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Robert Epstein
(1955 - living) U.S.A.

Robert Epstein

Documentary film-maker


Rob Epstein is a gay documentary filmmaker. His work includes Out of Order (1982); The Times of Harvey Milk (1985), which won an Academy Award, a Peabody Award, a New York Film Critics Circle Award, and three Emmy Awards; Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (1989), which won an Academy Award, a Peabody Award, and an Emmy Award, and which Alan Carter of People Magazine called "As powerful and moving a documentary as you will ever see".

His films includ also Where Are We? (Our Trip Through America) (1992); and The Celluloid Closet (1995) - based on gay writer Vito Russo's (1946-1990) highly acclaimed book of the same name - which won a Peabody Award and a Columbia-du Pont Award, and received five Emmy nominations; and Paragraph 175 (1999).

The last three of these films were co-directed and co-produced with his lover, gay actor and film director Jeffrey Friedman, a 25-year veteran of the film business. Epstein also has produced and directed several documentary projects for television, and has been honored by a Guggenheim Fellowship.


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