For nearly twenty years, James Adolphus has been making globally relevant documentary films about social, cultural, and political issues. A graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory and recipient of the institute's prestigious Fisher Fellow Scholarship, James is a two-time Emmy Award and a three-time Peabody Award winner.

Adolphus is currently directing the documentary BEING MARY, which explores the vanguard career of Mary Tyler Moore, who revolutionized the portrayal of women in media, redefined their roles in the entertainment industry, and inspired generations despite battling her own immense insecurities.


James is also directing GIFTED & BLACK, a Verzuz-inspired documentary set against the backdrop of the pandemic and the recent racial reckoning that explores the traditions of Black music to connect how Black creativity went from the plantation to the Pulitzer Prize.


Recently, James Adolphus directed ABC's, SOUL OF A NATION. Nominated for nine Emmy Awards, Soul of a Nation was the first Black news magazine series highlighting the authentic realities of Black and the racial reckoning that erupted after George Floyd's death.


Adolphus's work has garnered the Columbia University Alfred I. DuPont, the Walter Cronkite, and the Peter Jennings Awards.