We produce documentary programming about the people and ideas that shape our world.

Most recently completed is the film Jim: The James Foley Story (Sundance Selection 2016). It will air in Feb 2016.

Kunhardt Films specializes in documentaries about the people and ideas that shape history. Most recently completed is Jim: The James Foley Story, which was accepted at the Sundance Film Festival and premiers on HBO in February 2016. Before that, the company produced the very personal film Living with Lincoln (HBO, 2015.)

Past productions include Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words (HBO, 2014); Finding your Roots Seasons 2 and 3 with Henry Louis Gates Jr; Makers: Women Who Make America (PBS & AOL, Season 2); The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS, 6 hours, winner of the Emmy Award, Peabody Award and DuPont Award); Gloria: In Her Own Words (HBO, 2011); Finding Your Roots (PBS, 10-hours, 2010); This Emotional Life (PBS, 6-hours, 2010), and two seasons of African American Lives for PBS.

Other works include: Teddy: In His Own Words (HBO, 2009, Primetime Emmy winner for best nonfiction special), a biography of Teddy Kennedy which followed two other Kennedy documentaries for HBO (JFK: In His Own Words (Emmy winner) and Bobby: In His Own Words); Looking for Lincoln (PBS, 2009), Oprah’s Roots (PBS, 2007) which traced Oprah Winfrey’s genealogical roots; ‘til the River Runs Clear (PBS, 2007) the story of Pete Seeger’s grassroots effort to clean up the Hudson River;

Mandate: The President and the People (PBS, 2005) which traced the evolution of the office of the presidency and aired on PBS on Inauguration Day; The Road To 9/11 (PBS, 2005), about the historical roots of Islamic terrorism; Freedom: A History of US (PBS, 2003), an eight-hour children’s series based upon Joy Hakim’s award-winning books, hosted by Katie Couric; In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 (HBO, 2002), a one-hour film about the response to the terrorist attacks of September 11; Echoes from the White House (PBS, 2001), a one-hour documentary celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Executive Mansion; The American President (PBS, 2000), a ten-hour series profiling forty-one presidents of the United States with commentary by Harvard University’s Richard Neustadt; P.T. Barnum: America’s Greatest Showman (Discovery, 1995), a three-hour special; The People’s Palace (PBS 1992), a documentary about the New York Public Library;  and Lincoln (ABC 1992) a four-hour biography series.

Kunhardt Films was founded in 1987 as Kunhardt Productions.

Production Team

Peter Kunhardt
Executive Producer
George Kunhardt
Teddy Kunhardt
Logan Adler
Business Affairs
Jill Cowan
Chief Researcher