Greg Whiteley

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Greg Whiteley
Born
Greg Beck Whiteley

(1969-11-11) November 11, 1969 (age 49)
Provo, Utah, U.S.
ResidenceSan Diego, California
Alma materBrigham Young University
OccupationFilm director, producer, and writer
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Erin Jeanne Whiteley (m. 1999)
Children2
Websitehttps://onepotatoproductions.com

Greg Beck Whiteley (born November 11, 1969) is an American film director, producer, and writer, known for New York Doll (2005), Resolved (2007), Mitt (2014), and Most Likely to Succeed (2015). He is also the creator and director of the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U (2016–present).

Whiteley’s documentaries have garnered an IDA award for best documentary series[1], two Emmy nominations and three premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Whiteley was born in Provo, Utah[4] to parents Jessie and Kent Whiteley. He was raised in Bellevue, Washington where he attended Interlake High School and became a two-time debate state champion.[5]

He served for two years, from 1989-1991, as a Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 with a BA in film[6] and received an MFA in film from Art Center College of Design in 2001.[4]

Career[edit]

After winning two Clio Awards during graduate school at Art Center, he was hired by Populuxe Pictures to direct commercials.[7]

From 1996 to 2000, Whiteley served as the head of Film Actors Theater in Los Angeles. While beginning work on New York Doll in 2005, he launched One Potato Productions with his wife, Erin.[8] He named the company in homage to his recently deceased father, who grew up on an Idaho potato farm.

Whiteley wrote, filmed, and produced New York Doll in 2005. This documentary explores the history of the punk rock band New York Dolls, focusing on the life of bassist Arthur Kane after he converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[9] He then created Resolved in 2006, which follows the story of a high school debate team.[10] Whiteley spent 2006 to 2012 filming Mitt, having gained access to the Romney family, though not his campaign staff, during both of governor Mitt Romney’s campaigns for the United States presidency.[11] From 2012 to 2014, he created Most Likely To Succeed, which discusses the education system in the United States and proposes ideas for its reform.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Whiteley married Erin Bybee in 1999. The couple lives in San Diego, California with their son, Henry, and daughter, Scout.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1999 Clio Student Awards: Pepsi and Krazy Glue[14]
  • 2005 nomination, Satellite Award: New York Doll (2005)[15]
  • 2005 nomination, Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival: New York Doll (2005)[15]
  • 2007 Audience Award, Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival: Resolved (2007)[16]
  • 2009 nomination, Emmy Award for Best Documentary: Resolved (2007)[17]
  • 2009 nomination, Emmy Award for Editing: Resolved (2007)[17]
  • 2014 Opening Gala Film, Sundance Film Festival: Mitt (2014)[18]
  • 2016 Best Documentary Series, International Documentary Association: Last Chance U (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Winkelmeyer, Matt. "32nd Annual IDA Documentary Awards". Zimbio. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  2. ^ Fleischer, Victoria. "Filmmaker Greg Whiteley goes backstage with the Romneys in 'Mitt'". PBS Newshour. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Our Films". One Potato Productions. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "New York Doll". One Potato Productions. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  5. ^ Bach, Deborah (2005-11-25), "Tender film on former 'Doll' has Seattle roots", The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  6. ^ "Greg Whiteley". BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications. Brigham Young University. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  7. ^ Lehrer, Jeremy. "Greg Whiteley Pops Into Spots With Populuxe Pics". Shoot. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  8. ^ "About". One Potato Productions. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  9. ^ "New York Doll Synopsis". One Potato Productions. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  10. ^ "2008 Documentary Film Series: Resolved". HBO.
  11. ^ "Filmmaker Greg Whiteley goes backstage with the Romneys in 'Mitt'". PBS Newshour. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  12. ^ Heath, Glenn. "'Most Likely to Succeed': Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  13. ^ Deseret News http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765581513/Filmmaker-continues-building-on-big-break-from-2005s-New-York-Doll.html?pg=all. Retrieved Filmmaker continues building on big break from 2005's 'New York Doll'. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Lehrer, Jeremy. "Greg Whiteley Pops Into Spots with Populuxe Pics". Shoot. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Our Films: New York Doll". One Potato Productions. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Our FIlms: Resolved". One Potato Productions. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Our Films: Resolved". One Potato Productions. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Mitt Romney attends Sundance premiere of campaign film". NY Daily News. Retrieved 6 February 2015.

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