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Newton Thomas Sigel

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Director (feature film)

Point Of Origin (2002) as Director
A serial arsonist's terrifying six-year crime spree is juxtaposed with the increasingly desperate efforts of fire-department investigators to bring him to justice. The story is based on a true case involving a string of suspicious fires set along the coast of California from the late 1980s through e
No More Disguises (1989) as Director
A commentary on contemporary China featuring pop singer/songwriter Cui Jian.
When the Mountains Tremble (1983) as Director
Chronicles the struggle of Guatemalan peasants against a long heritage of state and foreign oppression.

Cast (feature film)

Cinematographer Style (2006)
Celebrates the art of motion picture photography, and examines how and why movies look the way they do. With interviews of 110 leading cinematographers around the world, director and cinematographer Jon Fauer explores how his colleagues use technique and technology, art and lighting to tell stories

Cinematography (feature film)

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
The story of singer Freddie Mercury who formed the rock band Queen in 1970 and served as lead singer until his death in 1991.
Marshall (2017)
Long before sitting on the United States Supreme Court or claiming victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall defends a black chauffeur charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer. Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courage
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
In 1983, ten years after Wolverine traveled to the past to prevent a bleak future, the X-Men team up with Cyclops, Storm, and Jean in a battle to stop an unprecedented apocalypse by an ancient enemy.
Seventh Son (2015)
A young man is chosen to help combat a dark queen and her army of assassins.
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
When a princess is kidnapped, threatening the long-standing peace between humans and giants, a young farmer leads a rescue mission to the giants' kingdom.
Movie 43 (2013)
A screenwriter pitches a slew of bizarre, crass film ideas to a baffled studio executive. The sketches include home schooling, a kidnapped leprechaun and the joys of blind dating.
Conspirator, The (2011)
Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
Frankie and Alice (2010)
In 1970s Los Angeles, Frankie, an African American go-go dancer with dissociative identity disorder struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named "Genius" and a Southern white racist woman named "Alice." In order to stop the multipl
Leap Year (2010)
Inspired by an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Leap Day, Anna follows Jeremy to Dublin to propose to him. But after landing on the wrong side of Ireland, she must enlist the help of local Declan to get her across the country.
Leatherheads (2008)
In 1925, Dodge Connolly is a charming, brash football hero who is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks. The captain ho
Hurt Locker, The (2008)
A munitions expert finds defusing bombs in Iraq almost addicting.
Valkyrie (2008)
A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who loves his country but has been forced to watch with horror as the rise of Hitler has led to the events of World War II. He has continued his military service, all the while hoping someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing time is running out, Stauffenberg decides he must take action himself, and in 1942, on his own initiative, attempts to persuade senior commanders in the East to confront and overthrow Hitler. Then in 1943, while recovering from injuries suffered in combat, Stauffenberg joins forces with the German Resistance, a long-existing civilian anti-Hitler conspiracy comprised of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler''s own emergency plan to stabilize the government in the event of his demise--Operation Valkyrie--and turn that plan on its head to remove those in power and cripple Hitler''s regime, these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government. With everything in place, and with the future of the world, the fate of millions, and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to being the one who must kill Hitler himself.
Towelhead (2008)
When Jasira, a 13-year-old Arab-American girl, is exiled by her mother to live with her strict Lebanese father in Houston, she quickly learns that her new neighbors find her and her father odd and exotic. Worse, her budding womanhood makes her traditional and hot-tempered father uncomfortable. Lonel
Superman Returns (2006)
Superman--born on a planet which has long since died--has been raised by adoptive parents on the Kent farm in Kansas. The young boy Kal-El is renamed Clark Kent, and though he has grown up among humans, he is not one of them. Under Earth's yellow sun, he can do two things humans can only dream of, but to co-exist with them he must live a dual life as mild, unassuming Clark Kent, secretly transforming into the Man of Steel when the world cries out for him. But now, the world's crises have gone unheeded for five long years since Superman's mysterious disappearance. Without him, crime has risen in the city of Metropolis and beyond; that's not even counting the future destructive acts of Lex Luthor, who has been sprung from prison with the specific intent of using Superman's technological secrets for his own personal gain and glory. Lois Lane, star reporter for the Daily Planet and the love of Superman's life, has moved on since Superman left without a word. She has even won a Pulitzer Prize for her essay, "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." Lois has other issues to contend with--she is now engaged to the editor's nephew and has a young son to look after. But for Superman, the long search for his place in the universe ends back at the Kent farm, among the only family he has ever known. His destiny lies in Metropolis, where one look in Lois's eyes tell him that this place, among the flawed but ultimately good people of Earth, is his true home. And with Lex's plan coming to fruition mere hours after his return, the world will never need Superman more than it does now.
Brothers Grimm, The (2005) as Director Of Photography
Legendary fairytale scribes, brothers Will and Jake Grimm, travel around the Napoleonic countryside vanquishing monsters and demons in exchange for quick money. But when the French authorities figure out their scheme, the con men are forced to contend with a real magical curse when they enter an enc
X2: X-Men United (2003) as Director Of Photography
Mutants continue their struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an undetermined assailant possessing extraordinary abilities. The shocking attack renews the political and public outcry for both a Mutant Registration Act, and an anti-mutant movement, now led by William Stryker. A vocal, wealthy, former commander for the Army, Stryker, is rumored to have experimented on mutants. Stryker''s dubious mutant "work" is somehow tied to Logan''s/Wolverine''s mysterious and forgotten past. As Logan/Wolverine searches for clues to his origin, Stryker puts into motion his anti-mutant program--launching a severe attack on Professor Xavier''s mansion. Magneto, newly escaped from his plastic prison, proposes a partnership with Professor Xavier and the X-Men to combat their common and formidable enemy: Stryker. With the fates of Xavier, mankind, and mutantkind, in their hands, the X-Men face their most dangerous mission yet.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) as Director Of Photography
Young, energetic, and focused on a top career in the growing television industry, Chuck Barris finds himself being followed by a suspicious character who quickly lures him into a secretive and dangerous world: that of a CIA operative. While Barris gains notoriety as a dynamic television producer--cr
X-Men (2000) as Director Of Photography
Cyclops. Jean Grey. Storm... They are the children of the atom, homo superior, the next link in the chain of evolution. Each was born with a unique genetic mutation, which at puberty manifested itself in extraordinary powers: Cyclops' eyes release an energy beam that can rip holes through mountains;
Three Kings (1999) as Director Of Photography
Three Marines try to help rebellious Iraqis as the U.S. is withdrawing from Gulf War I.
Brokedown Palace (1999) as Director Of Photography
Under the magical and golden Thailand sun, Alice and Darlene meet a seductive and handsome Australian, Nick Parks. Both girls are smitten with Nick, who eventually asks Darlene to spend the night with him--much to the surprise of the outgoing Alice. When Nick proposes a quick side trip to Hong Kong,
Fallen (1998) as Director Of Photography
A cop hunts a demonic serial killer who is eventually caught, tried and executed. The murders continue, however, until the cop himself becomes the prime suspect of the investigation. Making the case even more complex is a similar series of murders that occured some thirty years earlier which ended in the suicide of the detective investigating the case.
Apt Pupil (1998) as Director Of Photography
Todd Bowden is learning about the Holocaust in high school, and recognises an old photograph of a concentration camp officer as an old man in his neighborhood. He confronts the man, Kurt Dussander, with his knowledge. Obsessed with the atrocities Dussander committed during the war, Todd begins to bl
Foxfire (1996) as Director Of Photography
Four girls who attend the same school without really knowing, or more importantly, without really wanting to know each other, are thrown together one day when an enigmatic, female drifter enters their school and their lives. Brash and gutsy Legs Sadovsky crashes into their biology class just to get
Blood and Wine (1996) as Director Of Photography
Wine merchant Alex Gates seems to have it all: a fancy shop, a beautiful wife, Suzanne, a sexy Latin mistress, Gabriella, and a hot car. He enjoys the best vintages of the goods he sells. In truth, Alex Gates' finances are stretched to the limit, his marriage is in a shambles and his relationship wi
Trigger Effect, The (1996) as Director Of Photography
Returning to their suburban home, Matt and Annie discover that their infant daughter has an ear infection. Matt calls the pediatrician who says he'll phone in a prescription, but during the night there is a power failure. With the phones dead, the pharmacist hasn't received the prescription and won'
Lost in Mississippi (1995) as Cinematographer
Learning of the mysterious high suicide rate among individuals jailed and imprisoned in Mississippi, filmmakers Jim Chambers and Hal Hisey felt compelled to seek answers to how 47 persons could have died while incarcerated, mostly in jail-cell hangings.
Time to Heal, A (1994)
A couple's lives are changed forever when a woman suffers a stroke after the birth of her second child.
Usual Suspects, The (1994) as Director Of Photography
Five criminals are recruited by a mysterious underworld figure to stop a drug transaction.
Blankman (1994) as Director Of Photography
A comic-book fable set in Metro City, Chicago about the two Walker brothers--the youngest, Darryl, is a self-appointed, neighborhood crime fighter much to the dismay of his protective elder brother, Kevin, who has lost faith in everything--particularly in the notion that his brother is a superhero.
Time to Heal, A (1994) as Director Of Photography
A couple's lives are changed forever when a woman suffers a stroke after the birth of her second child.
Daybreak (1993) as Director Of Photography
Set in a future war-torn America where a young woman falls in love with a mysterious rebel leader and joins his fight against a brutally oppressive government at a time when a deadly epidemic is sweeping the country.
Indian Summer (1993) as Director Of Photography
Story about a final reunion between a group of friends prior to the closing of their old summer camp.
Money for Nothing (1993) as Director Of Photography
Based on a true story, an unemployed longshoreman, Joey Coyle, finds a million dollars in unmarked bills that fell from an armored car.
Into the West (1993) as Director Of Photography
Story about an unsettled widower and his children whose lives are transformed by their attachment to a horse.
Crossing the Bridge (1992) as Director Of Photography
Set in 1975, the story focuses on the relationships between three friends.
Salmonberries (1991) as Director Of Photography
The story of the friendship between two women, one half-Eskimo, and the other a refugee from East Berlin who travels to Alaska after her husband is shot in their escape attempt over the Berlin Wall.
Doors, The (1991) as Director Of Photography 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)
A look at the enduring 60s rock group The Doors, fronted by Jim Morrison.
Murder in High Places (1991) as Director Of Photography
A celebrated counterculture writer is elected mayor of a popular ski resort town and teams up with a former cop and pro football player to solve a murder cover-up.
H-2 Worker (1990) as Cinematographer
An expose of the government-sponsored labor program bringing Jamaicans to Florida each year to harvest sugar cane.
Promise to Keep, A (1990) as Director Of Photography
A television movie based on a true story. A man and his family take in his sister's four children after she and her husband die.
Challenger (1990) as Director Of Photography
A television movie about the "Challenger" space mission. The story focuses on the seven astronauts tragically killed in the space shuttle accident in January 1986.
Wild Orchid (1990) as Director Of Photography (Kansas)
Two women, one a powerful businesswoman, the other a beautiful young attorney, become involved with the same man in Rio de Janeiro.
Rock Hudson (1990) as Director Of Photography
A television movie based on the life of movie star Rock Hudson, whose career spanned 30 years until he died of complications from AIDS in 1985.
Teatro! (1989) as Cinematographer
No More Disguises (1989) as Cinematographer
A commentary on contemporary China featuring pop singer/songwriter Cui Jian.
Roe vs. Wade (1989) as Director Of Photography
A television movie about the events leading up to the famous Roe vs. Wade decision ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court, allowing women to obtain abortions legally. In February 1970, Ellen Russell, a poor, pregnant carnival barker in rural Texas, asks an inexperienced attorney, Sarah Weddington, to he
Rude Awakening (1989) as Director Of Photography
Two 1960s political activists move to an idyllic hippie-style commune in Central America.
Inheritance (1988) as Cinematographer
Film profiles and examines the destructiveness and waste that often prevails beneath the affluence of American life through one man born to great wealth.
Perfect People (1988) as Director Of Photography
A middle-aged couple decide to change their looks -- and ultimately, their lives -- by embarking on an obsessive odyssey of diet, exercise and plastic surgery.
Dead Of Winter (1987) as Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)
A struggling actress is lured to a random mansion, where all is not what it seems.
Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy (1987) as Cinematographer
Film traces the history of Latin Jazz.
Wall Street (1987) as Director Of Photography 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)
True Stories (1986) as Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)
Platoon (1986) as Director Of Photography 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)
A rookie soldier, Charlie Sheen, struggles under the unbearable conditions of a horrible war: bugs, drugs, death, jungle rot, and hopelessness. But as he observes the differing style and attitudes of two of his commanders, a violent Sergeant played by Tom Berenger and a more Zen-like William Dafeo, he comes to see the deeper conflict within the war: one of conscience.
Latino (1985) as Director Of Photography
In Our Hands (1983) as Camera Operator
A chronicle focusing in on the largest peace demonstration in the history of the world, which took place on June 12, 1982. One million people were in New York on what's been described as a magical day, speaking in one voice to "stop the nuclear arms race." There were forty-three volunteer camera te
When the Mountains Tremble (1983) as Cinematographer
Chronicles the struggle of Guatemalan peasants against a long heritage of state and foreign oppression.
El Salvador: Another Vietnam (1981) as Cinematographer
The turbulent, political history of El Salvador from the 1920s through the 1970s, and the involvement of United States military advisors in the country is documented. The film includes historical footage and interviews, some with dissidents who were later assassinated.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Casino (1995) as 2nd Unit Photography (2nd Unit)
A mafia drama exposes the inner workings of a corrupt Las Vegas casino.
Pump Up the Volume (1990) as Additional Photography
A loner student from the east enrolls at a highly rated Southwest high school, and secretly provokes a mini-rebellion in the student body via his pirate radio station.
Heart of Dixie (1989) as Additional Photography
In 1957 Mississippi, three college girls come to terms with the changing times, conflicts in their values and the issue of integration.
Thin Blue Line, The (1988) as Additional Photography
Using interviews and re-enactments, the film examines the 1976 murder of a Dallas policeman, and the wrongful conviction of one of the two men implicated in the killing.
Exquisite Corpses (1988) as Additional Photography
A country musician tries to cultivate a sophisticated image in the city but finds he cannot temper his urge to kill. When the wife of a wealthy man dangles the idea of a murder-for-hire operation in addition to her affections, he jumps at the offer.
Comic Book Confidential (1988) as Additional Photography
The social and political history of the comic book medium.
We Are the Guinea Pigs (1980) as Additional Photography
Made in the wake of the nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, this documentary examines the ongoing effects of the disaster. Several scientists who are interviewed explain that the clean-up of the reactor and contaminated buildings necessitated the release of radioactive

Film Production - Unit (feature film)

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Liz Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone and risks everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery.

Director (special)

Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium (1987) as Co-Director
Performance artist and film actress Ann Magnuson appears in her first television special which showcases her gallery of pop culture characters in a fantasy journey through a dream world. Broadcast as a segment of "CINEMAX Comedy Experiment."

Cinematography (special)

Oliver Stone: Inside Out (1992) as Director Of Photography
A documentary profiling the life and career of filmmaker Oliver Stone. Included are interviews with friends, associates and family members.
Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan, A (1991) as Camera Operator
A special honoring basketball player Michael Jordan, the NBA's Most Valuable Player.
Martin Scorsese Directs (1990) as Camera Operator
A documentary about director Martin Scorsese. This portrait captures the director at work on his film, "Good Fellas," and features interviews with directors, actors, and associates.
Pat Hobby Teamed With Genius (1987) as Director Of Photography
The third segment in the "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" collection of stories, airing as part of "Great Performances." This presentation is adapted from three of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Pat Hobby Stories," and deals with a hard luck hack Hollywood screenwriter who starts an unlikely collaboration w
Table at Ciro's, A (1987) as Director Of Photography
The second segment in the "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" collection of stories, airing as part of "Great Performances." Budd Shulberg's drama deals with the head of a film studio who plans a small dinner party at the nightclub, "Ciro's," creating the opportunity for the guests and the staff of the

Editing (special)

In the Beginning... The Creationist Controversy (1995) as Editor
Documentary examining the divergent political and social issues surrounding "scientific creationism" and efforts to introduce it into school curricula as an alternative to Darwinian evolutionary theory.

Film Production - Main (special)

In the Beginning... The Creationist Controversy (1995) as Photography
Documentary examining the divergent political and social issues surrounding "scientific creationism" and efforts to introduce it into school curricula as an alternative to Darwinian evolutionary theory.
Turner and Hooch (1990) as Photography
A comedy pilot for NBC based on the 1989 feature film, "Turner and Hooch," about a detective and his partner, an extraordinarily clever St. Bernard.
Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium (1987) as Photography
Performance artist and film actress Ann Magnuson appears in her first television special which showcases her gallery of pop culture characters in a fantasy journey through a dream world. Broadcast as a segment of "CINEMAX Comedy Experiment."

Cinematography (special)

Home Fires (1987) as Director Of Photography
A miniseries that tells the story of a nuclear family and how it survives despite the modern-day pressures that make it difficult to maintain the conventional family arrangement that become common in America in the post-war era.

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