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Ronald F. Maxwell
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Ronald F. Maxwell

Ronald F. Maxwell wears three hats as the director, producer and screenwriter of Gods and Generals. His earlier Civil War production of Gettysburg won plaudits here and abroad.

Distinguished critic and film historian Richard Schickel wrote in TIME: 'The cinematic rarity, an intelligent epic, speaks well for writer-director Ronald Maxwell's sober intentions and very creditable achievements in this film.'

Ron Maxwell was educated at New York University College of Arts & Sciences and graduated from NYU School of Arts, Institute of Film.

Maxwell's directorial career was launched when he was serving as an assistant to Charlton Heston during the filming of the 1973 film Antony & Cleopatra, when Heston gave him the opportunity to direct a scene with the 2nd unit.

Shortly thereafter, back in the United States, Maxwell worked as producer/director for Theater-in-America and Great Performances, PBS-WNET-13. He turned to independent filmmaking in l978 and has never looked back.

His early credits begin with The Guest, a 40-minute adaptation from a short story by Albert Camus, which he scripted and directed for the NYU Institute of Film. Next came a documentary history of the Bible Society which he scripted and directed, Let There Be Light.

Maxwell moved to the two-hour feature, Sea Marks, adapted from the Gardner McKay play, which he produced and directed for WNET-13. Also for WNET-13 he produced and directed a 90-minute feature adapted from a short story by Paul Gallico, Verna: USO Girl, starring Sissy Spacek and William Hurt. The latter brought Maxwell an Emmy nomination.

For Paramount Pictures he directed Little Darlings, followed this with The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia for Avco-Embassy, and then Kidco for 20th Century Fox.

In a return to documentary filmmaking, he wrote, produced and directed 1987's In the Land of the Poets, a daring look inside the Nicaraguan civil war.

Ron is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He holds an honorary Doctor of Letters from Concordia College. He is the father of a daughter (Olivia) and a son (Jonathan) and the alpha-male for two Westies (Tibbie and Willie). He resides in Los Angeles and Rappahannock County, Virginia.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Ronald F. Maxwell Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter, Producer

Selected Filmography

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