Films by Filmmaker
Jim Klein has been an independent filmmaker since 1969. He has been active in the American independent film community ever since. Along with his partner, Julia Reichert, he made the first documentary about women from a feminist perspective, Growing Up Female; one of the first oral history films, the Oscar-nominated Union Maids; the first film to challenge government policies on heroin addiction, Methadone: An American Way Of Dealing; and the first documentary film on American Communists, Seeing Red, which brought their second Academy Award nomination. His first solo film, Letter to the Next Generation, was released in May 1990 and premiered on the PBS series, P.O.V. Jim has just completed a new work, Taken For a Ride, co-made with Martha Olson. A look at General Motors' role, over a fifty year span, in destroying public transportation and pushing freeways into the very center of cities, the film premiered on PBS.