Alumni Stories

Jim Whitaker (C’90)

Filmmaker and Director, Project Rebirth
Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Jim Whitaker

Shortly after 9/11, Jim Whitaker visited New York City. When he went to Ground Zero he felt despair and anger, but also sensed the determination and resolve of the first responders and volunteers working to clear the site and knew then that somehow New York would cope, the site would be rebuilt and that process urgently needed to be captured on film over the coming years. Thus, Project Rebirth was born.

Whitaker lives the phrase “men and women in service to others.” He began his career as a documentary filmmaker creating socially conscious films to raise money for nonprofits including Best Buddies. He also wrote and directed “Loaded,” an award-winning public service announcement against drinking and driving in memory of a Georgetown University classmate. The president of Imagine Entertainment, Whitaker’s Hollywood production track record includes American Gangster, 8 Mile, Cinderella Man and other acclaimed films.

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Project Rebirth

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