Adam D. Singer began working with Kartemquin Films in 1989 spending 5 years on the critically acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams and has continued his association with them for the past 19 years. He has worked on various productions, both nationally and internationally, as a producer, cameraman and sound recordist.
With Kartemquin and director Steve James he produced No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and aired as part of ESPN Films' 2010 International Documentary Association award-winning series "30 for 30." The film was selected for the IDOCS International Documentary Forum in Beijing, and also played at the Cleveland, Full Frame, Dallas, Nashville and Atlanta film festivals, among others. In 2011, No Crossover was selected by the U.S. Department of State for the American Documentary Showcase.
He spent 4 years working with Kartemquin on the IDA award-winning PBS series The New Americans (2004). He produced, with director Steve James and Gordon Quinn, the feature length documentary Stevie. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, won numerous international awards including Best Documentary Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Documentary at IDFA in Amsterdam and the prestigious Mayors prize at the Yamagata Doc festival in Japan (2003). Also with Kartemquin he produced, directed and shot the series Life Stories for Mississippi Public Television. Singer also won a national Emmy for co-producing Vietnam, Long Time Coming at Kartemquin.
With longtime Kartemquin Associate Peter Gilbert, he co-directed and co-DP’d Burning Ice a feature length doc about the effects of global warming shot in Greenland for The Sundance Channel. Also with Gilbert, he produced and shot, with director Peter Gilbert, With All Deliberate Speed a feature length documentary about the 1954 Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation in America. The film premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, opened theatrically, was broadcast on The Discovery Channel in 2005 and was nominated for an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking’
Other credits include co-producing SenArt Films', The War Tapes, comprised primarily of footage shot by National Guard soldiers in Iraq. The film premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival where it won ‘Best International Documentary’ and went on to win the top prize at the 2006 BritDoc Film Festival. The Film was shown in theaters throughout the US and was broadcast on The Discovery Channel in 2007. He also co-produced Made In China, which screened at the 2007 Seattle International film festival, The Vancouver International Film festival and the 30th annual Big Muddy Film Festival. Singer recently shot and directed the first 15 episodes of the A&E series ‘Missing Persons’ (2011-2012) and also produces and shoots on the critically acclaimed A&E documentary series First 48 following homicide detectives investigate murder, and the Emmy winning doc series Made, focusing on teenagers, for MTV.
Adam joined the Kartemquin board in September 2012.
Films by Adam Singer
- Hard Earned 2015
- In the Game 2015
- additional camera
- Life Itself 2014
- Special Thanks
- The Interrupters 2011
- additional camera
- No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson 2010
- Sacred Transformations 2010
- At the Death House Door 2008
- Additional Sound Recording
- Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita 2007
- Stevie 2002
- Post Production Supervisor
- Vietnam, Long Time Coming 1998
- Co-Producer, Sound
- Hoop Dreams 1994
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