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James Ruffato is a Franco-American documentary filmmaker working between the south of France and the USA. After attending the Maine Media College Young Filmmaker's program and completing a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and Film Studies at King's College London James began working as a freelance filmmaker specializing in short format documentaries about art. James' ongoing collaboration with Southway Studio has led him to create a series of short films in various art institutions throughout France including La Panacée in Montpellier, the MRAC Occitanie, l'Abbey de Fontfroide, the J1 in Marseille and

La Maison de Vente Leclere. James Has also directed multiple documentary films:

Painting the Invisible (52min, 2020) depicts the life of American painter Jill Steenhuis as she navigates the Provençal landscape and recounts her childhood in Atlanta, GA.

Americo (9min, 2023) is a short documentary about the life of Mark Wentz, a former Division 1 wrestler turned sculptor and glassblower.

Leo Marchutz & Lithography (25min, 2023) recounts the life of Holocaust survivor Leo Marchutz and his work as an artist and printmaker.  

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