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Born: July 30, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bear Mountain, New York, USA Profession: Producer ...
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Raised in Scarsdale, New York
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Began making films in a clinical psychology class in college
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Worked professionally as an editor, soundwoman and camerawoman on documentary films often for the Maysles brothers
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Was camerawoman on a video about the Young Republicans for Nixon at the Republican convention and soundwoman on film about the Year of the Woman at the Democratic convention
1972:
Was one of the 18 anonymous directors of "Winter Solider"
1972:
Moved to Harlan County in Kentucky to film union struggle at the Brookside mine
1976:
Produced and directed documentary, "Harlan County, USA"; film shown at the New York Film Festival; cost $350,000
1978:
Announced fictional feature project under the working title, "Crystal Lee", based on Crystal Lee Jordan's struggle to unionize workers in J P Stevens textile mill in Roanoke Rapids NC and her gradual politicization over a five year period; Kopple was to produce and direct; initial script was by Nancy Dowd and Rip Torn had been signed to portray the union organizer; Kopple had researched working conditions when she began a two-week stint as a towel folder in a Southern mill in March 1978, earning $2.25/hour for a ten-hour day
1979:
"Crystal Lee" abandoned when Martin Ritt began production on "Norma Rae", loosely based on the same woman and the same mill workers' strike
1979:
Co-directed documentary footage of concert film, "No Nukes", with Haskell Wexler
1983:
Directed first fiction film and first TV movie, "Keeping On" for PBS's "American Playhouse", which dealt with unionization of textile mill workers in the south
1993:
Produced and directed "Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson," a rare primetime documentary for NBC-TV for which she was given creative control
1998:
Earned widespread praise for "Wild Man Blues", a documentary about the 1996 European tour of Woody Allen's jazz band
1998:
Executive produced and directed "Friends for Life: Living With AIDS" (The DIsney Channel)
1999:
Signed to make fictional feature directorial debut "In the Boom Boom Room", adapted from David Rabe's play
2000:
Helmed the documentary "My Generation"
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Directed documentary set in the Hamptons (lensed 2001) for ABC TV; set to air in 2002
2002:
Produced an HBO documentary "American Standoff"

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