Alex Gibney Retrospective
AFI DOCS Documentary Festival presents 2014 Guggenheim Symposium honoree Alex Gibney.
Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney is one of the most accomplished non-fiction filmmakers working today. His 2007 film, TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, received an Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature, a Best Director nomination from the Directors Guild of America, as well as a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. Gibney's devotion to telling this story earned not only the enduring respect of the filmmaking community but of policy makers grappling with the issue of torture and the conduct of the U.S. military during the Global War on Terror in the last decade.
Gibney received his first Academy Award® nomination in 2005 for ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, which also won the Independent Spirit Award and the WGA Award, and he served as an Executive Producer on the Academy Award®-nominated NO END IN SIGHT (2007).
Other films include GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON (2007); WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS (2013); CLIENT 9: THE RISE & FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER (2010); and PARK AVENUE: MONEY, POWER AND THE AMERICAN DREAM (2012). CATCHING HELL (2011) was nominated for a Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Documentary. MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD was shortlisted for a 2012 Academy Award® and won three 2013 Primetime Emmy® Awards. Gibney's most recent film is THE ARMSTRONG LIE (2013). He is also currently producing a four-hour documentary about Frank Sinatra for HBO.
No passes accepted.
WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS
In the new age of digital information, many have called for a new level of transparency within the federal government. When a small group of high-tech activists leaked the contents of numerous classified U.S. documents in 2010, it made headlines around the world and opened a dialogue about information sharing in the modern age. Alex Gibney looks at the deeper story behind WikiLeaks, its controversial founder Julian Assange and its lasting global impact.
DIR/SCR/PROD Alex Gibney; PROD Alexis Bloom, Marc Shmuger. US, 2013, color, 130 min. RATED R
TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE
Alex Gibney took home the 2007 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature for this harrowing exploration into the death of an innocent Afghan taxi cab driver who underwent a brutal series of interrogations at the hands of U.S. soldiers. This tragic incident serves as Gibney's entry point for an in-depth investigation into America's post 9/11 torture policies, what they mean for the present and the chilling repercussions they may have in store for the future.
DIR/SCR/PROD Alex Gibney; PROD Eva Orner, Susannah Shipman. US, 2009, color, 106 min. In English and Pashtu with English subtitles. RATED R
CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER
Wed, Jun 25, 4:30; Thu, Jun 26, 4:30
Alex Gibney delivers a gripping account of the meteoric rise of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and his fall from grace in a tale of power and hubris. Once nicknamed "The Sheriff of Wall Street," many believed that Spitzer had a shot at the White House until The New York Times exposed his ongoing patronage of a high-end prostitution service. Featuring a sit-down interview with Spitzer himself, this is a dramatic tale of sex and politics.
DIR/SCR/PROD Alex Gibney; PROD Maiken Baird, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider. US, 2011, color, 117 min. RATED R
MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD
Alex Gibney exposes the sordid, calculating career of Father Lawrence Murphy, a Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 deaf students entrusted to his care in the '50s and '60s. After officious church authorities rebuff four dauntless Murphy victims, they demand public accountability. Gibney also investigates the crimes of a charismatic, Irish, Elvis-impersonating cleric; and a powerful Mexican prelate-fundraiser, confidant of John Paul II, dabbler in opiates and mistresses, and serial abuser of seminarians.
DIR/SCR/PROD Alex Gibney; PROD Alexandra Johnes, Kristen Vaurio, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider. US/UK, 2012, color, 106 min. NOT RATED
GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON
Buckle up for a savage journey into the heart of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The controversial creator of Gonzo journalism, Thompson lived a life on the edge as colorful and dangerous as his writing. Actor Johnny Depp captures Thompson's mad genius as he searches, with beer and gun in hand, for an honest politician and the American Dream. Chaotically blurring the line between fact and fiction, Thompson's passionate voice exploded traditional journalism and remains relevant today.
DIR/SCR/PROD Alex Gibney; SCR Hunter S. Thompson; PROD Graydon Carter, Alison Ellwood, Jason Kliot, Eva Orner, Joana Vicente. US, 2008, color, 120 min. RATED R
THE ARMSTRONG LIE
When Alex Gibney started his documentary on Lance Armstrong, the cyclist was a respected athlete and advocate for cancer survivors. The champion was in the middle of a phenomenal return from retirement with hopes of winning an eighth Tour de France. Three years later, as Armstrong's reputation lay in ruins after admitting to doping throughout his career, Gibney returns to his subject to understand the downfall and confront the man who deceived him.
DIR/SCR/PROD Alex Gibney; PROD Frank Marshall, Matthew Tolmach. US, 2013, color, 124 min. RATED R