Marina Zenovich is a critically acclaimed two time Emmy award winning filmmaker. Her films have been praised for their powerful storytelling and their thoughtful, sensitive approach to difficult subjects and controversial people. Alongside her documentary work, Marina has also done extensive branded content work — both short films and documentaries — for the clothing company VF (parent company of Timberland, Nautica, Vans, Seven For Mankind and Kipling, among others).
Marina’s high-profile films include Lance, a psychological portrait of cyclist Lance Armstrong (Sundance Film Festival 2020) which can be seen on ESPN+. Other recent films include Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (Sundance Film Festival 2018) currently on HBO; the critically acclaimed documentary Fantastic Lies — about the Duke Lacrosse scandal (SXSW Film Festival 2016, Nominations for Best Sports Documentary and Best TV/Streaming Documentary at the Critics Choice Documentary Awards) and Walter and Power: A California Heist for National Geographic (Sundance Film Festival 2017).
Previous films include Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (Showtime/Tribeca Film Festival 2013 / NAACP Image Award Winner for Best Television Documentary/ PrimeTime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Editing); Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (HBO / Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals 2008 / Emmys for Outstanding Directing and Writing) and Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out (Showtime / Toronto and New York Film Festivals 2012).
Marina’s directing credits also include a range of imaginative and innovative shorter films. They include Who is Bernard Tapie? (Sundance Channel/BBC) about the French former politician convicted criminal turned actor and her fascination with him; Independent’s Day about the struggles of independent filmmakers set in Park City, Utah, and Estonia Dreams of Eurovision! about the wacky world of Tallinn, Estonia as it prepares to host the Eurovision Song Contest. She has also made short films about Julian Schnabel, Takashi Murakami, Vanessa Beecroft, David Lynch and Robert Wilson, for the series Art in Progress.
Before becoming a director, Marina was an actress. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Director’s Guild of America and the International Documentary Association.
— Daniel D'Addario, VARIETYIt's a work with a precise moral compass about a person who comes to seem as though he lacks one entirely - and a work that, most strikingly of all, seeks to understand rather than condemn him.
— VARIETYSharp-edged, humane, and deeply researched
— IndieWireThroughout her film, Zenovich creates a portrait of not only the public and private life of Pryor, but the immense change caused in the public’s view of comedy, celebrity, and race throughout his career, providing a complete picture of the life and influence of one of the most famous comedians of all time.