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James Redford & Mark Decena
James Redford writes, produces and directs for film and television. His latest directorial project, Toxic Hot Seat, is a documentary film that examines the possible health dangers of chemical flame retardants currently used in upholstered furniture made in the USA. He is also working again with Karen Pritzker on a new documentary that explores the emerging link between childhood trauma and life-long health problems – and what can be done about it. He produced the film Watershed about the Colorado River and the acclaimed HBO documentary Mann V. Ford. Additionally, James wrote and directed Quality Time, an award-winning short comedy starring Jason Patric. He recently combined his passion for music and directing in Andain’s new music video, Much Too Much.
Other credits include producing The Kindness of Strangers which premiered at Sundance in 1999 and was picked up by HBO as well as adapting and directing Showtime’s Spin starring Stanley Tucci, Dana Delany, and Ruben Blades. Redford also wrote the original screenplays for Cowboy Up starring Kiefer Sutherland and Darryl Hannah as well as adapting Tony Hillerman’s Skinwalkers, a PBS/Mystery! Series that was the highest-rated PBS-scripted program of 2002. The Acting Thing, a comedic short written by James, was named best comedic short at the 1996 Houston Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel that same year.
After surviving two liver transplants, James founded JRI, a non-profit dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the miraculous gift of organ donation. His live musical event, “Share the Beat“, has been performed across the country with the help of notable talents such as: Tim McGraw, Phil Vassar, Deana Carter, Ruben Blades, Dana Delaney, James Denton, Ryan Merriman, and Eric Stromer among others.
James also plays guitar for Olive and the Dirty Martinis, a popular Bay Area rock and roll cover band. He is an avid surfer, cyclist, and skier and currently lives in Marin County, CA.
As the founder of Kontent Films, Mark Decena wears a lot of hats. As a writer, director and producer, Mark has created award-‐winning work in feature films, shorts, television programming, commercials and web films. Although considering himself a narrative filmmaker, Mark’s forays into socially conscious work has expanded his horizons in documentary storytelling for Rainforest Action Network, NRDC, Lenders for Community Development, and The Redford Center.
After two seasons of writing narration for Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman on the critically acclaimed PBS series “e2, the Economies of being Environmentally Conscious”, Mark directed an episode for season three titled Portland, a Sense of Place. He followed that with shooting and developing shows for Re:Vision TV, then eight web films for the US Green Building Council’s fifteenth anniversary. Mark's first feature film, Dopamine, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival's Dramatic Competition, winning the first Alfred P. Sloan Prize.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times said, “... in one way or another, Dopamine is about us… it holds as its treasure, a belief in the possibility of love… 3 1/2 Stars.” With his latest feature film, "Unflinching Triumph, Mark continued to embrace the digital paradigm in both production and distribution. Shot entirely without film or tape, Unflinching Triumph was highlighted by the Wall Street Journal as a new media "Top 5 What-‐to-‐watch", was nominated for a Webby, and recognized by Sports Illustrated as “the most amusing parody of 2006.” Decena’s commercial work has been recognized by the One Show, Clios, Andys and the San Francisco Show to name a few.
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