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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NamePhilip Alexander Gibney

Mini Bio (1)

Alex Gibney was born on October 23, 1953 in New York City, New York, USA as Philip Alexander Gibney. He is a producer and director, known for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) and Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015). He has been married to Anne Gibney since August 14, 1982. They have three children.

Family (1)

Spouse Anne Gibney (14 August 1982 - present)  (3 children)

Trivia (6)

Father Frank Gibney was a journalist and scholar.
Attended film school at University of California, Los Angeles.
Dedicated his Oscar win for Best Documentary for Taxi to the Dark Side (2007) to Dilawar, the 22-year-old Afghan taxi driver on whom the documentary is based.
Graduated from Yale with a degree in Japanese Studies.
The International Documentary Association presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
Dropped out of UCLA to become an editor at the Samuel Goldywn Co. where he cut trailers, re-edited films and eventually becoming an editor.

Personal Quotes (6)

(On The Exterminating Angel (1962)) It's dark, but it's also wickedly funny and mysterious in ways that can't be reduced to a simple, analytical explanation. I always thought that's what's great about movies sometimes- the best movies have to be experienced; they can't just be written about.
[on Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011)'s original footage]: If you had to watch all 40 hours, it would be like something out of A Clockwork Orange (1971). They'd have to prop your eyelids open. Kesey had an innate distrust of experts: stay away from the experts. In this case that meant stay away from a cameraman. Imagine how great it would have been if they had a real cameraman. But instead you get all the bonehead mistakes of the amateur. There are no establishing shots, the camera is always jiggling, and none of them had a particularly good eye.
On a day-to-day basis, I like Lance. But over time one of the things I learned is that liking somebody is not the same thing as approving of what they do. I was definitely drawn into Lance's orbit and I became a fan as I acknowledge in the film. I liked him and I liked going along for the ride...but at the same time be wildly pissed off that I had become part of an elaborate PR board and that he had looked me in the face and lied to me.
[at the completion in 2010 of "The Road Back", a biography of Lance Armstrong] And then this story took a wild turn as former teammates began to come forward, and there was suddenly a grand jury federal investigation and possible criminal indictments...We put the film aside and waited 'til the smoke cleared and then I got a call from Lance Armstrong and he said all this is true, I've been lying to you and I apologize. We started to talk about him sitting down and trying to make it right. So that film became a new film [The Armstrong Lie (2013)] and I had to put myself in the middle to explain what had happened. I realized that I'd shot something pretty interesting which was really the anatomy of a lie.
I have been spiritually lucky and financially unfortunate to have been a freelancer most of my life. It's not easy making a living goring sacred cows.
"Surely Michael Moore is not objective" is a comment I hear at every Q&A session. Of course. he's not objective, but then neither is the nightly news.

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