Amjad Ali Khan Documentary by James Beveridge 1971




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Published on Nov 1, 2012

Amjad Ali Khan, 1971 (producer, as James Beveridge and Associates Ltd.)

James Beveridge
Director, Producer, Editor
(b. August 12, 1917 Vancouver, British Columbia - d. February 16, 1993 Toronto, Ontario)
In 1938, James Beveridge was a young journalism school graduate in London, England, researching a book on the history of film when he met John Grierson, who encouraged Beveridge to abandon the book and come to Canada to work for him instead at what would become the National Film Board. Grierson sent Beveridge to the GPO Unit in London to learn about documentary filmmaking, then sent him to Ottawa at the outbreak of World War II to begin work at the NFB.
Beveridge worked on the World in Action and Canada Carries On series and was Grierson's choice to take over from him as Government Film Commissioner. Instead, he was made Executive Producer and head of production from 1947 to 1949, then sent to London to head the Board's European office from 1951 to 1954.
He resigned from the NFB in 1954 to create a documentary film production unit in Bombay (now called Mumbai), India for the Burmah Shell Corporation, where he produced forty films in four years. He returned to Montreal in 1958 and worked as a freelance editor for the NFB and as an independent producer. He was also the host and moderator of the CBC-TV public affairs programme Let's Face It.
In 1962 he was invited to establish and administer the North Carolina Film Board, which produced several remarkable documentaries dealing with that state's racial integration. When the North Carolina Film Board was shut down in 1965 by a newly elected Republican government, Beveridge returned to Montreal, where he was commissioned to create the "Man the Producer" pavilion for Expo '67. He worked as a film professor at New York University in 1968 and, as a UNESCO consultant, created a film institute in Poona, India dedicated to documentary production.
In 1970 he became the founding chair of York University's film department, the first of its kind in Canada, and spent the next several years commuting between Toronto, Bombay, Poona and New York City. He returned to India from 1975 to 1978 as part of a UNESCO programme called SITE, which broadcast educational television by satellite to rural India. In 1978, he published a book on John Grierson -- John Grierson: Film Master -- and in 1979 he and his wife, Jane Marsh Beveridge, established India's first graduate programme in Mass Communication at the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, where they lived until the late eighties. James received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Canadian Film and Television in 1991. The Idealist -- James Beveridge, Film Guru, a documentary on his life and work made by his daughter, Nina Beveridge, aired on TVO in 2006 and played at many international film festivals.


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