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  Barbara Kopple

Documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple is best known for revealing and exploring the hopes, joys, and struggles of ordinary people. She produced and directed “Harlan County USA” and “American Dream,” both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In 1991, “Harlan County USA” was named to the National Film Registry by Congress and designated an American Film Classic.

Ms. Kopple recently completed directing the narrative feature “Havoc,” which tells the story of two young women coming of age and searching for identity in Los Angeles. She also directs and is the executive producer of “I Married…,” a new series for VH1 about the spouses and families of rock stars. Other producing and directing credits include “A Conversation with Gregory Peck”; “The Hamptons,” a four-hour mini-series for ABC; “My Generation,” which examines the Woodstock legacy and Generation X; and “Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson,” for which she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing. She also directed “Wild Man Blues,” about the European tour of Woody Allen and his New Orleans-style jazz band, for which she won the National Board of Review Award for Best Documentary. Other films directed by Ms. Kopple include “No Nukes,” a "rockumentary" shot during five days of concerts at Madison Square Garden; and “Defending Our Daughters,” an investigation into women’s human rights issues in Bosnia, Pakistan and Egypt and winner of Voices of Courage Award.

Ms. Kopple has been awarded the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Award, a National Society of Film Critics Award, the SilverDocs/Charles Guggenheim Award, the New York Women in Film & Television Muse Award, and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Filmmakers Trophy & Audience Award. Ms. Kopple currently serves as a board member for the American Film Institute and actively participates in organizations that address social issues and support independent filmmaking.
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Documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple is best known for revealing and exploring the hopes, joys, and struggles of ordinary people. She produced and directed “Harlan County USA” and “American Dream,” both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In 1991, “Harlan County USA” was named to the National Film Registry by Congress and designated an American Film Classic.

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