Davis Guggenheim


Davis Guggenheim
Davis Guggenheim

Davis Guggenheim, June 2009
Born Philip Davis Guggenheim
November 3, 1963 (1963-11-03) (age 48)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Film director and producer
Years active 1991–present
Spouse Elisabeth Shue (1994-present)

Philip Davis Guggenheim (born November 3, 1963) is an Academy Award-winning American film director and producer. His credits as a producer and director include Training Day, The Shield, Alias, 24, NYPD Blue, ER, Deadwood, and Party of Five and the documentaries An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for 'Superman'. Since 2006, Guggenheim is the only filmmaker to release three different documentaries that were ranked within the top 100 highest-grossing documentaries of all time (An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud, and Waiting for 'Superman').[1]

Life and career

He was born Philip Davis Guggenheim in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Marion Davis (née Streett) and film director and producer Charles Guggenheim.[2] He graduated from The Potomac School (McLean, Virginia) in 1979, from Sidwell Friends School in 1982, and later moved on to Brown University, where he graduated in 1986. He is married to American actress Elisabeth Shue. The couple have three children, Miles William, Stella Street, and Agnes Charles.

Guggenheim joined the crew of the HBO western drama Deadwood as a producer and director for the first season in 2004. The series was created by David Milch and focused on a growing town in the American West. Guggenheim directed the episodes "Deep Water",[3] "Reconnoitering the Rim",[4] "Plague"[5] and "Sold Under Sin".[6] Guggenheim left the crew at the end of the first season.

He directed the pilot episode of The Unit.

He directed and produced An Inconvenient Truth, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

He directed Barack Obama's biographical film, which aired during the Democratic National Convention, and Obama's infomercial, which was broadcast on 29 October 2008.

Davis directed and was an executive producer of the 2009 pilot for Melrose Place. His brother-in-law Andrew Shue starred on the '90s version of the series.

In 2009, he released It Might Get Loud, a documentary that glimpses into the lives of guitarists Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. His 2010 documentary Waiting for "Superman", about the failures of American public education, received the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Its public release was in September 2010.

His documentary film about the band U2, From the Sky Down, opened the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival in September.[7]

References

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=documentary.htm
  2. ^ Who's who in entertainment: Volume 1. Marquis Who's Who. 1989. pp. 256. ISBN 0837918502. 
  3. ^ "Deep Water". Davis Guggenheim, Writ. Malcolm MacRury. Deadwood. HBO. 3/28/2004. No. 2, season 1.
  4. ^ "Reconnoitering the Rim". Davis Guggenheim, Writ. Jody Worth. Deadwood. HBO. 4/4/2004. No. 3, season 1.
  5. ^ "Plague". Davis Guggenheim, Writ. Malcolm MacRury. Deadwood. HBO. 4/25/2004. No. 6, season 1.
  6. ^ "Sold Under Sin". Davis Guggenheim, Writ. Ted Mann. Deadwood. HBO. 6/13/2004. No. 12, season 1.
  7. ^ "U2 documentary to open Toronto Film Festival". BBC News. 2011-07-27. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14308535. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 

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