Meet the Chairs

About Rob Epstein

Robert Epstein is a director/writer/producer in both documentary and scripted narrative forms. He received Academy Awards for the films The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.

His most recent work includes the movie Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, and Sharon Stone, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. The Battle of amfAR, a short documentary, aired on HBO for World AIDS Day 2014.

For the film Paragraph 175, Epstein received the FIPRESCI Award at the Berlinale Film Festival as well as the Grand Jury Prize for Directing at the Sundance Film Festival.

He is also the recipient of four national Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, multiple GLAAD Media Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the OUTFEST and Frameline Awards, and the Pioneer Award from the International Documentary Association. 

HOWL (2010), starring James Franco, is an exploration of Allen Ginsberg’s famous 20th century poem of the same title. The film screened at the 2010 Berlinale Film Festival and competed for the Golden Bear as well as being selected as the opening-night film in competition for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Epstein's work has been shown not only in theaters and on television but also at prestigious gallery spaces and museums throughout the world such as MOMA in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Career retrospectives have been held internationally including the Taipei International Film Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and Plus Camerimage in Poland.

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About Brook Hinton

Brook Hinton is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and composer whose works range from narrative cinema to experimental multimedia performance. He has worked extensively as an editor, colorist, and sound designer.

Hinton served on Apple’s editorial evaluation team during the development of Final Cut Pro; designed courses and workshops in digital cinema, narrative, and experimental aesthetics, and postproduction for BAVC, Film Arts Foundation, eMotion Studios, Stanford University, and the San Francisco Art Institute, and chaired the Film Program at SFAI before coming to CCA in 2007.

His recent work includes the “found footage séance” series, Trace Garden, and the experimental documentary A Trip Down Third Street, recently featured in the Urban Research installation program at Director’s Lounge in Berlin.

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