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Also Known As: Jonathan Gries, Jon Francis Died:
Born: June 16, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: California, USA Profession: singer, actor, producer, musician, director

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A pioneering figure in nonfiction filmmaking, Grierson was the first to use the term "documentary," in a review of Robert Flaherty's "Moana" (1926). Returing to Britain in 1927 after a stint in the US, he petitioned the Empire Marketing Board to investigate the propaganda potential of film and was commissioned to form a unit within the organization. Inspired by the success of his first effort, "Drifters" (1929), a study of North Sea fishermen, he amassed a talented group of proteges whose work he encouraged and supervised. When the EMB was dissolved in 1933 Grierson's unit moved to the General Post Office (GPO), where their work included the outstanding "Night Mail" (1936). In 1937 Grierson established the Film Centre consultancy, serving as an advisor on, among other projects, the European editions of the US series, "The March of Time." He also set up supervisory film panels in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Scotland. Although Grierson would only direct one more film, "The Fishing Banks of Skye" (1935), he remained a driving force behind documentary movements worldwide. He also continued writing influential essays on documentary cinema, which were later collected in the volume "Grierson on...

A pioneering figure in nonfiction filmmaking, Grierson was the first to use the term "documentary," in a review of Robert Flaherty's "Moana" (1926). Returing to Britain in 1927 after a stint in the US, he petitioned the Empire Marketing Board to investigate the propaganda potential of film and was commissioned to form a unit within the organization. Inspired by the success of his first effort, "Drifters" (1929), a study of North Sea fishermen, he amassed a talented group of proteges whose work he encouraged and supervised.

When the EMB was dissolved in 1933 Grierson's unit moved to the General Post Office (GPO), where their work included the outstanding "Night Mail" (1936). In 1937 Grierson established the Film Centre consultancy, serving as an advisor on, among other projects, the European editions of the US series, "The March of Time." He also set up supervisory film panels in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Scotland.

Although Grierson would only direct one more film, "The Fishing Banks of Skye" (1935), he remained a driving force behind documentary movements worldwide. He also continued writing influential essays on documentary cinema, which were later collected in the volume "Grierson on Documentary" (1946).

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 Endgame (2015)
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 Taken 3 (2015)
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 Faults (2014)
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 Well, The (2014)
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 Locker 13 (2014)
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 Noobz (2013)
10.
 Taken 2 (2012)
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father:
Tom Gries. Seven siblings.
father:
Tom Gries. Producer, director. Born on December 22, 1922; died of a heart attack on January 3, 1977; directed sons in "Helter Skelter".
mother:
Mary Munday. Actor. Died of cancer on September 30, 1997 at age 71.
mother:
Mary Munday. Italian.
half-brother:
Peter Gries. Mother Beatriz Summers.
half-brother:
Peter Gries. Assistant director. Born in 1947.
brother:
Stephen Edward Gries. Leather merchant.
brother:
Stephen Edward Gries. Former actor. Born in November 1952.
brother:
Cary C Gries. Married twice.
brother:
Cary C Gries. Editor. Born in May 1956.
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