Immy Humes

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Immy Humes is an American documentary filmmaker and television producer. Nominated for an Academy Award for a documentary short in 1991, Humes has taught filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, Brooklyn Polytechnic and City College of New York. Humes continues to make independent documentaries about contemporary American life, recently completing a six-part series on chronic unemployment for Salon.[1]

Early life[edit]

Immy Humes was born in New York City, one of four daughters born to Anna Lou Elianoff and writer Harold L. Humes, co-founder of The Paris Review.[2] The younger Humes graduated with honors from Harvard University in the field of Social Studies, and commenced a media career in filmmaking, interning at Boston's WGBH-TV public television station.[3][4]


After working in television for several years, Humes directed A Little Vicious, a short documentary film concerning the rehabilitation of a dog who had been sentenced to death for biting. Narrated by actor Kevin Bacon, this "offbeat documentary" was lauded by the reviewer for the New York Times as paying "rewarding attention to the little peculiarities of all involved."[5] The film was nominated for the 1992 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).

Humes returned to television as a segment producer for Michael Moore's short-lived TV Nation series. In 1995 Humes released Lizzie Borden Hash & Rehash, a documentary short drawing on the strange fascination held by some members of society for Lizzie Borden, the Massachusetts woman accused but not convicted of killing her parents in 1892.[3]

After working as an associate producer for A Life Apart: Hasidism in America, a film by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky, in 2001 Humes produced a short form documentary on Canadian anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis for the National Geographic Channel.[3]

Early in her career, Humes had determined to make a film biography of her father, Harold L. "Doc" Humes. Beginning in 1992, Humes shot and accumulated footage of her sisters, Norman Mailer, Timothy Leary, George Plimpton and others who had known her father well. In 2008, Humes released her work as an episode of Independent Lens, Doc, which chronicled the life and impact of the influential activist, writer and editor.[6]


  1. ^ Humes, Immy (January 24, 2012). "The Real Story of America's Unemployed". Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Fuchs, Cynthia (December 9, 2008). "Independent Lens: Doc". PopMatters. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Humes, Immy (January 24, 2012). "Biography". The Doc Tank website. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Anne S. (October 18, 2002). "A Little Eclectic". The Austin Chronicle. Austin Chronicle Corp. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "NY Times: A Little Vicious". NY Times. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Doc". Independent Lens website. PBS. November 11, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2012.