James Jerome Hill II
March 2, 1905
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||November 21, 1972 (aged 67)|
|Occupation||Painter, Composer, Academy-Award Winning Independent Film Director, Writer and Producer|
|Known for||Ski Flight (1937)|
Grandma Moses (1950)
Albert Schweitzer (1957)
Film Portrait (1972)
|Relatives||James Jerome Hill|
|Awards||1957 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature|
James Jerome Hill II (March 2, 1905 – November 21, 1972) was an American filmmaker and artist known for his award-winning documentary and experimental films.
Hill was the child of railroad executive Louis W. Hill.
His 1950 documentary Grandma Moses, written and narrated by Archibald MacLeish, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Two-reel. He won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film Albert Schweitzer.
In addition to making films, he was a painter and composer.
Hill founded the Jerome Foundation, which gives grants to non-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City. Hill started it as the Avon Foundation in 1964, but after his death it was renamed the Jerome Foundation. Among the projects the foundation funds is the American Composers Forum's Jerome Fund for New Music, which supports the creation of new works of music with grants to composers.
Hill was a stakeholder in Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. He had a chalet built at Sugar Bowl and, while living there, paid for and operated "The Magic Carpet", the first aerial tramway on the west coast.
Filmography (as director)
- 1932 La cartomancienne
- 1937 Ski Flight, featuring Otto Lang
- 1950 Grandma Moses, written and narrated by Archibald MacLeish
- 1950 Cassis
- 1957 Albert Schweitzer, won Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
- 1961 The Sand Castle with Mabel Mercer
- 1964 Open the Door and see all the People
- 1965 Magic Umbrella
- 1966 Death in the Forenoon
- 1968 The Artist's Friend
- 1969 Canaries
- 1969 Merry Christmas
- 1972 Film Portrait, added to the National Film Registry in 2003
- 1991 Carl G. Jung or Lapis Philosophorum (material from an abandoned project, shot 1950, edited and published by Jonas Mekas)
- "The 30th Academy Awards (1958) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
- Caws, Mary Ann (2005). "Jerome Hill". camargofoundation.org. Cassis, France: Camargo Foundation. Web. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- Rud, A.G. (December 15, 2010). Albert Schweitzer's Legacy for Education: Reverence for Life. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 108.
- "Founder: J. Jerome Hill". Jerome Foundation.
- "Jerome Fund for New Music". American Composters Forum. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
- Wernick, Robert (November 23, 1959). "West To The Sierra". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
- Frohlich, Robert; S.E. Humphries (1999). Skiing with Style: Sugar Bowl 60 Years. Truckee, California: Coldstream Press. pp. Page 2. ISBN 1-893057-01-1. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08.
- The Jerome Hill Papers are available for research use at the Minnesota Historical Society.
- Selected Digitized Items of the Jerome Hill Papers are available for research use at the Minnesota Historical Society.
- Jerome Hill at IMDb
- Jerome Foundation
- Camargo Foundation
- Watch Grandma Moses at Folkstreams
- Dutiful Son: Louis W. Hill Sr. Book, Book about Louis W. Hill Sr., son and successor of empire builder James J. Hill, Father of Jerome Hill at Ramsey County Historical Society.