Director Alex Gibney has been called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire Magazine (Esquire) and “one of America’s most successful and prolific documentary filmmakers” by The New York Times (The NY Times T Magazine).
Gibney’s signature cinematic style lends itself to his penetrating, gripping, and deeply insightful documentaries which have been the recipient of the Academy Award®, multiple Emmy Awards, the Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award, and The Writers Guild Awards. In 2013, Gibney was honored with the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) Career Achievement Award.
Gibney’s recent films include: the controversial Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which opened in theaters in March of 2015, and premiered on HBO becoming the most watched HBO documentary in a decade. By popular demand, the film will be re-released in theaters in select cities Fall 2015; Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, a two-part special on the life, music and career of legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra, which premiered on HBO in April 2015; and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, an evocative portrait of the life and work of Steve Jobs that re-examines his legacy and our relationship with the computer, which made its world premiere at SXSW in March 2015 and was selected as the opening film for the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival in April 2015. The film is slated to make its theatrical debut September 4, 2015.
Highlights from his career include the Oscar® winning Taxi to the Dark Side, a film that examines torture at a US military base in Afghanistan, which exposed and sparked discussion about the Bush administration’s worldwide policy of detention and torture; an Academy Award® nomination for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, a film that chronicles one of the greatest corporate scandals in American history; the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mea Maxima Culpa, which exposes a sex abuse scandal in US that winds its way all the way to the highest office of the Vatican; and Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, a film that investigates growing economic inequality in the US, which ignited a huge media controversy as written about in Jane Mayer’s New Yorker article, “A Word From Our Sponsor.”
In 2015, Gibney was awarded a Peabody Award for Mr: Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, a popular HBO documentary which chronicles the musical ascension of the “hardest working man in show business.” Gibney took home three Emmy Awards in 2013 for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, an Emmy in 2013 for Showtime’s The History of The Eagles, and a Peabody Award in 2012 for Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, which was part of a series produced by the BBC and PBS.
His Sony documentary about Lance Armstrong’s spectacular fall from grace, The Armstrong Lie, was short-listed for the 2014 Academy Award®. It was also nominated for the 2014 BAFTA Award, along with his Universal film We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.
Additional projects from Gibney’s extraordinary career include Finding Fela, the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance; My Trip to Al-Qaeda, based on the one-man play by Pulitzer-winning author Lawrence Wright, which marked the first of many collaborations with Wright, including one currently in the works; Casino Jack and the United States of Money, detailing the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff; Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, a close examination of the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer; The Last Gladiators, a look at the National Hockey League’s most feared enforcers; Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place, a time travel immersion experience about the famous 1964 bus trip taken by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters; and Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Gibney also directed the Sports-Emmy-nominated Catching Hell and Ceasefire Massacre for ESPN’s “30 for 30” summer screen series, and executive produced Academy Award® nominated No End In Sight.
Recently, Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions has expanded into television series with its first project Death Row Stories, Executive Produced by Gibney and Robert Redford for CNN. Exploring a different capital murder case each episode, Death Row Stories quickly became a popular CNN Original Series with season 2 premiering in July 2015. The company also produced Edge of Eighteen, a groundbreaking series for Al Jazeera America where Jigsaw mentored high school seniors as they filmed their lives on the brink of adulthood.
Currently, Jigsaw is in production on three new series: The New Yorker Presents, an Amazon series which brings to life the award-winning The New Yorker by animating a variety of mediums found in the magazine – documentary shorts, fiction stories, comics, performance poetry – with the help of talent, such as Alan Cumming, Jonathan Demme, Marina Abramovićand others (all featured in the pilot episode). Additional projects in production include a four-part docu-series for Netflix and a new docu-noir series for A&E, both of which will be announced later this year.
Gibney is represented by UTA and Chelsea Pictures.