One of the folks concerned within the making of Christmas Camp, filmed in Hudson Valley, sadly handed away shortly after the film completed filming. The film was simply launched on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, practically a yr after it was filmed, however Joe James’ loss remains to be felt by those that labored with him and the household and buddies who beloved him. Read on to study extra about Joe James.
Christmas Camp filmed within the Hudson Valley space in May 2018. Then on May 29, 2018, the Hudson Valley Film Commission introduced on Facebook the unhappy information that Joe James had handed away. James handed away on May 26. The actor and filmmaker had been coping with quite a few well being points, Hudson Valley shared, however nonetheless managed to work on the film regardless of what he was going through. According to Record Online, he died all of a sudden at his dwelling in Washingtonville, New York.
The Hudson Valley Film Commission wrote on Facebook:
“I’m very unhappy to announce that filmmaker, actor and pal Joe James handed away on Saturday, May 26. He might be dearly missed. I knew Joe since 2002 when he first labored for the Woodstock Film Festival. He was typically impetuous, generally nuts, and infrequently crippled with again ache, however underneath his tough exterior, he was a loving and delicate soul with a HUGE HEART. He was a faithful husband, captivated with his work, tattoos, and a pal to all animals (particularly his canines). He’d overcome numerous his illnesses and labored on many current initiatives together with Christmas Camp and Burn. He was an achieved armourer, propmaster, set dresser, manufacturing designer, actor and filmmaker. He had numerous initiatives within the pipeline and he left the BEST phone messages!
There’s numerous discuss within the movie enterprise about household, however it pertains to co-workers, moderately than blood. Sixteen hour work days can convey battle in the very best of us, however finally that point spent collectively creates bonds which can be thick as blood.
My coronary heart goes out to Julie, his loving spouse. A service might be introduced shortly. Per Joe’s needs, he may have a inexperienced burial. Rest in peace my pal.
Here is their submit:
Hudson Valley Film Commission later wrote this touching message about him on Facebook:
Joe went six toes underneath right now. No pomp and circumstance – only a pine coffin and a inexperienced burial within the woods, within the firm of bushes. My digicam stopped working. I figured that was Joe. I’d by no means identified him to be digicam shy however the circumstances weren’t as that they had ever been earlier than. This was not a movie. It was actuality.
A small gathering of household and buddies gathered, spoke of fond reminiscences, shared laughter, shed tears. Flowers had been tossed into the void and adopted by a procession of mourners shoveling dust into the brutal actuality that lay beneath. I provided to toss 300 shovelfuls in for the lots of of filmmakers who beloved Joe and weren’t there.
Physically, Joe was gone. however as folks hugged in consolation and recalled extra reminiscences, Joe got here again to life. I appeared again on the bushes and imagined the tree that might rise from his soil, stretching roots throughout the forest and rising with a robust trunk with many gnarled branches expressing ache and insanity and pleasure and love and hope and love.
Joe James left behind his beloved spouse, Julie James. She is a gifted photographer
Joe James was an actor, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, a filmmaker, a manufacturing designer, and a member of the Hudson Valley Film Commission. According to IMDB, he had a protracted record of accomplishments, together with working as an actor on quite a few productions like Burn (premiering in 2019), Already Gone, Do Unto Others, King Cobra, Night of the Wolf, Mystery Team, Down to the Bone, and extra.
One pal, Nancy Rubel, wrote on Facebook: “We had a project we were going to do… it will go on in his loving memory …”
Nicole Signore wrote: “Great soul. Rough on the outside and sweet on the inside and totally passionate and loving with animals we had that in common. Extremely hard working film brother you will be missed.”
Shawn Schaffer wrote about how Joe had an enormous coronary heart and fought for others to seek out justice. “Such a great guy and years later when I was brutally beaten up by some security at a music festival in Syracuse, he raised all holy hell and moved mountains to bring the guys and their company to justice over it. He didn’t have to, but he understood what it was like to be wrongfully treated for something like that and wanted to help.”
Friends stated that he beloved animals and was a vegetarian. Because of his love for animals, it was requested that memorial donations be made to the Hudson Valley SPCA in New Windsor, New York or to your native animal shelter. If you wish to honor Joe James, you may nonetheless try this right now.