Two-time Academy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple is easily 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 brought her awards and honors to 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, Emmy’s, Sundance Festival prizes and endless critic and film festival honors. She has the unique ability to capture authentic human moments, which places her films beyond category. They range from the dramatically powerful to the light-hearted and amusing. She has made films about subjects as diverse as Woody Allen on tour with his jazz band in Wild Man Blues, Fallen Champ exploring Mike Tyson's story, and Shut Up and Sing about the Dixie Chicks. Barbara has also directed narrative features such as Havoc starring Anne Hathaway. A prolific filmmaker, Barbara directed The House of Steinbrenner for ESPN, Gun Fight for HBO and A Force of Nature, an inspiring story of how one committed person can make a difference in the lives of others.
Barbara's most recent documentary, Running From Crazy, 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. The film, one of Barbara's many to have been honored at the Sundance Film Festival, brings full circle Barbara's love of exploring personal stories and interesting characters.
Barbara brings her considerable skills at capturing the authentic to documentary commercials at Nonfiction Unlimited. Her work for advertisers includes a series of charming spots for Sprint featuring kids and celebrities, emotional work for Ford's Race for the Cure and among others, scripted and real people spots for Dove, Bank of America, Reebok, State Farm, Target, Intel and Paxil.