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Rob Epstein, also credited as Robert P. Epstein, is an American director, producer, writer, and editor. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature, for the films The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.[1][2]

Rob Epstein
Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein.jpg
Epstein (right) in 2013
Robert P. Epstein

Occupationfilm director, producer
Years active1978–present
AwardsBest Documentary Feature
1984 The Times of Harvey Milk
1989 Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt
Emmy Award for "The Celluloid Closet"
Pioneer Award from the International Documentary Association (IDA)
George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award

In 1987, Epstein and his filmmaking partner, Jeffrey Friedman, founded Telling Pictures, a production company and team known for "groundbreaking feature documentaries."[3]

Epstein has transitioned from nonfiction documentaries into scripted narratives, producing such biopics as HOWL, his award-winning film about Allen Ginsberg's controversial poem by the same name (starring James Franco), and Lovelace, the story about the life and trials of pornographic superstar Linda Lovelace (starring Amanda Seyfried). He is openly gay.[4]

Epstein is the currently the co-chair of the Film Program at California College of the Arts[1] in San Francisco and Oakland, California.


Film[5] Year Role(s) Notes
Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives 1977 Director
The Times of Harvey Milk 1984 Director, Producer, Editor Won one Oscar
The AIDS Show 1986 Director, Producer
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt 1989 Director, Producer, Writer Won one Oscar
Where Are We? Our Trip Through America 1989 Director, Producer
The Celluloid Closet 1995 Director, Producer, Writer News & Documentary Emmy Award
Paragraph 175 2000 Director, Producer
Underground Zero (segment "Isaiah's Rap") 2002 Director
Crime & Punishment 2002-2004 Director
An Evening with Eddie Gomez 2005 Director
10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America: "Gold Rush" 2006 Director
Howl 2010 Director, Writer
Lovelace 2013 Director
End Game 2018 Director


  1. ^ a b "Rob Epstein Biography". California College of the Arts. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Rob Epstein Biography". Sony Classic Pictures. Archived from the original on June 19, 2008.
  3. ^ "-About". Telling Pictures. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Rob Epstein". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-08-19.

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