Madeleine Sackler is an Emmy® Award-winning director and producer based in New York City and Los Angeles. She has two films that were recently released by HBO, including her narrative feature debut, entitled O.G., starring Jeffrey Wright. O.G. tells the story of a man who is on the verge of his release after serving 24 years in prison. Jeffrey’s performance garnered the Best Actor Award at Tribeca Film Festival. In addition to O.G., Madeleine also filmed a documentary feature in partnership with thirteen men incarcerated in the prison. IT'S A HARD TRUTH AIN'T IT reveals the men both in front of and behind the camera as they learn how to make a film in order to tell their own stories, using animation to bring their memories to life in riveting detail. Madeleine received the Bill Webber Award for Community Service from Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison for the pair of films, using her work to elevate the voices of those incarcerated.
Training initially as an editor, Madeleine's films range in subject matter, tone and style, beginning with her first feature documentary, THE LOTTERY. Following four families in Harlem and the Bronx seeking a high-quality education for their young children despite the odds, the film helped spark a renewed debate on the future of public education and was shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards. DUKE 91&92: BACK TO BACK, her second film, was co-produced with Turner Sports and gave viewers an inside look into one of the most storied basketball programs in history.
Madeleine's third film, Emmy-winning DANGEROUS ACTS STARRING THE UNSTABLE ELEMENTS OF BELARUS, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and was acquired by HBO. Incorporating footage that was smuggled out of the dictatorship in Belarus, the feature documentary follows the Belarus Free Theatre, an underground theater, as they escape the country and struggle to keep making art. DANGEROUS ACTS received several awards in addition to the Outstanding Arts and Cultural Programming Emmy, which include the Grand Jury prize at One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, the Golden Butterfly at The Hague Movies that Matter Festival, Best Documentary at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the Audience Award at Lighthouse International Film Festival, and 3 awards at Biografilm Festival, including the Audience Award.
Prior to focusing exclusively on feature filmmaking, Madeleine co-founded Osmosis Films, a media consulting company that worked with large financial services companies and non-profits. Madeleine's initial training was in post-production, working as an editor and assistant editor, editing such films as FERNANDO NATION, an ESPN 30-for-30 about Dodgers' pitcher Fernando Valenzuela. Madeleine also produced several short films, such as Boyd Holbrook's directorial debut, PEACOCK KILLER (starring Shea Whigham), based on a short story by Sam Shepard, and James Lawler's sci-fi short, EDEN 2045 (starring Tyler Jacob Moore). A Duke alum, Madeleine has a B.S. in Psychology and minors in English and Biology, and her favorite class was photography. She is represented by WME and Mosaic.