Rob Epstein is a two-time Academy Award winning independent filmmaker/writer/editor/producer/director who began his filmmaking career as one of six members of the Mariposa Film Group that directed the landmark documentary Word Is Out.
He recently was awarded the International Documentary Association's (IDA) Pioneer Award, which acknowledges filmmakers who have amassed a history of producing films that effect change within the documentary genre.
Among Epstein's credits: The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, each recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Oscars in the Best Documentary Feature category.
Other film credits include Sundance Jury Prize winner The Celluloid Closet, recipient of an Emmy for Best Directing; Paragraph 175, winner of the Jury Prize for Directing at the Sundance Film Festival; and Where Are We? Our Trip Across America, which also screened at the Sundance Film Festival in the documentary competition.
For television Epstein directed seven episodes of the NBC series Crime & Punishment.
The Times of Harvey Milk and Word Is Out have each been selected as restoration projects by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, which guarantees their permanent protection.
In recognition of his work Epstein has received numerous Peabody and Emmy Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, as well as grants from the California Council of the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Internationally recognized, Epstein's films have played at festivals across the globe, including the Berlin Film Festival, where his work received the FIPRESCI Award (a.k.a. the International Critics Prize); the Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival, and numerous others.
Epstein is an elected member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors, and is a voting member of the Director's Guild of America. He also serves on the board of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Epstein currently is Media Arts cochair of the California College of the Arts. Prior to coming to CCA, Epstein taught in the graduate film program at Tisch School for the Arts at New York University. His films are in distribution through Sony Pictures Classics, New Yorker Films, and Netflix. He also is a partner in the San Francisco-based production company Telling Pictures.
Epstein studied at American Film Institute, Harvard University, and Hampshire College, Jean Shelton Acting Studio. (09/09)
Greetings from Washington DC
A film by Rob Epstein, Frances Reid, Greta Schiller and Lucy Winer, 1981, 28 min.
A kaleidoscope of music, dance, stories and laughter shared at the first gay and lesbian rights march on Washington....