Ezra Edelman is an American director, producer, and writer. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning documentary, O.J.: Made in America.
Edelman was born in Washington, D.C., in 1974. He graduated from Harvard College in 1996 with a degree in American History, and then attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, which he graduated from in 1999.
Edelman began his career directing and producing for television, most notably for ESPN's 30 for 30 series. He was the director and co-executive producer for the four-hour documentary, Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, which earned him an Emmy Award in 2011. He also directed the HBO documentary, Requiem for the Big East.
In 2016, Edelman released his most acclaimed work to date, the Academy Award-winning O.J.: Made in America. This documentary was a critical and commercial success, and it was praised for its in-depth exploration of the events surrounding the O.J. Simpson murder trial. It was the first documentary to win an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
In addition to his work in documentary filmmaking, Edelman has also worked in feature films. He wrote and directed the drama film, The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, which starred Paul Giamatti and was released in 2004. He also co-wrote the 2019 drama, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.
Edelman has won numerous awards for his work, including an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and a Critics' Choice Award. He has also been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and Directors Guild of America Awards.
Ezra Edelman is one of the most prolific and acclaimed filmmakers of his generation. His work is notable for its depth and complexity, and it is highly praised for its ability to tell compelling stories. Edelman is a master of documentary filmmaking, and his work continues to be celebrated by critics and audiences alike.