Bruce Sinofsky

Documentarian, Editor
New York-based documentarian Bruce Sinofsky got his start with Maysles Films, the "direct cinema" producers of such fare as "Salesman" (1969) and "Gimme Shelter" (1970), which he joined in 1977 while still a student at ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1956 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Director (11)

Oprah's Master Class: Civil Rights Special 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Director

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Addiction Project 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Hollywood High 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

Paradise Lost 2: Revelations 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

The Begging Game 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (7)

Very Semi-Serious 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Running Fence 1977 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

West Memphis Three (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Editor (3)

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)

Terminal Bliss 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)
Production Management (1)

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Post-Production Supervisor)
Writer (1)

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

Film School 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Amandla! A Revolution In Four-Part Harmony 2003 (Movie)

(Creative Consultant)

Biography

New York-based documentarian Bruce Sinofsky got his start with Maysles Films, the "direct cinema" producers of such fare as "Salesman" (1969) and "Gimme Shelter" (1970), which he joined in 1977 while still a student at NYU. Within a year, he had worked his way up to associate producer, working on such projects as the Christo documentary "Running Fence" (1978). 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. The success of the film led not only to two sequels, "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations" (2000) and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" (2011), but to the exoneration and release of the films' subjects, dubbed the West Memphis 3. A film about the depiction of drug use and abuse in films, "Hollywood High" (AMC 2003), preceded an in-depth--at times uncomfortably revealing--documentary about the metal band Metallica during the emotionally fraught recording of a new album. The film, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" (2004), garnered stronger reviews than the resulting record. Bruce Sinofsky died of complications from diabetes on February 21, 2015. He was 58 years old.

Relationships

Florence Boissinot

Wife

Albert Joseph Sinofsky

Father

Beebe Ruth Sinofsky

Mother

Kenneth Sinofsky

Brother

Debra Sinofsky Gibbons

Sister

EDUCATION

Newton North High School

Newton , Massachusetts 1974

New York University

New York , New York 1978

Milestones

2004

Directed the documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" which followed the band for the better part of 2001-2003

2001

Directed the documentary "American Masters: Good Rockin' Tonight - The Legacy of Sun Records" (PBS)

1999

Produced and co-directed "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations" which revisited the case and focused on those who felt those originally convicted might be innocent

1996

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

1995

With Berlinger, filmed "The Begging Game", a segment of the PBS TV series "Frontline"

1994

Berlinger and Sinofsky formed Gray Matter, a commercial production house

1992

First feature-length collaboration, "Brother's Keeper"

1992

Edited first fictional film, "Terminal Bliss"

1991

Sinofsky left Maysles Films to buy 50 percent of Berlinger's production house Creative Thinking, Inc. (formed 1988)

1989

First collaboration with Joe Berlinger, editing the short "Outrageous Taxi Stories"

Worked at Maysles Films, beginning as post-production supervisor and editor

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