Alex Gibney

Documentary Filmmaker
December 2, 2020 - 7:30pm

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Join Alex Gibney, Dr. Otnow Lewis, and our host, Professor Zoe Chance from the Yale School of Management at 7:30 p.m. for an audience Q & A.

Why do people kill? Why do some of us kill, and others resist the temptation? The groundbreaking work of Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis, psychiatrist to Ted Bundy and other serial killers, has influenced policy, supreme court cases, and what it means to be “insane.” Academy Award winner Alex Gibney explores these ideas in his artful new film Crazy, Not Insane. Esquire magazine has called Gibney “the most important documentarian of our time.” Some of his other films include: Taxi to the Dark Side; Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley; and the pandemic response exposé Totally Under Control. Otnow Lewis is a Yale Medical School alum and former faculty member. Gibney is a Yale College alum and 2020 Yale Poynter Fellow.  

About Alex Gibney

Director Alex Gibney called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire Magazine has a signature cinematic style that lends itself to penetrating, gripping, and deeply insightful documentaries. His work has been the recipient of an Academy Award, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award and The Writers Guild Awards. In 2013, Alex was honored with the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) Career Achievement Award, in 2015 the inaugural Christopher Hitchens Prize, the Robert J. Flaherty Award in 2019 and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Career Achievement Award in 2020.

Some of Gibney’s notable films include the triple Emmy and Peabody award-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, the most-watched non-music HBO documentary; the Academy Award winning Taxi to The Dark Side, the Oscar nominated Enron The Smartest Guys in the Room, the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mea Maxima Culpa; the Peabody award-winning Zero Days; No Stone Unturned which was nominated for WGA Award for Best Documentary Screenplay and an Emmy award for Outstanding Investigative Documentary; Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, a two-part special on legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra, and Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge, co-directed by Blair Foster. He executive produced, and directed the first episode of The Looming Tower, a popular Hulu drama series based on Lawrence Wright’s book of the same name. His film The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Documentary and won the WGA Award for Best Documentary Screenplay and Citizen K world premiered at 76th Venice International Film Festival in 2019 and was released theatrically this year. His recent films include: the well-received Crazy, Not Insane, at the recent Venice Film Festival which will air on HBO in November, Agents of Chaos, a two-part documentary about Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections (HBO, 23rd & 24th September), and Totally Under Control, a searing look at the administration’s failure to contain the COVID 19 pandemic releasing in October.