Poppins Speaker Alex Gibney - Realscreen Summit 2023

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Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2023

Speaker Alex Gibney

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Alex Gibney


Jigsaw Productions

Director Alex Gibney called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire Magazine has a signature cinematic style that lends itself to penetrating, gripping, and deeply insightful documentaries. His work has been the recipient of an Academy Award, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award and The Writers Guild Awards. In 2013, Alex was honored with the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) Career Achievement Award, in 2015 the inaugural Christopher Hitchens Prize, the Robert J. Flaherty Award in 2019 and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Career Achievement Award in 2020.

Some of Gibney’s notable films include the triple Emmy and Peabody award-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, the Academy Award winning Taxi to The Dark Side, the Oscar nominated Enron The Smartest Guys in the Room, the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mea Maxima Culpa; the Peabody award-winning Zero Days; No Stone Unturned which was nominated for WGA Award for Best Documentary Screenplay and an Emmy award for Outstanding Investigative Documentary; Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, a two-part special on legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra, and Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, co-directed by Blair Foster. He executive produced the popular Hulu drama series The Looming Tower based on Lawrence Wright’s book of the same name, directing the pilot. His film The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Documentary and won the WGA Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. The acclaimed Citizen K premiered at the 76thVenice International Film Festival in 2019 and was later released theatrically in 2020. Gibney's 2020 releases included: the well-received Crazy, Not Insane, which premieredat the Venice Film Festival, Agents of Chaos, a two-part documentary about Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections both for HBO, and Totally Under Control, a searing look at the administration’s failure to contain the COVID 19 pandemic released theatrically by Neon. In 2021, he released a two-part documentary, The Crime of the Century, which explored the origins, extent, and fallout of one of the most devastating public health tragedies of our time, the opioid crisis. He also released a podcast and mini series with Apple TV+, titled The Line as well as an Amazon Audible series  titled The Meltdown with David Sirota.  His most recent release is the Emmy-winning HBO and HBO Max documentary, The Forever Prisoner, which explored the chilling story of Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee subjected to the CIA’s program of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs), later identified as torture by those outside the agency. 


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