Media Matters

Filmmaker Alex Gibney


This week our guest is Alex Gibney, 2008 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature for his film Taxi to the Dark Side. Gibney received his first Academy Award nomination for "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," which he wrote, produced and directed. Taxi to the Dark Side, which was filmed in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and various U.S. locations, is Gibney's directorial follow-up to "Enron" and made its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary.

At the Sundance Film Festival this year, Gibney premiered another documentary feature he directed about Hunter Thomspon entitled "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" and which will be released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures.

Taxi to the Dark Side is an investigation into the reckless abuse of power by the Bush Administration. By probing the homicide of an innocent taxi driver at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, the film exposes a worldwide policy of detention and interrogation that condones torture and the abrogation of human rights.