James Rutenbeck

Editor, Director, Producer

Editor, Director, Producer


James Rutenbeck is a two-time Alfred I. du Pont Award winning journalist and independent filmmaker, most recently in 2018 for his work as Executive Producer of Class of '27, a series of three short films about the lives of children in rural America. Class of '27, which aired on the World Channel series America ReFramed, was among the first ...
Awards
3 wins.

Known For


Raise the Dead
Raise the Dead
Editor (1998)
Unnatural Causes
Unnatural Causes
Director (2008)
Invisible
Invisible
Editor (2020)
Class of '27
Class of '27
Editor (2016)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
EditorInvisible
(Documentary)
2020/II
EditorIntelligent Lives
(Documentary)
2018
EditorDeej
(Documentary)
2017
EditorAmerica Reframed
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Class of '27 (2016)
2016
EditorClass of '27
(Documentary short)
2016
EditorLittle Dream Catchers
(Documentary short)
2016
EditorThe Raising of America
(TV Mini-Series documentary) (2 episodes) - Are We Crazy About Our Kids? (2015) - Once Upon a Time (2015)
2015
EditorIndependent Lens
(TV Series documentary) (4 episodes) - American Denial (2015) - Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness (2010) - Scenes from a Parish (2009) - A Fish Story (2007)
2007-2015
EditorThy Will Be Done
(Documentary)
2010
EditorGod in America
(TV Series) (1 episode) - A Nation Reborn/A New Light (2010)
2010
EditorSecrets of the Dead
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Japanese SuperSub (2010)
2010
EditorScenes from a Parish
(Documentary)
2009
EditorHerskovits at the Heart of Blackness
(Documentary)
2009
EditorAmerican Experience
(TV Series documentary) (7 episodes) - Roberto Clemente (2008) - Minik, the Lost Eskimo (2008) - Golden Gate Bridge (2004) - Jimmy Carter: Part 2 (2002) - Jimmy Carter (Part I) (2002) Show all 7 episodes
1999-2008
EditorFETCH! with Ruff Ruffman
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Ruff Ruffman Spaces Out (2006)
2006
EditorIn the Jury Room
(TV Series documentary)
2004
EditorInnovation: Life, Inspired
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Light Speed (2004)
2004
EditorEvolution
(TV Mini-Series documentary) (2 episodes) - Extinction! (2002) - Darwin's Dangerous Idea (2002)
2002
EditorSecrets of Lost Empires II
(TV Mini-Series documentary) (1 episode) - Roman Bath (2000)
2000
EditorRaise the Dead
(Documentary)
1998
EditorHome Before Dark1997
EditorEl porno!
(TV Movie documentary)
1995
EditorFrontline
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Prisoners of Silence (1993)
1993
EditorAdventure
(TV Series documentary) (co-editor - 4 episodes) - Ring of Fire: East of Krakatoa ... (co-editor) - Ring of Fire: Dream Wanderers of Borneo ... (co-editor) - Ring of Fire: Dance of the Warriors ... (co-editor) - Ring of Fire: Spice Island Saga ... (co-editor)
1987
EditorAmerican Masters
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Becoming Helen Keller
1985
RoleTitleYear
DirectorInvisible
(Documentary)
2020/II
DirectorAmerica Reframed
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Class of '27 (2016)
2016
DirectorClass of '27
(Documentary short)
2016
DirectorThe Raising of America
(TV Mini-Series documentary) (2 episodes) - Are We Crazy About Our Kids? (2015) - Once Upon a Time (2015)
2015
DirectorIndependent Lens
(TV Series documentary) (1 episode) - Scenes from a Parish (2009)
2009
DirectorScenes from a Parish
(Documentary)
2009
DirectorUnnatural Causes
(TV Mini-Series documentary) (1 episode) - Not Just a Paycheck (2008)
2008
DirectorRaise the Dead
(Documentary)
1998
RoleTitleYear
ProducerInvisible
(Documentary) (producer)
2020/II
ProducerFields of Promise
(TV Short documentary) (executive producer)
2016
ProducerAmerica Reframed
(TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 1 episode) - Class of '27 (2016) ... (executive producer)
2016
ProducerClass of '27
(Documentary short) (producer)
2016
ProducerLittle Dream Catchers
(Documentary short) (executive producer)
2016
ProducerThe Raising of America
(TV Mini-Series documentary) (producer - 2 episodes) - Are We Crazy About Our Kids? (2015) ... (producer) - Once Upon a Time (2015) ... (producer)
2015
ProducerIndependent Lens
(TV Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode) - Scenes from a Parish (2009) ... (producer)
2009
ProducerUnnatural Causes
(TV Mini-Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode) - Not Just a Paycheck (2008) ... (producer)
2008
RoleTitleYear
Editorial departmentThe Mosque in Morgantown
(Documentary) (additional editing)
2009
Editorial departmentBig Time
(TV Movie) (associate editor)
1989
Editorial departmentSigns of Life
(assistant editor)
1989
Editorial departmentAn Armenian Journey
(Documentary) (assistant editor)
1988
Editorial departmentThe Little Sister
(apprentice editor)
1985
Editorial departmentLulu in Berlin
(Documentary) (assistant editor)
1984
RoleTitleYear
Miscellaneous CrewClass of '27
(Documentary short) (executive producer)
2016
Miscellaneous CrewLulu in Berlin
(Documentary) (production assistant)
1984
RoleTitleYear
WriterInvisible
(Documentary) (narration written by)
2020/II