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Tony Gerber is an American filmmaker and the co-founder of Market Road Films, an independent production company.

Tony Gerber
BornNew York City, New York, United States
SpouseLynn Nottage

Personal lifeEdit

Gerber was born in New York City and lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, playwright Lynn Nottage, and their two children, Ruby and Melkamu Gerber.


Gerber is a two-time Emmy Award recipient and has written and directed over a dozen documentaries for National Geographic, shot in some of the most remote and dangerous regions of the world. Gerber has collaborated with artists Matthew Barney, Allora|Calzadia and Ann Sofi Siden. He most recently directed (CNN Films’) We Will Rise chronicling former First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa to raise awareness of the importance of girl’s education, featuring Meryl Streep, Isha Sesay, and Freida Pinto. The film was a 2017 recipient of an American Television Academy honor. His documentary about the fight to protect mountain gorillas, Explorer: Battle for Virunga (National Geographic Channel) was a 2017 recipient of a Genesis Award, the Humane Society’s top honor for bringing critical animal protection issues to the public. His films include Full Battle Rattle (SXSW '08 Special Jury Prize) about life inside the US Army’s Iraq simulation in the California desert and The Notorious Mr. Bout (Sundance 2014) about Russian arms dealer, Victor Bout. His feature article on Jane Goodall (Becoming Jane) was the October 2017 cover story in National Geographic and he is a producer on the Oscar short-listed film Jane (about Dr. Goodall’s life and work.) He recently co-conceived (with Lynn Nottage) and created films for the multimedia installation in Reading, Pennsylvania, This is Reading.[1]


National Geographic Explorer (TV series documentary)

  • Man vs. Volcano (2010)[2]
  • Inside the DEA (2010)[3]
  • Secret History of Diamonds (2009)[4]
  • Congo Bush Pilots (2008)[5]
  • Science of Evil (2008)[6]

Feature Films

Short Films

  • QM, I Think I Call Her QM (1999)[9]
  • A Small Taste of Heaven (1997)[10]



  1. ^ "Tony Gerber". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ IMDB, "Man vs. Volcano", "Man vs. Volcano IMDB" 3/5/2011
  3. ^ IMDB, "Inside the DEA", "Inside the DEA IMDB" 3/5/2011
  4. ^ IMDB, "Secret History of Diamonds", "Secret History of Diamonds IMDB" 3/5/2011
  5. ^ IMDB, "Congo Bush Pilots" , "Congo Bush Pilots IMDB" 3/5/2011
  6. ^ IMDB, "Science of Evil", "Science of Evil IMDB" 3/5/2011
  7. ^ IMDB, "Full Battle Rattle", "Full Battle Rattle IMDB" 3/5/2011
  8. ^ IMDB, "Side Streets", "Side Streets IMDB" 3/5/2011
  9. ^ IMDB, "QM, I Think I Call Her QM", "QM, I Think I Call Her QM IMDB" 3/5/2011
  10. ^ IMDB, "A Small Taste of Heaven", "A Small Taste of Heaven IMDB" 3/5/2011
  11. ^ Joystiq, "Dreamy indie game Pavilion coming to PS4, Vita in Spring 2014" 9/14/2013