Davis Guggenheim


Quick facts:
Born 1963, St. Louis Missouri, USA
Philip Davis Guggenheim
18 wins and 11 nominations.
Awarded 1 Academy award
Nominated for 1 BAFTA 2016
Won 1 Oscar
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Director & Producer
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 [..] People weren’t just going to a movie. They were part of a movement. That’s the best feeling in the world. I want to keep doing that until I get fired. Again.

He is married to Elisabeth Shue and have three children. His mother is the actress Marion Guggenheim and his father the well-known documentary director Charles Guggenheim. Who is known to direct Robert Kennedy Remembered (1968), Nine From Little Rock (1964) and his last documentary was "Berga: Soldiers of Another War (2003). He grew up with one brother, Jonathan, and a sister Grace. 

- His father won 3 Oscars
- When he died, he held the record for most Academy award nominations for documentaries. 

Downfall that lead to great success in the end

Davis didn't set out to be a documentary filmmaker, as he felt like he could never become as good as his dad. He decided to do Hollywood productions, which he did semi-good at. He cast Denzel Washington for a production called "Training Day" which he really wanted him to play in, and was the only one who wanted him for the role. Unfortunately, as soon as the he got it, he fired Davis the very next day and took over the production.

- For years, Davis felt bitter and betrayed by the actor who took advantage of his position and took over his production. 
- He kind of left filmmaking for a little while.
- Before he took up a camera to film friends of his who was teachers, and worked for Teach America.
- He was taken by the feeling that he could use his skills for something that inspired him. 

"I don’t like it when a filmmaker has an agenda 
and I don’t know it. [..]"

/ 2006 /

/ 2008 /

/ 2010 /

- All of his documentary films has made an impact and difference. 
- Enlightening and bringing up subjects/stories deserved to be heard.
- His work has also reaped good fruits in form of praise and awards. 
- Won an Award at Sundance film festival for "An Inconvenient Truth"
- As well as he also won an Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth"

/ 2015 /

It’s a dangerous thing when we make people like this into our idols, into icons. Because then we say, “I can’t be that.” 
But I believe that my daughters can be as brave as Malala.

As a part of the research for Davis as a director, I chose to watch his newest documentary which looks at the events leading up to the Taliban´s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, that spoke up about girls right to education, as well as the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations. 

I like how the documentary is put together by several elements such as animation (to reconstruct events that took place), Still foto´s, film and sync. All the different elements combined makes a truly astonishing film, where you get sucked right into the story. Also how human, and natural it is, all intriguing, awful, beautiful and exciting at once. Wich is very well done considered I am a very picky documentary watcher, and there must something quite special added to the film to make me sit through the whole thing all ears, focus and eyes glued to the screen as the story unfolds. 

Davis interested me by the way he infiltrates and blend in with the stories, bringing us alongside him as we travel and explore real stories. How the cinematography combined with other visual elements such as stills and animation creates a distinct style of storytelling. 

When it comes to how he has inspired my work on this project, he has made me look at documentaries in a new light. I have always felt that documentaries haven't been my thing, and I have not really enjoyed watching them, to be honest. But what Davis has done, is given the genre of documentary an update. Making it more interesting, as well as new thinking. He has inspired my work in the way that I would like to include other elements and combine them together to make a balanced and visually interesting story. 

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