Ron Maxwell, director
The conservation and preservation of history has been of primary interest to Maxwell throughout his life, and so has the nature of American identity. Born and raised in Clifton, New Jersey, son of a World War II veteran and his French war bride, it is only fitting that his graduate thesis film at NYU Film Institute was an adaptation of Albert Camus’ “The Guest” and that his major debut as a director was a tender but unsentimental love story set in his parents’ era that secured him an Emmy nomination: Verna:USO Girl (PBS, 1978).
Maxwell’s subsequent first theatrical film Little Darlings (Paramount, 1980) was a box-office hit that starred Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol. This paved the way to The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (AvcoEmbassy, 1981).
Disney’s Parent Trap II and Twentieth-Century Fox’s Kidco followed, during which Maxwell persevered in his 15 year quest to see Gettysburg made.
He is by no means finished with history as his preoccupation – optioning and co-writing(with Alan Geoffrion)a screenplay from Speer Morgan’s critically acclaimed novel Belle Starr, about the woman who rode with Jesse and Frank James and was known as Queen of the Outlaws.
In 2014 Maxwell continued preproduction on an epic trilogy of movies from his own original screenplays, Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior and is developing a motion-picture set during the Highland Clearances of late 18th Century Scotland titled “Consider the Lilies.”
He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Concordia College.
His interest in this campaign is bolstered by his continued outspokenness on the necessity for conservation of history and historical land, and he fervently supports maintaining the Roadless Rule to protect the centuries old forests of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.