Peter Gilbert


Director Of Photography, Producer

Biography

Peter Gilbert was a respected director of photography working out of Chicago with many credits on music videos, PBS specials and series when he teamed with documentarians Steve James and Frederick Marx to handle the cinematography on a project about ghetto youths pursuing their dreams of playing professional basketball. They shot more than 250 hours worth of video which was eventually ed...

Biography

Peter Gilbert was a respected director of photography working out of Chicago with many credits on music videos, PBS specials and series when he teamed with documentarians Steve James and Frederick Marx to handle the cinematography on a project about ghetto youths pursuing their dreams of playing professional basketball. They shot more than 250 hours worth of video which was eventually edited down to the three hour "Hoop Dreams" (1994), praised as one of the best films of the year. Despite its acclaim, appearance on virtually every Ten Best List and numerous awards from critics groups, the feature failed to win an Oscar nomination in the documentary category. (Unused footage had also been seen in the companion TV program "Higher Goals" which aired on PBS in 1992.)

The Chicago-based Gilbert also worked as director of photography on other projects, gaining recognition for such efforts as Michael Apted's "The Long Way Home" (1989), which profiled Soviet rock star Boris Grebenshikov, and the Oscar-winning "American Dream" (1990). He shot videos for artists ranging from REM to Peter Gabriel and worked on such TV programs as "American Masters," "Nova" and Phil Joanou's "Age Seven in America" (CBS, 1992).

After the success of "Hoop Dreams," Gilbert reteamed with Steve James to produce and serve as cinematographer on the biopic "Prefontaine" (1997). Because of budgetary restrictions, James rewrote the script to incorporate a documentary style which influenced Gilbert's choices as director of photography. He chose to shoot most of the motion picture with a handheld camera with zoom lenses, allowing for a freedom of movement which brought immediacy to the overall picture. Additionally, the race footage was shot at length so as to create a "sports feel" and allow for intercutting of stock footage of the real athlete.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Burning Ice (2010)
Director
With All Deliberate Speed (2004)
Director
A Time for Dancing (2004)
Director
Vietnam Long Time Coming (1998)
Director

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Andrew Bird: Fever Year (2011)
Cinematographer
Burning Ice (2010)
Cinematographer
With All Deliberate Speed (2004)
Cinematographer
Stevie (2002)
Cinematographer
Vietnam Long Time Coming (1998)
Director Of Photography
Pride Divide (1997)
Cinematographer
Prefontaine (1997)
Director Of Photography
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Director Of Photography
Blink (1993)
Additional Camera Work
There Are No Children Here (1993)
Camera
The Long Way Home (1989)
Cinematographer

Producer (Feature Film)

Sword of Trust (2019)
Executive Producer
Madeline's Madeline (2018)
Executive Producer
Win It All (2017)
Executive Producer
Golden Exits (2017)
Executive Producer
Person to Person (2017)
Executive Producer
Unexpected (2015)
Executive Producer
Digging for Fire (2015)
Executive Producer
Queen of Earth (2015)
Executive Producer
Somewhere in the Middle (2015)
Executive Producer
Queen of Earth (2015)
Associate Producer
The Dish & The Spoon (2011)
Producer
The Dish & The Spoon (2011)
Executive Producer
The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez (2007)
Executive Producer
With All Deliberate Speed (2004)
Producer
A Time for Dancing (2004)
Producer
Stevie (2002)
Coproducer
Vietnam Long Time Coming (1998)
Producer
Men With Guns (1997)
Associate Producer
Prefontaine (1997)
Producer
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Stevie (2002)
Other
Prefontaine (1997)
Other
Pride Divide (1997)
Other
The Long Way Home (1989)
Other

Cinematography (Special)

Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (2001)
Camera
Animal Einsteins (1999)
Camera
14 Up in America (1998)
Cinematographer
Age Seven in America (1992)
Director Of Photography

Producer (Special)

Deadline (2004)
Executive Producer
Talk to Me: Hostage Negotiators of the NYPD (1999)
Executive Producer
Sports Illustrated Olympic Special: A Prelude to the Games (1996)
Segment Producer ("Serbo-Croatian Basketball Players")
Higher Goals (1992)
Producer

Director (Short)

There's No Place Like Home (2006)
Director

Cast (Short)

There's No Place Like Home (2006)
Himself

Cinematography (Short)

There's No Place Like Home (2006)
Cinematographer

Producer (Short)

There's No Place Like Home (2006)
Producer

Cinematography (TV Mini-Series)

The New Americans (2004)
Camera

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

It's The Rage (2000)
Producer

Life Events

1987

With Frederick Marx and Steve James, began work on what was to become "Hoop Dreams"

1989

Shot Michael Apted's documentary "The Long Way Home"

1990

Was director of photography for Academy Award-winning documentary "American Dream"

1992

Was director of photography and producer for the PBS special "Higher Goals", a documentary and precursor to "Hoop Dreams"

1994

"Hoop Dreams" released; Gilbert was credited as a producer and as director of photography

1997

Produced and shot the feature film "Prefontaine", directed by Steve James

1999

Co-directed "All the Rage/It's the Rage"; screened at Toronto; premiered on Cinemax in April 2000; also produced

2000

Signed to make solo directorial debut on "A Time for Dancing"

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