Two-time Academy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple is one of the most respected and accomplished filmmakers working today. Her feature work has explored the fabric of American life, and her impressive filmography has garnered awards and honors too numerous to list.
Barbara's two Oscars for Harlan County, USA and American Dream make her the only woman filmmaker honored by the Academy with duplicate wins. She has won DGA awards, Emmys, Sundance Festival prizes, and endless critic and film festival honors. Her unique ability to capture authentic human moments places her films—ranging from the dramatically powerful to the light-hearted—beyond category, documenting subjects as diverse as Woody Allen on tour with his jazz band in Wild Man Blues, Mike Tyson’s story in Fallen Champ, and the Dixie Chicks in Shut Up and Sing. Recent documentary projects include The House of Steinbrenner (ESPN), Gun Fight (HBO), A Force of Nature, and the Emmy-nominated Running From Crazy, which follows model and actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, as she strives for greater understanding of her family's history of suicide and mental illness. Her most recent project, Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation, premieres in 2015. She has also directed narrative features, including Havoc starring Anne Hathaway, and episodic dramas.
Barbara has deployed her considerable skill at capturing the authentic to work for advertisers, including a series of documentary shorts about gratitude for Allstate, American Greetings, Bank of America, Dove, Ford, Reebok, Sprint, State Farm, Susan G. Kommen Foundation, and Target among others.