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is a Peabody and Emmy award-winning documentary producer,
director and writer who, for the past twenty years, has
dedicated himself to the creation of innovative documentary
film and television. In that time, he has built a
formidable body of long-form documentary work, with over 30
films to his credit, broadcast on A&E, PBS, The History
Channel, NHK, ABC, Discovery/TLC, Court TV, CBS, MSNBC and
HBO among others.
Tuchman recently completed
MURDER IN THE
true-crime drama set in New Orleans for Court TV,
and VOICES OF CIVIL
one-hour oral-history project on the Civil Rights
movement which had its premiere at the Smithsonian
Institution and aired in February, 2005 on The History
Channel (and for which Tuchman won the Peabody Award).
Also making its broadcast debut on The History Channel
was MAVERICKS, MIRACLES &
Tuchman’s award-winning four-part series on the
history of medicine.
Currently, Tuchman is
at work on a documentary series pilot for Showtime, as well
as several documentary features, including
HUMOR, a film
about Muslim stand-up comic, Shazia Mirza;
exploration of the New American Cinema through the eyes of
pioneer Jonas Mekas; and TESTIMONY, a film about his father’s return
to Germany to testify in a war-crimes trial against the
Nazi who murdered his mother.
Known for his
exploration of new forms, models, and styles of documentary
filmmaking, Tuchman is sought out as a development
consultant and show doctor by numerous documentary
production companies and broadcast networks.
Over the past decade, he’s helmed
more than a dozen investigative documentaries, looking at
such varied subjects as the HMO crisis, the rise in heroin
addiction among young women, and the ongoing battle between
privacy and security.
As an executive
producer, Tuchman guided the Silver Gavel
Award-winning RAILROADED IN
TEXAS, a groundbreaking film on the
civil-liberties debacle in Tulia, Texas for Court TV .
As senior producer, he created the 1998
documentary, ‘TIL DEATH DO US
followed notorious polygamist Alex Joseph, his eight wives
and 21 children for two months as they all attempted to
cope with Joseph’s impending death from cancer. This
award-winning documentary was followed by,
EPISODE 1 UNAUTHORIZED:
THE PHANTOM MENACE, a comic one-hour special for the Sci-Fi
Channel on the mayhem surrounding the release of George
Lucas’ blockbuster film.
In 1996 Tuchman created the pilot
TIMES, a series
produced with the New York Times for Discovery/TLC, which
took a verité look inside the scientific process, and was -
at its conception - among the first broadcast documentary
series shot entirely by video-journalists on small-format
digital video (DV).
Following his abiding passion for
politics, in 1994, Tuchman directed WHITE HOUSE, a one-hour film in which he followed
Presidential photographer Robert McNeely as he documented
the Clinton presidency. Produced for NHK/Japan, White House
was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 1995
International Electronic Cinema Festival in Japan, and had
its U.S. premiere at the Kennedy Center. It aired here as
one of the flagship documentaries on HD-Net --
America’s first all high-definition broadcaster -- in
Tuchman’s relationship with the
Clinton's began in 1992, when he directed
THE MAN FROM
acclaimed Bill Clinton biography shown at the 1992
Democratic Convention, which was widely hailed as an
historic piece of political filmmaking (and won Tuchman
a Pollie Award). Then in 2000, Tuchman directed the
spots for Hillary Clinton’s Senate Campaign for
which his “Ed Koch” spot was called
“the best political ad of the 2000 election
season” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine.
His interest political
and humanitarian subject matter, both global and closer to
home, began early on in his career, when he began using the
documentary form to explore such diverse topics as the AIDS
crisis, U.S./Soviet relations, the public schools, the
environment, and penal reform.
During this time, he co-produced the pilot for
Choices, a PBS series on changing social values
in America, and he served as a program consultant for two
national PBS specials -- CONDITION CRITICAL: THE AMERICAN
and THE ISSUE IS
RACE. And he also
directed public service campaigns for The Rainforest
Alliance, UNICEF, and PBS.
Finally, Tuchman writes and lectures extensively on
documentary filmmaking. He's done panels and workshops at
Silverdocs, Real Screen, the IFP, the Tribeca Film
Festival, the International Congress of History Producers
and Brazil Documenta, among others. For seven years, he
held a faculty appointment at the Columbia University
Graduate School of Journalism where he taught documentary
filmmaking, and he is on the board of advisors of the
International Documentary Association.