Bravest Documentary Filmmakersby treasureplanet-997-192782 | created - 06 Aug 2011 | updated - 06 Nov 2014 | Public
1. Alex Gibney
Producer | Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Alex Gibney was born on October 23, 1953 in New York City, New York, USA as Philip Alexander Gibney. He is a producer and director, known for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) and Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015). He has been married...
Director | Good Fortune
Josh Tickell is film Director who specializes in movies with a social message. His first feature movie, Fuel (2008) won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary, and was released theatrically in the United States. FUEL became a global sensation gaining over 1 million viewers on Netflix, ...
Director | Bowling for Columbine
Michael Francis Moore was born in Flint, Michigan on April 23, 1954, and was raised in its Davison suburb. He is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall), a secretary, and Francis Richard Moore, who worked on an auto assembly line. He has Irish, as well as English and Scottish, ancestry.
Moore studied ...
Director | Xanadu
Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films (BNF), is an award-winning television, feature film and documentary filmmaker whose most recent feature is Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA. Greenwald turned to documentary filmmaking in 2002, inspired by pervasive voter rights ...
Producer | Super Size Me
Morgan Spurlock was born on November 7, 1970 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA as Morgan Valentine Spurlock. He is a producer and writer, known for Super Size Me (2004), The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) and Léon: The Professional (1994). He has been married to Sara Bernstein since May 2,...
Producer | Training Day
Davis Guggenheim was born on November 3, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Philip Davis Guggenheim. He is a producer and director, known for Training Day (2001), Waiting for 'Superman' (2010) and An Inconvenient Truth (2006). He has been married to Elisabeth Shue since 1994. They have three ...
Director | Fitzcarraldo
Director. Writer. Producer. Actor. Poet. He studied history, literature and theatre for some time, but didn't finish it and founded instead his own film production company in 1963. Later in his life, Herzog also staged several operas in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has...
11. Richard Schickel
Producer | The Big Red One
Richard Schickel was born on February 10, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Richard Warren Schickel. He was a writer and director, known for The Big Red One (1980), Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente (1987) and The World of Willa Cather (1977). He was married to Carol Rubenstein and ...
12. Errol Morris
His documentaries helped spur a rebirth of non-fiction film in the 80s & garnered wide critical success. But until 2003's "The Fog of War," Morris was shunned by the Academy Awards.
Morris' first two films won much acclaim (Gates of Heaven (1978) and Vernon, Florida (1981)). In the second movie, ...
13. Leslie Iwerks
Producer | The Pixar Story
Leslie Iwerks is an Oscar® and Emmy® nominated documentary director and producer, as well as the granddaughter of famed Disney animation legend and designer of Mickey Mouse, Ub Iwerks.
Iwerks is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television and serves on the USC School of Cinematic Arts Alumni ...
18. Kirby Dick
Director | The Invisible War
Kirby Dick is a two time Emmy-award winning and two-time Academy award-nominated documentary film director. His most recent film, The Hunting Ground (2015), a monumental exposé about sexual assault on college campuses, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, was released by Radius/The ...
19. Eugene Jarecki
Director | Why We Fight
Eugene Jarecki is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning director of dramatic and documentary subjects who has twice won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, first in 2005 for Why We Fight (2005) and again in 2012 for The House I Live In (2012)
A public intellectual on domestic and ...
22. Eddie Schmidt
Producer | Chelsea Does
Eddie Schmidt was born on August 29, 1970 in the USA as Edward Robert Schmidt. He is a director, producer and show runner known for Ugly Delicious (2018), In Search of... (2018), Chelsea Does (2016), Valentine Road (2013), and This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006). He has been married to Rachel ...
26. Heidi Ewing
Director | The Boys of Baraka
Heidi Ewing is a director and producer known for Jesus Camp (2006), The Boys of Baraka (2005), Detropia (2012) ,12th &Delaware (2010), Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016), One of Us (2017) and Freakonomics (2010). She is currently completing her (currently untitled) first narrative ...
28. Rob Epstein
Producer | The Celluloid Closet
Rob Epstein was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA as Robert P. Epstein. He is a producer and director, known for The Celluloid Closet (1995), Paragraph 175 (2000) and The Times of Harvey Milk (1984).
Rob has produced films that have screened worldwide, in cinemas, on television, home video and ...
32. Michèle Ohayon
Director | Colors Straight Up
Michele Ohayon is an award winning director, writer and producer. Born in Casablanca and raised in Israel, Michele graduated from Tel Aviv University (Film & Television), after serving in the army. Her critically acclaimed feature documentaries include: It was a Wonderful Life (1987, narrated by ...
37. Joe Berlinger
Academy Award and seven-time Emmy nominated and Peabody and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Berlinger's films include the landmark documentaries BROTHER'S KEEPER, the PARADISE LOST Trilogy, which helped lead to the ...
38. Bruce Sinofsky
Director | Brother's Keeper
Bruce Sinofsky was born on March 31, 1956 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Bruce Jeffrey Sinofsky. He was a director and producer, known for Brother's Keeper (1992), Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) and Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996). He was married to Florence ...
43. Steven Okazaki
Steven Okazaki was born in 1952 in Venice, California, USA. He is a director and producer, known for White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007), Days of Waiting (1991) and Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015).
44. Cynthia Wade
Director | Shelter Dogs
Wade's career in documentary filmmaking has included work for almost every television broadcast outlet and dozens of non-profit and corporate clients. She is Director and Cinematographer of the feature-length documentary Shelter Dogs (2003), which will air on HBO in 2004, and is principal camera ...
47. Lee Hirsch
Director | Bully
Lee Hirsch was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and attended the Putney School in Vermont, Hampshire College and the New York Film Academy. He is the founder, director and producer of the Local Voices for Obama project, a series of ads featuring Obama supporters in small towns in swing ...
48. Ken Burns
Producer | The Central Park Five
Celebrated American documentarian who gradually amassed a considerable reputation and a devoted audience with a series of reassuringly traditional meditations on Americana. Burns' works are treasure troves of archival materials; he skillfully utilizes period music and footage, photographs, ...
50. Guy Davidi
Director | Five Broken Cameras
Guy Davidi, was born In Jaffa to a Jewish family. He grew up in Holon South of Tel Aviv, Israel. When he was 10 years old his father died and the family moved to Kfar-Saba, North of Tel Aviv. In his high school years he studied cinema course and started making short films. In the age of 19 he ...
54. Andrea Nix
Producer | War Dance
Andrea Nix is an Oscar-winning director, producer, and writer. She is best known for her films Inocente (2012), which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject), War/Dance (2007), which was nominated for Best Documentary, and the Emmy and Peabody-winning film Life According to Sam (...
57. Matthew O'Neill
Producer | Rock and a Hard Place
Matthew O'Neill is a producer and director, known for Rock and a Hard Place (2017), Baghdad ER (2006) and China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province (2009).
58. James Spione
Director | Silenced
Academy Award and Emmy nominee James Spione is a director, producer, writer and editor of both documentary and fiction films. His most recent feature, "Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock," is a unique collaborative work about the historic indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline project ...
59. Rebecca Cammisa
Producer | Sister Helen
In 2003, Rebecca Cammisa founded Documentress Films, teamed up with Mr. Mudd Productions, and began developing the 2010 OSCAR-nominated documentary, "Which Way Home," for which she received a 2006 Fulbright Fellowship for Filmmaking.
"Which Way Home" aired on HBO and was nominated for a 2010 ...
61. Ruby Yang
Editor | Zheng qi
Ruby Yang won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject for The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006). She is also known for directing The Warriors of Qiugang (2010) and My Voice, My Life (2014).
With filmmaker Thomas Lennon, Yang mounted a vast multi-year AIDS prevention campaign seen over 900 ...
63. Albert Maysles
Cinematographer | Grey Gardens
Albert Maysles was born on November 26, 1926 in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Albert Harry Maysles. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Grey Gardens (1975), Salesman (1969) and Gimme Shelter (1970). He was married to Gillian Walker. He died on March 5, 2015 in Manhattan, ...
68. Alanis Obomsawin
Director | Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Alanis Obomsawin was born on August 31, 1932 in Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), Waban-aki: People from Where the Sun Rises (2006) and Is the Crown at War with Us? (2002).
71. Rithy Panh
Director | L'image manquante
Rithy Panh was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the 18th april 1964. He is today one of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers and the most famous Cambodian filmmaker worldwide. After 1975 his family died through the genocidal Khmer Rouge government (1975-1979) while he could escape in 1979 to ...
73. Irena Salina
Director | Ghost Bird: The Life and Art of Judith Deim
She was born in France July 8, 1968. She acted in French theatre before moving to New York where she studied with Charles Laughton in the Actors Studio. She worked in production in various capacities on numerous films before writing and directing her first short, "See You on Monday", which was ...
Producer | El exilio de Gardel: Tangos
Fernando E. Solanas was born on February 16, 1936 in Olivos, Vicente López, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Fernando Ezequiel Solanas. He is a producer and director, known for Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985), The Journey (1992) and Clouds (1998). He is married to Ángela Correa.
78. Hubert Sauper
Director | Darwin's Nightmare
He studied film directing in Vienna (Univ. of Performing Arts). In 1994 he emigrated to France and wrote a thesis about French movie director Ciryl Collard in Université Der Paris VIII and graduated B.A.(Mag. art). Actually Hubert teaches film classes in Europe and the United Stated while he ...