Jeff Dupre’s work has been released theatrically and screened at film festivals throughout the world–as well as airing on PBS, HBO, the BBC, NGK and ARTE–and has earned numerous illustrious honors, establishing him as producer/director with a knack both for managing complex productions and for bringing his subjects to life.
Jeff, along with his partner Maro Chermayeff, produced and directed Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music, an eight-episode PBS series that explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world that will make its U.S. broadcast debut on PBS this past November. Soundbreaking was the last project produced by legendary music producer Sir George Martin. The series combines unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers and innovators from across the music spectrum, with rare archival studio footage and an extensive soundtrack, to deliver one of the most wide-ranging series on the art of music recording.
Jeff conceived and was the producer and co-director of Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, a feature documentary on the legendary performance artist that premiered at Sundance in 2012. The film won the George Foster Peabody Award, the Panorama Audience Award at the 2012 Berlinale, and the Special Jury Prize at the Sheffield Doc Fest. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a Gotham IFP Award, and the Cinema Eye Honors.
He was an executive producer of Half The Sky, the groundbreaking documentary series and transmedia project based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
Together with Maro, Jeff directed and was executive producer of Circus, a 6-part documentary series that premiered on PBS in November 2010. Praising circus as “beautifully filmed,” “truly affecting,” and “quietly addictive,” the New York Times invited readers to “think of it as investing six hours in an elegant eavesdrop-on-our-family reality show that puts all the noisy, obnoxious examples of that genre to shame.”
He was also a producer of Carrier, the Emmy Award-winning ten-hour documentary series that premiered on PBS in April 2008 to widespread critical acclaim. Entertainment Weekly called the series “honest and engrossing” and “mandatory viewing.” Newsday described it as “frank and intimate, hard-hitting and heart-rending.”
Prior to founding Show of Force with Maro, Jeff was a producer of Michael Kantor’s Broadway: The American Musical, a six-part series that premiered on PBS in October 2004. Variety called it “engrossing” and “illuminating,” and said “this lovingly crafted six-part series is in itself a milestone.” Broadway: The American Musical won the 2005 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.
Jeff was field producer of Stephen Ives’ Las Vegas: An Unconventional History that aired on the Emmy award-winning series American Experience for WGBH/PBS in 2005. He also directed, produced and shot two episodes of the series women docs for lifetime television in 2002.
Jeff’s directorial debut, Out Of The Past, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. The New York Post called out of the past “eye-Opening And Moving,” and the New Yorker praised it as “an emotionally textured treatise on alienation and marginalization which is intelligent and entertaining.” The film, which broadcasted on PBS in October, 1998, also garnered the Audience Award at Outfest ’98 and won the 1998 GLAAD Media Award for Best Documentary.