Gabe Polsky

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Gabe Polsky
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Gabe Polsky speaking at the premiere of Red Army at the 2014 AFI Film Festival
Born (1979-05-03) May 3, 1979 (age 38)
Nationality American
Occupation Film director, writer, producer

Gabe Polsky (born May 3, 1979) is an American film director, writer, and producer.

Early life[edit]

Polsky was born to Soviet immigrants and raised in the Chicago area. He graduated from Hotchkiss School for his high school education.[1] After graduating, he went on to Yale University and played hockey there.[2]


Polsky wrote, directed and produced Red Army, a documentary film about the Soviet Union and its famed ice hockey team.[3] Red Army premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival[4] and was released in theaters by Sony Pictures Classics on Jan. 22, 2015.[5]

A. O. Scott of The New York Times called Red Army a "stirring, crazy story—a Russian novel of Tolstoyan sweep and Gogl-esque absurdity.”[6] Time Magazine said: "this playful, poignant film presents a human story that transcends decades, borders and ideologies.”[7] Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "one of the best documentaries that I have ever seen.”[8]

Red Army was the only documentary included in the official selections at the 2014 Cannes,[9] Telluride,[10] Toronto,[11] New York,[12] and AFI,[13] film festivals. Red Army won Audience Awards at the 2014 AFI,[14] Chicago[15] and Middleburg[16] film festivals.[17] The film was selected as the Opening Ceremony film of the 2014 Moscow International Film Festival.[18]

In 2017 Polsky was an Executive Producer on the Genius Series on National Geographic. He and his brother Alan acquired the rights to the Einstein Estate and the book Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson.[19] Polsky co-directed and produced The Motel Life (2013), starring Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, and Stephen Dorff.[20] The film was described by Indiewire as “a perfectly formed Indie with a heart of gold."[21] Released in November 2013,[22] The Motel Life has been called “outstanding and enthralling” by The Washington Post,[23] and “admirable and memorable” by The Wall Street Journal.[24]

Additional producing credits include: Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,[25] which was named in over 40 top-ten lists of the Best Films in 2009; His Way, an Emmy-nominated documentary released by HBO in 2011;[26] and Little Birds,[27] which was named among the top ten independent films of 2012 by the National Board of Review. Polsky is adapting the novels Butcher's Crossing by John Edward Williams[28] and National Book Award-winning Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien.[29] Other projects in development include novels Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, to be produced at Sony as a starring vehicle for Will Smith;[30]


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