James and his wife Cynthia were in attendance at most film festivals including Toronto Film Society’s May Weekend and George Eastman House Weekend for many years, and where I first had the pleasure of meeting them. It was always fun to speak with them–James, of course, about the preservation of a film he was working on, and Cynthia, well, just about everything else.
The last time I saw James and Cynthia was at the Western New York Film Festival this past September. I was expecting to see them at a number of upcoming festivals, starting this May at Cinevent in Columbus, Ohio; in August at Capitolfest in Rome, New York, and, for me, my first time attending the Mostly Lost festival in Culpeper, Virginia in June. James always had something interesting to say when he presented a film that he had been furiously working on in order to have it ready to present at one of the festivals.
My deepest condolence to Cynthia. I hope that when she is ready, I will continue to meet with her at these special events.