Bravest Documentary Filmmakers

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Joshua Tickell
Director, Fuel
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, iTunes...
 
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Michael Moore
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 journalism at the University of Michigan-Flint...
 
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Robert Greenwald
After working as a director in the New York and Los Angeles Theater, Robert Greenwald established Robert Greenwald Productions (RGP) with the internet to create theatrical films, television movies, miniseries and documentaries with a distinct social and political sensibility. Since its creation, RGP has brought more than 45 films to audiences worldwide...
 
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Werner Herzog
Director, Grizzly Man
Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for his films.
 
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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 and Vernon, Florida). In the second movie, Morris intended to explore "Nub City," the town known for residents trading limbs for insurance settlements...
 
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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 Council...
 
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Kirby Dick
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, a monumental exposé about sexual assault on college campuses, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, was released by Radius/The Weinstein Company and CNN...
 
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Eugene Jarecki
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 and again in 2012 for The House I Live In A public intellectual on domestic and international affairs...
 
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Rob Epstein
Producer, Howl
 
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Adam Del Deo
Producer, Virunga
 
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Michèle Ohayon
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 Jodie Foster) (PBS)...
 
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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 recent release of the wrongfully-convicted West Memphis Three...
 
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Dan Krauss
Cinematographer, The Kill Team
 
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Cynthia Wade
Cinematographer, Freeheld
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, which will air on HBO in 2004, and is principal camera for the Academy Award-nominated short documentary _Collector of Bedford Street...
 
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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 states speaking candidly about their support of this candidate...
 
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Ken Burns
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, periodicals and ordinary people's correspondence...
 
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Guy Davidi
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 refused doing his obligatory military service in the Israeli Army after being enrolled for 3 months...
 
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Andrea Nix
Producer, War Dance
 
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James Spione
Editor, Silenced
Academy Award and Emmy nominee James Spione has been directing, producing, writing and editing both documentary and fiction films for over twenty years. His most recent feature, the acclaimed whistle-blower documentary "Silenced," premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, played at numerous film festivals worldwide...
 
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Rebecca Cammisa
Producer, Which Way Home
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 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary...
 
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Ruby Yang
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). In 2003, along with filmmaker Thomas F. Lennon, Yang founded the Chang Ai Media Project to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in China...
 
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Albert Maysles
Cinematographer, Grey Gardens
 
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Rick Rowley
Cinematographer, Dirty Wars
 
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Rithy Panh
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 Thailand...
 
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Avi Lewis
Producer, The Take
 
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Irena Salina
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 sponsored by LifeTime Television for the Hamptons Film Festival...
 
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Hubert Sauper
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 directs his documentaries...
 
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