Charlie Siskel

Charlie Siskel

Director, Writer


Charlie Siskel is an award-winning American documentary filmmaker and television producer. He is best known for his documentary films, including The War Room (1993), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) and Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011).

Siskel was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1962. He graduated from Brown University in 1984 and went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. After completing his studies, he began working as an editor on the documentary series The Real Story.

Siskel quickly gained recognition for his work and went on to produce and direct several other documentaries, including The War Room (1993), a behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. The film was a critical and commercial success and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

In 2005, Siskel directed Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which was also an Academy Award-nominated documentary. The film focused on the infamous 2001 Enron scandal and featured exclusive interviews with key figures in the story.

In 2008, Siskel co-directed the film The Source, which focused on the birth of hip-hop music. The film won several awards including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2011, Siskel directed the documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, which focused on the life of puppeteer and Muppet performer Kevin Clash. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Siskel has also produced television programs, including the Emmy Award-winning series Frontline (1984-present). He has also produced the feature films, American Splendor (2003) and The Hoax (2006).

Charlie Siskel is a renowned filmmaker who has contributed to the documentary genre with his groundbreaking work. His films have earned numerous awards and accolades and are considered by many to be among the best in the genre.

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