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About the Film History Detective

James Forsher


James Forsher has been researching, writing, directing and producing non-fiction programming focusing on Hollywood for over four decades. His television programs include the twenty-six part HOLLYWOOD CHRONICLES for the Discovery Channel (1990), the eight-part CHANGING CULTURE OF THE WORKPLACE (1995), THE HOLLYWOOD CENSORSHIP WARS for the Arts & Entertainment Network (1994), LOST WARRIORS for PBS (1998) and the thirteen part THE 1960’s for Encore! Feature length specials include HOLLYWOOD UNCENSORED and HOLLYWOOD GHOST STORIES (which have aired on such systems as Cinemax and The Movie Channel). He recently developed and narrated the ORF/Langbein production of ELVIS UND DAS MADSCHEN AUS WIEN (2017). Dr.Forsher wrote THE COMMUNITY OF CINEMA: HOW CINEMA AND SPECTACLE TRANSFORMED THE AMERICAN DOWNTOWN (Praeger, 2002).

He has served as a consultant for a number of organizations, including ABC News, PBS Marketplace. He also was a producer of visual content for Pearson and Allyn & Bacon Publishers.

James Forsher is a retired Associate Professor in Communication, having taught at The University of Vienna, California State University, East Bay, Seattle University, Temple University and Florida State University. He has also served as a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Vienna and Klagenfurt University in 2015 and 2018. His background is a blend of an interest in American cultural institutions and communication studies, which he has examined both in written works and as a television producer.

Archival Producer Services

Our only business is helping filmmakers find the best archival footage for your projects. 

In that pursuit, we start with offering you full access to our in-house film archive, offered to our clients at a substantial discount. We then scour the world for the film clips you need.


Looking for legends talking about their careers like Frank Zappa.

With over 4 decades of experience, we have dozens of in-house

interviews to start with, and access to many, many more.


Sometimes you just need that 'money shot,' the image that in a

few seconds help define the story you are trying to tell. We will find

you a few to choose from and you can do the rest.










Research fees are $100 an hour. For every billed hour of work, you will receive a credit of one minute of footage from our FOOTAGESOURCE public domain collection.  The FOOTAGESOURCE copyright material will cost 50 percent of rate card for film detective clients.

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