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Jeff Dupre

Producer, Director

Jeff has been producing and directing documentary films for over fifteen years. Together with Show of Force partner Maro Chermayeff, Jeff is director, creator and executive producer of CIRCUS, a 6-part documentary series that premiered on PBS on November 3, 2010. Praising Circus as “beautifully filmed,” “truly affecting,” and “quietly addictive,” the New York Times invited 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.” “Running away and joining the circus,” raved Entertainment Weekly, “has never seemed less glamorous—or more vividly thrilling and real. What’s fascinating here is the deeply empathetic storytelling.”

Dupre conceived and is producer of MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT a forthcoming feature documentary on the legendary performance artist Marina Abramović that will air on HBO in 2012.

He was one of the producers 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 was a producer of BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, Michael Kantor’s six-part series that premiered on PBS in October 2004. 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.

Jeff was Field Producer on LAS VEGAS: AN UNCONVENTIONAL HISTORY for PBS/American Experience that aired in 2005. He also produced 2 episodes of WOMEN DOCS for True Entertainment that aired on Lifetime in 2002.

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.

Awards and honors include:

  • Audience Award for Best Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Outfest Film Festival
  • Bronze Apple
  • Best Documentary, GLAAD Media Award
  • Emmy Award

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