|Born||Philip Davis Guggenheim
November 3, 1963
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
|Alma mater||Brown University (1986)|
|Occupation||Film director, television director, film producer, television producer|
|Spouse(s)||Elisabeth Shue (m. 1994)|
Philip Davis Guggenheim (born November 3, 1963) is an American film director and producer. His credits as a producer and director include Training Day, The Shield, Alias, 24, NYPD Blue, ER, Deadwood, and Party of Five and the documentaries An Inconvenient Truth, The Road We've Traveled and Waiting for 'Superman'. Since 2006, Guggenheim is the only filmmaker to release three different documentaries that were ranked within the top 100 highest-grossing documentaries of all time (An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud, and Waiting for 'Superman').
Life and career
He was born Philip Davis Guggenheim in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, the son of Marion Davis (née Streett) and film director and producer Charles Guggenheim. His father was Jewish and his mother was Christian. He graduated from The Potomac School (McLean, Virginia) in 1979, from Sidwell Friends School in 1982, and later moved on to Brown University, where he graduated in 1986.
Guggenheim joined the crew of the HBO western drama Deadwood as a producer and director for the first season in 2004. The series was created by David Milch and focused on a growing town in the American West. Guggenheim directed the episodes "Deep Water", "Reconnoitering the Rim", "Plague" and "Sold Under Sin". Guggenheim left the crew at the end of the first season.
He directed the pilot episode of The Unit.
He directed and produced An Inconvenient Truth, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This highly controversial documentary featured Al Gore and his international slideshow on global warming. Guggenheim set out to bring light to a subject that many people had brushed off as nothing more than a government hoax.
He directed Barack Obama's biographical film, which aired during the Democratic National Convention, and Obama's infomercial, which was broadcast on October 29, 2008. In 2012, he released The Road We've Traveled, a 17-minute short film on the president.
His 2010 documentary Waiting for "Superman", a film about the failures of American public education sparked controversy and debate. Guggenheim knew his film would lead to this and said, "I know people will say this movie is anti-this or pro-that. But it really is all about families trying to find great schools". This film received the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Its public release was in September 2010.
In 2013, he directed a 30 minute documentary "The Dream is Now". The Dream is Now tells the stories of undocumented youth and their families who are desperate to earn their citizenship in the only country they've ever called home. The film follows the lives of 4 undocumented students in the United States as they deal with our "broken" immigration system. Guggenheim's film, however, offered only one perspective: it advocated for Congress to grant an amnesty for the over 11 million undocumented aliens living in the United States. The film was critiqued for failing to mention the social and economic costs of illegal immigration.
He is married to actress Elisabeth Shue. The couple have three children: Miles William, Stella Street, and Agnes Charles.
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- Davis Guggenheim (March 28, 2004). "Deep Water". Deadwood. Season 1. Episode 2. HBO.
- Davis Guggenheim (April 4, 2004). "Reconnoitering the Rim". Deadwood. Season 1. Episode 3. HBO.
- Davis Guggenheim (April 25, 2004). "Plague". Deadwood. Season 1. Episode 6. HBO.
- Davis Guggenheim (June 13, 2004). "Sold Under Sin". Deadwood. Season 1. Episode 12. HBO.
- Zakarin, Jordan (March 9, 2012). "Obama Documentary 'The Road We've Traveled' By Davis Guggenheim Reveals Trailer (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- Ripley, A. (2010). A Call to Action for Public Schools. (Cover story). Time, 176(12), 32–42.
- "U2 documentary to open Toronto Film Festival". BBC News. July 27, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Davis Guggenheim.|
- Davis Guggenheim at the Internet Movie Database
- Riverfront Times interview
- "Waiting for Superman" to Save Our Public Schools: An in-depth interview with Director Davis Guggenheim
- [Ripley, A. (2010). A Call to Action for Public Schools. (Cover story). Time, 176(12), 32–42.]