Bravest Documentary Filmmakers

by 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...

2. Joshua Tickell

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, ...

3. Michael Moore

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 ...

4. Robert Greenwald

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 ...

5. Charles Ferguson

Producer | Inside Job

Charles Ferguson was born on March 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California, USA as Charles Henry Ferguson. He is a producer and director, known for Inside Job (2010), No End in Sight (2007) and Watergate (2018).

6. Morgan Spurlock

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 Mansome (2012). He has been married to Sara Bernstein since May 2, 2016. He was ...

7. Davis Guggenheim

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 August 1994. They have ...

8. Werner Herzog

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...

9. James Marsh

Director | The Theory of Everything

James Marsh was born on April 30, 1963 in Truro, Cornwall, England. He is a director and producer, known for The Theory of Everything (2014), The King (2005) and Shadow Dancer (2012).

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 producer, 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

Director | The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

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 ...

14. Tristan Loraine

Producer | A Dark Reflection

Tristan Loraine is a producer and director, known for A Dark Reflection (2015), Shady Lady (2012) and Spitfire Sisters (2010).

15. Lucy Walker

Director | The Crash Reel

Lucy Walker was born in London, England. She is a director and producer, known for The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010) and Blindsight (2006).

16. Alastair Fothergill

Producer | Planet Earth

Alastair Fothergill was born on April 10, 1960 as Alastair David William Fothergill. He is a producer and director, known for Planet Earth (2006), The Blue Planet (2001) and Frozen Planet (2011).

17. Steve James

Director | The Interrupters

Steve James was born in Hampton, Virginia, USA. He is a director and producer, known for The Interrupters (2011), Hoop Dreams (1994) and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016). He is married to Judy James.

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 ...

20. Michael Brown

Cinematographer | Lava

Michael Brown is known for his work on The Weight of Water (2018), High Ground (2012) and Farther Than the Eye Can See (2003).

21. Don Argott

Director | Believer

Don Argott is a director and cinematographer, known for Believer (2018), Sex Drive (2008) and Last Days Here (2011).

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 ...

23. Amir Bar-Lev

Director | The Tillman Story

Amir Bar-Lev is a producer and director, known for The Tillman Story (2010), Long Strange Trip - The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017) and My Kid Could Paint That (2007).

24. Robert B. Weide

Producer | Curb Your Enthusiasm

Robert B. Weide was born on June 20, 1959. He is a producer and director, known for Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (1998) and The Giver (2014).

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 ...

27. Rachel Grady

Director | The Boys of Baraka

Rachel Grady is a director and producer, known for The Boys of Baraka (2005), Jesus Camp (2006) and Detropia (2012).

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 ...

29. Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Producer | Unser täglich Brot

Nikolaus Geyrhalter was born in 1972 in Vienna, Austria. He is a producer and director, known for Our Daily Bread (2005), Earth (2019) and The Year After Dayton (1997).

30. Adam Del Deo

Producer | Stay Alive

Adam Del Deo is a producer and director, known for Stay Alive (2006), Every Little Step (2008) and The Square (2013).

31. James D. Stern

Producer | All the Rage

James D. Stern is a producer and director, known for All the Rage (1999), I'm Not There (2007) and Looper (2012).

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 ...

34. Macky Alston

Director | Family Name

Macky Alston was born as Wallace McPherson Alston III. He is a director and producer, known for Family Name (1997), Love Free or Die (2012) and Hard Road Home (2007). He has been married to Nicholas Gottlieb since August 14, 2002.

35. Karin Hayes

Producer | Missing Peace

Karin Hayes is known for her work on The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt (2003), Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship (2008) and We're Not Broke (2012).

36. Victoria Bruce

Producer | Missing Peace

Victoria Bruce is a producer and director, known for The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt (2003), Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship (2008) and We're Not Broke (2012).

37. Joe Berlinger

Producer | Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Academy Award and eight-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 ...

39. Daniel Lindsay

Director | Undefeated

Daniel Lindsay is a director and producer, known for Undefeated (2011), LA 92 (2017) and Last Cup: Road to the World Series of Beer Pong (2008).

40. T.J. Martin

Director | Undefeated

T.J. Martin was born on December 7, 1979 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Thomas McKay Martin Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Undefeated (2011), LA 92 (2017) and A Day in the Hype of America (2002).

41. Amy Berg

Producer | Deliver Us from Evil

Amy Berg was born in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and director, known for Deliver Us from Evil (2006), West of Memphis (2012) and Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015).

42. Dan Krauss

Producer | The Kill Team

Dan Krauss is known for his work on The Kill Team (2019), Extremis (2016) and The Kill Team (2013).

43. Steven Okazaki

Director | White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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 ...

45. James Longley

Producer | Iraq in Fragments

James Longley was born on January 4, 1972 in Eugene, Oregon, USA. He is known for his work on Iraq in Fragments (2006), Angels Are Made Of Light (2018) and Sari's Mother (2006).

46. Barbara Kopple

Director | American Dream

Barbara Kopple was born on July 30, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for American Dream (1990), Harlan County U.S.A. (1976) and Shut Up & Sing (2006).

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, ...

49. Lauren Greenfield

Director | The Queen of Versailles

Lauren Greenfield was born on June 28, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is a director and producer, known for The Queen of Versailles (2012), The Kingmaker (2019) and Thin (2006).

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 ...

51. Petr Lom

Director | Back to the Square

Petr Lom was born on May 15, 1968 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is a director and editor, known for Back to the Square (2012), Burma Storybook (2017) and On a Tightrope (2007).

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 (...

55. Kief Davidson

Director | The Ivory Game

Kief Davidson was born on May 12, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for The Ivory Game (2016), A Lego Brickumentary (2014) and Open Heart (2013).

56. Jon Alpert

Producer | Baghdad ER

Jon Alpert is a producer and director, known for Baghdad ER (2006), Cuba and the Cameraman (2017) and Independent Lens (1999).

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

Rebecca Cammisa is a two-time Oscar®-nominated and Emmy award-winning filmmaker.

Her first feature documentary film, "Sister Helen" aired on HBO, and won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival's Documentary Directing Award. "Sister Helen" also received an Emmy award nomination for Outstanding Cultural and ...

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 ...

62. Megan Mylan

Producer | Lost Boys of Sudan

Megan Mylan is a producer and director, known for Lost Boys of Sudan (2003), Smile Pinki (2008) and P.O.V. (1988).

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, ...

64. Daniel Junge

Producer | Being Evel

Daniel Junge is a producer and director, known for Being Evel (2015), Saving Face (2012) and They Killed Sister Dorothy (2008).

65. Rick Rowley

Cinematographer | Dirty Wars

Rick Rowley is a cinematographer and producer, known for Dirty Wars (2013), This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000) and Frontline (1983).

66. Jehane Noujaim

Producer | Control Room

Jehane Noujaim was born on May 17, 1974 in Cairo, Egypt. She is a producer and director, known for Control Room (2004), Startup.com (2001) and The Square (2013).

67. Leanne Pooley

Director | Beyond the Edge

Leanne Pooley is a director and producer, known for Beyond the Edge (2013), Shackleton's Captain (2012) and The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2009).

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 producer, 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).

69. Yoav Shamir

Director | Machssomim

Yoav Shamir was born in November 1970 in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Checkpoint (2003), Defamation (2009) and 5 Days (2005).

70. Sebastian Junger

Director | Restrepo

Sebastian Junger was born on January 17, 1962 in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA. He is a director, known for Restrepo (2010), The Perfect Storm (2000) and Korengal (2014). He has been married to Daniela since 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 ...

72. Avi Lewis

Producer | This Changes Everything

Avi Lewis is a producer and writer, known for This Changes Everything (2015), The Take (2004) and When the Storm Fades (2018).

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 ...

74. Fernando E. Solanas

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.

75. Sean McAllister

Director | A Syrian Love Story

Sean McAllister was born in 1965 in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England. He is a director and producer, known for A Syrian Love Story (2015), The Reluctant Revolutionary (2012) and Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008).

76. Sam Green

Director | The Weather Underground

Sam Green is a director and editor, known for The Weather Underground (2002), A Thousand Thoughts (2018) and The Universal Language (2011).

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 ...

79. Andy Bichlbaum

Writer | The Yes Men Fix the World

Andy Bichlbaum is a writer and producer, known for The Yes Men Fix the World (2009), The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014) and When the Storm Fades (2018).

80. Mike Bonanno

Writer | The Yes Men Fix the World

Mike Bonanno is a writer and producer, known for The Yes Men Fix the World (2009), The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014) and When the Storm Fades (2018).

81. Joshua Oppenheimer

Director | The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer was born on September 23, 1974 in Texas, USA. He is a director and producer, known for The Act of Killing (2012), The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998) and The Look of Silence (2014).

82. Laura Poitras

Producer | Citizenfour

Laura Poitras was born on February 2, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is a producer and cinematographer, known for Citizenfour (2014), The Oath (2010) and My Country, My Country (2006).

83. Marshall Curry

Director | Street Fight

Marshall Curry is known for his work on Street Fight (2005), If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) and Racing Dreams (2009). He is married to Elizabeth Martin.



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