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

Adolphus is currently directing the documentary BEING MARY TYLER MOORE, 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 Americans 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. James currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.