R. J. Cutler

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Cutler at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of The Union

R. J. Cutler is a American producer and director[1] of non-fiction films and television.[2] Having won a few awards, he specializes in film documentaries and "serious reality TV".[3]


Cutler was born in 1962, and grew up in a Jewish home in Great Neck, New York.[4]

He was educated at Harvard University and graduated in 1983; he also attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.[1]

The War Room is a documentary which showed the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. American High is a documentary about the lives of students in Highland Park, Illinois. Cutler used the innovative technique of giving video cameras to fourteen students and allowing them to record footage which he then edited into the final product. Black. White. was a television series on FX television and featured two families—one white, the other black—who traded places and races. He also produced Greatest American Dog.[5]

Cutler is also a producer of numerous television programs. He has won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, and been nominated for an Academy Award, two other Emmys, two GLAAD Awards, an Independent Spirit Award, and a Producers Guild Award.

In 2009 The September Issue was released. The cinéma vérité documentary film followed editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the staff of Vogue Magazine in the production of their September 2007 issue.[6]

His 2013 documentary about former American Vice President Dick Cheney, called The World According to Dick Cheney, was shown at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[7]

Cutler's next project, a film adaptation of If I Stay by Gayle Forman starring Chloë Grace Moretz & Mireille Enos , is set to begin filming in October 2013.


  1. ^ a b "R.J. Cutler Profile". IMDB. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "R.J. Cutler". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Booth, William (2006-03-08). "Life Swapper". Washington Post. 
  4. ^ NAOMI PFEFFERMAN (September 9, 2009). "Portrait of a Fashion Diva as Human Being". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts.
  6. ^ Andrew O’Hehir (2009-08-27). "Art, commerce, Anna Wintour and "The September Issue"". Salon.com. 
  7. ^ Hollie McKay, Sundance: Dick Cheney opens up in new documentary, Fox News, January 19, 2013


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