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Fox Hollow Films is an independent, investigative, journalistic, and historical documentary filmmaking company based in Lincoln, Nebraska and owned by James Dean Le Sueur. A distinguished historian, prize-winning filmmaker, and member of the National Press Club,  James produces, shoots, writes, and edits movies with unique craftsmanship and care.  His cinematic storytelling strives to bring audiences films that reveal the dynamic intersections of history, art, politics, and ideas. 

Fox Hollow Film's first feature documentary, The Art of Dissent, was finished in 2020 and took three years to complete. The project relies heavily on never-before-seen film and TV archives to tell the story of how the underground dissident movement in Czechoslovakia resisted the totalitarian state after the Soviet-led invasion in 1968. The film premiered at the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival in August 2020, where it won the first of five awards. The Art of Dissent is a co-production of NUtech Ventures and Czech TV. It was begun at Fox Hollow Films and finished in Prague at FRMOL Production. The film is distributed by Gravitas Ventures, North America's largest distributor. It is now available on iTunes, Amazon, as well as  other major VOD platforms and cable providers. Czech versionUmění disentu, will be broadcast by Czech TV in December 2021 for the tenth anniversary of Czech President Václav Havel’s death. The movie has been translated into Czech, Arabic, and Albanian.

Fox Hollow Films has three new feature documentary films in the works: Seasons of COVID (2022), Before September, and The Peril of Dissent.

James began filming Seasons of COVID in March 2020. With filming completed, the movie is in production with plans to release it in Fall 2022. This is a journalistic investigation of the pandemic on the Great Plains, and James is co-writing the script with attorney-filmmaker Susan Pahlke.

Before September traces terrorism in the United States before 9/11 and focus on three critical legal cases. Filming for this project began several years ago and blends Susan's expertise in legal research with James scholarship on the history of terrorism. It's a perfect filmmaking duo of law and history.

Filming for The Peril of Dissent was begun over 10 years ago, and James and Susan will resume filming in France and Europe after they complete Seasons of COVID. The Peril of Dissent tells 'The Big Picture' story of how the lives of writers, artists, athletes, and cultural actors from Muslim-majority states were disrupted and transformed by death threats from religious radicals and state actors after 1989. It is ultimately a story of our contemporary exiled artists and, in turn, how their work has transformed the cultures of host nations like France, Holland, Belgium, England, and the United States.

James is also planning a docuseries based on his new book on national liberation movements.

Gravitas Ventures

James Dean Le Sueur
Susan Pahlke

Who We Are

James Le Sueur's enchantment with images began with photography at age of nine when his father built him a darkroom. Trained first as a professional photographer, photojournalist, as a journalist, James is a first-generation college graduate and a native of Missoula, Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana, studied French for a year in Paris at La Sorbonne, and then studied intellectual history and philosophy first at Harvard University then at the University of Chicago, where he completed his MA and PhD (1996) in intellectual and cultural history. While a Chicago PhD candidate, he studied as a Georges Lurcy Fellow and Mellon Fellow at École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris with the eminent sociologist and theorist Pierre Bourdieu. He also studied as a DAAD Fellow (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) in Germany and Arabic at the University of Chicago.

Before moving to Nebraska in 2001, James was a history professor at the University of La Verne in Southern California. He was elected Senior Associate Member of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford in 2002. As a scholar, he holds the Samuel Clark Waugh Distinguished Professorship of International Relations at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. James has been chair of the Department of History since 2016 and writes extensively on the history of colonialism, decolonization, and terrorism. He is one of the leading experts on French colonialism and Algeria and is the founding editor of the "France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization" series at the University of Nebraska Press.

At Fox Hollow Films, James is happiest as a cinematographer and enjoys operating First Camera on set. He does his own sound and lighting work.

Susan Pahlke is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and took her JD from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
She is an attorney in South Dakota and specializes in legal research. She worked on The Art of Dissent with James in Prague and was the film's Principal Second Camerawoman. With Fox Hollow films, Susan is the Principal Second Camerawomen, researcher, and script writer.

Le Sueur and Pahlke are co-writing the scripts for Seasons of COVID, Before September, and The Peril of Dissent.

Art of Dissent to launch on major cable, internet platforms
Feb 21, 2019

The University of Nebraska Lincoln wrote a piece about our movie and that we're going to soon be available on major cable and internet platforms.

Los Angeles Review of Books Article
Feb 21, 2019

Le Sueur's essay about making "The Art of Dissent."

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