Barbara Kopple Named Hot Docs 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient

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The Hot Docs Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has chosen two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple as the recipient of its 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award. As part of the honour, Hot Docs will screen a retrospective of Kopple’s work during the 25th anniversary Festival, April 26 to May 6, celebrating her distinguished filmmaking career. Hot Docs is pleased to announce that Kopple will attend the Festival and participate in a public in conversation event, as well as several Q&A’s after her film screenings.


A respected director and producer of documentaries, narrative film and commercials spots, Barbara Kopple’s remarkable career has led her to receive two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature—one for American Dream (1991), and the other for Harlan County USA (1977). Her most recent documentary, A Murder in Mansfield, premiered at the 2017 DOC NYC Film Festival, and This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, which she directed and produced, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Her doc Running from Crazy received a 2014 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, and her film The House of Steinbrenner was part of ESPN’s Emmy nominated “30 for 30” series and received a 2010 Peabody Award as well as the International Documentary Association Award for Best Continuing Series.

Kopple also directed and produced, with Cecilia Peck, Shut Up and Sing, following the Dixie Chicks and the fallout they faced after publicly criticizing President Bush; and directed and produced Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, for which she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing. With her numerous film credits, Kopple has received several prestigious awards from her peers and colleagues, including the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Irene Diamond Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, DC Women of Vision Award, the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, the White House Project’s EPIC Award, DC Women of Vision Award, and the New York Women in Film & Television Muse Award, to name only a few.

Films in the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective program will be announced in March.

Past recipients and Hot Docs guests include Tony Palmer (2017), Steve James (2016), Patricio Guzmán (2015), Adam Curtis (2014), Les Blank (2013), Michel Brault (2012), Terence Macartney-Filgate (2011), Kim Longinotto (2010), Alanis Obomsawin (2009), Richard Leacock (2008), Heddy Honigmann (2007), Werner Herzog (2006), Errol Morris (2005), Michael Maclear (2004), Nick Broomfield (2003), Frederick Wiseman (2002), D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (2000) and Albert Maysles (1999).

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