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).
Known for his cinematic, gripping, and deeply insightful documentaries, the filmmaker has won the Academy Award®, multiple Emmy Awards, the Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia, The Independent Spirit, The Writers Guild of America Awards, and more. Gibney was honored with the International Documentary Association’s Career Achievement Award in 2013 and the first ever Christopher Hitchens Prize in 2015.
Gibney’s films include: Taxi to the Dark Side (2008 Oscar); Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Oscar nominated 2006); Triple Emmy Award winning and Peabody Award Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (HBO); Emmy winning The History of the Eagles (Showtime); 2015 Peabody Award and Grammy nominated Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown; The Armstrong Lie (2013), which was short-listed for the 2014 Academy Award and nominated for the 2014 BAFTA Award, along with his film We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (2013); and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010), which was nominated for three Emmys.
Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions TV series: The New Yorker Presents, a series which brings to life the award-winning The New Yorker magazine; Cooked, a four-part docu-series based on Michael Pollan’s book, of which he directed the pilot episode; Death Row Stories, a popular CNN series executive produced by Gibney and Robert Redford; 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, Parched, a four-part investigative docu-series about the water crisis, which aired on Nat Geo in early 2017 and, Dirty Money on Netflix, which he executive produced and directed the pilot episode. Gibney recently executive produced and directed an episode of The Innocence Files, which was released on Netflix in April 2020. Jigsaw’s latest productions which premiered in 2018 and which Gibney exec-produced include: highly acclaimed Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Netflix), based on Samin Nosrat’s best-selling book; The Clinton Affair which premiered on A&E and Enemies: The President, Justice & the FBI (Showtime), for which he also directed the series finale.
Gibney’s other films include: the triple Emmy and Peabody award-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, the most-watched HBO documentary in a decade; Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, a two-part special on legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra (HBO), Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine, an evocative portrait that re-examines the legacy of Steve Jobs and our relationship with the computer; Zero Days which was released by Magnolia Pictures in July of 2016 and had its broadcast premiere on Showtime in November 2016 ; No Stone Unturned which premiered at the New York Film Festival in September of 2017; and HBO’s Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge (2017), co-directed by Blair Foster and The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, about the Theranos scandal, which won the WGA Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. Gibney’s most recent film Citizen K world premiered at Venice Film Festival in 2019 and was released theatrically in 2020. Gibney’s 2020 releases included: the well-received Crazy, Not Insane, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Agents of Chaos, a two-part documentary about Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections both for HBO, and Totally Under Control, a searing look at the administration’s failure to contain the COVID 19 pandemic released theatrically by Neon. Most recently he directed the HBO and HBO Max two-part documentary, The Crime of the Century, which explored the origins, extent, and fallout of one of the most devastating public health tragedies of our time, the opioid crisis.
Gibney is set to direct his first narrative feature, American Hero, a Vietnam war drama based on the true story of the U.S. Army Captain Hugh Thompson. He is developing a drama series for HBO, with Laura Dern starring and executive producing, as well as a drama series based on his documentary Zero Days. He executive produced and directed the pilot of The Looming Tower, a drama series based on Lawrence Wright’s bestseller “The Looming Tower” that premiered on Hulu in February 2018.
Gibney is represented by UTA and Chelsea Pictures.