Company: James Ault Productions
Location: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
James M. Ault Jr., PhD, President, Filmmaker, Author and Ethnographer at James Ault Productions, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in filmmaking.
While attending college during the height of the Vietnam War, Dr. Ault realized Americans needed to better understand the basis of politics in the developing world. He decided to study African politics and worked with some of the greatest thinkers upon earning a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Harvard College in 1970. He went on to complete fieldwork in Zambia in East Africa through the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London between 1969 and 1975. Notably, in 1981, he achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology from Brandeis University. Dr. Ault commenced his professional career as an instructor and assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Smith College from 1976 to 1981. Additionally, he was a visiting lecturer of sociology and ethnographic film at the University of California, San Diego in 1987 and was the Spoelhof chair for visiting scholars of documentary filmmaking at Calvin College in 2003, among other roles.
Today, Dr. Ault is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author through James Ault Productions. His first film, “Born Again: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church,” grew out of field research among grassroots “new right” groups in the 1980s and was broadcasted as a national primetime special on PBS. The winner of a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival, his book on that project, “Spirit and Flesh,” was named one of the five best non-fiction books of the year by The Christian Science Monitor. More recent filmmaking works to Dr. Ault’s credit include “Kwame Bediako: His Life and Legacy” from 2018, “Building the New Community: Stories of Multicultural and Latino Ministry in the Episcopal Church” from 2012 and “Latino/Hispanic Ministry: Transforming the Church in Nevada” from 2008. Dr. Ault is currently working on a documentary called “Esperanza” in North Philadelphia and is preparing to release two films.
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