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Agee Films
produces and distributes award-winning documentary films on a wide range of subjects, including environmental history, American literature, American history, social justice, religion, child development, and American culture.

Founded in 1974, Agee Films is named for novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film writer, James Agee (1909-1955). The Founder and Director of Agee Films is award-winning filmmaker Ross Spears.

Our Films

Agee Films Now Streaming!

We are in the process of making our films available for rental or purchase via streaming as well as on DVD. So far Long Shadows, The Electric Valley, and To Render a Life can be streamed or downloaded. See the individual film pages for more information, and watch for more streamable films in the near future.

Sound Recordings from Our Archives

We are proud to offer downloadable unedited versions of our interviews with the people who appear in our films (and even some who, for space reasons, didn't make the final cut). Click here for more information.

Our Works in Progress

The Truth about Trees: A Natural and Human History

The Truth About Trees is the first full-length documentary series to explore the vital role of trees for all life on Earth. The series dramatizes the profound connection of natural history and human history.

Click here to go to the website for The Truth About Trees, or


At the Common Table: History and Food in the American South

Common Table, a feature length documentary film by Red Dirt Productions and the James Agee Film Project, traces the rich and complicated history of the American South through the foods of the Southern table. Common Table will follow the path of Southern foods from the shores of Africa and Europe to the New World where plants and culinary know-how meet the ingenuity of the South's first farmers, the Southeastern Indians.

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