James “Jamie” Redford, the son of the iconic actor Robert Redford, passed away recently, and his passing has left the worlds of filmmaking and activism with a major hole to fill. Jamie, who passed away at the age of 58, made an unforgettable effect on the world through the transformative work he did as a filmmaker and an advocate.
The Redford Center is a non-profit organization that was co-founded by Jamie Redford and his father, Robert Redford. The mission of the organization is to use cinema and media to advance environmental and climate justice, develop answers, and encourage healing. Their goal was to use the transformative power of narrative to bring about positive social change.
Throughout the course of his career, Jamie has directed and produced a number of notable films, such as “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” as well as documentaries that have won awards, such as “Watershed,” “Toxic Hot Seat,” and “Mann v. Ford.” His research focused light on important challenges pertaining to the environment and emphasized the significance of taking action.
Unfortunately, Jamie Redford lost his battle against bile-duct cancer in his liver and passed away. Since he was a child, he had to deal with a variety of health issues, and he had already received two transplants. As a direct result of the events that transpired in his own life, Jamie Redford established the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, a charitable organization with the mission of educating people about the value of organ and tissue donation.
Kyle, Jamie’s wife, paid a moving tribute to her cherished husband on Twitter. In her post, she expressed her appreciation for the 32 years that the couple had spent together. She stated in the note, “Jamie passed away today. He had a wonderful, meaningful life and was cherished by a great number of people. He will be sorely missed by everyone. I am most thankful for the two wonderful children that we were able to raise together throughout the 32 years that I have been his wife. Over the past two years, I have no idea what we would have accomplished without their help.
Robert Redford’s publicist, Cindi Berger, has issued a statement on the actor’s behalf, stating that he is mourning with his family during this terrible time and asking for privacy. Berger also noted that the statement was sent on Robert Redford’s behalf. The statement continued, adding some poignancy to the situation, “The grief is unimaginable when a child is lost.” Jamie was a devoted son, husband, and father who loved his family deeply. His legacy will be carried on by his children, as well as via the art he created, the films he made, and his unwavering dedication to the protection of nature.
Robert Redford's Son James Redford, Filmmaker and Activist, Dies at 58 After Cancer Battle https://t.co/HhFBwFCbdZ— People (@people) October 19, 2020
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis is a rare autoimmune disease that damages the liver, and according to Jamie’s IMDb page, he has been battling this condition since he was a toddler. He continued to have a significant impact through his work and activism despite the difficulties he was experiencing with his health.
A number of notable people, as well as colleagues, have shown their respect for the extraordinary filmmaker. Mark Ruffalo shared his disappointment with the world by writing, “Damn. This year has dealt a significant blow. Another wonderful, kind, and kind person has passed away. Jamie was praised by Kiefer Sutherland for being “a wonderful writer and a wonderful man.”
It is with profound sadness that we grieve the loss of James Redford, our Co-Founder, our inspiration and our friend.— The Redford Center (@redfordcenter) October 19, 2020
With Jamie came love and contagious joy. He approached everything he did with kindness and warmth, and an openness that spread itself easily among others. (1/5) pic.twitter.com/N3hbOh0ELr
While people all across the world are mourning the loss of Jamie Redford, his legacy of influential filmmaking and activism for the environment will continue on. During this difficult time, we are keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers. I pray that he finds eternal rest.