Jeff Dupre

Co-Director/Producer, Marina Abromović: The Artist is Present
Nominated for: Best Documentary

Jeff Dupre conceived and is Producer and Co-Director of MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ THE ARTIST IS PRESENT a forthcoming feature documentary on the legendary performance artist Marina Abramović that will air on HBO in 2012.

Jeff and Maro Chermayeff are partners in Show of Force, a film and television production company. Show of Force is currently producing HALF THE SKY, a four-hour documentary series for PBS based on the eponymous book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

To commemorate its 50th Anniversary, Amnesty International recently commissioned Jeff to direct and produce AI50, which distills the organization’s illustrious history into a 15-minute short film.

Dupre and Chermayeff are the executive producers, creators and directors of CIRCUS, a six-part documentary series that aired in November 2010 on PBS. The New York Times called it “beautifully filmed,” “truly affecting” and “quietly addictive,” asking readers to “think of it as investing six hours in an elegant eavesdrop-on-our-family reality show that puts all the noisy, obnoxious examples of that genre to shame.” Entertainment Weekly said that “running away and joining the circus has never seemed less glamorous – or more vividly thrilling and real. What’s fascinating here is the deeply empathetic storytelling.”

He was a producer of CARRIER, the Emmy® Award-winning ten-part documentary series that premiered on PBS in April 2008 to widespread critical acclaim. Entertainment Weekly called the series “honest and engrossing” and said it is “mandatory viewing.” Newsday described it as “frank and intimate, hard-hitting and heart-rending.”

Dupre produced BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, Michael Kantor’s six-part series that premiered on PBS in October 2004 to widespread critical acclaim. Variety called the series “engrossing” and “illuminating” and said “this lovingly crafted six-part series is in itself a milestone.” The series won the 2005 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series.

His directorial debut, OUT OF THE PAST, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. The New York Post called OUT OF THE PAST “eye opening and moving” and The New Yorker described it as “an emotionally textured treatise on alienation and marginalization which is intelligent and entertaining.” The film also garnered the Audience Award at Outfest ’98; won a GLAAD Media Award for Best Documentary of 1998 and aired on PBS in October 1998.