Peter Gilbert

Peter Gilbert filming with Congressman John Lewis at the March for Our Lives Rally.
Peter Gilbert filming with Congressman John Lewis at the March for Our Lives Rally.

Peter Gilbert has won national and international honors for his groundbreaking work as a producer, director and cinematographer.
In addition to Academy Award nominations and Emmy wins, Gilbert’s work has appeared on major broadcast networks and in countless film festivals.

Gilbert also co-manages two film funds that provide assistance to young filmmakers making narrative and documentary films.  In the last four yeas, he has executive produced/produced eight projects that have premiered at Sundance and other major festivals such as Berlin, Tribeca and Cannes.

Hoop Dreams

Producer and Director of Cinematography

This landmark documentary film, filmed over five years, follows two inner-city kids, Arthur Agee and William Gates, as they navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while striving to overcome the intense pressures of family life and the realities of their Chicago streets.

Academy Award Nominee, Audience Award–Sundance Film Festival,George Foster Peabody Award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary–Directors Guild of America, Distinguished Documentary Achievement, IDA Special Merit, Producers Guild of America, Independent Spirit Award, The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Journalism

Appeared on 100+ top ten lists for 1994
International Documentary Association’s 25 Best Docs List

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At the Death House Door

Director, Producer, and Director of Photography

This film follows the remarkable career journey of Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous “Walls” prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. During that time he presided over 95 executions, including the very first lethal injection done anywhere in the world.

National Coalition to Abolish The Death Penalty–Public Education Award. Documentary: Social/Political Silver Hugo–Hugo Television Awards, Short-Listed for Best Documentary–Academy Awards, Inspiration Award–Full Frame,Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary–Directors Guild of America, Best Documentary–Atlanta Film Festival, Best Documentary–International Competition, Doc NZ.

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Vietnam: A Long Time Coming

Producer, Director, Director of Photography

This film follows American and Vietnamese veterans as they participate in a 16-day, 1100-mile bicycle journey across once war-torn Northern and Southern Vietnam. Organized by World T.E.A.M. (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) Sports, the event draws an array of veterans, as well as celebrity riders like Greg La Monde and Senator John Kerry.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement–Directors Guild Award,
Outstanding Program Achievement–NSTAS, Emmy Awards,
Nominee, Best Documentary– Society of Film Critics,
Best Documentary–Route 66 Film Festival, Audience Award–Aspen Film Festival, Golden Eagle Award–CINE.

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Other Credits:

  • Director, With All Deliberate Speed, Emmy Nominee for Distinguished Work in Non-Fiction Film.
  • Director, There is No Place Like Home, Official Selection at Cannes, Venice, and Tokyo. Turner Classic Movies broadcast.
  • Executive Producer, The Gods Tired of Us, Sundance Festival Grand Jury and Audience Award.
  • Executive Producer, Deadline, Emmy nominee.
    Producer and Director, A Time for Dancing, The DGA and Emmy nominee.
  • Cinematographer on Barbara Kopple’s Academy award-winning, American Dream.