacrifice at Sea||Yes||Yes||TV Movie documentary|
|2004||A Remarkable Promise||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|2004||Voices from the List||No||Yes||Video documentary; credited as producer and executive producer|
|2003||Burma Bridge Busters||Yes||Yes||TV Movie documentary|
|2002||Price for Peace||Yes||Yes||Documentary|
|2002||Broken Silence||No||Yes||TV Mini-Series documentary|
|2000||Eyes of the Holocaust||No||Yes||Documentary|
|1998||The Last Days||Yes||No||Winner: Academy Award for "Best Documentary (Feature)" – also credited as editor|
|1997||The Lost Children of Berlin||No||Yes||Documentary; credited as executive producer|
|1996||Survivors of the Holocaust||No||Yes||Winner: Emmy Award for "Outstanding Informational Special"|
|1992||Out on a Limb||No||Yes||Comedy; credited as associate producer|
- "James Moll: Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
- "Medal of Honor". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
- Joel Jeller (November 9, 2018). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Medal Of Honor' On Netflix, Profiling The Selfless Acts Of Soldiers That Earned The U.S. Military's Highest Honor". Decider. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
- Denise Petski (October 4, 2018). "Netflix Sets 'Medal Of Honor' Military Docuseries Produced By James Moll & Robert Zemeckis". Deadline. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
- Deborah Vankin (November 11, 2017). "Shepard Fairey: Have we lost the 'street' in street art?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
- "WINNERS: Best Music Video, Long Form". www.grammy.com. Recording Academy. Archived from the original on January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
- "30th ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT NEW YORK CITY GALA" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 22, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- "THE 71ST ACADEMY AWARDS". Oscars.org. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- "Survivors Of The Holocaust". Emmys.com. National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
- "James Moll". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 27, 2019.