Ezra Benjamin Edelman (born August 6, 1974) is an American documentary producer and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming for directing O.J.: Made in America (2016).
Edelman at the 70th Annual Peabody Awards, 2011
Ezra Benjamin Edelman
August 6, 1974
|Residence||Brooklyn, New York|
|Alma mater||Yale University (BA)|
|Occupation||Television director, television producer|
Early life and educationEdit
Edelman was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the son of Marian Wright Edelman, former civil rights leader and aide to Martin Luther King Jr. and founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, and Peter Edelman, former aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy, former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He has two brothers, Joshua, an educational administrator, and Jonah, co-founder and CEO of Stand for Children. His father is Peter Edelman, who is Jewish, and his mother is Marian Wright Edelman, an African-American. His parents were the first interracial marriage in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the state’s miscegenation law in Loving v. Virginia. His paternal great-grandfather was a Polish rabbi who was killed during the Holocaust and his maternal grandfather was a Baptist minister; he was raised in both faiths.
Directing and producingEdit
Edelman is best known for producing and directing the Academy Award-winning 2016 documentary film O.J.: Made in America for ESPN's 30 for 30. Previously he directed three HBO Sports documentaries: Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, The Curious Case of Curt Flood (2011) and the Emmy Award-winning Brooklyn Dodgers: Ghosts of Flatbush. He did a special on the former Big East Conference called Requiem for the Big East. Edelman is set to direct a Roberto Clemente biopic for Legendary Entertainment.
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