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      James A. Contner

      James A. Contner

      Highest Rated: 71% Nighthawks (1981)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Jaws III (1983)

      Birthday: Not Available

      Birthplace: Not Available

      In the 1980's, the Michael Mann TV series "Miami Vice" was a bonafide, zeitgeist phenomenon, inspiring a nationwide fashion trend with its pastel colors, cool shades and Don Johnson five o'clock shadow. Veteran cinematographer, producer and TV director James A. Contner made a key contribution to that movement, shooting 11 episodes early on and getting to direct one towards the very end of the show's five-year, 1984-1989 run. Contner went on to collaborate with Mann again on the series "Crime Story," working as a cinematographer and directing a single episode. But it was the "Miami Vice" directing assignment in 1989 that catapulted Vincent to the other side of the camera lens, and from that point forward he has been a TV director, tackling 14 episodes of "Sisters," serving as producer-director on"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and doing many other things in-between. Vincent paid his dues in the 1970's as a camera assistant on a string of high-profile features including "Jaws," "The Wiz" and the original, timeless Christopher Reeve edition of "Superman."

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 22% Shark Swarm Director - 2008
      No Score Yet 44% Ladies of the House Director - 2008
      No Score Yet 50% You've Got a Friend Director - 2007
      No Score Yet 40% Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss Director - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Doe: Ties That Bind Director - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty? Director - 2005
      No Score Yet 29% Jane Doe: Vanishing Act Director - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playing to Win, A Moment of Truth Movie Director - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crimes of Passion: One Hot Summer Night Director - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Champion's Fight: A Moment of Truth Movie Director - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by Evil Director - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She Woke Up Pregnant Director - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Abduction of Innocence: A Moment of Truth Director - 1996
      No Score Yet 65% A Secret Between Friends: A Moment of Truth Movie Director - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cover Girl Murders Director - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Palace Guard Director - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 10 Million Dollar Getaway Director - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Eliot Ness Director - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hitler's Daughter Director - 1990
      53% 41% Monkey Shines Cinematographer $4.8M 1988
      61% 86% The Last Dragon Cinematographer - 1985
      11% 17% Jaws III Cinematographer - 1983
      71% 55% Nighthawks Cinematographer - 1981
      51% 48% Cruising Cinematographer - 1980

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shark Swarm Director 2008
      58% 85% The Dresden Files Director 2007
      87% 88% Angel Director 1999-2004
      No Score Yet 90% Charmed Director 1998-1999 2004
      85% 92% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Director 1998-2003
      56% 80% Star Trek: Enterprise Director 2002-2003
      No Score Yet 67% The Dead Zone Director 2002
      78% 69% Smallville Director 2001
      No Score Yet 86% Roswell Director 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moloney Director 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Courthouse Director 1995
      63% 100% American Gothic Director 1995
      No Score Yet 67% Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Director 1995
      74% 85% The X-Files Director 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish Director,
      Writer
      1995
      86% 85% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Director 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tour of Duty Director 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Riders Director 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Director 1988-1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hard Time on Planet Earth Director 1989
      71% 85% Miami Vice Director 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Director 1988