Montana State University — College of Arts and Architecture — President’s Fine Arts Series 2009-2010

Finding Montana

John Heminway, author and filmmaker


November 12

Black Box Theater

Pre–event reception starts at 6:30

Individual Event Ticket price $20

$75 for the four event season package

To order tickets call: 406-994-4405

How a lifetime of filming, writing and travel pointed the way west.

John Heminway

John Heminway’s writing and filmmaking career has been distinguished by a fascination with nature, science, evolution, travel and the human drama. Heminway was born in New York, was educated there, Switzerland, Massachusetts and at Princeton University from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1966.

Heminway has written five books. His first, The Imminent Rains, published when he was 23, describes an overland journey from South Africa to Kenya. Another, No Man’s Land, is a portrait of striking people affected by Africa. William F. Buckley called it “the best book I have ever read on Africa and one of the best I have read in any category in years.” Tom Brokaw called his Yonder: A Place In Montana, published in 2000 by National Geographic, “eloquent and deeply felt.” In addition, Heminway has written for numerous magazines. In 1989, he was cited for his role in earning Condé Nast Traveler the National Magazine Award.

Heminway began his film career in 1968 with ABC Sports’ “The American Sportsman,” then America’s highest-rated sports show. Over the decades he has written and produced a wide-range of television and film projects, earning such honors as the George F. Peabody Award and Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism, as well as a Telly and a Ciné Golden Eagle award. Heminway’s opening to the first show of “The Brain” is in the Smithsonian Institute’s permanent collection. In 1988, Heminway wrote and produced two hours of the PBS series “The Mind” and won the Primetime Emmy for writing.

Between 1988 and 1993, Heminway was Executive Producer and host of the popular PBS series, “Travels,” comprising nearly 50 authored journeys to all corners of the world. He was awarded both the Christopher Award and, in 1995, the George F. Peabody Award.

Between 1994 and 1995, Heminway worked at Disney Cruise Lines, helping fashion story line and ship design for Disney’s two 85,000-ton ships. He spearheaded the East African premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King,” and was a creative consultant for the Disney Institute and Disney Vacation Club. In 1998, he produced, directed and wrote the video about the ship, Disney Magic. He also authored Disney Magic: The Launching of A Dream, published in 1998 by Hyperion Press and now reissued for sale onboard.

Between 2001 and 2002, Heminway was President of Media for Abercrombie & Kent, a $200 million global travel provider. Subsequently he advised RCI, the world’s foremost timeshare exchange company.

Heminway directed, wrote and co-produced “Stress: Portrait of a Killer” for National Geographic Television that aired on PBS, September, 2008. Heminway’s screenplay, FLIGHT, has been optioned by Vulcan Productions. It is currently being cast. He is one of the contributors to an oral history of George Plimpton was published in the autumn 0f 2008.

Heminway has been a trustee of Trout Unlimited and the Leakey Foundation. He is trustee of the White Oak Conservation Center, a member of the advisory boards of the American Prairie Foundation, Trustee Emeritus of the African Wildlife Foundation which he served as Chairman for nine years, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and, since the age of 17, a member of the Explorers’ Club where, in June 2002, he was named a “Champion of Wildlife”.

While working out of New York, Heminway, his wife, Kathryn, and seven-year-old daughter, Lucia, live in Montana. For more information visit John’s Web site