Peter Gilbert

Peter Gilbert has won national and international honors for his groundbreaking work as a producer, director and cinematographer.   In addition to Academy Award nominations and Emmy wins, Gilbert’s work has appeared on major broadcast networks and in countless film festivals.

Hoop Dreams
Producer and Director of Cinematography

This landmark documentary film, filmed over five years, follows two inner-city kids, Arthur Agee and William Gates, as they navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while striving to overcome the intense pressures of family life and the realities of their Chicago streets.

Hoop Dreams

  • Academy Award Nominee
  • Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival
  • George Foster Peabody Award
  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary, Directors Guild of America
  • Distinguished Documentary Achievement, IDA
  • Special Merit, Producers Guild of America
  • Independent Spirit Award
  • The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Journalism.
  • Appeared on 100+ top ten lists for 1994
  • International Documentary Association’s 25 Best Docs List

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At the Death House
Director, Producer, Director of Photography

At the Death House Door follows the remarkable career journey of Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous “Walls” prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. During that time he presided over 95 executions, including the very first lethal injection done anywhere in the world. After each execution, Pickett recorded an audiotape account of that fateful day. The film also tells the story of Carlos De Luna, a convict whose execution affected Pickett more than any other. Pickett firmly believed the man was innocent and two Chicago Tribune reporters turn up evidence that strongly suggests he was right.


  • National Coalition to Abolish The Death Penalty, Public Education Award
  • Documentary: Social/Political Silver Hugo, Hugo Television Awards
  • Short-Listed for Best Documentary, Academy Awards
  • Inspiration Award, Full Frame
  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary, Directors Guild of America
  • Best Documentary, Atlanta Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, International Competition, Doc NZ

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Vietnam: A Long Time Coming
Producer, Director, Director of Photography

This film follows American and Vietnamese veterans as they participate in a 16-day, 1100 mile bicycle journey across Northern and Southern Vietnam.


  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement, Directors Guild Award
  • Outstanding Program Achievement, NSTAS, Emmy Awards
  • Nominee, Best Documentary, Society of Film Critics
  • Best Documentary, Route 66 Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Aspen Film Festival
  • Golden Eagle Award, CINE

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Other Works:

  • Director, With All Deliberate Speed, Emmy Nominee for Distinguished Work in Non-Fiction Film.
  • Director, There is No Place Like Home, Official selection at Cannes, Venice, and Tokyo. Turner Classic Movies broadcast.
  • Executive Producer, The Gods Tired of Us, Sundance Festival Grand Jury and Audience Award.
  • Executive Producer, Deadline, Emmy nominee.
  • Producer and Director, A Time for Dancing, the DGA and Emmy nominee.
  • Cinematographer on Barbara Kopple’s Academy award-winning, American Dream.