ALEX

GIBNEY

Alex's Mission.





Alex Gibney's profile on CBS Sunday Morning delves into his background, how it inspired his body of work, and what drives him.
 

"Alex Gibney isn’t just one of America’s most prolific documentary makers, he’s also one of the best."

- The Guardian

The Looming Tower.

Building onto his prolific Documentary portfolio, Alex’s first foray into narrative directing comes in the form of Hulu’s limited series The Looming Tower, a collaboration with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Dan Futterman on which Alex also serves as Executive Producer.

Tracing the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, the show takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq. The series stars Alec Baldwin, Jeff Daniels, and Peter Saarsgaard. Nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards.

"Alex Gibney delves into dramatized material here. The result is a show which feels kinetic like a documentary, weaving actual news footage in with recreated moments. This is quality TV with a serious pedigree."

- NPR

Alex Talks to The NY Times About His 5 Favorite Films.

"I don’t even like proclaiming “great films.” I remember that my father spent most of his life wanting to be a “great man,” but became more interesting and important to me when he became a “good man,” sharp, curious and more interested in listening than making speeches."

"My list comprises “good films” that stirred my heart in unexpected ways." - AG

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"I’ve called him the documentary’s greatest prosecutor. His films are the perfect closing arguments. He starts with maybe a small story that doesn’t seem necessarily related to the larger thesis and he just gets bigger and bigger."

- A.J. Schnack, Vulture

A Few Trailers.

Going Clear

Scientology & the Prison of Belief.

Winner of 3 Emmys including Best Documentary.

"This impeccably assembled and argued film represents a brave, timely intervention into debates around the organization that have been simmering for some time."

- The Hollywood Reporter

"Absolutely riveting"

- Toronto Sun

Taxi to the Dark Side.

The Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary.

"One of the essential documentaries of the ongoing war. Certain to inspire both outrage and sorrow... there's no denying the eloquence and power of this incendiary documentary."

- The New Yorker

"Let’s hope we can turn this country around, move away from the dark side and back to the light."

- Alex Gibney, Oscar Acceptance Speech

We Steal Secrets

The Story of Wikileaks.

"Engaging, kinetic, revelatory and unexpected. The story is alive and electric and required viewing for anyone trying to formulate an opinion on just what the whole mess was all about."

- Newsday

"Both a juicy chronicle of recent history and a provocative reflection on the role of secrecy in an instant-access world."

- The Hollywood Reporter

30 For 30

Catching Hell.

"The film is accessible -- and funny -- enough to attract a wide audience, sports-minded or not."

- Variety

"Filmmaker Alex Gibney dissects an infamous sports incident in fascinating and wildly entertaining detail. [An] alternately hilarious and disturbing documentary about the thin line between sports fandom and mania."

- The Hollywood Reporter

Director. Producer. Writer.

Biography.

Alex would have loved to have been a pro tennis player or musician but it just wasn’t in his cards, instead he went on to become one of the world's most important documentary filmmakers. Raised by a journalist and a theologian who were constantly challenging the status quo, Alex would grow into a “filmmaker with journalistic baggage". Alex is a die-hard Sox fan. He’s also the world’s worst swimmer (according to him) and his least favorite job was cleaning bricks with hydraulic acid and. He studied Japanese at Yale but when he discovered the Maysles, who were mixing artistic filmmaking with investigative techniques he enrolled in UCLA film school and made his first documentary The Ruling Classroom, about a classroom democracy experiment gone wrong. It would hint at things to come.
Spurred on by the anti-authoritarian journalistic integrity he inherited, plus an undying curiosity about the world around him and a strong distaste for any sort of bully, Alex hunts for truth in whatever subject he explores. A personal credo to always embrace the contradictions of life give his films a satisfying complexity that resonate long after they’re over. As a writer, director, and producer he’s  won an Oscar, Peabodys, Emmys, and a Grammy and while many of his films showcase the abuse of power he’s also found room to embrace his deep love of sports and music with his ESPN 30 for 30 series, and his films about Janis Joplin, James Brown, Fela Kuti, and The Blues, the series he produced with Martin Scorsese.
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