James McGovern is a Detroit-based documentary filmmaker and television director, editor and producer who has spent the past 15 years creating and shaping award-winning narratives. His work has been seen nationally on PBS, FOX, ESPN, CBS and at film festivals around the country.
As a documentary producer and editor he has tackled the topics of urban farming, education, music history, stem cell research and has helped bring them to audiences around the country. Notably his work as editor and producer on Boogie Stomp, garnered international acclaim, winning “Best Documentary,” and placing into a dozen film festivals internationally and in the states.
Early on in his career, James cut his teeth in episodic television and received an emmy nomination as the creator and director of Rock N Roll Safari, an 8 part docu-series about the independent American music scene. More recently, he partnered with producers of the emmy-nominated Television show Start-Up and A Craftsmen’s Legacy to edit, write and lead a post-production team through multiple seasons. He even co-wrote and recorded Craftsmen’s Season 2 title track.
His marketing and commercial production experience has provided him the opportunity to work with Apple Music, Microsoft, American Express, Ford, Mercedes, Toyota, as well as produce campaign ads for a governor and a Superbowl spot for Pulte Homes.
He proudly sits on the board of Kevin’s Song, a non-profit for suicide awareness and education.
Unique traits: Self-taught editor, shooter, musician, engineer, writer and entrepreneur.
College of Charleston (Charleston, SC)