Filmmaking Professor Jim Gabour Leaves Behind An Incredible Legacy

With heavy hearts, Loyola and FAMIS say goodbye to Extraordinary Professor of Digital Filmmaking Jim Gabour, longtime instructor of FILM-M115 Intro to Digital Filmmaking, among others.

A Grammy-nominated, RIAA-platinum video director, writer, and novelist, Jim has worked with household names such as Norah Jones, Al Green, Flaming Lips, Terence Blanchard, Ice T, and James Taylor.  In 2002, he produced and directed Norah Jones’ concert long-form for Capitol Records and Blue Note Records.  The resulting multi-platinum DVD spent five weeks at #1 in worldwide sales.  A documentary Jim produced on composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard received a Grammy nomination, and competed against films about Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Gorillaz, and Death Cab for Cutie.  An official selection of festivals in Rotterdam, Buenos Aires, and around the world, the documentary has been made a part of the permanent collection of the American Jazz Museum.

For over thirty years, Jim has been highly involved in documenting and sharing the culture, music, and history of New Orleans.  He directed a worldwide live broadcast from Mardi Gras in Rio, Trinidad, and New Orleans for the BBC, and has contributed almost 300 hours of historic New Orleans music footage to the WIlliam Randolph Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University’s Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.  Jim has also given an annual presentation on Mardi Gras and the unique nature of neighborhood carnivals for the last five years; in 2016, he focuses on the music of carnival.

Beyond his visual work, Jim is an accomplished international columnist, and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and People Magazine.  Since 2006, he has written regularly for London-based openDemocracy, the world’s leading independent website on global affairs, Beijing-based China Dialogue, and The Guardian, where he has been a regularly-featured writer since January 2015.

In addition to his columns, Jim has also published works of fiction and nonfiction.  He introduced his novel, Unimportant People, in an introductory essay in The Guardian and serialized six chapters on openDemocracy’s website.  Undercurrent, his nonfiction essays concerning life in post-Katrina New Orleans, is also available worldwide.

We wish Jim the best, and thank him for ten wonderful years at Loyola.