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Profile of Jonathan Stack
Jonathan Stack is an Emmy Award winning, two-time Academy Award nominated, Sundance Grand Jury prize winning documentary filmmaker. In 1991 he founded Gabriel Films, and has since gone on to produce over fifty films and television programs that have been seen throughout the world. Stacks career highlights include producing a 1991 documentary about arts censorship in the U.S. called Damned in the USA. The film won the International Emmy for Arts Documentary.
In 1994 Stack made Harlem Diary: Nine Voices of Resilience, a feature length documentary that tells the story of nine young men and women constructing positive lives as they face the challenges of growing up in a racist world. The film was shown in 45 countries and is winner of the prestigious Golden Eagle Award.
In 1996, Stack produced and directed the two time Emmy winner Final Judgment: The Execution of Antonio James, which explores the death penalty. After that Stack documented life at Angola Prison over the course of a year. This is the movie The Farm.
The Farm went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival as well as an Oscar nomination. Again, in 2000, Stack was nominated for an Oscar for the documentary The Wildest Show in the South, which brings the audience into the world of prison rodeos. Justifiable Homicide premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2001.The film tells the story of one womans pursuit of justice following the brutal death of her son and nephew at the hands of two New York City police officers.
In 2003 Stack filmed the chaos of war in West Africa. Liberia: An Uncivil War was praised in the New York Times as one of the most powerful documentaries of the year. The film was nominated for two Emmies, won Special Jury Mention at the 2004 AFI/Silverdocs Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the 2004 IDFA film festival. In addition, his work in Liberia earned him the 2004 Courage Under Fire award from the International Documentary Association. In 2005, Gabriel Films produced a 10 part series for Discovery Times called Only In America and he has just completed his work on a Da Vinci Code related documentary called Secrets of the Code.