One State writer/producer/director Robert Clem is a native of Alabama with family ties in both the northern and southern parts of the state. He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Harvard Law School and practiced and taught criminal law in Washington D.C. before moving to New York to attend NYU Graduate Film School. He was invited to the Sundance Institute Filmmakers Lab in 1986 with his screenplay Stray Kids and received an Independent Filmmaker Fellowship to produce his short film Ready to be a Wise Man about a boy growing up with racial prejudice in the 1950s. His award-winning documentary film Big Jim Folsom: The Two Faces of Populism in 1997 led to other films about the South, primarily in his native state.

















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