|West Memphis Three||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Film School||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||Interviewee||20057|
|Oprah Presents: Master Class||2011 2011||Director||n/a||4|
|Iconoclasts||2012 2005 - 2008, 2010, 2012||Director||n/a||4|
|Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America||2006 2006||Director||n/a||4|
|Hollywood High||2003 2002 - 2003||Director||n/a||4|
|Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records||Director||n/a||4|
|Paradise Lost 2: Revelations||2000 1999 - 2000||Director||n/a||4|
|Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory||2010||Director||n/a||4|
|Addiction: The Supplementary Series||2007 2007||Director||n/a||4|
|The Begging Game||1995 1994 - 1995||Director||n/a||4|
|Where It's At: The Rolling Stone State of the Union||Director||n/a||4|
|Metallica: Some Kind of Monster||2004||Director||n/a||4|
|Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills||1996||Director||n/a||4|
|The Addiction Project||2007 2006 - 2007||Director||n/a||4|
|Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills||1996||Producer||n/a||3|
|Metallica: Some Kind of Monster||2004||Producer||n/a||3|
|Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory||2010||Producer||n/a||3|
|Running Fence||1977||Associate Producer||n/a||1|
|Brother's Keeper||1992||Post-Production Supervisor||n/a||1|
|Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills||1996||Editor||n/a||1|
|Amandla! A Revolution In Four-Part Harmony||2003||Creative Consultant||n/a||1|
|Christo in Paris||1989||Special Thanks||n/a||1|
|Worked at Maysles Films, beginning as post-production supervisor and editor|
|Produced and co-directed "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations" which revisited the case and focused on those who felt those originally convicted might be innocent|
|Edited first fictional film, "Terminal Bliss"|
|Berlinger and Sinofsky formed Gray Matter, a commercial production house|
|First feature-length collaboration, "Brother's Keeper"|
|Directed the documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" which followed the band for the better part of 2001-2003|
|Sinofsky left Maysles Films to buy 50 percent of Berlinger's production house Creative Thinking, Inc. (formed 1988)|
|Directed the documentary "American Masters: Good Rockin' Tonight - The Legacy of Sun Records" (PBS)|
|Co-produced and co-directed (with Berlinger) the acclaimed documentary "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills"; also edited; film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before airing on HBO|
|With Berlinger, filmed "The Begging Game", a segment of the PBS TV series "Frontline"|
|First collaboration with Joe Berlinger, editing the short "Outrageous Taxi Stories"|
In 1989, Sinofsky met new Maysles employee Joe Berlinger and the pair collaborated on the documentary short "Outrageous Taxi Stories" (with Berlinger directing and Sinofsky editing). In 1988, Berlinger left Maysles to found his own production house, Creative Thinking International, Ltd. Three years later, Sinofsky also departed and purchased a 50 percent interest in Creative Thinking. Their first production was the jointly produced, directed and edited "Brother's Keeper" (1992) which--after a slow start--became the most successful self-distributed documentary to date. This story of a rural eccentric accused of his brother's mercy killing earned numerous critical prizes including the 1992 New York Film Critics Citation as Best Documentary. Sinofsky also edited Jordan Alan's feature debut, "Terminal Bliss" (1992), a teen triangle drama.
"Brother's Keeper" established the Berlinger/Sinofsky look: cinema-verite, with no narration, scant subtitles and no artsy cinematic effects. The filmmakers tend to gain the trust of the participants, allowing them to tell their own stories in their own way, sometimes hanging themselves with their own words. Their official TV debut was "The Begging Game" an installment of "Frontline" (PBS, 1995), which followed the fortunes and misfortunes of several New York panhandlers.
In 1996, the team had another success with the grisly and unsettling documentary feature "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills". It began as the story of three uneducated teens accused of a triple murder, but developed into an uncertain look at mob stereotyping, local (Arkansas) mentalities and the flaws of the legal system. This acclaimed production premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival before airing on HBO (June 1996). It also eventually received a theatrical release, picking up awards and critical praise.
In 1994, Berlinger and Sinofsky created the spin-off Gray Matter Productions to produce a large number of award-winning TV spots, both public service announcements and for-profit commercials.
|Albert Joseph Sinofsky||Father|
|Beebe Ruth Sinofsky||Mother|
|Debra Sinofsky Gibbons||Sister|
|Newton North High School|
|New York University|
|"I grew up working for the Maysles brothers, and narration was taboo. You just didn't use it. We feel that it's much more of an interesting theatrical experience, or television experience, to be able to watch and hear and feel through the actual participants of the film, through their words and their stories, as opposed to us WRITING something, to use some voice that tells the audience what they're supposed to think." --Bruce Sinofsky quoted in CINEASTE, vol. 22, no. 3.|
Preview of "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster." This documentary follows the trials and tribulations of the heavy metal group Metallica as they cut their first album in six years and take part in group therapy to work through conflicts in their 20-year working relationship. Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky,
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