Barbara Kopple

1946 –
Airing Harlan County U.S.A. (1976) on Tuesday, Sep. 15 at 9:15 PM on TCM

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award-winning (Harlan County USA and American Dream), nine-time Emmy-nominated filmmaker. Heading up Cabin Creek Films in New York City, Barbara is a director and producer of documentaries, scripted films, episodic television and commercials. Her most recent work is Desert One about the US Special Ops daring mission during the Iranian Hostage Crisis, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019.

Other films include This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (Sundance 2017); Miss Sharon Jones! (2015 Toronto International Film Festival/2017 Emmy Nomination); Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation (2014); Running from Crazy (Sundance 2013/2014 Emmy nomination); The Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (2014); Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson (1993 Emmy nomination for Directing); and Wild Man Blues (Winner, National Board of Review Award for Best Documentary 1998). In 1991, Harlan County USA was named to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress and designated an American Film Classic. Harlan County USA was restored and preserved by the Women’s Preservation Fund and the Academy Film Archive and featured as part of the Sundance Collection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005. The Criterion Collection released a DVD of Harlan County USA in 2006.

Select Filmography

Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)
American Dream (1990)
Havoc (2005)
Shut Up & Sing (2006)
Miss Sharon Jones! (2015)