Bruce Byker James grew up in a small tourist town on a lake in south central Missouri. After college in Michigan, he lived in Philadelphia, Boston, and back in Philadelphia, working for several years as a grip and electrician for a variety of film and video productions. During his time in Temple University’s MFA program he served as Director of Photography on several student productions.
Bruce started out in film with fictional narratives, winning Best Short Film at the United States Super 8 and Digital Video Festival, but has since made experimental, installation and documentary work. His documentary, God’s Critters, screened at a variety of film festivals including the Landlocked Film Festival and Hot Springs Documentary festival. He is currently interested in telling engaging stories that highlight human connections to the rest of the natural world.
Bruce’s current documentary project, They’re in the River, investigates the connections among animals, people, and the culture of the Delaware River told through interactions and collaborations with a migratory fish, the American shad.