Founder & President
Jim Butterworth brings his extensive track record of business formation, leadership and growth to Naked Edge Films. As a businessperson and filmmaker himself, Jim plays a hands-on role in the strategic development and execution of every NEF film. He has served as executive producer for films including “Southwest of Salem” (Tribeca 2016, Hot Docs 2016), “The Mind of Mark DeFriest” (Hot Docs, Los Angeles Film Fest, aired on Showtime), “Silenced” (Tribeca, Hot Docs, aired on ARTE/ZDF, DirecTV, CBC, NHK and Netflix worldwide), “The Revisionaries” (duPont Silver Baton, Special Jury Prize at Tribeca, aired on PBS), “Donor Unknown” (Audience Award winner at Tribeca and Silverdocs, aired on PBS, More4, ARTE, VPRO), “War Don Don” (Special Jury Prize at SXSW, nominated for two Emmy Awards, aired on HBO), and “GONE” (premiere at Tribeca, aired on Discovery ID). Other NEF films include “In Country” (Full Frame, Hot Docs), “Code of the West” (SXSW), “Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle” (IDFA), “The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan” (Silverdocs), “and “Saving Face” (Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short, aired on HBO).
Jim’s own film “Seoul Train,” which he produced, directed and shot, has been translated to more than twenty languages and broadcast on TV globally, including on the Emmy award winning PBS series Independent Lens. “Seoul Train” has been in competition at more than 100 international film festivals (winning more than a dozen awards), and has inspired countless grassroots and policy-level actions worldwide. In 2007, “Seoul Train” was bestowed the Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism and investigative reporting, the most prestigious prize in television and radio news, and the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. “Seoul Train” also was runner-up for the 2007 National Journalism Award.
Jim also is the president and founder of Two-Way Media, which holds his 53 issued U.S. and foreign patents in streaming media. Jim was one of the pioneers in the streaming of audio and video over the Internet, having founded Netcast Communications Corp. in 1995. Netcast was a groundbreaking service that featured continuous 24×7 channels of music, news, sports, talk and other interactive audio programming.
In 2013, Jim co-founded and currently chairs both Open Boulder (501c4) and Open Boulder Foundation (501c3) that together form a grassroots, nonpartisan movement of open-minded, moderate and forward-looking individuals of all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds coming together to make Boulder an even better place to live, work and play.
In 1999, Jim founded LC39 Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm and one of the top-performing venture funds of its vintage. From 1990-1995, Jim worked with technology, media and telecom companies as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, where he also was responsible for building the firm’s leading tracking stock practice. Earlier in his career, Jim held marketing positions with Unisys Corporation and Data General, was an operations analyst and simulation programmer on defense projects for Rockwell International, and worked as a manufacturing engineer at Northern Telecom.
Jim is a frequent public speaker, having presented on Capitol Hill and before other legislative bodies worldwide, to the Council on Foreign Relations, at dozens of international conferences, and on college campuses. He also has made numerous appearances on television and radio, including on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX, NHK (Japan), CBC, Canal + (France), National Public Radio, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia and many other national and local media. He has been featured in print publications including Newsweek, Business 2.0, Crain’s New York and Fast Company magazine, and cited in many others.
Jim actively advises a number of nonprofits, startup companies and investment funds. Jim is a founder of Incite Productions, a nonprofit that produces documentaries promoting positive social change around the world. He is a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, which serves and advises the institute’s president, and is an Emeritus Member of the Alumni Advisory Board of the Georgia Tech School of Industrial & Systems Engineering. He served as an advisor to the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation, a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to promote international scientific and technical collaboration. In 2008, Jim served on the Obama for America Energy & Environment Policy Team and on the Steering Committee for Cleantech and Green Business for Obama (CT4O). He also has served as a judge for the Emmy awards and for several international film festivals.
Jim holds a Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an inductee into the Georgia Tech Academy of Outstanding Engineering Alumni and its Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni, and a recipient of the 2007 Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Jr. Award for significant contribution to social justice. Jim is based in Boulder, Colorado.