Q&A with Director Alex Gibney, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin
Sunday, Feb. 11 2024, 2:00
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. Gibney's 2020 releases included: the well-received Crazy, Not Insane, which premiered at 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 directed the HBO and HBO Max 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 crises. 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. Gibney's most recent 2-part feature documentary, Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker premiered in Berlin International Film Festival, and is available now on Apple TV+.