Barbara Kopple (born July 30, 1946) is an American film director known primarily for her documentary work.
Life and career [ edit ]
Barbara Kopple in conversation
She grew up in
Scarsdale, New York, the daughter of a textile executive, and studied psychology at Northeastern University, after which she worked with the Maysles Brothers.
Kopple has won two
Academy Awards, the first in 1976 for , about a Harlan County, USA Kentucky miners' strike, and the second in 1991 for the story of the American Dream, Hormel Foods strike in Austin, Minnesota in 1985-86. She has directed episodes of the television drama series and Homicide: Life on the Street , winning a Oz Directors Guild of America award for the former. Kopple also directed and A Conversation With Gregory Peck , as well as documentaries on Bearing Witness Mike Tyson and Woody Allen. The latter film, , focuses on his Dixieland jazz tour and on Allen's relationship with Wild Man Blues Soon-Yi Previn.
Her first non-documentary feature film,
, starred Havoc Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips as wealthy suburbanites who venture into East Los Angeles Latino gang territory, and was released straight to DVD in 2005. Kopple has recently ventured into advertising work that includes documentary-style commercials for Target Stores.
She was also among the 19 filmmakers who worked together anonymously (under the rubric
Winterfilm Collective) to produce the film , an anti-war documentary about the Winter Soldier Winter Soldier Investigation. She has also done films for The Working Group, directing the 30-minute short documentary "Locked Out in America: Voices From Ravenswood" for the We Do the Work series. ( We Do the Work aired in the mid-1990s on the PBS television series " P.O.V.", and Kopple's segment was based on the book .) Ravenswood: The Steelworkers' Victory and the Revival of American Labor
In the fall of 2006, she released a documentary,
, about the Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing Dixie Chicks' George W. Bush-related controversy.
In 2012 Kopple released two new films. One is about
Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, and the other is concerning the 150th Anniversary of The Nation magazine. The film on Hemingway, , was shown at the 2013 Running from Crazy Sundance Film Festival and on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
In 2014 the UK's
magazine published a "Greatest Documentaries of All Time" list, in which Kopple's film Sight and Sound (1976) was ranked 24th, tied with 2 other movies. Harlan County, USA [1 ] [2 ]
Kopple is a niece of the
American playwright Murray Burnett.
Filmography [ edit ]
Winter Soldier 1976:
Harlan County, USA 1981:
Keeping on 1990:
American Dream 1992:
Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy 1993:
Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson 1994:
Century of Women: Sexuality and Social Justice 1994:
Century of Women: Work and Family 1997:
Homicide: Life on the Street - The Documentary 1997:
Wild Man Blues 1998:
Homicide: Life on the Street - Pit Bull Sessions 1999:
A Conversation with Gregory Peck 1999:
Homicide: Life on the Street - Self Defense 2000:
My Generation 2002:
American Standoff 2002:
The Hamptons 2004:
Bearing Witness 2004:
Dance Cuba: Dreams of Flight 2004:
WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception 2005:
Shut Up & Sing 2010:
30 for 30: The House of Steinbrenner 2011:
Running from Crazy
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