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Jim: The James Foley Story is a 2016 American documentary film about the life of journalist and war correspondent James "Jim" Foley directed by Brian Oakes.[1] It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2016 and on HBO on February 6, 2016.

Jim: The James Foley Story
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrian Oakes
Produced byGeorge Kunhardt
Teddy Kunhardt
Eva Lipman
Written byChris Chuang
Heather MacDonald
Brian Oakes
Music byOsei Essed
Saul Simon MacWilliams
Dan Romer
CinematographyRachel Beth Anderson
James Foley
Clair Popkin
Matthew VanDyke
Edited byAleks Gezentsvey
Distributed byHBO Documentary Films
Release date
  • January 23, 2016 (2016-01-23) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • February 6, 2016 (2016-02-06) (United States)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States


Directed by Foley's childhood friend Brian Oakes, the film chronicles the life of American photojournalist James "Jim" Foley. On Thanksgiving Day 2012, Foley was kidnapped in Syria while reporting on the Syrian Civil War and went missing for two years. The infamous video of his beheading in August 2014, purportedly as a response to American airstrikes in Iraq, introduced much of the world to the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS). Interviews with family, friends, journalist colleagues, and fellow hostages provide insight into Foley's character, work, captivity and legacy.


As of January 2017, this film has a rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 22 reviews and an average score of 6.9/10.[2] The film won the Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and Audience Award: Documentary at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.


The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for the song "The Empty Chair", written by J. Ralph and Sting and performed by Sting.[3]


  1. ^ Felsenthal, Julia (February 4, 2016). "Slain Journalist James Foley Is Remembered in a Celebrated New Sundance Documentary". Vogue. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "Jim: The James Foley Story Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Newman, Melinda (January 24, 2017). "Sting Hopes to 'Shine More Light' on 'Jim: The James Foley Story' Documentary With Oscar Nomination". Billboard. Retrieved January 25, 2017.

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