Kirby is an award winning independent film and video producer. She worked for CBS News in New York, and left to do graduate work in communications at Stanford University, where she received her MA in Communication in 1982. In 1982 she founded Omega Productions, an educational and corporate film and video and production firm where she produced and directed projects for numerous clients including: Apple, The Gap, Levi Strauss, Pacific Telesis. She is currently an Honorary Board member of the National Resources Defense Council in New York, and Summer Search San Francisco and has served on the boards of Marin Country Day School, and The Center for Investigative Reporting. She serves on the Advisory Committee for Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
James writes, produces and directs for film and television. His latest directorial project, Aces, is a documentary film that explores the emerging link between childhood trauma and life-long health problems – and what can be done about it. He directed The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia currently airing on HBO. He also produced the film Watershed about the Colorado River and the acclaimed HBO documentary Mann V. Ford.
Additionally, James wrote and directed Quality Time, an award-winning short comedy starring Jason Patric. He recently combined his passion for music and directing in Andain’s new music video, Much Too Much.
Other credits include producing The Kindness of Strangers which premiered at Sundance in 1999 and was picked up by HBO as well as adapting and directing Showtime’s Spin starring Stanley Tucci, Dana Delany, and Ruben Blades. Redford also wrote the original screenplays for Cowboy Up starring Kiefer Sutherland and Darryl Hannah as well as adapting Tony Hillerman’s Skinwalkers, a PBS/Mystery! series that was the highest-rated PBS-scripted program of 2002. The Acting Thing, a comedic short written by James, was named best comedic short at the 1996 Houston Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel that same year.
After surviving two liver transplants, James founded JRI, a non-profit dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the miraculous gift of organ donation. His live musical event, “Share the Beat“, has been performed across the country with the help of notable talents such as: Tim McGraw, Phil Vassar, Deana Carter, Ruben Blades, Dana Delaney, James Denton, Ryan Merriman, and Eric Stromer among others.
James also plays guitar for Olive and the Dirty Martinis, a popular Bay Area rock and roll cover band. He is an avid surfer, cyclist, and skier and currently lives in Marin County, CA. To learn more, please visit www.jamesredford.com.