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.
Jim is Peter Kunhardt’s tenth film with HBO. He most recently produced Living with Lincoln (HBO, 2015.) Prior to that he produced Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words. He was an Executive Producer of Finding Your Roots (PBS). He has worked on Faces of America (PBS), Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words (HBO), Teddy Kennedy: In His Own Words (HBO), African American Lives 1 & 2 (PBS). He has co-authored four companion books including Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography (Knopf and ABC) and Looking for Lincoln (Knopf and PBS). Kunhardt has received five Emmy awards. He lives with his wife Suzy in Chappaqua, New York.
George Kunhardt, a producer of Jim: The James Foley Story, made his producing and editing debut on Living With Lincoln (HBO, 2015). Recent productions include Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words (HBO, 2014); The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross (PBS, 2014); Makers: Women Who Make America (AOL & PBS, 2013/2014); and Finding Your Roots: With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS, 2013/2014). Previously he worked on Gloria: In Her Own Words (HBO, 2011); Faces of America (PBS, 2011); and Teddy: In His Own Words (HBO, 2009). Kunhardt graduated from Wheaton College as the college’s first film major. George is also the CEO of Goat Tape. He lives in New York City with his wife Jackie.
Teddy Kunhardt is a producer of Jim: The James Foley Story. Previously he served as a producer on Living With Lincoln (HBO, 2015) and Nixon By Nixon: In His Own Words (HBO, 2014). Teddy has worked at Kunhardt Films since 2009 and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. He helped produce Finding Your Roots with Henry Lewis Gates Jr. (PBS, 2013, 2014, 2015); Makers: Women Who Make America (PBS, 2013, 2014) Gloria: In Her Own Words (HBO, 2011); and Teddy: In His Own Words (HBO, 2009). Kunhardt is a graduate of Skidmore College and the Institute of Culinary Education. He lives in Chappaqua, New York with his wife Sarah and their 2 dogs.
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Brian Oakes is a director from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire based in Brooklyn. He began his career in film as a designer and creative director. His motion graphics work has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival with Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A, These Amazing Shadows, and Hot Coffee. Other film and television work includes Freakonomics, Inequality for All, African American Lives, Finding Vivian Maier and Living with Lincoln. Brian received his BFA in communication design from Syracuse University. Jim marks Brian’s feature-film directorial debut
Chris Chuang is a filmmaker from Holmdel, New Jersey. He has been working with Brian Oakes since 2010. His credits include Living with Lincoln, If You Build It, and Finding Your Roots, among others. He has also written and directed sketch comedy for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Cracked. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and an assortment of animals.
Eva Lipman is a New York based producer. She began her career in broadcast journalism with CNN and the Canadian Television Network (CTV) and participated in coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her recent credits include PBS’s Emmy Award-winning documentary series ‘American Masters’ (LENNONYC and Inventing David Geffen), Finding Vivian Maier and HBO’s Living with Lincoln. Jim is her second feature with Brian Oakes, Kunhardt Films and HBO. Eva grew up in New York City and is a graduate of McGill University.