Friday, March 11, 2011

James B. Clark - Children's Book Director

James B. Clark was a film editor and director who had a special gift for specializing in nature and adventure films aimed at young audiences. He filmed some of my favorite children's books. The first was Island of the Blue Dolphins (novel by Scott O'Dell) and then a collaboration with Joseph Krumgold who wrote the book And Now Miguel. My personal favorite though is My Side of the Mountain based on the book by Jean Craighead George. The movie is quite different from the book, but still retains the same spirit. Really beautiful color photography throughout. The last film Clark directed was an ABC Afterschool Special based on the novel Summer of The Swans by Betsy Byars. He also was involved as an assistant director for many episodes of The Twilight Zone and the Adam West Batman series.

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