Louis Pepe

Louis Pepe

Director, Writer


Louis Pepe is an American director, producer, and writer best known for his documentary films. He is the co-director of the Academy Award-nominated film, The War Room. He also directed the Emmy nominated film, King Corn.

Louis Pepe was born in 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in a creative household, with both parents heavily involved in the arts. His father was a painter and his mother a sculptor. This early exposure to the arts influenced Pepe to pursue his own artistic career.

Pepe attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received a degree in English. After graduation, he began directing music videos and short films. His first feature-length film, King Corn, was released in 2007. The documentary followed two young men who explore the implications of the United States’ industrial food system. The film was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and won multiple awards.

In 2012, Pepe co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary The War Room. The film followed the 1992 presidential campaign of Governor Bill Clinton. It was critically acclaimed and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Pepe has also directed several television series, including the show The War Profiteers. He also directed the documentary series, Living with the Enemy, which followed the lives of people from different parts of the world as they struggle to survive in difficult situations.

In addition to his work as a director, Pepe is an avid foodie and has contributed to several cookbooks. He is also an active member of the nonprofit organization, Documentary Education Resources, which helps filmmakers develop their craft.

Louis Pepe is a highly talented filmmaker with an eye for detail. His work has been recognized for its thought-provoking and insightful nature. His films focus on social, political, and environmental issues, examining them in a way that is both entertaining and educational. He is an important voice in documentary filmmaking and his work continues to inspire and challenge audiences.


Aug. 7, 1966

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