Jim de Sève is the award-winning documentary director of Tying the Knot. He has taught several documentary and camera workshops at the Sanctuary. Working from the frontlines of independent filmmaking, Jim de Sève is the chronicler of America’s new culture war‚ the divisive battle over marriage. Based in Brooklyn, NYC, de Sève has shot and produced work for Nickelodeon, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. De Sève’s documentary, Burying the Saints, is a personal portrait of his eccentric aunts’ search for lost history.
In his PBS short, Sigrid and Rudi Do New York, two Bavarian tourists experience danger and love in New York’s mean, magical streets. He was the Director of Photography for Seeds, about a revolutionary summer camp for ethnic enemies and he also teaches courses in digital filmmaking and directing documentaries at Film Video Arts in New York. TYING THE KNOT takes ‘activist filmmaking’ back to its roots of affecting lasting change, and building a community network through the filmmaker’s vision of social justice.