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Papa's Shadow

A young American travels across East Africa studying Ernest Hemingway’s celebrated hunting expeditions while Hemingway’s son, Patrick, discusses Africa’s role in his father’s demise.

  • Jimmy Gildea
  • Jimmy Gildea
  • Jimmy Gildea; Hemingway, Ltd.; Mark Nystrom, Bob Nystrom, Jane Weigleitner, Joseph Mbele
  • Patrick Hemingway, Joseph Mbele
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    45,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Tanzania, United Republic of, United States
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Director Biography - Jimmy Gildea

Jimmy Gildea is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and founded Ramble Pictures LLC in 2015. He is a Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer and Editor at Ramble Pictures. Jimmy has a BA in Philosophy with a concentration in Film Studies from St. Olaf College. Prior to founding Ramble Pictures, he assisted in the post production of Gia Coppola’s "Palo Alto" and the production of Chris Messina’s "Alex of Venice," each as an intern. Gildea also worked as the Assistant Director of The Phoenix Theater Project’s 2012 production of Yasmina Reza’s "Art." More recently, he partnered with Sparky Stories on a 48 hour film project as the Producer of the short film They Both Suck. Jimmy is passionate about the making of socially impactful cinema, humanitarian activism and creative story telling. He enjoys camping, spending time with friends and family, golfing and staying involved in the international community.

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Director Statement

"Papa's Shadow" is a personal and informative film that attempts to shed light on the significance of Ernest Hemingway's hunting safaris in East Africa. This feature-length documentary represents my first steps into filmmaking; it has taken half a decade to create and has been filmed across the United States and Northern Tanzania.