Artist-in-Residence, Extraordinary Professor of Video Technology
M.F.A., Louisiana State University; B.A., Louisiana State University
Jim Gabour is an award-winning film/video producer and director, whose work focuses primarily on music and the diversity of cultures. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University. During his career, he has earned five Cable ACE Awards and medals at the International Film & Television Festival of New York and the WorldFest Film Festival. In both 2001 and 2004 Gabour was the featured director of the year at the International Broadcasters Conference in Amsterdam.
In 2002 he produced and directed multi-Grammy-Award-winner Norah Jones' concert long-form for Capitol and Blue Note Records. The resulting multi-platinum DVD spent five weeks at #1 in worldwide sales. Recent projects include a live DVD with hiphop duo Floetry in 2003, NARAS' musical "Heroes" awards and a second Norah Jones DVD in 2004, and a documentary on famed soul singer Al Green in 2005. Gabour's feature-length documentary film "Flow: Living in the Stream of Music" was released in Fall 2006, and the film's DVD was nominated for a 2007 Grammy as "Best Longform Music Video." The film, which was an official selection of festivals in locations as diverse at Rotterdam and Buenos Aires, has been made a part of the permanent collection of the American Jazz Museum.
For the past two years his reports from New Orleans have been digitally published on the Center for American History and University of Texas’ School of Journalism site www.digitaljournalist.org, London’s international public affairs site www.openDemocracy.net, and on the University of Southern California’s “pop+politics” site from its Annenberg School of Communications. The first volume of these essays will be published in print form in February 2008.
Gabour participates in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Cable Programming, International Film & Television Festival, and the International Broadcasters Conference. He has been with the College of Music faculty since 2005.