James Adolphus is an Emmy Award and three-time Peabody Award-winning Director & Cinematographer who focuses on stories of globally relevant social, cultural, and political issues.
Adolphus is currently directing YOU AIN'T GOT THESE at Boardwalk Pictures for Lena Waithe and Quibi. YAGT is a documentary-series that celebrates Sneaker Culture. The fifteen-part series will highlight the subtext of race, politics, class, gender, creativity, commerce, addiction, and self-expression that goes into every pair of Sneakers.
DATING AROUND, the Netflix original series was directed and lensed by James Adolphus and premiered in 2019 to critical acclaim. Vulture wrote, 'the addictive secret of Dating Around [is] clear, it recognizes how much romance-related reality has left on the table.' The New Yorker said Dating Around 'is a delicious tingle of voyeurism,' and W Magazine added, 'Dating Around is the latest Netflix reality show to succeed by not treating viewers like idiots.' Vanity Fair contributed, 'Dating Around might be the anti-Bachelor we've been waiting for,' while The Guardian assured its readers, 'Dating Around is almost certainly going to be the next big breakout Netflix hit.'
James has also lensed the Netflix series, RAPTURE, which breaks down the world of hip-hop through a collection of high-profile interviews and cinéma vérité seldom seen in ethnographic documentaries about the culture, and SOMEBODY FEED PHIL, a culinary adventure in a light-hearted documentary series that follows Phil Rosenthal as he eats his way across the world.
Other cinematography credits include the Paramount Network Peabody Award winner, TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY, for executive producer Shawn Carter (a.k.a. Jay-Z) and, BELIEVER WITH REZA ASLAN for CNN.
James continues his collaboration with HBO into 2019 on their series, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL. James Adolphus helped garner a Peabody Award for the segment THE KILLING FIELDS, and an Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Journalism for UNCAGED, and Mt. Everest: The Death Zone.
THE WARREN, a short film which illustrates the experience of Palestinian civilians amidst the conflict between their country and Israel is Adolphus' debut project as a film director. THE WARREN had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.
Adolphus cut his teeth on Sundance Channel's provocative documentary series BRICK CITY, which was the winner of a Peabody Award in 2009. Further credits include SECOND COMING for BET, winner of the 2013 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, and FREEWAY: CRACK IN THE SYSTEM for Al Jazeera America, nominated for a 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.
Adolphus is cinematography alumnus of the American Film Institute Conservatory and the recipient of the AFI Fisher Fellow Award.